Sean Hecker is a litigation partner whose practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations and complex civil litigation. He regularly defends individuals and companies in grand jury and regulatory investigations, and criminal proceedings involving allegations of securities fraud, money laundering and criminal antitrust violations. He has conducted numerous internal investigations of alleged FCPA violations, embezzlement and various forms of fraud. He also represents clients in complex civil litigation, including cases involving alleged securities fraud and other commercial disputes. Mr. Hecker recently became a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel in the Eastern District of New York, where he represents indigent federal criminal defendants. Chambers USA (2010/11) recognized Mr. Hecker as “a true rising star in the white-collar area” for his “extremely diligent approach” and “superb technical knowledge.” He is also recommended by The Legal 500 US (2010/11) for white-collar criminal defense.
Mr. Hecker joined Debevoise in 2006 and became a partner in 2008. Prior to joining the firm, he was a trial lawyer with the Federal Defenders of New York from 2003 to June 2006. During that time, he defended individuals charged in the Southern District of New York with a wide range of federal offenses and handled numerous trials and hearings. Mr. Hecker was a litigation associate with Covington & Burling in New York from 1999 to 2003. He clerked for the Hon. John M. Walker, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit from 1998 to 1999, and for the Hon. Sidney H. Stein, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York from 1997 to 1998.
Mr. Hecker received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1997, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was the Senior Note Editor of the Law Review. He received a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 1994. He graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College in 1992.
Mr. Hecker is a member of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, the New York City Bar Association (Council on Criminal Justice, 2010-present; Federal Courts Committee, 2010-present; and previously served on the Criminal Law, Criminal Advocacy and Corrections Committees) and the American Bar Association (Co-Chair, Defense Function Committee; Co-Chair, Sentencing Subcommittee of Criminal Justice Section's White Collar Crime Committee). He serves on the boards of the Federal Defender of New York, Inc., the Office of the Appellate Defender and Just Detention International, and is a Co-Chair of the UJA Criminal Law Group.