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Trial Attorney and Former Prosecutor Valarie Hays Joins Arnold & Porter’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice

July 26, 2021

CHICAGO, July 26, 2021 — Arnold & Porter announced today that Valarie Hays, a former federal prosecutor, has joined the firm’s White Collar Defense & Investigations practice as a partner. Resident in Chicago, she will lead that office’s White Collar Defense & Investigations practice.

Arnold & Porter partner Amy Jeffress, co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Investigations practice, said: “Valarie is an experienced trial lawyer with a demonstrated track record of success. We are delighted to welcome another former federal prosecutor to our group, and excited to expand our reach to the Chicago market. Valarie’s skills and experience will further strengthen the deep bench of talent in our White Collar Defense & Investigations practice, particularly at a time when we’re seeing investigations ramp up across the globe.”

A first-chair trial lawyer, Ms. Hays has tried 17 jury trials and has conducted more than 150 criminal and corporate investigations over the course of her career. She represents companies and individuals in government investigations and prosecutions, and in complex commercial litigation, False Claims Act, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters. Ms. Hays also advises clients on compliance issues across a range of industry sectors, including healthcare, financial services, and oil and gas.

In joining the firm, Ms. Hays commented: “Arnold & Porter’s prominent White Collar Defense & Investigations practice has a strong reputation for defending companies and individuals in major government and internal investigations and enforcement actions. Its robust platform, coupled with a veteran team of former senior prosecutors, will allow me to provide excellent service to clients.”

Ms. Hays served for five years as an Assistant US Attorney in Chicago. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Hays was in private practice. She clerked for the Honorable Suzanne Conlon of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Ms. Hays earned her JD from Harvard Law School. She received her BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, summa cum laude.

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