Michael Pauze

Partner at King & Spalding LLP

MICHAEL R. PAUZÉ is a partner in the Special Matters & Government Investigations practice group at King & Spalding. He represents clients in white-collar criminal proceedings, regulatory investigations, enforcement actions, and related civil litigation. Mr. Pauzé has considerable experience representing clients in regulatory and financial investigations by federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Offices, FBI, IRS Criminal Investigation, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations, Enforcement Divisions of the PCAOB, SEC, CFTC, and Congressional subcommittees.  Mr. Pauzé has particular experience representing Big Four accounting firms in the U.S. and abroad in a range of government investigations and litigation.  Recent representations include Senate subcommittee investigations of tax and audit engagements with Fortune 50, 100 and 500 companies; SEC and Justice Department investigations of an audit engagement with Fortune 50 and 500 companies; PCAOB formal and informal investigations; and parallel investigations by Enforcement Divisions of three agencies regarding an audit engagement with a broker-dealer.  Mr. Pauzé is a trial lawyer, having served as lead counsel in dozens of jury and bench trials in jurisdictions across the country. Most recently, in 2016, Mr. Pauzé served as lead trial counsel representing Vascular Solutions, Inc., a publicly traded medical device company in a federal criminal trial in Texas.  After a five-year investigation, and a three-week trial, the jury acquitted the company and its founder and CEO on all counts.  The trial marked one of the rare occasions in which a medical device company successfully challenged government charges in a jury trial, risking criminal penalties as well as administrative exclusion from Medicare and Medicaid.  An experienced advocate, Mr. Pauzé brings to bear over a decade of experience from the Department of Justice.  As a Deputy Chief and Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, a trial attorney on the Enron Task Force, and a prosecutor in the Criminal Enforcement Section of the Tax Division, he supervised and conducted hundreds of investigations and prosecutions of complex financial, tax and regulatory offenses.  Mr. Pauzé received numerous awards during his tenure as a federal prosecutor, including the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney; the Criminal Division Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Safeguarding Confidence in the American Marketplace; the Barney Skolnik Award for outstanding performance in a corruption case of unusual public significance; the Council of Inspectors General Award for Excellence; and the Tax Division’s Outstanding Attorney Award. He has lectured at the Justice Department’s National Advocacy Center and served as an instructor at the IRS Criminal Investigation Training Academy.  Mr. Pauzé was the Hiring Partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office from 2012 to 2014.  Mr. Pauzé graduated Order of the Coif from Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he served as an Associate Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and received the Dean’s Award for his class. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business (Finance), with high distinction, from Indiana University.