Weil Adds Former DOJ Deputy Chief Of Fraud Section As Counsel In DC Office; Ed Reines Named President Of FBA's Northern District Of California Chapter

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 12:39

Weil, Gotshal & Manges has announced that Adam G. Safwat has joined the firm as counsel based in the Washington, DC office. Mr. Safwat, 45, most recently served as a Deputy Chief in the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division. He joins Weil’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice and will focus on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement matters, and internal investigations.

“With several years of senior level experience in the DOJ, as well as experience as a former federal prosecutor, Adam brings a deep understanding of criminal and regulatory enforcement to the Firm, including with regard to corporate securities fraud and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations. He will be joining our superb team that includes his former colleague Steven A. Tyrrell, who served as Chief of the DOJ's Fraud Section, and Christopher Garcia, who served as Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York,” said firm executive partner Barry M. Wolf. “In light of today’s especially challenging enforcement climate, we believe that Adam’s expertise, experience and insight will be invaluable for our clients.”

“Adam has been a ‘go-to’ lawyer for the DOJ on its most important and complex corporate investigations and prosecutions and will be an outstanding addition to our superb and growing team,” said Steven A. Tyrrell, managing partner of the firm’s Washington, DC office and head of its White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice.

Mr. Safwat joined the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in June 2006. Before serving as Deputy Chief, he served as an Assistant Chief and as a Senior Trial Attorney in the Fraud Section. During his time at the DOJ, he worked on a wide range of matters, including on a number of complex investigations involving allegations of violations of the FCPA and federal securities laws. He was also involved in developing the Fraud Section’s substantive and administrative policies.

Prior to joining the Fraud Section, Mr. Safwat spent four years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Delaware, where he conducted jury trials in narcotics, bank robbery, and firearm cases, and also concluded a number of successful white collar investigations. In addition, he previously spent approximately six years in private practice as an associate at two different international law firms. Mr. Safwat also clerked for the Honorable Walter K. Stapleton, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

“I’m excited to be joining such a talented group of individuals in the Firm’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice, and I am especially looking forward to once again working alongside my former colleague Steve Tyrrell,” commented Mr. Safwat. “I am eager for the opportunity to draw on both my public and private sector experience to contribute to this growing practice and to continue to provide the firm’s clients with the highest level of service.” 

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On January 24, 2014 Edward Reines, a patent litigation partner in Weil’s Silicon Valley office, was sworn in as President of the Federal Bar Association’s (FBA) Northern District of California Chapter in a ceremony at San Francisco’s federal courthouse.

The FBA, which has over 80 local chapters across the country, works to strengthen the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and the needs of the federal practitioner, both public and private, the federal judiciary and the public they serve.

Mr. Reines is a widely recognized patent attorney and an influential figure in the intellectual property community. In addition to his role with the FBA, Mr. Reines also serves as Chair of the Federal Circuit’s Advisory Council and Chair of the Patent Rules Advisory Committee for the Northern District of California, and previously served as president of the Federal Circuit Bar Association and chair of the AIPLA Amicus Committee. Mr. Reines also teaches patent litigation at the law schools of both UC Berkeley and Stanford.