Nathan F. Garrett


As major problems tend to ignore subject matter and jurisdictional boundaries, Nathan Garrett relies on his unique experience and judgment derived from a 15-year career as a state and federal prosecutor and FBI Special Agent to effectively represent clients across the nation undergoing the toughest of circumstances in a wide-ranging area of criminal and civil law.

Nathan’s years of public service, interacting with all levels and divisions of law enforcement across the United States and abroad and conducting large-scale domestic and international investigations and prosecutions, informs his representation of individual and corporate clients facing threatening and complex litigation. Since entering private practice, Nathan has achieved numerous successful outcomes across a full range of matters, from False Claims Act and other federal-based commercial civil litigation to high-stakes federal and state criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions that jeopardize the whole of a business’ or individual’s future.

Keenly aware of the impact investigations and allegations can have on business brands and individual reputations at all levels, Nathan represents successful businesses, executives and individuals through their most challenging times. He brings the same passion and focused commitment from his years in law enforcement to his private clients, ensuring they receive the best, most capable and credible representation available.

While not exclusively so, Nathan focuses his practice on the following core areas:

Government-led and Internal Investigations

As a former FBI Special Agent and federal prosecutor, Nathan has the experience and understanding to know how government officials think. He has personally led investigations and prosecutions into numerous high profile national and international cases including fraud, tax, money laundering, counter-terrorism and national security matters, including membership on the trial team of the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. history.

Since entering private practice, Nathan has applied this unique experience to his representation of clients in a full range of investigations, including:

  • Domestic and overseas tax fraud (defense and voluntary disclosures)
  • Criminal, civil and regulatory healthcare fraud
  • Cybersecurity
  • SEC civil and criminal enforcement
  • Department of Justice-led domestic and international investigations and prosecutions, including international bribery and kickbacks (FCPA)
  • Investigations of federal contractor fraud and mismanagement with Department of Defense and other federal contracting agencies (defense and voluntary disclosures)
  • Import/export and international financial transactions and related sanctions investigations by federal enforcement, including the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
  • Defense of companies/executives in large-scale Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actions
  • International and domestic corporate compliance (assessment and plan implementation)
  • Internal investigations and due diligence, including full forensic capabilities as required
  • Liaison with law enforcement on behalf of businesses seeking prosecutorial action against perpetrators of fraud

Commercial Litigation

Nathan has also taken his years of high stakes investigation and courtroom experience and applied it to serious business and commercial disputes where clients have sought his committed, focused and level-headed approach. He uses his seasoned problem-solving skills to represent businesses and individuals in wide-ranging commercial and business litigation matters. Nathan’s perceptive demeanor and clear communication style have positioned him as a key leader to businesses and individuals making critical decisions.

False Claims Act – Whistleblower Litigation

Nathan has represented both relators and defendants in False Claims Act (“qui tam”) cases in jurisdictions across the nation. His expertise and credibility in working with the government, along with his significant trial experience, has contributed to his ability to obtain favorable outcomes in numerous False Claims Act cases. In 2015, Nathan was featured by the Kansas City Business Journal for his accomplishments on behalf of clients in matters involving allegations totaling more than $1 billion.

Recognitions and Awards

Nathan was appointed to serve on the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners for the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department. Nathan currently serves as President of the Board and, along with three other Board members and the Mayor, supervises the administration and operation of the police department. Nathan is also a past recipient of the Department of Justice’s Distinguished Service Award, one of the Department’s most coveted honors.

Additionally, Nathan was selected as the 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” for the greater Kansas City area by Best Lawyers in America for the practice area of white-collar criminal defense. Nathan has repeatedly been honored by Best Lawyers in America, as well as Missouri & Kansas Super LawyersKC Magazine 100 and the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” in the areas of white-collar criminal defense, commercial litigation and qui tam (False Claims Act) law.

Nathan has been a frequent speaker and panel member for government and private conferences and seminars across the country.

Nathan’s professional experience and accomplishments as a state trooper, state prosecutor, FBI Special Agent and federal prosecutor have assured him that success is earned by hard work, focused attention to detail, and seasoned and experienced judgment. Please call if your company or personal situation demands this level of commitment.


As a federal prosecutor, Nathan served as Chief of the National Security and Terrorism Section in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri, and as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Nathan also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney while serving as a Special Agent for the FBI, where he worked a wide range of federal crimes, including tax offenses, general and cyber fraud, immigration and customs offenses, and kidnappings and other violent and reactive crimes. Prior to his federal service, Nathan was a Missouri State Trooper and a county prosecutor.

Nathan lives in Kansas City with his wife and two children. He is an avid pilot, antique firearms collector and antique motorcycle enthusiast.