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Thomas F. Kokalas
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Thomas Kokalas is a partner in Bracewell's New York office, where he is a member of the firm's White Collar Defense, Internal Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement practice group. He represents corporations and individual clients in federal and state white collar criminal and regulatory cases, internal investigations and compliance reviews.

Mr. Kokalas has represented individuals and corporations in investigations and prosecutions by the Department of Justice, the SEC, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the New York State Attorney General. Mr. Kokalas' representations have included cases involving allegations of government contracting and procurement fraud, bribery, money laundering, accounting fraud, securities law violations, insider trading, labor fraud and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Prior to joining Bracewell, Mr. Kokalas was an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office as a member of the Frauds Bureau. As a prosecutor, Mr. Kokalas successfully prosecuted complex financial crimes involving securities fraud, larceny and scheme to defraud. 

Mr. Kokalas also served in the Trial Division at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office where, for four years, he prosecuted felony criminal cases and conducted trials before the Supreme Court of New York and handled investigations into weapons and narcotics trafficking. His experiences as a law clerk prior to graduating from law school include research and drafting assignments for the New York State Office of the Attorney General, Investor Protection and Securities Bureau, the NASDAQ-AMEX market group, Listing Qualifications Section, and the National Association of Securities Dealers, Office of Dispute Resolution.

Representative Matters

Represented a utility company under investigation by both the New York State Attorney General and the Governor's Moreland Commission regarding alleged misrepresentations concerning storm preparation and response to Hurricane Sandy and other recent storms.

Represented multinational construction company in a wide-ranging fraud investigation conducted by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Managed all aspects of an internal investigation for a company accused of accounting fraud by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a publicly traded company for accounting fraud claims and procurement fraud while managing a parallel investigation by the SEC.

Conducted a world-wide Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance review and presented findings and recommendations to the company's Board of Directors.

Represented international aviation company in connection with a criminal antitrust investigation, resulting in no charges.

Defended a construction firm in an investigation conducted by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York into allegations of contracting fraud and bribery for work done at the World Trade Center.

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

Defended a major international shipping and design firm in connection with an investigation by the Department of Justice related to procurement fraud.

Defended a Broker-Dealer at a FINRA Arbitration against claims of fraud and conversion.


J.D., Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 2000
B.A., American University, 1997

Bar Admissions

New York

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York