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Jeffrey T. Demerath

A member of the Litigation practice group, Jeff Demerath represents corporations and individuals in government investigations and prosecutions arising out of a variety of transactions and circumstances. His background as a Federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C. gives him inside knowledge of available resources and tactics used by Federal prosecutors.

Before international, federal and state regulatory agencies and grand juries, Jeff defends executives, doctors, lawyers, CPAs, entrepreneurs and companies embroiled in complex white-collar crime investigations. The majority of his cases involve corporate, bank, real estate, accounting and stock fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), securities, international extraditions and matters involving national security. He also is frequently asked to conduct internal investigations of entities and institutions where a government investigation is threatened or ongoing.

Proactively, Jeff guides businesses in setting up compliance programs to eliminate potentially unlawful conduct through company policies and procedures. When an alleged violation occurs, he internally investigates the nature and extent of the issue. Jeff conducts employee interviews, reviews business records and consults with management to determine next steps.

As an authority on white collar criminal issues, Jeff conducts numerous seminars and lectures for professional associations and groups throughout Missouri. He speaks on many topics including governmental threats to attorney-client relationships, securities, health care investigations, searches and seizures, mortgage fraud, internal investigations, the trial of a white-collar case and all aspects of white collar criminal cases.


Prior to joining the firm, Jeff was the Legal Assistant to Missouri Sen. Stuart Symington (D-Mo.). He then joined the U.S. Department of Justice where, for seven years, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. His prosecutions in that office included a U.S. Congressman for bribery, prominent doctors and attorneys involved in a widespread insurance scam and supervision over one of the first “sting” operations in the country in which FBI agents masqueraded as mafia hitmen to draw criminals into a storefront wired for video and sound.