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Eric Beste

Eric J. Beste

Partner-in-Charge, San Diego Office

San Diego

655 W. Broadway
Suite 1300
San Diego, CA 92101

Los Angeles

2029 Century Park East
Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90067

P 619-321-5015

F 310-284-3894

After two decades prosecuting white collar crimes in federal courts throughout the country, Eric Beste now represents businesses and individuals facing domestic and international investigations and enforcement actions. A seasoned trial lawyer with a natural aptitude for advocacy, Eric takes each client’s story and turns it into a compelling narrative to achieve the best possible result.


After two decades prosecuting white collar crimes in federal courts throughout the country, Eric Beste now represents businesses and individuals facing domestic and international investigations and enforcement actions. A seasoned trial lawyer with a natural aptitude for advocacy, Eric takes each client’s story and turns it into a compelling narrative to achieve the best possible result.

Eric focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations and compliance matters, and complex business litigation. Leveraging his proven track record of supervising and litigating high-profile matters as a federal prosecutor, he provides experienced counsel to clients seeking to mitigate the risks inherent in the modern business world. Among the litigation matters in which Eric can provide the most value are those involving securities fraud, corporate malfeasance, domestic and foreign corruption, tax crimes, defense procurement fraud, government contracting offenses, Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering violations, financial institution crimes, and healthcare fraud.

Over the course of his career with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Eric fostered collaborative relationships with law enforcement officials, fellow prosecutors, and senior officials in the United States and abroad, which allowed him to navigate difficult challenges and devise effective solutions. Through his extensive network, Eric has gathered distinct insights into the personnel and strategies employed by agencies tasked with investigating fraud, corruption and other white collar crimes.

Eric developed a breadth of litigation experience at the DOJ’s Criminal Division, Fraud Section, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California. He prosecuted over a dozen senior executives at publicly traded companies and secured numerous insider trading convictions, giving him a behind-the-scenes look into the investigation of securities fraud by the DOJ and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He investigated and prosecuted violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), including allegations of corporations and individuals making corrupt payments in Africa, China and Europe. In addition, he secured healthcare fraud convictions in Virginia, tried bank fraud defendants in Alabama, and prosecuted racketeering cases in Washington, D.C., and San Diego, California. Beyond honing his trial skills, this work provided Eric with invaluable insight into DOJ’s practices, policies, and decision-making in some of its most significant white-collar prosecutions.

As a supervisor in one of the busiest federal districts in the country, Eric oversaw hundreds of cases, many involving nationally significant prosecutions. Among them were the district’s largest securities fraud case, a groundbreaking healthcare fraud kickback prosecution, the U.S. Navy’s most significant public corruption cases, the largest foreign national campaign finance fraud case, and a pioneering Bank Secrecy Act prosecution that resulted in the largest forfeiture in the district’s history. He was also selected to supervise high-profile matters in other districts, including the most significant public corruption investigation in the State of Hawaii. Supervising such high-profile matters required extensive collaboration with senior officials at the DOJ and their law enforcement partners, including the FBI, IRS, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), SEC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and various Inspectors General. While serving in the Southern District of California, Eric was responsible for devising strategies to combat financial frauds and ensure coordination among various federal agencies.

Throughout his professional life, Eric has developed a distinctive strength in creating and molding teams that can lead clients through even the thorniest of challenges. He excels at selecting and leading the right practitioners in the right roles, which allows him and his teams to provide the best representation possible.

Professional and Community Involvement

Member, San Diego Rotary (Club 33)

Board of Governors, editor of The ABTL Report, Association of Business Trial Lawyers of San Diego

Member, Federal Bar Association of San Diego

Member, American Bar Association

Alumni interviewer, alumni awards committee, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Alumni interviewer, University of Pennsylvania

Former adjunct professor, University of San Diego School of Law


Daily Journal, Top White Collar Lawyers, 2023

SD500, Most Influential San Diegans, San Diego Business Journal, 2023

The Best Lawyers in America, 2024

Top 100 Leaders in Law, San Diego Business Journal, 2022-2023

DOJ Assistant Attorney General's Exceptional Service Award, 2018

  • Represented executive of for-profit education company charged with multiple felonies for the receipt and disbursement of charter school funds; negotiated a pre-trial disposition to a misdemeanor charge that allowed the executive to avoid a prison sentence and maintain state licenses.
  • Represented insurance business owner charged in federal court with multiple felony offenses arising out of business bankruptcy; negotiated a pre-trial disposition to a single misdemeanor charge that allowed the owner to avoid a prison sentence, limit restitution payments, and potentially maintain insurance license.
  • Represented owner of a medical device sales company facing federal investigation for allegedly extortionate and fraudulent business practices; secured a complete declination of all charges.
  • Represented active stock trader in insider trading investigation conducted by the SEC's Division of Enforcement; secured a complete declination of any enforcement action against client.       
  • Represented software company seeking to recover over $1 million in unpaid software licensing fees; secured complete summary judgment in client's favor, including dismissal of counterclaims brought by customer, and immediate collection of judgment with interest.
  • Represented aircraft technology company in California lawsuit against former employee for fraud, conversion, and breach of fiduciary duties; prevailed on all claims at trial and secured a $31 million judgment.
  • Represented technology company in patent infringement lawsuit involving flight navigation equipment and software; secured voluntary dismissal with prejudice.
  • Represented wireless technology company sued in ITC action by multinational company seeking a ban on the importation of communications modules; secured complete defense verdict before administrative law judge, and dismissal of investigation by the ITC.
  • Represented a publicly-traded telematics and wireless connectivity company in patent infringement lawsuits filed in federal courts in Texas and Delaware.
  • Represented manufacturing companies in patent infringement lawsuits in federal court in California.
  • Represented companies and their owners accused of fraudulently supplying substitute parts to the U.S. Department of Defense in criminal investigation conducted by FBI, DCIS, and HSI; secured declination of all criminal charges, and negotiated favorable civil settlements with the DOJ and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).
  • Represented operator of skilled nursing facilities in California against False Claims Act qui tam lawsuit filed in federal court in California; secured complete dismissal of all claims with prejudice.
  • Represents senior executive of medical billing company in connection with state criminal investigation into allegedly fraudulent billing practices by healthcare providers.
  • Represents former senior executive of energy company in connection with DOJ investigations into allegations of public corruption and antitrust violations.
  • Represents non-profit foundations and their directors in response to California investigations into potential conflict-of-interest violations.
  • Counsels publicly-traded pharmaceutical and medical device company on international anti-corruption compliance, training, and education.
  • Conducting an AML/CTF risk assessment and compliance review for large automotive manufacturing company.
  • Conducted a BSA/AML compliance audit for a cross-border financial services company.
  • Conducted internal investigation into fatalities at an adult healthcare facility in response to state and local investigations; no criminal or civil enforcement actions were taken.

Panelist, "Criminal Tax Workshop," 7th Annual University of San Diego School of Law - RJS Law, Tax Controversy Institute, 2022

Presenter, "Preparing for Government Investigations: No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!," Association of Corporate Counsel, 2020

Presenter, When the Government Comes Knocking?, Fort Wayne Annual CLE Roundup: Hot Topics for In-House Counsel, 2019

Panelist, National Institute on White Collar Crime, American Bar Association, 2016, 2013, 2011

Instructor, DOJ’s National Advocacy Center

Panelist, FCPA Enforcement, Annual Meeting of The State Bar of California, 2016

Panelist, “Tax Controversy Institute’s presentation on Criminal Tax Prosecutions,” University of San Diego School of Law, 2016

Panelist, White Collar Crime, Armenian Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, 2013

Panelist, FDIC-DOJ Financial Crimes Conference, 2011

Panelist, U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, Annual National Seminar, United States Sentencing Commission, 2011

Panelist, Dodd-Frank Effect on Prosecutions and Regulatory Enforcement, Utah State Bar Annual Convention, 2011

Panelist, Legal IQ (IQPC) North American Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Conference, Washington, D.C., 2006

Panelist, “50 Years of International Shoe: The Past and Future of Personal Jurisdiction,” University of California at Davis, School of Law, 1995

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