Neil MacBride, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA), is joining the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in April 2014 to serve as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office. The FCPA Blog looks forward to speaking with him next week about his experience and thoughts on modern-day bribery and corruption investigations and effective corporate compliance programs.
MacBride served as U.S. Attorney for the EDVA from September 15, 2009 to September 13, 2013, and he was well-known for his proactive approach to prosecuting crime by focusing on threats on every level — local, national and international. He served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and chaired its Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee, helping to secure convictions against several high-profile defendants involved in terror plots and high-seas piracy convictions.
MacBride also created the Virginia Financial and Securities Fraud Task Force to form a partnership between criminal investigators and civil regulators in the investigation and prosecution of complex financial fraud cases. The Task Force’s prosecutions included an action against Lee Farkas of Taylor Bean Whitaker, one of the largest private mortgage lending companies in the country, resulting in a 30-year prison sentence for $3 billion bank securities fraud.
And the Task Force obtained the conviction of top bank executives in the collapse of the Bank of the Commonwealth, one of the 25 largest banks in the United States at the time.
He expanded EDVA’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement program to prosecute companies and individuals engaging in procurement and grant fraud under the False Claims Act, among other crimes. His office indicted companies for several large thefts of intellectual property, including an action against Kolon Industries Inc. for allegedly engaging in a campaign to steal trade secrets valued at $200 million related to DuPont’s Kevlar technology.
During his tenure, several public officials at the federal and state levels were convicted for illegal bribery and wire fraud.
Prior to serving as U.S. Attorney, MacBride worked in all three branches of government, including being the chief counsel for then-Senator Joe Biden when Biden occupied the role of Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs. MacBride joins several other former U.S. government officials at Davis Polk, including Jon Leibowitz (former FTC chairman), Annette Nazareth (former SEC commissioner), and Linda Chatman Thomsen (former SEC enforcement director), among others.
Julie DiMauro is the executive editor of FCPA Blog. She can be reached here.