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Practice area:

White collar crime

Danny Onorato is a founding partner of Schertler Onorato Mead and Sears, a premier boutique litigation firm in Washington, D.C. He served as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and has received numerous accolades for his white-collar and non-white-collar criminal defense practice, his trial skills, his tenacious representation of clients, and his resourcefulness. 

Mr. Onorato has successfully represented high-level executives, entrepreneurs, government officials, professional athletes and entertainers, and other individuals in criminal and civil matters throughout the United States, including high-profile white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions conducted by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal agencies. Most recently, Mr. Onorato obtained a jury acquittal in the Eastern District of Virginia in a highly-publicized false statements prosecution brought by Special Counsel John Durham. Mr. Onorato’s practice has included investigative and trial matters involving antitrust law, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, bribery and gratuities law, mail and wire fraud, honest services fraud, federal procurement regulations, campaign finance law, conflicts of interest, health care fraud, money laundering, environmental crimes, securities and tax laws, and false statements and perjury. Mr. Onorato regularly represents clients in hearings and depositions before Congressional committees and in internal investigations conducted by a range of federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Election Commission, the Department of Defense, and the General Services Administration. 

Mr. Onorato is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is ranked in Chambers USA and has been recognized repeatedly as a leading white-collar attorney by “The Best Lawyers in America,” which named Mr. Onorato its 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” in criminal defense in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers has ranked Mr. Onorato in the Top 100 attorneys in Washington, D.C., the National Law Journal recognized Mr. Onorato as a top 50 Trailblazer, and Washingtonian magazine has repeatedly included Mr. Onorato in its Top Lawyers list. 

Updated Sep 2023