Phil Inglima is a partner in Crowell & Moring's White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group. He has litigated a broad range of criminal and civil matters in trial and appellate courts, with an emphasis on criminal frauds and parallel civil and regulatory enforcement proceedings. He also has substantial experience in handling congressional investigations and professional responsibility proceedings. His clients have ranged from public corporations to individuals and closely-held entities. In recent years, he has represented clients in several of the most prominent federal white collar controversies.
Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Phil's extensive white collar experience included nearly two years of service as a Senior Associate Independent Counsel in the investigation of then-Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt. On that probe, Phil led a team examining allegations of perjury, bribery, improper influence peddling and campaign finance fraud involving national political organizations and numerous high legislative and executive offices. This role drew upon his experience representing government officials and businessmen in public corruption prosecutions during his more than eight years in private practice with Plato Cacheris.
Phil's recent engagements include:
- Appointment as Delegee Independent Consultant, approved by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission, to investigate suspect transactions in connection with the Consent entered in settlement of Securities and Exchange Commission v. American International Group, Inc. (AIG), No. 1:04CV2070 (D.D.C.).
- Led internal investigations for both public and private corporations in connection with criminal public corruption investigations.
- Defense of major private energy corporation in parallel investigations by federal regulators and multiple congressional committees.
- Defense of former Director of West Power Trading at Reliant Energy in criminal and CFTC proceedings relating to alleged manipulation of the California electricity market; after three years of postindictment, pretrial litigation, secured a deferred prosecution agreement and dismissal of the charges without any penalty.
- Defense of former Executive Vice President for Investor Relations at Enron in criminal, SEC and civil proceedings; negotiated dispositions with the DOJ and SEC that substantially limited his client’s exposure, and client rendered central cooperation in the related prosecutions of Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling.
- Defense of former Greenberg Traurig lobbyist in criminal and congressional investigations relating to his role as a member of “Team Abramoff,” client avoided any criminal or civil charges.
- Defense of multiple Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae executives in connection with earnings manipulation investigations by Special Board Committee, SEC and DOJ; all clients avoided dismissal, enforcement proceedings or penalties.
- Defense of former KPMG partner in connection with criminal tax shelter fraud investigations; client has avoided criminal charges.
- Defense of former senior executive at Kellogg, Brown & Root in connection with DOJ and SEC investigations of alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations; client has avoided any criminal or civil charges.
- Defense of multiple individuals in SEC formal investigations and enforcement proceedings relating to suspected insider trading and earnings manipulation; all clients have avoided dismissal, permanent bars or criminal referrals.
- Defense of former senior trader at Williams Energy Marketing & Trading on criminal conspiracy and commodities manipulation charge; trial pending.
In addition, over the past two decades Phil has represented business clients in a variety of internal investigations and grand jury probes. He has assisted in the development and implementation of compliance programs, and has guided clients through regulatory reporting processes. His clients have ranged from closely-held entities to public corporations, from accountants and their partnerships to attorneys and law firms. His practice has ranged from matters pursued under the wire, mail, tax and securities fraud statutes, to export control, money laundering and conflict of interest laws, and criminal environmental and OSHA prohibitions.
Phil has tried criminal and civil cases in both federal and state courts. He has argued federal appeals and post-judgment petitions, participated in arbitrations and mediations, and has represented multiple clients in connection with professional responsibility proceedings. For the past several years, Phil has been recognized by clients and peers as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA in the areas of Litigation and White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, and both Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers In America have repeatedly rated him as a leading lawyer in White Collar Criminal Defense.
A 1984 graduate of Georgetown University's College of Arts & Sciences and a 1988 graduate of its Law Center, Phil remains actively involved in the University's alumni affairs. From 2006 to 2008, he served as President of Georgetown's Alumni Association and a member of the University's Board of Directors. He also is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law Center, where he teaches a course in Federal White Collar Crime.
Phil began his career as law clerk to the Honorable June L. Green of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He is a member of the state and federal bars of DC, New York and New Jersey, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Phil is also an active volunteer in the DC Bar, having chaired the Criminal Law steering committee, the Council on Sections and the Nominations Committee. He is a member of The Barristers and The Lawyers Club of Washington.
Phil and his wife and three children reside in the District of Columbia.