Neil H. MacBride
  1. Partner

Mr. MacBride is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department and co-chair of the firm's White Collar Criminal Defense and Government Investigations Group. He is based in Washington DC and his practice focuses on government enforcement actions, internal investigations, congressional investigations, and complex civil litigation. His matters have included advising clients in connection with foreign corrupt practices, economic sanctions, cybersecurity risks, healthcare fraud, False Claims Act violations, market manipulation, insider trading, securities, and procurement and tax fraud. His wide-ranging investigations and trial experience span more than two decades, and he has conducted more than 25 jury trials and dozens of bench trials.

Mr. MacBride has served in all three branches of government. Before joining Davis Polk in 2014, he served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, leading the office in bringing cases of national and international significance involving the FCPA, financial and securities fraud, international corruption, money laundering, copyright infringement and trade secret theft, defense procurement fraud, terrorism and cybersecurity. Mr. MacBride also oversaw high-profile civil litigation on behalf of the United States, defending the United States in a wide array of constitutional and programmatic challenges to U.S. government laws, regulations and programs, as well as launching an affirmative civil enforcement initiative by filing fraud lawsuits on behalf of the federal government under the False Claims Act. Nominated by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Mr. MacBride was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and also chaired its Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee.

Before his appointment as U.S. Attorney, Mr. MacBride served as the Associate Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice. He served from 2005 to 2008 as Vice President and General Counsel of the Business Software Alliance, an international trade association for the software and hardware industry, where he oversaw global anti-piracy enforcement programs in 75 countries to combat unlicensed and counterfeit software.

He also served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director for then-Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. from 2001 to 2005 on the Senate Judiciary Committee. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. MacBride served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia.

Work Highlights

Recent Representations
  • Secured declinations from DOJ and SEC in FCPA investigation of Cisco
  • Secured declination from SEC in FCPA investigation of Fortune 200 multinational company
  • One of the world’s largest mining companies in connection with a joint SEC and DOJ anti-corruption investigation
  • Board of Directors of a publicly traded European company in an FCPA investigation
  • A Fortune 50 company in a corruption investigation in Asia
Corporate Representations
  • A major medical device manufacturer in parallel criminal, civil, regulatory and congressional investigations of potential adulteration, misbranding, and sales and marketing issues
  • A multinational financial institution in connection with parallel criminal, regulatory and civil actions related to allegations that several major banks conspired to manipulate the rates used to determine foreign exchange prices
  • A Fortune 50 corporation in connection with an OFAC investigation into compliance with U.S. economic sanctions
  • A financial services company in connection with an investigation by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau into alleged deceptive marketing practices and real estate settlement procedures
  • A Big Four accounting firm in connection with regulatory inquiries by the New York Department of Financial Services relating to its work for a Japanese financial services company
  • A major financial institution and pharmaceutical company in cybersecurity investigations by DOJ and SEC 
  • An aerospace and defense company with corporate governance advice regarding cyber risks
Civil Enforcement Representations
  • Morgan Stanley in connection with its FIRREA settlement with DOJ and lawsuits by several states related to residential mortgage-backed securities
  • McGraw Hill Financial, Inc. and Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC in connection with lawsuits brought by DOJ, SEC and the Attorneys General of numerous states concerning the ratings of residential mortgage-backed securities
  • A major financial institution in connection with investigations by DOJ and states into its RMBS business
  • A major energy company and a defense contractor in connection with False Claims Act investigations
Civil Litigation
  • Atchley et al v. AstraZeneca UK Limited et al, 1:17-cv-02136 RJL (D.D.C. 2017) (defending Antiterrorism civil lawsuit)
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation, et al. v. Mnuchin, et al., No. 3:17-cv-01930-B (N.D. Tex. 2017) (Administrative Procedure Act lawsuit)
  • Cunningham v. General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc.  Civil Action No. 1:16-cv-545 (E.D. Va. 2016) (defending TCPA class action lawsuit)
Individual Representations
  • Executives from multiple global automotive companies in connection with an industrywide inquiry triggered by the investigation of VW involving allegations regarding U.S. emissions tests
  • A precious metals trader in DOJ/CFTC investigation into alleged spoofing/market manipulation
  • An executive at a multinational bank in connection with ongoing investigation regarding compliance with U.S. economic sanctions programs


Mr. MacBride is consistently recognized as a leader in the legal industry:

  • Chambers USA – White Collar Crime and Government Investigations
  • Legal 500 U.S. – Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • Benchmark Litigation – “Star”: Washington DC 
  • Ethisphere's – "Attorneys Who Matter," 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Washingtonian – “Top Lawyers,” Criminal Defense, White Collar, 2017
  • National Law Journal – “Cybersecurity Trailblazer,” 2016
  • U.S. Department of Justice – Distinguished Achievement Award

Of Note

Mr. MacBride was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to the Ad Hoc Committee created to conduct a comprehensive and impartial review of the administration and operation of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA).

Current Memberships
  • Director, National Association of Former United States Attorneys
  • Board of Advisors, National Security Institute, George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School
  • Member, White Collar Crime Committee, American Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, Trans-National Crimes Subcommittee, American Bar Association
  • Member, U.S. Judicial Conference’s Ad Hoc Committee to Review the Criminal Justice Act
  • Barrister, Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, 2005-present
  • Member of the Board, Supreme Court Historical Society
Past Memberships
  • Member, ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force
  • Member, Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section Board of Governors

Professional History

  • Partner, Davis Polk, 2014-present
  • U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2009-2013
  • Associate Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, 2009
  • Vice President and General Counsel, Business Software Alliance, 2005-2008
  • Chief Counsel and Staff Director to Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Senate Committee on Judiciary, 2001-2005
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Columbia, 1997-2001
  • Associate, Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand, 1993-1997
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Henry Coke Morgan Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1992-1993

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • State of New York
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. Virginia


  • B.A., Houghton College, 1987
    • magna cum laude
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1992