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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney (federal prosecutor), Deputy District Attorney (state prosecutor) and Congressional Counsel (lawyer in U.S. Congress) specializing in defending companies, individuals and universities in state and federal white collar and non-white collar criminal cases and investigations, and civil, regulatory and administrative proceedings. He also represents and consults with universities, student-athletes, coaches, and others in NCAA interviews and proceedings. 


He thrives on aggressively assisting his clients to respond to crisis and "bet the company" situations.

In addition to his 20 years of experience as a lawyer, he started and led the investigations practice in California for a publicly-traded consulting firm which has more than 4,000 employees in 24 countries.  

His experience includes insider trading, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), fraud, bribery, kickbacks, thefts of trade secrets, unfair competition, employee misconduct, product recalls, public corruption, tax, money laundering, Ponzi schemes, and NCAA Enforcement matters.

He has won nearly 90% of his felony jury trials, including fraud, bribery, public corruption and murder. He has handled approximately 30 trials and 1,000 preliminary hearings, briefed and argued suppression and other motions in state and federal courts, and has briefed and argued cases in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Avvo rates him as a "superb" White Collar Criminal Defense lawyer (the highest rating available) with a perfect 10 out of 10 rating.

Specialties: White Collar Criminal Defense • Criminal Defense (state and federal) • IRepresenting current and former employees in government investigations of their employer • SEC Investigations and Defense • Fraud • Bribery • Kickbacks • Insider Trading • Government Fraud • Money Laundering • Import and Export Offenses (including ITAR) • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Defense, Investigations and Compliance (FCPA) • NCAA Investigations  • Internal Investigations •   Workplace Investigations  • Congressional Investigations • Monitorships • Crisis Consulting


Contact info

Vaughn Law Offices

350 S. Grand Ave
Suite 3550
Los Angeles, CA, 90071

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
  2. White Collar Crime: 40%
  3. Investment Fraud: 10%
  4. Business: 10%



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • John Michael Phillips

    I endorse Mr. Vaughn. You can tell from his thorough responses to questions on Avvo and sage wisdom that he has the passion and compassion necessary to be a fine advocate. He spends his own time giving advice to the Avvo community and that is something worth noting.


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  • Dorinda Jo Myers

    When you, or a loved one, finds themselves in need of a criminal defense attorney it is important to retain an experienced, knowledgeable and competent lawyer. Mr. Vaughn is well respected in the legal community for those reasons.


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DCInactive 199007/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Appreciation of EffortsFederal Bureau of InvestigationN/A
Appreciation of EffortsU. S. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue ServiceN/A
Appreciation of EffortsU.S. Department of Education, Inspector GeneralN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawVaughn Law Offices2013 - Present
Managing Director - Global Risk and InvestigationsFTI Consulting, Inc.2007 - Present
Assistant United States AttorneyUnited States Dept. of Justice1998 - 2007
Deputy District Attorney - Special InvestigationsLos Angeles County District Attorney1994 - 1998
District DirectorUnited States Congress1994 - 1994
Deputy Trial CounselState Bar of California1991 - 1992
Deputy District AttorneyLos Angeles County District Attorney1989 - 1991
CounselUnited States Congress1988 - 1989
Legislative AssistantUnited States Congress1987 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association (White Collar Crime subcommittee)N/AN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaN/AN/A
District of Columbia Bar Association (inactive)N/AN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionN/A2009 - 2015
Association of Business Trial LawyersN/A2009 - 2015
Association of Certified Fraud ExaminersN/A2007 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Theft of Trade Secrets InvestigationN/A
Ponzi Scheme InvestigationN/A
International Asset Search and RecoveryMore than $1 million recovered
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Publication nameTitleDate
Los Angeles Daily JournalRise of Internal Investigations Creating Crowded Marketplace2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard UniversityCoursework included Harvard Law SchoolMaster in Public Administration1993
University of California, Hastings College of the LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of California - BerkeleyN/AOther - Bachelors1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Presentation to US and Foreign JudgesDefending Corruption and Espionage Cases2013
University of Southern CaliforniaFrom Tip to Indictment: How Prosecutorial Decisions are Made2012
Internal Training for In-House Counsel and Investigative StaffBest Practices in Internal Investigations2012
FTI ConsultingResponding to NCAA Investigations2012
confidentialResponding to NCAA Investigations2012
American Bar AssociationBest Practices for Internal Investigations2012
American Lawyer top 100 law firm internal trainingTop 10 Mistakes in International Investigations2011
Inns of CourtA Comparison of Federal and State Grand Jury Procedures2010