Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC is pleased to announce that experienced white collar defense and government investigations attorney Cormac T. Connor has joined the firm as a partner in our White Collar defense, investigations and compliance counseling practice group, further augmenting the firm’s existing capabilities in these areas.
Mr. Connor comes to Smith Pachter McWhorter from the Washington D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was a partner in that firm’s Government and Internal Investigations practice. He is a trial lawyer and litigator with experience in a wide variety of criminal and civil litigation matters involving both government contractors and a wide array of other companies and individuals. His experience includes representing BP in connection with government investigations and related litigation resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and oil spill. He has worked on matters involving companies in the pharmaceutical, banking, credit union, casino, automotive, defense, chemical manufacturing and distribution, freight shipping, and textile industries as they manage and respond to government criminal and civil investigations. Mr. Connor has assisted clients with investigations by agencies including the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Office of Foreign Asset Control, Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, Internal Revenue Service and the National Credit Union Administration. These investigations have involved allegations related to mail and wire fraud, the False Claims Act, embezzlement, accounting fraud, procurement fraud, criminal antitrust violations, obstruction of justice, income tax evasion, money laundering, import/export and customs violations.
Mr. Connor served as an Assistant United States Attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia from 2008-2011. He was the lead prosecutor on 24 criminal trials and was responsible for investigating hundreds of criminal cases. As part of his investigative work, which included dozens of Grand Jury investigations, Mr. Connor interacted regularly with law enforcement personnel, located and interviewed witnesses, evaluated evidence and coordinated analysis of evidence by forensic expert witnesses.
Beyond his prosecutorial experience, Mr. Connor also worked as a civil litigator at law firms in Washington, D.C. and in Denver, Colorado. During that time he appeared and argued numerous cases before state and federal trial courts and courts of appeal, as well as private arbitrators and mediators in disputes involving commercial contracts, intellectual property issues, and tort claims.
Mr. Connor received his B.A. from Davidson College in 1995, and his J.D. from Georgetown Law School in 2002.