Awards and Rankings
December 8, 2022

Grant Fondo Named a 2022 Top White Collar Lawyer by Daily Journal

Goodwin partner Grant Fondo has been recognized as a Top White Collar Lawyer by Daily Journal for the third consecutive year. This annual recognition honors California-based practitioners working on the most impactful matters and cases in the white collar field.
A former federal prosecutor and Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of California, Fondo is the founder and co-chair of the firm’s Digital Currency & Blockchain Technology practice and co-chair of the firm’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act + Investigations for Technology group. He is also a partner in Goodwin's Securities Litigation & White Collar Defense group and Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity practice, and is the former head of Litigation for Goodwin’s Northern and Southern California offices. 
Daily Journal noted Fondo’s successful representation of former Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO John Stumpf, former JP Morgan Securities LLC analyst Ashish Aggarwal, and Texas-based tax lawyer Carlos Kepke in the largest criminal tax fraud case in US history, among others. His decades of experience and reputation with former prosecutors and nationally as a leader in digital currency and blockchain-related matters have allowed him to successfully advise high-profile blockchain and digital currency companies, venture capital and private equity firms, financial institutions, and directors, officers, and management in regards to criminal, SEC, IRS, FinCEN and CFTC investigations, cyber-hacking matters and internal investigations.  
Praised by Chambers for being a “fantastic litigator who fights hard for his clients every step of the way,” Fondo has repeatedly been recognized for excellence by leading market commentators such as Chambers USA, Chambers FinTech, Chambers Professional Advisors – Fintech Guide, The Legal 500 US, The Best Lawyers in America and Benchmark Litigation. He has been named a National Law Journal Trailblazer for both White Collar and Cryptocurrency, and was selected as Litigator of the Week by The American Lawyer for his successful defense at trial of Aggarwal.
Beyond his practice, Fondo is the former Pro Bono Chair of the California offices, remains the firm’s Pro Bono Expense Coordinator, and volunteers his time as a Criminal Justice Act Panelist for the Northern District of California, representing indigent defendants in federal court. He recently won the Fraser Award, which is Goodwin’s highest honor for pro bono achievement.