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Steve Fagell co-chairs the firm’s white collar defense and investigations practice, and he is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading white collar practitioners.

As a former senior official in the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Fagell represents multinational companies and senior executives in criminal and civil investigations by the Justice Department, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and other U.S. regulators.

In 2020, Law360 selected Mr. Fagell as a White Collar MVP for his unusual track record of success in government investigations, which included five corporate declinations from DOJ or the SEC in a single year. Chambers USA has long ranked him as a leading white collar lawyer in Washington, DC and as a nationwide FCPA expert. Clients have described Mr. Fagell in Chambers as "the ultimate regulator whisperer," adding 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.” Earlier in his career, Global Investigations Review recognized Mr. Fagell as the top investigations practitioner (45 and under) in the United States, noting that he has an “eminent name for both corporations and individuals on matters of high-stakes civil and criminal enforcement."


U.S. Government Enforcement Resolutions

  • Global, publicly traded company: Lead counsel in securing a 2020 declination from DOJ and a favorable settlement from the SEC in a multi-country FCPA investigation.
  • Uber Technologies, Inc.: Lead coordinating and settlement counsel in securing a 2020 declination from DOJ in a FCPA investigation of Uber's businesses in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and China.
  • Multinational, publicly traded diversified investment holding company: Lead counsel in securing a 2020 declination from DOJ in a procurement fraud and obstruction investigation relating to conduct in Korea.
  • Multinational, publicly traded pharmaceutical company: Lead counsel in securing a declination in 2019 from DOJ in a FCPA investigation relating to alleged bribery in the Middle East.  
  • Multinational, publicly traded biopharmaceutical company: Lead counsel in securing a declination in 2019 from the SEC after a four-year FCPA investigation relating to alleged bribery in Latin America.
  • Fortune 100 aerospace/defense company: Lead counsel in securing a 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 declination in 2017 from DOJ after a five-year FCPA investigation.
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev: Lead counsel in securing a 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 DOJ criminal export controls and false statements enforcement action.

Representative On-Going Engagements

  • Multinational, publicly traded technology company: Lead coordinating counsel across various criminal and civil regulatory investigations by DOJ, SEC, FTC, state AGs, and other regulators. 
  • Multinational, publicly traded consumer products company: Lead counsel in an ongoing DOJ healthcare fraud investigation.
  • Multinational, publicly traded diversified manufacturing company: Lead U.S. counsel in an ongoing DOJ fraud investigation.
  • Multinational, state-owned minerals company: Lead U.S. counsel in an ongoing SEC FCPA investigation. 

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.