WASHINGTON, January 19, 2021 / PRNewswire / – G. Zachary Terwilligerwhich last served as ratified by the Senate United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense.
Based on V & E’s Washington, DC In the office, Terwilliger brings solid work experience to the company from several high-level government positions, culminating in his nomination for two parties, including not just approval but support from Virginia two Democratic senators and unanimous approval as a U.S. attorney in 2018.
As a US attorney, Terwilliger has overseen federal crime prosecutions and civil litigation for the past 2.5 years, and has headed just over 300 law enforcement agencies, civil litigation attorneys and support staff in four offices. He oversaw many important corporate decisions, including one $ 850 million Agreement with Petrobras, a $ 33 million Agreement with Lumber Liquidators, a $ 46 million Agreement with Hydro Extrusion Portland, Inc., a $ 137 million Agreement with Walmart and a $ 75 million Agreement with Samsung Heavy Industries, strategic management to draw constructive conclusions.
EDVA’s civil litigation practice achieved numerous successes under the leadership of Terwilliger, including the largest ever settlement by the Ministry of Justice against a property management company for alleged violations of the Civil Aid Act for Service Members and an agreement with a long-life medical device company that operates around 800 centers in 48 centers States.
“Government investigations and employee criminal defense remain key areas of focus for the company and we are pleased to add Zach’s broad perspective and leadership experience to our list,” said V&E Managing Partner Scott Wulfe. “Zach’s impressive credentials stand out, but equally important, his business acumen is top notch and we can already see that he will be a great cultural fit for the company.”
Terwilliger began his career at EDVA in 1999 as an intern, returned in 2005 as a summer lawyer and was appointed Special Assistant US Attorney in 2008. He was hired as an Assistant US Attorney (AUSA) in 2010, where he had robust and substantive investigations and litigation practices that spanned many lawsuits and countless contested hearings, as well as independently drafting and filing multiple appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the fourth circuit and the Presentation of oral arguments on important constitutional issues.
“Zach is an accomplished trial attorney and leader who has served numerous complex, high-profile cases in federal court,” he said Michael Holmes, Co-Head of Complex Trade Disputes at V&E. “His dynamic experience has given him tremendous insight that will add immediate value to our litigation and litigation team.”
While serving as AUSA, Terwilliger was selected to serve on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for a year, where he was responsible for matters related to fraud, prosecution, the Bill of Rights, human trafficking, and other matters providing substantial input on a variety of topics Legislative efforts.
Prior to joining EDVA as a US attorney, Terwilliger was the assistant attorney general in the assistant attorney general’s office. His portfolio included overseeing stocks in the Criminal Division and advising DOJ executives on corporate compliance, federal, state and local law enforcement cooperation, violent crime reduction and other critical matters.
“We are excited to welcome Zach to the firm’s growing bank of distinguished employees and to the DC office,” he said Craig Seebald, managing partner of V & E’s Washington, DC Office and co-head of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice. “The eastern district of Virginia is one of the most famous districts in the country. With Zach’s addition, V&E has one of the strongest bar associations with strong ties to this important district and headquarters of the judiciary as well as one of the best investigative practices in the government in Washington and national. “
Terwilliger joins several recently added additions to V&E government investigation and white collar crime practice, including: Washington, DCEphraim “Fry” Wernick, former federal prosecutor and deputy head of the DOJ’s anti-fraud department, Ron Tenpas, who serves as Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources and US Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, and Mike Dry, the former deputy chief of the Eastern District of Virginia Criminal department; San Francisco-based partner and former in-house attorney, chief compliance officer and federal prosecutor Mike Ward;; new York-Based partner and former co-chair of Global Compliance and Disputes at Paul Hastings LLP Palmina Fava;; and Austin-based lawyer Jennifer Freel, a former US assistant attorney for the western district of Texas.
“I have consistently been impressed with the quality of the work done by V&E and I am delighted to join such an intelligent, competent and creative group of lawyers, including my former colleagues from EDVA and DOJ,” said Terwilliger. “V&E is known for providing the best possible service to our customers, and I look forward to building on the momentum the company has built in expanding its employee practice.”
V & E’s investigations into government investigations and white collar crime are among the best in the world and are internationally recognized by chambers United States of America (2020), Legal 500 US (2020) and Global Investigations Review 100 (2020). The firm represents corporations, audit committees, boards of directors and executives in high-level investigations and litigation, including criminal and civil investigations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, securities, and criminal and civil theft of trade secrets.
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