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Steven Fagell
Steven E. Fagell
Washington +1 202 662 5293 sfagell@cov.com Download V-card

Steve Fagell is the co-chair of Covington’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group.

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. He has particular expertise handling FCPA and criminal export controls matters, as well as cases involving complex accounting fraud.

Global Investigations Review/Who's Who Legal recently ranked Mr. Fagell first on its list of "most highly regarded" investigations practitioners under 45 in the United States, describing him as having an "eminent name for both corporations and individuals on matters of high-stakes civil and criminal enforcement." The Chambers USA guide also has recognized Mr. Fagell as a nationwide “expert” in FCPA and as a leading white collar specialist, noting that he is "held in high esteem by clients" and describing him as a "very smart and astute lawyer who has shown great skill at handling complex factual matters that require a lot of thought."

  • 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)
  • Chambers USA, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations (DC) and FCPA (Nationwide) (2015-2018)
  • Chambers Global: Corporate Investigations (2016-2018)
  • 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 (2012-2018)
  • 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)