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September 1, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, September 1, 2010 — Covington & Burling LLP is pleased to announce that Steven Fagell, most recently the Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, has rejoined the firm as a partner. Mr. Fagell will practice in the firm’s litigation group, with a particular focus on white collar defense, internal investigations, and securities litigation and enforcement. He will be resident in Covington’s Washington office.
As a member of the Criminal Division’s senior leadership team, Mr. Fagell counseled the Assistant Attorney General on a broad range of litigation, policy, legislative, and management issues, and he routinely represented the Division in meetings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the FBI, and other key regulators and law enforcement agencies. During his tenure at the Justice Department, he coordinated the Division's work with President Obama's Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force and the bi-partisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, and he was integrally involved in the formulation and communication of Division policy in connection with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, corporate and securities fraud, and other forms of financial fraud.
Previously at Covington, Mr. Fagell represented clients under criminal investigation by the Department of Justice and facing parallel proceedings brought by civil regulators and private plaintiffs. He conducted internal investigations on behalf of board committees of numerous public companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Tyco International, and Adelphia Communications, and he regularly represented corporate clients in related shareholder litigation and other complex civil litigation. In addition, Mr. Fagell represented an individual in what has been described as the largest personal income tax evasion case in U.S. history -- a case in which a key discovery ruling established favorable law in the D.C. Circuit for defendants embroiled in document-intensive white collar prosecutions.
In welcoming Mr. Fagell back to Covington, Timothy Hester, chair of the firm’s management committee, commented: “Since joining DOJ in January 2009, Steve has worked on virtually every major initiative in which the Criminal Division has been involved, including matters relating to the FCPA, financial fraud and public corruption. In rejoining Covington, he will provide our clients with a broad and current understanding of the way the Justice Department and many of the key regulatory agencies in government, including the SEC, approach these and other issues.”
Mr. Fagell commented: “I am very pleased to be returning to Covington. The firm always has had an exceptionally strong presence in white collar criminal defense and complex litigation, and I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in the United States and abroad to help clients operate in an environment of stepped-up enforcement by the Justice Department, the SEC, and several of their foreign counterparts.”
Mr. Fagell is a magna cum laude graduate of both Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. Prior to first joining Covington in 2001, he clerked for the Honorable Peter J. Messitte, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.