Kroll Experts

Daniel E. Karson

Chairman, The Americas, Investigations and Disputes

North America

Kroll Associates, Inc.
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New York, NY 10016

Daniel E. Karson is Chairman of Kroll’s Investigations and Disputes practice for the Americas. He is the New York Office Head and co-Chair of Kroll’s CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) practice.

Dan has more than 40 years’ experience directing investigations of business crimes for corporations, financial institutions, law firms, not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies worldwide. His practice areas include CFIUS, major fraud investigations, litigation support, international asset searches, contests for corporate control, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and internet crimes.

Dan launched Kroll’s European operations, opening its London office and serving as its first Managing Director. Dan also opened Kroll offices in Boston and Philadelphia, and served as Kroll’s General Counsel for 11 years.

Prior to joining Kroll, Dan was General Counsel and Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Investigation (DOI) of the City of New York, where he was the first Director of New York City’s Inspector General program, supervising the internal investigations offices of 24 mayoral agencies. Previously, Dan worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, serving as Chief of Narcotics Investigations.

Professional Experience


Dan has led Kroll assignments as third-party auditor pursuant to CFIUS oversight (National Security Agreements, Letters of Assurance, and CFIUS orders), including matters involving Chinese acquirers. In all such engagements, Kroll’s appointment was approved by CFIUS.

Dan also has consulted and advised on pre-filing strategies, compliance with mitigation agreements, and other CFIUS cases involving issues relating to national security and data protection.

Litigation Support and Asset Searches

Retained by an alliance of major law firms and corporations, Dan supervised a worldwide investigation involving the fraudulent conversion of more than $3.5 billion in project financing. The investigation helped the clients obtain a $4 billion RICO judgment and the identification and retrieval of a major portion of the loss.

Dan managed an asset investigation involving a $350 million default of a loan from an international bank. The investigation identified seizable assets on three continents.

Dan has led numerous asset search investigations in support of arbitration awards and judgment creditors, identifying concealed assets all over the world. These include cases identifying and freezing the non-immune assets of sovereign governments and former heads of state.

Dan conducted the investigations into the hidden assets of former heads of state Ferdinand Marcos, Jean-Claude Duvalier, and Saddam Hussein, among others.

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act/USA Patriot Act

Dan has managed numerous international investigations of bribery, kickbacks, and money laundering schemes in cases involving corporate employees, vendors, agents, and intermediaries. The industries included telecommunications, national defense, consumer products, gaming, apparel, and manufacturing.

Internet Investigations

Dan has conducted successful investigations of email spoofing, film pirating, internet defamation of corporations and executives, and other criminal uses of the internet throughout the world.


  • J.D., New York University School of Law
  • B.A., Ithaca College (former member, Board of Trustees, Audit Committee Chair)

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Admitted to the Bar, New York State, U.S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member, Committee on Government Ethics and State Affairs, New York City Bar Association
  • Association of Corporate Counsel Greater New York Chapter, Member Board of Directors 1996–2011

Continuing Legal Education/Public Commentary

Dan has served as chair or panel member at more than 100 programs on conducting investigations. He is a CLE instructor on the subjects of investigations, due diligence, and compliance.

Pro Bono

Dan is a leader in Kroll’s pro bono work on behalf of legal services organizations. Kroll’s work for Brooklyn Legal Services earned it their Champions of Justice Award in 2015.

Dan served as co-chair of the Transition Committee for Darcel Clark, District Attorney of Bronx County, New York after her election in 2015.

Media Experience

Dan has been interviewed frequently on television and radio and cited as an authority on investigations and asset tracing in articles published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg media publications, Reuters, and numerous other media.


Barron’s, The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Law Journal


Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, FOX Business, and Reuters

Watch Dan Karson present at the Hudson Institute conference on Kleptocracy in Eastern Europe


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