O’Melveny & Myers has brought aboard federal prosecutor Nicole Argentieri as a partner in its white-collar defense and corporate investigations group.
Argentieri, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York and chief of its public integrity section, which deals with public corruption, will be in the firm’s New York office. A veteran of high-profile organized crime prosecutions, she also led and supervised prosecutions involving overseas bribes, mail and wire fraud, money laundering, and securities fraud.
O’Melveny has been steadily adding seasoned trial lawyers to its roster, including more than a dozen former federal prosecutors as well as former senior officials and attorneys from the White House and various government agencies.
“Someone who has tried nine jury trials is a great addition to our group,” said Pamela Miller, the O’Melveny partner who oversees lateral hiring, in a phone interview.
Argentieri spent a decade as a federal prosecutor, where she led and supervised a wide variety of white collar criminal cases. In addition to her trial experience, Argentieri has worked with a number of law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as foreign governments. She also served as acting head of the Organized Crime and Gangs Section of the Eastern District of New York. Bradley J. Butwin, O’Melveny’s chair, said the firm’s clients would benefit because of Argentieri’s trial skills as well as her “insight into the federal government’s enforcement priorities.”
Argentieri started at O’Melveny April 9.
“I hope to be able to provide representation in situations where clients are facing investigations or government regulatory action,” said Argentieri, in a phone interview.
Her experience with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act prepared her to advise corporations and individuals about disclosure of overseas bribes that run afoul of the law, Argentieri said.
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