Plato Cacheris has been a leading member of the criminal defense bar for over four decades. He has represented individuals and corporations involved in a broad range of investigations, including bribery and public corruption, bank fraud, securities violations, obstruction of justice and perjury, food and drug violations, and espionage. His practice has also involved civil actions involving fraud, conspiracy, and theft of trade secrets, as well as SEC and other administrative enforcement actions.
Mr. Cacheris is no stranger to the spotlight. He was appointed by the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia to represent former FBI agent Robert Hanssen and former CIA agent Aldrich Ames, two of the most significant espionage prosecutions in recent history. He served as co-counsel with Bill Hundley for former Attorney General John Mitchell during the Watergate prosecution and counsel for Fawn Hall during the Iran Contra obstruction of justice investigation. During the independent counsel's investigation of former President Clinton, Mr. Cacheris represented Monica Lewinsky together with Jake Stein as co-counsel.
Mr. Cacheris is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and he received his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1956. In the early 1960's, he served as the Principal Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. A member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar, Mr. Cacheris is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Lawyers, and he is a well known member of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the Virginia Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.