Our Website Uses Cookies 

We and the third parties that provide content, functionality, or business services on our website may use cookies to collect information about your browsing activities in order to provide you with more relevant content and promotional materials, on and off the website, and help us understand your interests and improve the website.

For more information, please contact us or consult our Privacy Notice.

Your binder contains too many pages, the maximum is 40.

We are unable to add this page to your binder, please try again later.

This page has been added to your binder.

Steven E. Fagell

Steven Fagell

Steve Fagell is co-chair of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group. For two years in a row, Law360 has recognized Covington's white collar group as a "Practice Group of the Year." The American Lawyer also dubbed Covington's white collar lawyers "The Regulator Whisperers" in a January 2018 feature story, and Chambers USA has consistently ranked Covington in "Band 1" nationwide for its corporate investigations practice.

Mr. Fagell is a former senior official in the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. He represents companies and individuals facing sensitive government investigations, with a focus on cases involving FCPA, export controls, accounting fraud, healthcare fraud, and corporate crises presenting multi-layered enterprise risk.

Chambers USA has recognized Mr. Fagell as a nationwide expert in FCPA and as one of the top white collar lawyers in Washington, DC. Clients have commented to Chambers that he is "extremely practical and a phenomenal problem solver on some of the thorniest legal issues you can imagine," "extremely good," and "one of the smartest guys around" who "doesn't miss a beat." Global Investigations Review/Who's Who Legal described Mr. Fagell as having an "eminent name for both corporations and individuals on matters of high-stakes civil and criminal enforcement" and ranked him first on its 2018 list of the "most highly regarded" investigations practitioners under 45 in the United States.

  • Fortune 100 aerospace/defense company: Lead counsel in securing a complete declination in 2017 from DOJ after a four-year criminal export controls and false statements investigation.
  • Leading Non-Profit Entity: Co-lead counsel in securing a complete declination in 2017 from DOJ after a five-year FCPA investigation.
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev: Lead counsel in securing a complete declination in 2016 from DOJ and a favorable settlement from the SEC in connection with parallel FCPA investigations of ABI’s former joint venture in India.
  • Hewlett-Packard Company: Settlement counsel in 2014 FCPA resolutions with DOJ and SEC regarding HP’s businesses in Russia, Poland, and Mexico.
  • United Technologies Corporation: Lead Washington, D.C. counsel in a 2012 criminal export controls and false statements enforcement action by DOJ.
  • Leading technology company: Lead coordinating counsel across various criminal and civil regulatory investigations by DOJ, SEC, FTC, state AGs, and other regulators. 
  • Leading biopharmaceutical company: Lead counsel in an ongoing, multi-jurisdictional FCPA investigation by DOJ/SEC.
  • Lead counsel to various individuals in connection with FCPA, insider trading, foreign currency exchange manipulation, and VW diesel emissions investigations by U.S. authorities.
  • Counsel to a Fortune 100 manufacturing company in a 17-month FCPA investigation by the SEC that concluded without enforcement action.
  • Counsel to a large regional bank in an SEC inquiry concerning mortgage loan repurchase reserves that concluded without enforcement action.
  • United States v. Anderson, 416 F. Supp. 2d 110 (D.D.C. 2006) (ordering early Rule 16 disclosures from the government in a complex criminal tax prosecution).

Memberships and Affiliations

  • White Collar Law360, Editorial Advisory Board (2013-2015)
  • Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court

Previous Experience

  • Mr. Fagell is former Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor in the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice. As one of the highest-ranking members of the Criminal Division’s senior leadership team from 2009-2010, Mr. Fagell was a key advisor to Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer on a broad range of litigation, policy, legislative, and management issues.
  • Earlier in his career, Mr. Fagell worked at The Monitor Group as a business strategy consultant.
  • GIR/Who's Who Legal, "Named the top investigations lawyer in the United States under 45" (2018)
  • Finalist for White Collar/Regulatory Litigation Department of the Year by The American Lawyer (2017)
  • Law360, White Collar Practice Group of the Year (2017-2018)
  • Chambers USA, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations (DC) and FCPA (Nationwide) (2015-2019)
  • Chambers Global,  Corporate Investigations (2016-2019)
  • Chambers Latin America: Corporate Crime and Investigation (2017-2019)
  • Euromoney, Benchmark: Expert Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - Securities, White Collar Crime Star, DC (2012-2018)
  • Legal 500, Dispute Resolution - International Trade (2017) and White-Collar Criminal Defense (2011, 2014-2016)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: "Rising Star" (2013); White Collar (2015-2018)