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Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Kelly Currie Returns to Crowell & Moring

Washington, D.C. – February 25, 2016: Crowell & Moring LLP is pleased to announce that Kelly T. Currie, former Acting U.S. Attorney and Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY), has returned to our New York office as a partner in the firm's internationally-recognized White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group. Currie's recent high-profile positions have allowed him to work side-by-side with top leaders at the Department of Justice and other U.S. Attorneys across the country, as exemplified by his oversight of the multi-agency global investigation and indictment of high-ranking FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) officials and sports marketing executives on corruption charges.

Currie's practice will encompass a wide range of criminal, regulatory, and civil litigation matters, as well as governmental and internal investigations. Given his extensive high-level government prosecutorial experience, Currie will also be in a unique position to advise Boards of Directors and assist corporations in implementing compliance programs, as well as other remedial measures following government enforcement action. 

"We are thrilled to welcome Kelly back to our partnership after his very successful and dedicated service at the Department of Justice. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York is a key prosecuting office in the country for white collar crime, and Kelly has successfully led that office, including its 175 prosecutors and other professional staff. Kelly's skill and talent as both a prosecutor and defense lawyer have earned him an exemplary reputation with judges, state and federal prosecutors, and the defense bar. His return to Crowell & Moring is a significant addition to our New York office, and the firm as a whole, and will further bolster our already extensive experience on high-profile, high-stakes matters. Kelly personifies excellence, and we are really proud to welcome him back to our team," said Tom Hanusik, chair of Crowell & Moring's White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group.

United States Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, in noting Currie’s government service, said, “Kelly Currie is a consummate public servant: dedicated, selfless, and fair. As a senior advisor to former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, Kelly played a crucial role in achieving the Good Friday Agreement, which brought lasting peace to the people of Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom. During two stints as an attorney in the Eastern District of New York - including his tenure as my Chief Assistant during my time there as U.S. Attorney - he was instrumental to the office's prosecution of cases involving corruption, securities fraud and terrorism. And when I became Attorney General last April, Kelly graciously served as Acting U.S. Attorney - a role he filled with characteristic skill, energy and integrity. Through these and many other contributions, Kelly has helped to make our country - and our world - safer and more just. I want to thank him for his outstanding work, and I wish him the best as he begins a new chapter in his career."

"Crowell & Moring is an outstanding law firm, and I am very excited to be returning at a particularly dynamic time. Our attorneys are highly respected, nationally and internationally, for a consistent track record of successfully guiding clients through complex regulatory and white collar litigation, investigations, and enforcement proceedings. I also look forward to working with my colleagues across the firm, in areas such as government contracts and health care, to find synergies and ways to best serve the needs of our clients," said Currie.

With over 20 years of experience in the white collar space, Currie was also at the helm of the 2015 prosecution of computer hackers and securities traders in an alleged international conspiracy involving the systematic hacking of financial reports in an international insider trading ring. In addition to his supervision of the EDNY's Criminal Division, as Acting U.S. Attorney and Chief Assistant, Currie was also responsible for overseeing the EDNY's Civil Division, which included the office's extensive civil litigation and investigations on matters ranging from environmental enforcement to alleged violations of the False Claims Act and the Financial Institution Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA). From 1999 to 2010, Currie served as an AUSA in the EDNY and his supervisory roles included Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief of the Violent Crimes & Terrorism Section. He has tried over 15 federal jury trials to verdict and argued over a dozen cases before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Currie also offers clients a unique understanding of the governmental and political world. From 1996 to 1998, he served as a senior advisor to former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell, who chaired the Northern Ireland political negotiations. The negotiations resulted in the historic Good Friday Agreement. In 2001, Currie again served as a senior advisor to Senator Mitchell in his role as chairman of the International Israeli-Palestinian Fact-Finding Commission.

Currie received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Crowell & Moring's White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group, named by Law360 as one of ten "FCPA Powerhouses" in 2013 and "White Collar Group of the Year" in 2012, represents corporate and individual clients in federal and state cases in the United States and globally. The group has grown significantly since 2008, beginning with the addition of New York partner Dan Zelenko, a former Branch Chief in the SEC Enforcement Division and DOJ Antitrust prosecutor. The group later added nationally renowned criminal defense lawyers Janet Levine and Jeff Rutherford in Los Angeles, Currie from 2010-2014, and New York partner Glen McGorty, a former senior AUSA in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. In 2015 partner Carlton Greene, the former chief counsel of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) official, joined the group. Also in 2015, partner Cari Stinebower, another former OFAC official who joined the firm in 2012, was added to the White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group roster to further expand the anti-money laundering and OFAC sanctions defense practice.

Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with approximately 500 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. The firm has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, Anchorage, London, and Brussels.


An Pham
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