James Koukios, former senior deputy chief in the Fraud Section of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, has joined law firm Morrison & Foerster as a partner in the securities litigation, enforcement and white-collar criminal defense practice group.

In his most recent position, Koukios oversaw the FCPA, health care fraud, and securities and financial fraud Units.

Koukios began his career as a federal prosecutor in Miami, where he investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of cases during his four-and-a-half years. He was then recruited to join the Fraud Section at the Justice Department, where he rose to be assistant chief of the FCPA Unit and then senior deputy chief of the Fraud Section, the third-ranking official of the 100-attorney section.

In addition to his service at the Justice Department, Koukios served as Special Counsel to the FBI Director, advising the Bureau’s leadership on criminal enforcement policy, congressional testimony, and interagency issues.