Poonam Kumar

Business Law

Poonam Kumar is of counsel in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of its White Collar Defense & Investigations and Litigation practice groups.  She is a former federal prosecutor with significant first-chair trial experience and an extensive background in handling high-stakes criminal and civil matters across a broad range of practice areas. From 2014 to 2022, Poonam served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California where she investigated and prosecuted complex financial crimes, including corporate and securities fraud, embezzlement, healthcare fraud, bank fraud, import/export crimes, tax crimes, and money laundering.  Poonam was a Deputy Chief of the Major Frauds section where she supervised a large team of federal fraud prosecutors.  Representative matters from her time at the U.S. Attorney’s Office include the investigation and prosecution of a multinational scheme to inflate revenue of a company publicly traded on a foreign exchange and to evade nearly $2 billion in import duties as well as the conviction at trial of a South Korean official for laundering bribes he received in connection with his government position.  For her work with the Department of Justice, Poonam received the United States Attorney General’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2020.  Poonam received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and History from Brown University, where she graduated magna cum laude.  She received her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, where she graduated cum laude and where she served as a member of the Michigan Journal of Law Reform.  After law school, Poonam clerked for the Honorable John Gleeson, United States District Judge, Eastern District of New York.