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Daniel E. Karson

Daniel E. Karson is Chairman of Kroll, based in the New York office. Dan has more than 40 years’ experience directing investigations of business crimes. His practice areas include major fraud investigations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, litigation support, contests for corporate control, Internet crimes, financial crimes, asset searches, product counterfeiting and due diligence.

Dan launched Kroll’s European operations, opening its London office and serving as its first Managing Director in 1986. Dan also opened Kroll offices in Boston and Philadelphia, and served as Kroll’s General Counsel for eleven years.

Prior to joining Kroll, Dan was General Counsel and Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Investigation of the City of New York, where he conducted major fraud investigations. At DOI, he was also the First Director of New York City’s Inspector General program and supervised the internal investigations offices of 24 mayoral agencies. Previously, Dan worked as an Assistant District Attorney of Bronx County, serving as Chief of Narcotics Investigations.

Daniel E. Karson

Professional Experience

  • 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.
  • Internet Investigations. Dan has conducted successful investigations of major film pirating; Internet defamation of corporations and executives; hijacking of telephone technology and services; and other criminal uses of the Internet throughout the world.
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act/USA Patriot Act. Dan has managed numerous international investigations of bribery 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.
  • Sovereign Asset Searches. Dan has conducted investigations into the hidden assets of former heads of state Ferdinand Marcos, Jean-Claude Duvalier, and Saddam Hussein. He also has led successful investigations aimed at identifying and freezing the non-immune assets of sovereign governments on behalf of creditors.

Education & Certifications

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

Professional Affiliations

  • Admitted to the Bar, New York State, U.S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts, Second Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member, Government Ethics Committee, 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 due diligence, law and investigations and conducting compliant investigations.

Media Experience

  • Dan has been interviewed frequently on television and cited as an authority on investigations 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 and The Wall Street Journal


    • Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, Reuters

Daniel E. Karson


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New York, NY 10016
United States

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