Roscoe C. Howard, Jr.


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1350 I Street, NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
P: +1.202.662.2750
F: +1.202.974.9544
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Roscoe C. Howard, Jr.


Washington, DC Office
1350 I Street, NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
P: +1.202.662.2750
F: +1.202.974.9544

Roscoe’s practice focuses on white-collar criminal matters, corporate compliance and ethics issues, and complex litigation. He has extensive experience in handling investigative matters initiated by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal law enforcement agencies. He has assisted with corporate internal investigations, provides advice on corporate compliance and ethics issues, handled qui tam, FCPA, Congressional inquiries, and a wide variety of criminal cases. Roscoe has tried over 100 cases to trial as a federal prosecutor and has handled matters in federal courts and the District of Columbia Superior Court. He is a member of the Corporate Compliance Investigations and Defense, and the Antitrust Litigation Practice Groups. 

Prior to private practice, Roscoe served as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from 2001-2004, by appointment of President George W. Bush. During his appointment, he served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. Roscoe was appointed as United States Attorney from a tenured, full professorship at the University of Kansas School of Law, where he taught from 1994 to 2001. He has twice served as an Associate Independent Counsel, and previously held positions as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, as well as the Eastern District of Virginia in both Richmond and Alexandria.

As a federal prosecutor he has handled criminal cases involving narcotics trafficking, homicides, fraud and public corruption, as well as dozens of trials and investigations before the District of Columbia Superior Court, and numerous grand jury investigations. He has also argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and served as the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Coordinator while in Richmond and Chief of the Task Force that prosecuted cases arising from a local prison. 

Roscoe is a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions, the Virginia Bar Association Jury Task Force, as well as serving on the Board of Directors of the Roger Williams University School of Law and the U.S.-Canada Fulbright Board of Directors. He has authored numerous articles on criminal law and procedure and frequently speaks at white-collar crime seminars and institutes. He is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars.

Representative Experience

  • Advising an international farm manufacturing company charged with violating FCPA and the Oil for Food Program instituted for the country of Iraq.
  • Advising international trade company on the propriety of providing gifts to potential clients in China under the FCPA.
  • Represented an Asian Pacific Rim airline in two antitrust criminal investigations alleging price fixing.  Both investigations ended after years of investigation with the Department of Justice electing to take no action.
  • Represented the head of Sea Freight operations for a German Freight Forwarder in a criminal antitrust investigation by the Department of Justice.  The investigation ended without charges being brought.
  • Represented the head of Air Freight operations for an International Freight Forwarder under criminal investigation by the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division for alleged price fixing involving freight out of the Pacific Rim.  The investigation concluded without charges.
  • Represented a U.S. citizen government contractor for a Lebanese construction company who was charged with bribing a U.S. Army official.
  • Represented a government contract company in a qui tam action brought by the U.S. Government involving the Small Business Association 8(a) program for small and disadvantaged businesses.
  • Represented a chemical manufacturing company in litigation involving the Environmental Protection Agency’s system of allowances for producing certain chemicals used as refrigerants and usage of those chemicals.
  • Represented the CEO of a New York Lighting Company in a criminal case charging bank fraud in the Eastern District of New York.
  • Represented a Division I lacrosse coach during a state criminal investigation of a student athlete in the school’s lacrosse program.
  • Represented the former Budget Director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in an Inspector General’s criminal investigation of travel vouchers.
  • Represented a wood importer in a criminal investigation by the Department of Justice’s Division of the Environmental and Natural Resources in a Lacey Act allegation involving the importation of wood from Madagascar.
  • Represented an attorney in an FDIC and District of Columbia Bar investigation into a response to a Congressional subpoena for bank documents handled by a contract attorney firm.
  • Represented an oil company executive in the Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations and other alleged improper payments in Nigeria.
  • Served as lead counsel in an ERISA arbitration, representing a Michigan Trucking Company against a Union Pension Fund over the assessment of withdrawal liability by the Fund. The arbitration was held in the District of Columbia by agreement of the parties, but originated in the Northern District of Illinois.
  • Represented a satellite company in litigation against a government contracts company in civil litigation over breach of contract in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
  • Conducted counseling for an international energy company regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and designed their FCPA compliance program.
  • Represented a Transportation Security Administration attorney in a contempt proceeding in the Eastern District of Virginia involving a terrorism prosecution by the Department of Justice.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for the Seneca Nation of Indians in New York State involving the handling of contracts for the construction of their casino in Niagara Falls.
  • Represented an engineer for a Fortune 500 Company’s Design Division in the International Traffic in Arms Regulation investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia into the sharing of classified arms designs with Southeast Asian governments.
  • Represented the former General Counsel of a quasi-public city utility in an investigation by the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department into the filing of allegedly false and fraudulent reports with the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Represented a member of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction in an investigation by the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency on conflict of interest allegations.
  • Represented the Chief-of-Staff for a United States Congressman in an investigation involving alleged conflict of interest, bribery and election fraud.
  • Represented the lobbying group of one of the nation’s largest utilities in the grand jury investigation of “influence peddling” by convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.



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