Vinson & Elkins hired Palmina Fava to further bulk up its government investigations and white collar defense practice.
Fava, a partner based in New York, previously co-chaired Paul Hastings’ global compliance and disputes department. She was with that firm from 2010 through earlier this year.
Her practice focuses on implementing compliance programs, with a specialty in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations before the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
She joins other former federal prosecutors signing on with Vinson’s white collar practice in recent months. They include Fry Wernick, formerly of the Justice Department’s FCPA unit, and Ron Tempas, formerly of the DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.
“The Department of Justice and SEC continue to actively investigate potential violations of the FCPA both in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and across the country,” Cliff Thau, co-managing partner of Vinson’s New York office, said in a statement. “Palmina’s addition bolsters the firm’s national and international capabilities and reputation as a destination practice for government investigations.”
Fava’s clients include companies in the technology, financial services, energy, and pharmaceutical sectors. In addition to FCPA work, Fava handles other white collar areas such as allegations of bid rigging and unfair trade practices, and off-label pharma marketing.
She’s also the third Paul Hastings lawyer to move to Vinson in recent months, according to the firm statement. She rejoins international arbitration partner Camilo Cardozo and Jose Sanchez, a counsel in that group.