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Steven Fagell
Steven E. Fagell
Partner
Washington +1 202 662 5293 sfagell@cov.com 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.”

  • 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 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.
  • Chambers USA, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations (DC) and FCPA (Nationwide) (2015-2017)
  • Chambers Global: Corporate Investigations (2016-2017)
  • Chambers Latin America: Fraud and Corporate Investigations (2017)
  • 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 (2015-2017)