WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- International law firm Dechert LLP announced today that Glenn A. Fine has joined the firm as a partner in the White Collar and Securities Litigation Practice in Washington, D.C. Fine served as the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice from December 2000 until January 2011.
"Glenn is a fabulous lawyer—an absolute pillar in the legal community," said Andrew J. Levander, Chair of Dechert's Policy Committee. "Few lawyers leave the government with the accolades that he has received. We are looking forward to Glenn continuing in his role as a leader among D.C. lawyers in private practice."
Fine will focus his practice on internal investigations, corporate compliance issues, corporate monitorships, government investigations, and global white collar and securities matters.
"I am looking forward to joining Dechert and beginning the next phase in my legal career. The firm has an extremely strong pool of talented lawyers and an outstanding international reputation," Fine said.
Fine joined the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in January 1995, initially serving as Special Counsel to the Inspector General. In 1996, he became the Director of the OIGs Special Investigations and Review Unit. In 2000, he was nominated by the President to serve as the Inspector General, and in December 2000 he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for that position.
As the Inspector General, Fine supervised a staff of more than 400 employees who conducted investigations, audits, and special reviews of Department of Justice programs and expenditures. Among these matters were the reviews of the Department of Justice's handling of intelligence information related to the Sept. 11 attacks, the Department's treatment of detainees after the Sept. 11 attacks, allegations regarding politicized hiring in the Justice Department and the firing of U.S. Attorneys, the FBI's use of national security letters, and the Department's preparation to respond to attacks utilizing weapons of mass destruction. Under his supervision, the OIG also conducted many audits of the Department's financial statements and computer security practices as well as investigations of individual allegations of misconduct by Department employees.
From 1989-94, Fine was in private practice in Washington, D.C., focusing on labor and employment law. He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. from 1986-89 and in that capacity he prosecuted more than 35 criminal jury trials, handled numerous grand jury investigations and argued cases in the District of Columbia and U.S. Courts of Appeals.
Fine graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1979 with an A.B. degree in economics. At Harvard, he was co-captain of the varsity basketball team and was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. A Rhodes Scholar, he earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Oxford University. He received his law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1985.
About Dechert's White Collar and Securities Litigation Practice
Dechert's white collar and securities litigation lawyers resolve difficult and sensitive matters for our clients discreetly and favorably. Hailed as a "go-to law firm" for litigation by Corporate Counsel, Dechert is one of only 10 U.S. firms singled out in The National Law Journal's "Defense Hot List" for "exemplary, cutting-edge work in civil [litigation] defense." The firm is also ranked among the nation's top white collar defense and securities litigation firms by Benchmark Litigation and has been named a national leader in securities regulatory enforcement by Chambers USA.
SOURCE Dechert LLP