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Steven Fagell
Steven E. Fagell
Washington +1 202 662 5293 Download V-card

Steve Fagell is the co-chair of Covington’s Global Anti-Corruption Practice Group and an experienced white collar criminal defense practitioner.

As a former senior official in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Mr. Fagell represents individuals and institutions facing high-stakes civil and criminal enforcement matters.

The Chambers USA guide has recognized Mr. Fagell in multiple white collar categories, noting that he is “held in high esteem by clients” and describing him as a nationwide “expert” in FCPA who is “thorough, very efficient and cost-effective.”

  • In 2014, successfully resolved a long-running DOJ/SEC investigation involving alleged FCPA violations in Eastern Europe and Latin America by a leading global technology company.
  • Lead counsel to a leading multinational company in a DOJ/SEC investigation involving alleged FCPA violations in India.
  • Lead counsel in Washington to a Fortune 50 global company in a recent criminal export controls and false statements enforcement action by the Justice Department.
  • In a matter that concluded without enforcement action, successfully represented a Fortune 100 manufacturing company in a 17-month FCPA investigation by the SEC.
  • In a matter that concluded without enforcement action, successfully represented a large regional bank in an SEC inquiry concerning mortgage loan repurchase reserves.
  • Representation of an individual indicted for insider trading.
  • Representation of a coalition of leading companies in the SEC's rulemaking to implement the Dodd-Frank whistleblower provisions.
  • 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).
  • Counsel to the Special Litigation Committee of the Hewlett-Packard Company Board of Directors in shareholder derivative litigation challenging the Board’s response in 2005 and 2006 to leaks of confidential company information to the press.
  • Internal investigations on behalf of Board committees of Adelphia Communications Corporation and Tyco International, Ltd.
  • Hamilton County Board of Commissioners v. National Football League, 445 F. Supp. 2d 835 (S.D. Ohio 2006), aff’d, 491 F.3d 310 (6th Cir. 2007) (granting NFL summary judgment in a federal antitrust challenge to the League’s franchise relocation rules).

Memberships and Affiliations

  • White Collar Law360, Editorial Advisory Board
  • 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.
  • Chambers USA, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations (DC) and FCPA (Nationwide) (2015-2016)
  • Chambers Global, FCPA (2016) 
  • Euromoney, Benchmark: Expert Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - Securities, White Collar Crime Star, DC (2012-2016)
  • Legal 500, White-Collar Criminal Defense (2011, 2014-2016)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: "Rising Star" (2013); White Collar (2015-2016)