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Steve Fagell is co-chair of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group. Covington's white collar group has received numerous honors and awards, including multiple selections as a Law360 "Practice Group of the Year" and consistent rankings by Chambers USA in "Band 1" nationwide for corporate investigations. The American Lawyer recently dubbed Covington "The Regulator Whisperers."

Mr. Fagell is a former senior official in the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. He represents companies and individuals facing sensitive government investigations, with a focus on cases involving FCPA, export controls, accounting fraud, healthcare fraud, and corporate crises presenting multi-layered enterprise risk. Mr. Fagell brings a unique approach to white collar enforcement and has achieved extraordinary results for his clients. In 2019 and 2020 alone, he secured declinations for five publicly-traded, multinational companies across a range of industries, even after multi-year investigations in which the U.S. government had invested significant resources.

Chambers USA has recognized Mr. Fagell as one of the top white collar lawyers in Washington, DC, and as a nationwide expert in FCPA. Clients describe him 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/Who's Who Legal recognized Mr. Fagell as the top investigations practitioner in the United States (45 and Under) and described him as having 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.
  • 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 (2017-2018)
  • Chambers USA, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations (DC) and FCPA (Nationwide) (2015-2020)
  • Chambers Global,  Corporate Investigations (2016-2019)
  • Chambers Latin America: Corporate Crime and Investigation (2017-2019)
  • 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 (2015-2020)