Michael L. Spafford
Michael Spafford is a partner in the Investigations and White Collar Defense practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, government investigations, regulatory enforcement and internal investigations. He has represented financial institutions, funds and other companies as well as individual clients in numerous high-profile government investigations and litigation, including those involving alleged violations of the federal securities, commodities and banking laws, price fixing and collusion, manipulation, tax, accounting, and trading offenses, FCPA and false claims. Mr. Spafford frequently represents clients before the DOJ, SEC, CFTC, FERC, FTC, and other federal and state government authorities. Frequently recognized as a leading lawyer in White Collar Defense and Investigations, Mr. Spafford has been ranked by Chambers USA and Legal 500. He also has been commended for his work in energy-related matters and has been recognized by the Best Lawyers in America for his work in derivatives law. Mr. Spafford is a frequent speaker on securities, commodities and derivatives, manipulation and cartel enforcement, and energy issues. He is admitted to Columbia and New York Bar. Michael L. Stafford is a former student of the Duke University School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1983) and the State University of New York (Bachelor of Arts, 1980).