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Philip J. Bezanson
Managing Partner, Seattle
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Philip J. Bezanson represents corporate clients, senior management and boards of directors as well as individual clients in internal investigations, securities enforcement, criminal defense and regulatory matters.

Mr. Bezanson is a member of the Bracewell LLP team that has worked on recent high-profile and complex cases, including the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the George Washington Bridge lane closure and General Motors ignition switch investigations, "Pay to Play" cases in New York, New Mexico and Illinois, the stock options backdating cases, and a variety of matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, accounting and public disclosure practices at publicly traded companies, and trading desks at financial institutions. Mr. Bezanson regularly conducts internal investigation and defends corporations and executives facing allegations of securities fraud, antitrust violations, environmental crimes, bribery, mail/wire fraud, tax offenses and other business crimes or regulatory violations.  He also assists national and international corporate clients with a wide variety of compliance matters.

Mr. Bezanson has also been successful convincing prosecutors and regulators to abandon investigations before charges are filed.  He counsels clients through each step in the defense process, from creating and auditing robust, specifically-tailored compliance programs, to preparing clients and their employees to meet with prosecutors or regulatory agencies, to making decisions on negotiation, settlement, trial and appeals.

Phil spent nearly ten years working in Bracewell’s New York Office.  Currently, he splits time between New York and Seattle, where he is the Managing Partner of Bracewell’s Seattle Office.

Representative Matters

Representing major oil field services provider in connection with criminal investigation of Deepwater Horizon blowout

Represented international tobacco company in connection with nationwide antitrust litigation and related criminal charges resulting in dismissal of indictment

Represented private investment funds and individuals in connection with pay-to-play investigations conducted by the Department of Justice, the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the SEC, and related civil litigations

Represented the head of the auction rate securities desk at a financial institution in connection with an SEC investigation

Represented the chief financial officer of a public company under investigation for accounting fraud and manipulation of financial statements and SEC filings

Represented Fortune 200 company in connection with stock options backdating inquiries resulting in no criminal charges and no monetary penalties

Represented the chief financial officer of a Fortune 500 company under investigation for backdating stock options

Represented international aviation company in connection with criminal antitrust investigation


J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2004
B.A., Columbia University, 2001

Bar Admissions

New York

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


Legalease, The Legal 500 United States, Litigation: White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2014-2015
Thomson Reuters, New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2014
Managing Editor, Law and Technology Review, Duke University School of Law