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Brian S. Cromwell


Brian Cromwell counsels clients on white collar criminal defense, environmental crimes defense, health care fraud defense, internal investigations and SEC enforcement issues. Mr. Cromwell also advises corporate and individual clients under investigation by consumer protection agencies including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). Mr. Cromwell is also a member of the Public Company Growth & Compliance group. Mr. Cromwell is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Cromwell was both a state and federal prosecutor. From 1997-2000, he served as an Assistant District Attorney for Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, where he gained substantial investigative and trial experience in a variety of matters. From 2000-2004, Mr. Cromwell served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Department of Justice, Western District of North Carolina.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Cromwell gained valuable experience as a financial analyst and a tax consultant, which sparked his practical and legal insight into complex corporate criminal issues.

Results By the Numbers

  • 0 Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers for 2016
  • 0 Attorneys in 7 offices

Featured Experience

  • Represented an American subsidiary of a Japanese company in an investigation conducted by the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice which resulted in declination of prosecution
  • Represented a large regional hospital during a wide-scale state insurance investigation where no substantive sanctions were levied against the healthcare facility
  • Represented a bank executive in a CFPB investigation that resulted in no enforcement action being taken
  • Represented a municipality, police force and others in a racially divisive 42 U.S.C. §1983 excessive use of force case in which 55 of 59 claims were dismissed by the close of summary judgment, and was able to negotiate a settlement at a fraction the plaintiff’s initial demand
  • Represented a sports/entertainment conglomerate in an SEC investigation, resulting in no enforcement action being taken
  • Represented an asset management firm and its principals in an SEC investigation that resulted in no enforcement action being taken despite criminal sentences being levied against alleged co-conspirators
  • Represented a CPA in an IRS-CID investigation, which resulted in no formal charges being filed
  • Acted as pool counsel for executives of a government-sponsored enterprise in a protracted SEC investigation
  • Represented a mortgage company regarding an investigation conducted by the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks, which resulted in no formal charges being filed
  • Conducted internal investigations for corporations in various industries including chemical manufacturing, medical provision, insurance, banking, energy and food processing
  • Represented the CEO of a textile corporation investigated by the SEC, resulting in no enforcement action being taken
  • Represented a FORTUNE 100 manufacturing company in response to law enforcement subpoenas and requests for information
  • Represented medical professionals in various criminal investigations
  • Defended, pro bono in a high-profile trial, an individual who was charged with a homicide offense; trial concluded in a dismissal at the close of the government’s evidence

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Honors & Awards

  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Leaders in the Law Honoree, 2016
  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2010-2017
  • Business North Carolina magazine's "Legal Elite" in Criminal Law, 2011& 2013


  • Western District of North Carolina, Federal Defender, Board of Directors, 2008-present
  • Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Board of Directors, 2008-present
  • United Family Services, Board of Directors, 2005-present, Chairman of the Board, 2007