Greg Esslinger

J.S. Held’s Inaugural Global Risk Report Examines Potential Business Risks & Opportunities in 2024

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Greg Esslinger

Executive Vice President | Global Investigations Practice Lead


+1 404 207 1003 (Office)
55 Roswell Street, Suite 300
Alpharetta, GA 30009

A former practicing lawyer and former special agent for the FBI in the International Counterterrorism Division, Greg has spent nearly 20 years as a global regulatory risk, compliance, investigations, and crisis consultant. His industry experience crosses a wide variety of sectors, including healthcare and pharma, architecture and engineering, energy, finance, and nonprofit. As a consultant, he has worked in more than 30 countries and distinguished himself by starting the Anti-Corruption, Compliance, and Ethics Practice at a large multinational consulting firm as well as building and growing the Compliance, Forensics, and Intelligence Practice at another. He has developed a technology-based solution to manage third-party risk; launched the first-ever anti-corruption conference in Lagos, Nigeria; built the first compliance program for one of the largest companies in the world; led one of the largest-ever corporate bribery investigations in China; and was appointed by the SEC as the compliance monitor for a large multinational pharmaceutical company. Greg has led and grown business units and teams across a wide variety of investigative services, geographies, and industries.

In his role at J.S. Held, Greg leads the firm's Global Investigations Practice, with expertise spanning forensic accounting and fraud, regulatory risk and compliance, eDiscovery and data analytics, data privacy, cyber threat response, cryptocurrency and digital assets, AML/BSA and FINRA compliance, asset tracing, M&A transaction support, and business intelligence.

Greg was a contributor to J.S. Held's 2024 Global Risk Report.

Key Expertise

  • Regulatory Risk Management
  • Compliance & Governance
  • Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption
  • Monitorships
  • Internal Investigations
  • Fraud & Forensic Analysis
  • Business Intelligence

Professional Affiliations/Memberships/Licenses/Training

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Private Directors Association