Cliff Stricklin guides companies and executives through critical situations where litigation is a possible result. He advises clients in commercial disputes and defends them against government inquiries and private allegations of wrongdoing. He has extensive experience in defending companies in various industries against allegations involving the False Claims Act. Should litigation become necessary, Mr. Stricklin is an accomplished trial lawyer who has successfully tried and won some of the nation’s largest, most complex cases.
Prior to private practice, Mr. Stricklin served in a variety of leadership roles with the U.S. Department of Justice, including First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado and a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Enron Task Force. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Stricklin was the lead trial attorney in the insider trading case against former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio. After a federal jury found the defendant guilty of 19 counts, the Rocky Mountain News reported, “Stricklin’s stunning performance was the defining moment of the trial.” For his work, the Department presented him with the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.
Mr. Stricklin was also a key member of the Enron Task Force that tried and convicted former Enron executives Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay on securities fraud and insider trading charges. He was the co-lead prosecutor in the trial against five Enron Broadband Services executives that involved telecommunications, bandwidth technology, intellectual property and securities regulation. Those cases earned him the Department’s highest recognition: the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service.
Mr. Stricklin’s courtroom experience extends to the bench. During his distinguished term as a state district judge, he heard thousands of cases – not one case was overturned on appeal. Mr. Stricklin also served as presiding judge in Dallas County, Texas, a position he used to implement a number of measures designed to bring openness and fairness to the justice system. The Dallas Morning News opined, “Mr. Stricklin totes impressive credentials. His work ethic, calm judicial temperament and judgment have earned him the respect of his robed colleagues … Mr. Stricklin has performed admirably on the bench.”
Mr. Stricklin created and serves as adjunct professor over the White Collar Criminal Law course at the University of Colorado’s School of Law. He has previously taught litigation skills at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of law. Mr. Stricklin oversees Bryan Cave's Colorado white collar practice and prior to the firms' combination was a member of Holme Roberts & Owen's Executive Committee. He started his legal career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Texas. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.