Tom Firestone is a partner in the Washington, D.C. and New York offices of Baker McKenzie, where he serves as co-chair of the North America Government Enforcement practice and as a member of the firm’s Global Compliance and Investigations Steering Committee. His practice focuses on international anti-corruption and helping companies manage risks in emerging markets.
Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, he spent 14 years with the U.S. Department of Justice where he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, focusing on transnational organized crime and corruption cases, and also as the Resident Legal Adviser at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. He twice won the U.S. State Department Superior Honor Award for his work on anti-corruption and the rule of law in Russia and also received a special award from the Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service for his work in promoting U.S.-Russian cooperation to combat transnational cartels.
He has published widely in both English and Russian on issues related to criminal justice in Russia and taught courses on anti-corruption at a Moscow law school. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors from Harvard College, received an MA from U.C. Berkeley in Political Science, and graduated with honors from Harvard Law School. He is fluent in Russian and also has working knowledge of Polish.