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.