Boies Schiller Flexner LLP today announced that former U.S. Department of Justice Assistant Deputy Chief Alison Anderson has joined the firm as a Los Angeles-based partner in the Global Investigations and White Collar practice.
Alison worked in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for nearly a decade, first as a trial attorney in the Securities and Financial Fraud Unit and most recently as an Assistant Deputy Chief in the Strategy, Policy, and Training Unit. Her experience there included investigating and litigating numerous, large corporate frauds, including taking seven cases to jury trials. She also supervised criminal corporate resolutions, evaluated corporate compliance programs, and engaged with ongoing corporate monitorships.
“When I looked at the options for where to begin my private practice, Boies Schiller was the obvious choice,” Alison said. “The attorneys are exceptional trial lawyers first and foremost, and the firm’s reputation for taking on highly sensitive, multifaceted investigations and white collar criminal cases is a perfect match for the type of work I did at the DOJ. I’m excited to be returning to California to begin this next phase of my career.”
At Boies Schiller, Alison will leverage her DOJ experience to advise clients on investigations, white collar criminal defense work and related commercial litigation matters. Her work as a trial attorney has included conducting high-profile investigations of Fortune 500 companies, resulting in resolutions that levied significant fines and established compliance monitorships. Most notably, she co-led the team in the high-profile United States v. Connolly case, which was related to the DOJ’s criminal prosecution of LIBOR manipulation and has influenced the way corporate clients approach cooperation with government investigations. As an Assistant Deputy Chief, Alison oversaw the agency’s recent criminal corporate resolutions with The Boeing Company, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of Nova Scotia, United Airlines, Inc., and others.
“White collar and regulatory enforcement has become a global issue for clients, with regulatory agencies at state, federal and international levels more frequently coordinating their investigations of individuals and companies,” said Tracey Dovaston, global investigations and white collar defense practice co-leader. “Alison’s role at the DOJ required significant coordination with other regulatory agencies, giving her deep knowledge of how these agencies interact. She will be a great asset for our practice and the firm.”
Practice co-leader Peter Skinner said, “Alison brings a 360-degree view of the issues our clients encounter when they face government scrutiny. From the initial phases of an investigation through the compliance and monitorship aspects of corporate resolutions, she has in-depth experience at every stage of the process, and our clients will benefit greatly from that. I look forward to working with her.”
Boies Schiller’s global investigations and white collar practice handles sensitive, complex, and often high-profile regulatory or criminal investigations on behalf of clients in matters around the world, as well as independent internal investigations. The firm advises clients on all aspects of their cases, from crisis management to negotiations with regulators and, when necessary, trial or appeal. Clients range from global financial institutions and multinational corporations to well-capitalized startups and high-net-worth individuals.
“Alison joins a long line of prosecutors and other government officials who have chosen to develop their practice here, and her addition bolsters our already deep bench strength” said Managing Partner Matthew L. Schwartz. “Investigations, white collar defense work, and related civil litigation have consistently been an important focus for the firm, and Alison further strengthens our capabilities in that area.”