Tom Firestone

Tom Firestone

Co-chair, North American Government Enforcement practice

Baker McKenzie

Tom Firestone is Co-chair of the firm’s North American Government Enforcement practice and is a member of the Firm’s Global Compliance & Investigations Steering Committee. He represents clients in matters involving anti-corruption and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), internal investigations and transactional due diligence. Prior to joining the Firm, he spent 14 years at the US Department of Justice.

He worked as an Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of New York where he prosecuted transnational organized crime cases. He also worked as Resident Legal Adviser and Acting Chief of the Law Enforcement Section at the US Embassy in Moscow. In the latter capacity, he facilitated US-Russian law enforcement cooperation, assisted the Russian government in drafting new criminal legislation, advised the US government on policy issues related to criminal justice in Russia and twice won the US State Department Superior Honor Award.

Breakout Session 4C: Are Marijuana Businesses Finally Bankable?


The Farm Bill and now the SAFE Act are meant to clear up any confusion regarding banking marijuana related businesses (MRBs) yet banks remain hesitant to do so. This panel will assess the current state of marijuana law reform and its likely future. Issues to be discussed will include recent federal guidance on banking the […]