Amy Jeffress is a Partner in the firm's White Collar Defense and National Security practices in the Washington, DC office. Ms. Jeffress' practice focuses on criminal defense matters, national and international security and compliance issues, and internal investigations. She has advised companies and individuals on export enforcement matters, the handling of classified information, and mutual legal assistance and other issues related to international law enforcement cooperation. She has assisted individual clients in responding to grand jury and other government investigations and in challenging extradition and INTERPOL red notices.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Jeffress maintained a two-decade career in government. Most recently she served in the US Justice Department as Attaché to the US Embassy in London, where she was responsible for coordinating cooperation between the United States and the United Kingdom on criminal and related national security matters, including investigations, extradition requests, and mutual legal assistance. She worked with federal and state prosecutors and law enforcement agents from the US as well as numerous UK authorities, including the Serious Fraud Office, Crown Prosecution Service, Office of the Attorney General, Home Office, and Ministry of Justice. Prior to her posting in London, she served as Counselor to the Attorney General, advising the Attorney General and senior department leadership on national security investigations and prosecutions and international matters.
She served for two years as Chief of the National Security Section in the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, overseeing investigations and prosecutions of international and domestic terrorism, espionage, export control violations, and other crimes related to national security. As an Assistant United States Attorney, she also investigated and prosecuted gang and narcotics cases, public corruption, homicide, and other crimes. She tried more than 40 cases in local and federal courts. She also served as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General. She has extensive experience interfacing with the White House and National Security Council, with the intelligence community, and with other agencies on significant cases and policy issues.
Ms. Jeffress received her JD from Yale Law School, where she served as an Articles Editor for the Yale Law Journal. She earned her degree in Political Science from Freie Universitaet Berlin and graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Political Science from Williams College.
Counterintelligence Award of Excellence, 2013, for a multi-agency law enforcement and intelligence investigation of an international weapons of mass destruction transshipment network identified as a top national security threat.
Department of Justice John Marshall Award, 2006, the Department's highest award for trial litigation, for outstanding legal achievement at trial.
Executive Office for US Attorneys Director's Award, 2005, for superior performance on a litigation team that prosecuted the longest criminal trial in the history of the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
"CyberSecurity - New Privacy Laws and New Threats from Organized Crime and Nation States
" Panelist, ABA Criminal Justice Section International White Collar Crime Institute, London, UK, October 2014
"Extradition and the US Justice System
" Testimony before the House of Lords Select Committee on Extradition Law, July 2014
"EU-US Workshop on Mutual Legal Assistance
" Eurojust Conference, The Hague, October 2012
"Countering Terrorism with a Liberal Arts Education
" Williams College 25th
Reunion Address, Williamstown, MA, June 2012
"Deferred Prosecution Agreements: The US Experience
" QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers, London, UK, June 2012
"Update on the FCPA and its Impact on US and UK Citizens and Companies
" British American Business Association, London, UK, March 2012
"FCPA: Taking Things to Another Level
" World Bribery & Corruption Compliance Forum, London, UK, October 2011
"An Update on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
" Ethical Corporation's European Anti-Corruption Summit, London, UK, November 2010