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Anthony Pacheco


Anthony Pacheco is a Litigation Shareholder in the firm’s Los Angeles office and a member of the firm’s Chambers USA-ranked Government Enforcement & Special Investigations group, focusing on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations and complex business litigation, including civil and criminal trials.

Mr. Pacheco’s work as President of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners is still recognized to this day. His responsibilities as the highest ranking official with the Los Angeles Police Department included oversight of all aspects of the Department including its $1.3 billion budget, officer-involved shootings, and in-custody deaths. He spoke extensively in the media and to community groups on issues concerning policing in Los Angeles.

Mr. Pacheco is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division. Mr. Pacheco participated in all aspects of federal criminal investigation and prosecution, particularly regarding grand jury proceedings, federal trial practice, intercepted wire communications and the international investigation and prosecution of criminal organizations.

Mr. Pacheco’s clients include public and private companies, medical centers, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, laboratories, software companies, brokerages, financial institutions, municipalities, universities, studios, post-production companies, high-level executives, doctors, lawyers, accountants and nonprofit entities. He has handled over 100 internal investigations and has managed sensitive public relations issues dealing with criminal, quasi-criminal, civil, regulatory, administrative and parallel proceedings.

Mr. Pacheco has substantial experience with health care fraud and abuse, False Claim Act, Stark and anti-kickback laws, HIPAA, data privacy and cyber security, whistleblower claims, securities and financial fraud, insider trading, campaign finance, environmental crimes, tax, antitrust, defense contractor fraud, elder abuse, bank fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice, extortion, consumer protection, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, extradition, #metoo, executive/employee misconduct, and wire and mail fraud.

Mr. Pacheco has consistently been identified by California Lawyer as one of the "Best Lawyers In America" and as a "Southern California Super Lawyer.” He is recognized as an accomplished trial attorney and has served as a monitor appointed by the Los Angeles Superior Court. He has served as counsel to the Rampart Independent Review Panel to evaluate police misconduct.

Anthony Pacheco



  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1986
  • Princeton University, B.A., 1983, with distinction, American Studies Program

Anthony Pacheco


Bar Admissions

  • California, 1987

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1989


  • Member, Mexican American Bar Association
  • Member, Princeton Club of Southern California
  • Member, Chancery Club of Los Angeles
  • Lead Pro Bono Counsel, TransLatin Coalition