Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP is comprised of an extraordinary team of internationally recognized principals from the judicial, prosecutorial, and law enforcement domains. Additionally, the firm has access to a sophisticated and global network of specialty counsel and legal experts.
The Honorable Stanley Sporkin (Ret.)
The Honorable Louis J. Freeh
Founder and Senior Managing Partner
Louis J. Freeh is a founder and partner of Freeh Sporkin &Sullivan, LLP a Washington, D.C. law firm, established in 2007. Mr. Freeh is also founder of the consulting firm Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC, also established in 2007.
From September 2012 through December 2015 Mr. Freeh was partner and immediate past chair of the Executive Committee of Pepper Hamilton LLP.
He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers College in 1971, Rutgers School of Law in 1974 and New York University School of Law in 1984 (L.L.M). Mr. Freeh joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent in 1975, and was assigned to the New York City Field Division, and later at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mr. Freeh served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps.
In 1981, Mr. Freeh joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York as an Assistant United States Attorney, later serving as Associate and Deputy United States Attorney. In 1991, Mr. Freeh was appointed by President George H.W. Bush as a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York.
In 1993, President William J. Clinton appointed Judge Freeh as the Fifth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 2001, Mr. Freeh joined MBNA America Bank in Delaware as vice chairman and general counsel.
Mr. Freeh is an advisor to Millennium Partners, L.P. and a board member of the Max Planck Florida Institute. Mr. Freeh is also counsel to the US Naval Academy Foundation. From 2006 to 2013 Mr. Freeh was a member of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Board of Directors, where he chaired the Governance Committee.
Mr. Freeh and his wife, Marilyn, have six sons.
The Honorable Eugene R. Sullivan
Eugene R. Sullivan is a retired Federal Judge in Washington D.C. with over 16 years of appellate experience. Nominated by President Reagan and confirmed by the Senate, Judge Sullivan was installed as a Federal Judge in 1986. In 1990, President Bush named him the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals (AF). In 2002, he was elevated to Senior Status. When not recalled to active Court service, Judge Sullivan is a senior partner in the D.C. Law firm of Freeh, Sporkin & Sullivan LLP.
Born in St Louis, Missouri, Judge Sullivan graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, where he was a member of the Cadet Honor Committee and the varsity lacrosse team. Following graduation, he served in the Army for five years and qualified as a tanker, an Airborne Ranger, a Ranger Instructor and a Jumpmaster. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and other decorations in Vietnam. Judge Sullivan has been inducted into the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame.
After the Army, Judge Sullivan graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, serving as an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal in his senior year. After law school Judge Sullivan clerked for Chief Judge M.C. Matthes of the United States Court of Appeals (8th Circuit) and worked for the Patton Boggs law firm in Washington, D.C.
Judge Sullivan served in the White House on the legal defense team of President Nixon during the Watergate investigation in 1974. From 1974 to 1982, he was a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. From 1982 until he became a Federal Judge in 1986, Judge Sullivan served in the Pentagon as the General Counsel and the Chief Ethics Officer of the U.S. Air Force after serving initially as the Deputy General Counsel.
From 1982 until 1986, Judge Sullivan was the General Counsel of the National Reconnaissance Office (“NRO”-a then super-secret US satellite intelligence agency). In addition, in 1984-1986, he served as the Governor of Wake Island (the U.S. possession in the Pacific). In 1988 and 1989, Judge Sullivan served on the Federal Commission to review the West Point Honor Code. He is a Trustee Emeritus and the founding Chair of the Ethics Committee of the West Point Board of Trustees (Association of Graduates) and served on the first Executive Board of the Duke Law School Center for Law, Ethics and National Security.
Judge Sullivan has given many lectures on American law to visiting international judges and lawyers. For many years, he was the chair of three annual conferences: the International Judicial Conference (Criminal Law), the Great Debate (a debate on judicial reform) between the USA and England, and the International Diplomatic Conference. During his career in promoting the rule of law, Judge Sullivan has been awarded the Medal of Justice from Romania, the First Class Medal of Defense from Hungary, the Defense Minister’s Citation of Merit from the Republic of China, an honorary Doctor of Law degree from New England School of Law, the Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal, the Medal for Outstanding Public Service from the U.S. Department of Defense, and the 2001 Castle Award from the West Point Society (DC). The Castle Award is given to one West Point graduate each year. Judge Sullivan is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
He has 2 published novels, both political thrillers: The Majority Rules (2005) & The Report to the Judiciary (2008) and is the Chair of the Judging Panel for the annual International Impac Dublin Literary Award (100,000 Euros for a single work of fiction).
Judge Sullivan is married to Lis Sullivan from Denmark who is an artist and anthropologist (her field--bound foot women of China). Their Daughter, Kim, is a graduate of Columbia University, attended graduate school at Columbia University, and works as an ABC producer (photo) in New York City; Eugene II, their son, works as a litigator in Washington DC and is a graduate of Duke University, The London School of Economics, and Columbia Law.
John D. Behnke
Eugene R. Sullivan II
Eugene R. Sullivan II is a partner at Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP, in its Washington, D.C. Office.
Mr. Sullivan represents businesses and individuals facing investigation by federal and state law enforcement authorities and provided counsel on compliance and control issues. He has served as counsel to a court-appointed monitor reviewing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance issues in the global operations of a Fortune 100 company
He served on the investigative team of the independent, internal investigation of publicized allegations of sexual abuse at the facilities of a major university and the alleged failure of the university’s personnel to report such sexual abuse to appropriate police and government authorities.
He has also conducted an internal investigation for an international governing body into allegations of bribery and corruption.
Mr. Sullivan also was a litigator at Howrey, LLP in its International Trade and Intellectual Property Litigation Division. He specialized in patent litigation in U.S. district courts and before the International Trade Commission under Section 1337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. Mr. Sullivan also has worked in the London office of a global law firm where he specialized in U.K. and U.S. intellectual property litigation. He has represented multinational entities in disputes relating to infringement of intellectual property rights, protection of confidential information and licensing.
After graduation from the London School of Economics, Mr. Sullivan held judicial clerkships in London with Master Michael McKenzie, Q.C. of the Royal Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and with His Honor Judge Graham Boal, Q.C. of the Central Criminal Court (The Old Bailey). After graduating from Columbia Law School, he served a judicial clerkship with Chief Judge H.R. Mayer in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Mr. Sullivan co-founded and was the first General Counsel of the No Greater Sacrifice Foundation, a nonprofit that provides college scholarships to the children of military members killed in action in the war against terrorism.
Mr. Sullivan is a graduate of Duke University (B.A. history), the London School of Economics (LL.B. with upper second class honors) and Columbia Law School (LL.M).
Mr. Sullivan is a member of the New York and District of Columbia bars.
James R. Bucknam
The Honorable Stanley Sporkin (Ret.)
Judge Sporkin is a former partner at Weil, Gotshal, & Manges, LLP and recently retained as ombudsman to British Petroleum (North America). In addition, his extensive career path includes twenty years of dedicated service with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the last seven as Director of Enforcement, and five years as General Counsel to the CIA. Appointed by President Reagan as U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia, Judge Sporkin presided over a number of very notable cases during his fourteen year tenure.
Judge Sporkin's awards and commendations include President's Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service. Current practice consists of corporate counseling in the area of securities and regulatory matters, mediation and arbitration services, and crisis management consultations. Judge Sporkin earned Certified Public Accountant certificate (inactive), attended Penn State University, and received his law degree from Yale University.
Senior Of Counsel
Ronald K. Noble joined FSS as Senior of Counsel on 8 July 2016.
He is also the founder of RKN Global DWC-LLC, a risk management and business development firm enhancing the security of countries, their citizens, and businesses.
Between 2000-2014, Noble was elected three times to serve as INTERPOL Secretary General. He was elected two times unanimously, and he became the first official to visit all of its 190 member countries. He transformed INTERPOL into a global, 24/7 enterprise–regularly deploying Incident Response Teams (IRTs) worldwide to confront serious crimes, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters.
Between 1993-1996, Noble served as Assistant Secretary and then Under Secretary for Enforcement of the US Treasury Department, with direct responsibility for the US Secret Service, US Customs Service, FinCEN, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms and other agencies. He was unanimously confirmed as Treasury Assistant Secretary by a Democrat controlled U.S. Senate in 1993 and then as Treasury Under Secretary by a Republican controlled U.S. Senate in 1995. Upon his departure, he received the U.S. Treasury Department’s highest award – the Alexander Hamilton medal.
Between 1996 and 2014, Noble was also a law professor at New York University; he became a fully tenured professor in 1999.
Between 1984 and 1989, Noble served first as an Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and then served as a Chief of Staff and Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.
Noble received his BA from the University of New Hampshire and Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School. He served as Articles Editor on the Stanford Law Review and was elected President of his graduating class in 1982.
Noble was named to France’s Legion of Honor, knighted by the Vatican and received high honors from several countries. He received the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s highest honor in November 2014 and was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in June 2016.
Noble is married to Marjam Lindsbro and has one son, Maximillian.