Sam Williamson is a partner resident in Quinn Emanuel’s New York Office and co-chair of the firm’s New York White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice. He is also chair of Quinn Emanuel’s Asian White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice. Prior to his residency in New York, Sam led the firm’s expansion into Shanghai, where he oversaw the opening of the Shanghai’s office and served as the firm’s first managing partner of the Shanghai office. He is a former federal prosecutor, having served as a white collar supervisor at the U.S. Department of Justice, and has extensive experience living and working in Asia, having lived in China on multiple occasions, as well as in Japan and Singapore. Sam speaks Mandarin Chinese and Japanese and while based in China was the only Chinese-speaking former federal prosecutor resident at an international law firm in mainland China.
In the U.S., Asia and around the world, Sam regularly counsels both corporations and individuals on sensitive litigation and enforcement matters involving securities law, accounting and book-keeping standards and other internal financial controls, complex financial transactions, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), the U.K. Bribery Act, other corruption enforcement regimes, the Economic Espionage Act (“EEA”), antitrust and competition issues, health care programs, and government sanctions and trade policies, among others. Sam also frequently speaks to businesspeople and lawyers regarding enforcement and corruption risks, and on how best to deal with government investigations. Sam has represented clients in a wide variety of industries, including private equity, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food and beverage, management consulting, information technology, industrial engineering, consumer products, aviation, and sporting goods. He is also an experienced trial lawyer, having tried many cases to verdict in U.S. federal court, and regularly represents large companies in connection with significant civil disputes arising in the course of their business activities around the world.
According to Chambers Asia-Pacific, Sam is “the kind of lawyer you can put in front of your business people - an engaging, credible speaker with a sense of humour” with “ability to synthesise and clarify inherently ambiguous circumstances” and “formidable US Department of Justice experience.” Chambers also reported client comments that Sam “stands out in terms of preparation, focus, comprehensive, analysis, presentation, management and strategy planning.” In 2013, Main Justice recognized Sam with a Distinguished Service Award in the FCPA category.