Criminal Litigation

About the Committee


The Criminal Litigation Committee is concerned with the defense and prosecution of all criminal matters, including all state and federal crimes as well as complex white-collar cases, regulatory enforcement matters, and corporate compliance. Substantive fields covered by the committee's jurisdiction include procurement fraud, banking offenses, tax fraud, securities offenses, environmental crimes, program fraud and forfeitures, economic crimes and official corruption, civil and criminal RICO, drug-related matters, sexual assault, and other violent crimes. Procedural areas include grand-jury reform, government investigative procedures, guideline sentencing, corporate compliance programs, criminal procedural rules, evidentiary issues, and the training of defense lawyers and prosecutors.

Message from the Chairs

Welcome to the ABA Section of Litigation Criminal Litigation Committee! We are a professional committee dedicated to examining issues concerning the defense and prosecution of criminal matters in both the public and private sectors, at the state and federal levels. This bar year, we are working hard to provide resources, events, and other opportunities to enhance your professional knowledge and relationships in the field.

We encourage those with an interest in the field to join the committee. Doing so requires no commitment, but provides opportunities for attorneys at all stages of their careers to stay current on the latest developments in criminal litigation, network with attorneys in the same industry, and write or speak on a topic of interest.

Ways to Get Involved

Come to a Section Conference
There are a number of conferences where our committee will be present and hosting a CLE program. In particular, the Section of Litigation’s Annual Conference is great way to meet members of the committee and attendance is highly encouraged.

Cochair a Subcommittee
While our roster of subcommittee chairs for the 2019–2020 year is robust, we still have a number of openings. Check out our current subcommittee roster below. If you have ideas for a new subcommittee, please send us an email and express your interest in co-chairing a subcommittee.

E-Newsletter and Website
You will find our current newsletters and Practice Points on our website and also sent out over email. If you are interested in publishing an article or submitting a Practice Point, please let us know.

Our committee periodically offers one-hour teleconferences on which we discuss an issue of interest to our practice, which we call Roundtables. Keep an eye out for emails regarding upcoming Roundtable programs, and please reach out if you are interested in working with one of us to put together a Roundtable program.

Sound Advice
Sound Advice is another benefit we deliver. Sound Advice is a 5–10 minute speech produced on an iPhone, iPad, Android, or any digital recording device. The final product is posted on the Section of Litigation website and the Criminal Litigation webpage. We can also attach the recording to a listserv sent to all committee members. To get started, all we need is the presenter and his or her topic, so please let us know if you are interested in contributing a Sound Advice submission.

Social Media
In the meantime, please stay connected with the committee by joining our Criminal Litigation Committee LinkedIn group, and follow us on Twitter at #ABACrimLit. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Warrington Parker and Erin Schrantz
Cochairs, Criminal Litigation Committee


Our active subcommittees include:

  • Corporate Compliance
  • Criminal Tax
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Expert Witness and Forensic Analysis
  • Internal Investigations
  • Newsletter
  • Practice Pointers
  • Public Corruption/FCPA
  • Social Media and Member Outreach
  • Trial
  • Young Lawyers

Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:

» Download Subcommittee Leadership Roster | PDF

Committee Leadership

Warrington Parker
Erin Schrantz

Newsletter Editors
Christopher Binns
Andrea Mazingo

Web Editors
Eileen Rumfelt
Wick Sollers
James Wyrsch