Hochul Named General Counsel and Secretary of Delaware North

William J. Hochul Jr.

One of NAFUSA’s newest members, William J. Hochul Jr., serves as General Counsel and Secretary for Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality and food service.  With over 60,000 employees and operating on four continents, Delaware North is one of the most admired, privately-held companies in the world.  Delaware North also owns and operates businesses involved in gaming, sports, resorts, travel and more.

As General Counsel and Secretary, Hochul manages the legal function for the company and provides advice and counsel to senior management in all legal matters involving Delaware North or its operating companies. His responsibilities also include oversight of the company’s numerous regulatory and legal compliance requirements, along with its vast array of licenses throughout the world.  Hochul also oversees the Security and External Affairs Departments.

Prior to joining Delaware North in 2016, Hochul served as United States attorney for the Western District of New York – a position he began in 2010, when the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed him following nomination by President Barack Obama. Hochul managed a staff of more than 100 attorneys, paralegals, and support personnel while overseeing the prosecution of all federal criminal cases brought within the 17 counties of Western New York. His office also represented the United States in all civil matters brought within the district.

Under Hochul’s leadership, the office successfully implemented numerous strategies, organizational initiatives, and public outreach programs designed to keep the community safe, and also successfully prosecuted crimes involving terrorism, narcotics, the environment, identity theft, and cyber-related offenses. The office’s civil litigation returned hundreds of millions of dollars to U.S. taxpayers. Hochul also served as the chief federal law enforcement official for the area.

Hochul began his legal career as a law clerk to a Maryland Court of Appeals judge, and thereafter joined the litigation section at the Washington office of a large international law firm, where he represented a wide variety of clients in complex civil litigation matters. Hochul joined the U.S. Department of Justice in 1987 as an Assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia before moving to the Western District of New York in 1991. Hochul became chief of the office’s anti-terrorism unit following September 11, 2001, and chief of the national security division in 2006. He served as lead prosecutor in several high-profile international terrorism cases, including the highly successful prosecution of the internationally known Lackawanna Six, the first known instance of Americans traveling to train with al Qaeda.

Hochul has received many dozens of awards and honors for his work, including co-recipient of the 2003 Attorney Generals Award for Exceptional Service – the highest award of the U.S. Department of Justice. He served as an adjunct professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, Hilbert College and Niagara University, and has also lectured, both domestically and abroad, on a wide variety of topics including anti-money laundering, counter-terrorism, public corruption, rule of law, and more.

Hochul graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1981, and earned his law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School in 1984.  Hochul also received recently his mini-MBA from Boston University, Questrom School of Business.  Hochul is married to Kathy, the current New York State Lieutenant Governor and a former Member of Congress.

 

 

Wendy Olson Joins Stoel Rives and NAFUSA

Wendy Olson

Wendy J. Olson stepped down as the United States Attorney for the District of Idaho (2010-2017) in February and Stoel Rives LLP announced that Olson has joined the firm as a partner effective Feb. 27, 2017. Olson joins the litigation practice group in the firm’s Boise office. Olson also joined NAFUSA this month.

“I am thrilled to become a part of Stoel Rives, such a highly regarded firm,” said Olson. “After a long career in public service, I look forward to private practice, where I will work with clients on civil and criminal matters, as well as assist them with government regulatory investigations. I know that I am joining a team of incredible lawyers at Stoel Rives who advocate on behalf of a diverse array of clients nationwide.”

A native of Pocatello, Idaho, Olson has served in Idaho’s U.S. Attorney’s Office for more than two decades, serving under four U.S. presidents. In 2010, she was sworn in as Idaho’s top prosecutor by President Barack Obama. As the U.S. Attorney, Olson administered civil, criminal and appellate litigation and office operations throughout the District of Idaho, and as the lead federal law enforcement official in Idaho, she coordinated and collaborated with prosecutors and law enforcement officials at all levels of government. She worked with federal, civil and criminal agency heads in Idaho and participated in tribal consultations with all five federally recognized tribal governments in the state.

“I am excited to welcome Wendy as a partner at Stoel Rives. Wendy brings her years of experience with the U.S. Attorney’s office to all of the Stoel Rives’ markets, and deepens our bench with her civil and criminal litigation experience,” said Nicole C. Hancock, Managing Partner of the firm’s Boise office.

Tim Snider, head of the firm’s litigation practice group, added, “We are honored to welcome Wendy as a partner, and we look forward to adding her considerable talents to our team.”

Prior to being appointed U.S. Attorney, Olson served as Senior Litigation Counsel and Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boise. As Assistant U.S. Attorney, she prosecuted and defended on appeal the District of Idaho’s only federal capital case, as well as litigated appeals in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also served as health care fraud coordinator and liaison to the Idaho Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Olson’s reputation as a criminal prosecutor precedes her time in Idaho. She served as a trial attorney in the criminal section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, as well as assistant to the legal director and director of operations for the National Church Arson Task Force.

She also has shared her expertise in the classroom, serving as an adjunct professor of legal writing at George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. and as an instructor and mentor in a week-long intensive trial advocacy program at University of Idaho College of Law.

Olson graduated summa cum laude from Drake University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and then earned her law degree from Stanford Law School with honors. Following law school, she served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Barbara J. Rothstein in the Western District of Washington.

Stoel Rives LLP: Stoel Rives is a leading U.S. corporate and litigation law firm. One of the largest national firms focused on energy, natural resources, environmental law and climate change, Stoel Rives also serves the agribusiness, food and beverage, health care, life sciences and technology industries. With more than 350 attorneys operating out of 10 offices in seven states and the District of Columbia, Stoel Rives is a leader in regulatory and compliance matters, business, labor and employment law, intellectual property, land use, real estate development and construction law.

Kerry Harvey Joins Dickinson Wright and NAFUSA

Kerry Harvey

Kerry B. Harvey announced his resignation as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, effective January 13, 2017, and on March 1, 2017, Dickinson Wright PLLC announced that Harvey has joined the firm’s Lexington office as a Member. Harvey also joined NAFUSA this month.

“I’m thrilled to join Dickinson Wright’s Government Investigations and SEC Enforcement practice and expanding its presence into Kentucky, regionally and nationally,” said Harvey. “The firm’s strong commitment to helping corporations in investigations and proactive counseling is apparent from the strong bench of legal talent the firm has in place and continues to build throughout the U.S. I look forward to bringing my expertise in health care and securities to help round out the counseling, investigations defense and litigation services we deliver to our clients.”

“We are honored and excited that Kerry Harvey will be joining the firm’s Lexington office as a member of our rapidly growing Government Investigations and SEC Enforcement Practice,” said Jacob Frenkel, leader of the Practice Group. “Healthcare and securities continue to be high enforcement priorities for the government, and Kerry’s expertise and prominence will add considerable depth and tremendous value to the services that we provide to our clients. Kerry also will be a strong addition to our Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance, corporate monitorship and trustee practices.”

Harvey served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky from 2010 into 2017. He served as the Department of Justice’s Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer in Kentucky’s 67 easternmost counties and was responsible for achieving landmark criminal convictions and civil recoveries for fraudulent healthcare practices, prosecuting significant public corruption cases, and prosecuting large-scale drug trafficking organizations.

Harvey’s national responsibilities and significant efforts at DOJ included serving on the National Heroin Task Force; serving three years on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC), serving as Co-Chairman of the AGAC’s Healthcare Fraud Working Group; and establishing the highly successful U.S. Attorney’s Heroin Education Action Team, an initiative to increase public awareness of the opioid epidemic.

Prior to his arrival at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Harvey served as General Counsel for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services in Frankfort, Kentucky (“Cabinet”). At the Cabinet, he led a team of 35 lawyers with responsibilities that included health care fraud and Medicaid reimbursement litigation, certificate of need issues, and public health. Harvey served as the Acting Inspector General for the Cabinet where he led efforts to prevent and detect fraud in various programs that the Cabinet administered.

Harvey received his B.S. from Murray State University and his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Brower Named Assistant Director for the FBI Office of Congressional Affairs

On March 3, 2017, FBI Director James B. Comey named NAFUSA member Gregory A. Brower as the assistant director for the Office of Congressional Affairs. Brower entered on duty with the FBI in 2016, and previously served as deputy general counsel in the Office of the General Counsel.

Prior to joining the FBI, Brower served in the Department of Justice as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada (2007-2009) and as the legislative counsel in the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys.

Brower has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching national security law and trial advocacy at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Brower is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and The George Washington University Law School. Before attending law school, Brower served in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer.

Brower will assume this new role in early March.

Orwig Joins Winston & Strawn

Matt Orwig

Winston & Strawn announced that NAFUSA life member and past president Matthew Orwig has joined the firm as head of the litigation and investigations practice for the Dallas office. He has more than 30 years of experience investigating and litigating complex civil and criminal cases. Matt’s cases include high-profile money laundering, public corruption, securities fraud, insider trading, health care fraud, and civil and criminal fraud. He also focuses his practice on civil and criminal fraud investigations, False Claims Act (FCA) and qui tam actions, internal corporate investigations, complex civil litigation, and litigation involving government agencies. Matt previously served in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), initially as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and culminating in his presidential appointment as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas (2001-2007).

Winston & Strawn is an international law firm with more than 875 attorneys across 17 offices. The exceptional depth and geographic reach of its resources enable the firm to manage virtually every type of business-related legal issue. The firm’s Dallas office opened in February 2017 with a well-established and sizable group of partners from eight major law firms. As the firm’s second office in the state of Texas, the Dallas office complements the firm’s existing capabilities in the areas of corporate, finance, private equity, real estate, tax, and civil and criminal litigation and regulatory defense.

DeGabrielle Joins Lewis Brisbois

Don DeGabrielle

Don DeGabrielle

NAFUSA member Donald J. DeGabrielle, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas (2006-2008), has joined Lewis Brisbois as a partner in its Houston office, where he will chair the firm’s national White Collar Criminal Defense and FCPA Practice. He is admitted to and licensed in Texas and Louisiana with active practices in each state.

“Don DeGabrielle’s depth of experience in federal law enforcement, including his time as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, will provide us with a skill set that can be marketed nationally. We are extremely excited that he is joining our Houston office,” said Houston Managing Partner David Oubre.

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Zane Memeger Rejoins Morgan Lewis and Joins NAFUSA

Zane David Memeger

Earlier this month, Morgan Lewis announced that Zane David Memeger—who recently concluded nearly seven years of service as the United States attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania—is returning to the firm as a litigation partner.

Memeger was a partner at Morgan Lewis from 2006 to 2010, before his confirmation as President Barack Obama’s appointee to the US attorney’s post. He began his legal career as a litigation associate with Morgan Lewis before becoming an assistant US attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a position he held from 1995 to 2006.

“I am enormously pleased that Zane is rejoining our firm following his distinguished career in public service,” said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. “Zane’s profound commitment to justice and his extraordinary talents as a litigator will serve our firm and our clients well.”

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Vaira Publishes “Wish List”

On January 13, 2017, The Legal Intelligencer in Philadelphia published Peter Vaira’s “A Wish List for Lawyers and Judges” –VAIRA Legal Intelligencer (01.17.17) A 2017 Wish List for Lawyers and Judges.

Vaira’s list includes:

  • That the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee or the Department of Justice modify the Jencks Act and will require the disclosure of government witness statements at least 60 days before a trial.
  • That Congress reduce the size and budget of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Sentencing Commission’s guidelines are only advisory.
  • That the defense bar propose to the federal courts, and the federal judges apply, the alternative sentencing guidelines published by the ABA Criminal Justice Section Task Force on Economic Crimes, Nov 10, 2014.

Grissom Appointed to NAFUSA Board

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NAFUSA President Bart Daniel announced that B. Todd Jones has resigned from the NAFUSA Board of Directors and that the Board has named Barry Grissom (Kansas, 2010-2016) to fill the vacancy in the class of 2018.

Grissom stepped down in April of 2016 as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas and joined Polsinelli’s national White Collar Defense and Government Investigations and Compliance – Civil and Criminal Practice. Grissom is a shareholder in its Kansas City headquarters office.

Grissom served on the Attorney’s General Advisory Committee (AGAC). As a member of the AGAC, Grissom contributed to efforts to reform the federal criminal justice system through the Smart on Crime initiative. He also served on several sub-committees, including Financial Fraud, Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Team, Terrorism & National Security (Cyber), Native American Issues and Civil Rights.

Prior to his work as U.S. Attorney, Grissom was in private practice law for 27 years in both state and federal court, with involvement at every level of complex government litigation matters.

Grissom earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kansas before obtaining his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law.