Manuel Possolo is a senior associate in the firm’s Investigations, Compliance and Defense practice. Mr. Possolo has significant experience conducting corporate investigations and compliance reviews and defending individuals in white-collar criminal matters, including in cross border engagements. He has litigated cases at trial and on appeal and maintains an active pro bono practice.
Mr. Possolo has participated in and led corporate investigations on a range of issues, including FCPA and FARA compliance, accounting fraud, FCC regulatory compliance, securities law violations, government contracting compliance, bankruptcy fraud and breaches of US tax law and international tax agreements. As part of this work, he has assessed legal and regulatory risk and provided advice for enhancing compliance to major corporations, including to senior corporate management.
In addition, Mr. Possolo has significant experience defending individuals under investigation by DOJ, the SEC, and the CFTC. He has represented individuals based in the United States and abroad and handled matters touching on countries around the world, including in Asia, South America, and the Middle East. He is well versed in managing the complexities inherent in cross border matters and has experience conducting investigative and defense work in cases requiring Portuguese and Spanish language skills.
Mr. Possolo has experience litigating both at trial and on appeal. He, along with a small trial team, achieved a $50.5 million settlement in the Northern District of Illinois mid-way through trial in an action to collect on an outstanding judgment for their client. In addition, as first-chair counsel in a bench trial in the DC Superior Court, he won a favorable judgment for his pro bono client based on poor housing conditions. At the appellate level, he has participated in drafting successful appellate briefing in the Seventh and Eleventh Circuits, and impactful amicus briefing in the US Supreme Court.
Mr. Possolo currently serves on the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Associate Board. He previously served as an elected member of the firm's Associates Committee.
In 2013, Mr. Possolo was a finalist in the Williams Institute Moot Court Competition at UCLA. His publication—“Morals Legislation After Lawrence: Can States Criminalize the Sale of Sexual Devices?”—was awarded as the best note of Volume 65 of the Stanford Law Review.