John F. Hundley

Of Counsel
Tel 202.661.2212
Fax 202.661.2299
Washington, DC

John F. Hundley, a veteran attorney with more than 25 years of litigation experience, represents clients in criminal, civil, and administrative matters, with a focus on white collar criminal defense.

John has litigated complex criminal and civil matters in trial and appellate courts in multiple federal and state jurisdictions. He has handled a range of cases involving money laundering, antitrust violations, environmental crimes, and tax evasion. John also has extensive experience defending individuals and organizations in a variety of fraud matters including mail and wire, health care, and contracting fraud.

John has handled a number of internal investigations, international extraditions, and administrative debarment proceedings. Because of his work on national security matters, he has held and maintained high-level security clearances, including Top Secret SCI.

John is known for his involvement in the representation of several high-profile clients, including Monica Lewinsky, former FBI agent Robert Hanssen, and former legislative communications director Michael Scanlon.

Judicial Clerkship

Hon. James C. Cacheris, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1993–1994

Representative Matters

John has represented:

  • An individual under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller
  • Monica Lewinsky in an Office of Independent Counsel investigation of and related contempt proceedings against President Bill Clinton
  • Multiple individuals in national security and espionage investigations and prosecutions, including FBI Agent Robert Hanssen, CIA Agent John Kiriakou, DOD analyst Larry Franklin, DOD contractor Tai Shen Kuo, and Defense Intelligence Agency analyst Ana Belen Montes
  • Former Congressional Communications Director Michael Scanlon in a fraud and public corruption prosecution brought as part of the wide-ranging Jack Abramoff corruption scandal. Also represented Mr. Scanlon in related congressional hearings
  • Several senior executives accused of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other statutes through the alleged bribery of government officials in foreign jurisdictions
  • Corporate executives in Department of Justice (DOJ)-led investigations and prosecutions regarding allegations of anti-competitive conduct in violation of the Sherman Act
  • Government contracting firms and/or their executives/employees accused of and charged with contracting fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion. Also represented them in subsequent administrative debarment proceedings
  • Doctors and health care employees in investigations and prosecutions regarding inappropriate billing practices and healthcare fraud
  • Attorneys, including two former U.S. Attorneys, accused of misconduct and/or violations of ethical duties in disciplinary proceedings
  • A Purchase Pro executive, in a joint DOJ and SEC investigation and prosecution of several high level executives of AOL and Purchase Pro regarding violations of the securities laws, improper accounting practices, and obstruction of justice
  • A Zurich Financial executive, in a criminal prosecution brought by the New York Attorney General's Office related to issues of price-fixing and bid-rigging, as well as related criminal and civil investigations in multiple other states
  • A senior investment advisor of Bank One (now JP Morgan Chase) in an investigation brought by the DOJ Tax Division and U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York into allegations of tax evasion
  • Volkswagen executive Jose Ignacio Lopez de Arriortua in a civil fraud case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and a collateral criminal investigation of economic espionage and fraud conducted by the DOJ Fraud Division and related requests for his international extradition
  • The National Treasurer of the Episcopal Church, in a multi-million dollar embezzlement and fraud case in the U.S. District Court for District of New Jersey and subsequent appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • A prominent government relations firm principal who was under investigation by the Office of Independent Counsel for public corruption and illegal gratuities involving former Secretary of Agriculture Michael Espy. Also represented client in subsequent administrative debarment proceedings
  • A major food processing company for which he conducted an internal investigation into allegations of improper treatment and handling of its product. He also represented the company in a federal investigation involving a massive recall of allegedly tainted and contaminated product.

Recognitions & Accomplishments

AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

The Best Lawyers in America, criminal defense-white collar, 2010-2021

Named to Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, 2010-present

Professional Activities

Virginia Bar Association, Criminal Law Section

District of Columbia Bar Association, Criminal Law & Individual Rights and Litigation Communities

American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section

The Federal Bar Association, Criminal Law and Federal Litigation Sections

National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys 

The Lawyers' Club of Washington

The Barristers

Recent Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "Antitrust in the Time of COVID-19: Pricing Issues and Dealing with Competitors," Ballard Spahr CLE, June 16, 2020

Panelist, "Criminal Antitrust Prosecutions: Who Brings Them, How to Avoid Them, and How to Deal With Them," Ballard Spahr CLE, May 12, 2020

Panelist, "Congressional Investigations: Preparing for the Unknown and Looking at the CARES Act," Ballard Spahr CLE, April 9, 2020

Recent Publications

Co-author, "SEC and DOJ’s Antitrust Division Formalize Interagency Cooperation With Historic Memorandum of Understanding," Ballard Spahr Alert, June 24, 2020

Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1993)

University of Virginia (B.A. 1989, with honors)

District of Columbia


U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia