Perkins Coie Partner Kevin Feldis has a global practice responding to government enforcement actions, conducting internal investigations, managing crisis response, litigating business disputes and white collar cases, and counseling on a variety of corporate compliance issues. Kevin served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for 18 years prior to joining the firm, including as the First Assistant United States Attorney, criminal division chief, and computer hacking and intellectual property (CHIP) attorney in Alaska. During his distinguished career in public service, Kevin handled complex financial fraud, corruption, and environmental crimes cases, winning numerous trials and appeals. He was recognized for his work with the prestigious John Marshall Award for outstanding legal achievement. Kevin was also twice selected for overseas assignments with the U.S. State Department, where he was stationed as the DOJ legal advisor at the U.S. Embassies in Azerbaijan (2006 - 2008) and in Indonesia (2016 - 2017).
Kevin focuses on assisting companies navigate and respond to a diversity of business risks including government investigations, whistleblower complaints, FCPA matters, False Claims Act allegations, ransomware and other cybersecurity attacks, environmental incidents, and lawsuits. He regularly investigates complaints of wrongdoing, advises on evolving regulatory compliance issues, and helps companies respond to inquiries from DOJ, FBI, federal agency OIGs, state attorney general offices, and other government authorities. Kevin’s international law experience also makes him uniquely positioned to assist businesses with their overseas and cross-border issues. Complementing this work, Kevin is a leader of the firm’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) advisory team and advises on ESG programs, disclosures and compliance as those factors relate to mitigating risk and adding value.
General Counsel and corporate executives frequently call upon Kevin for his experienced insights and practical recommendations as they make critical business decisions and navigate complex legal problems. These clients include technology companies, government contractors, software service providers, cryptocurrency exchanges, and medical providers, as well as those in the education, telecommunications, financial, transportation, tourism, and natural resource sectors. While with the DOJ, Kevin was a member of the Criminal Chiefs Working Group and the National Security Cyber Specialist Network, as well as a representative on the DOJ Environmental Crimes Policy Committee. In all his roles, Kevin helped create national policy on a wide range of issues and collaborated with federal, state, and local investigators and prosecutors throughout the country and around the world.
Kevin has received two U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Commendations and multiple recognitions from the DOJ Environmental and Natural Resources Division and other federal agencies for the cases he has litigated. Drawing upon his experience working with the U.S. government overseas, Kevin co-authored a comprehensive chapter on the anti-corruption legal framework in Indonesia in From Baksheesh to Bribery: Understanding the Global Fight Against Corruption and Graft (2019, Oxford University Press; authored by Perkins Coie Partner T. Markus Funk). He has trained hundreds of investigators, prosecutors, and judges throughout Southeast and Central Asia on international enforcement topics, including combatting corruption, money laundering, and cybercrime.
Kevin is a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and an active member of the Federal Bar Association. He is a member of the Perkins Coie White Collar & Investigations practice as well as the Fintech industry group and participates in the firm’s China and Asia practices. Kevin has served as an adjunct professor for Seattle University School of Law, where he has taught trial advocacy and environmental enforcement, and he regularly speaks about government investigations, DOJ enforcement policies, corporate compliance, environmental crimes, incident response, and cybersecurity.