Davis Polk Welcomes White Collar Counsel Paul J. Nathanson

Davis Polk today announced that Paul J. Nathanson has joined the firm as counsel in its Litigation Department. Based in Washington DC, Mr. Nathanson will focus on white collar criminal defense matters and government investigations.

Mr. Nathanson comes to Davis Polk from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, which he joined in 2010. Since 2014, he served as Deputy Chief of the Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Unit and was responsible for overseeing the investigation and prosecution of a wide variety of white collar matters, including securities, bank and health care fraud, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. Mr. Nathanson also successfully tried to jury verdict multiple cases involving securities and bank fraud, mortgage fraud and tax offenses.

In 2013, Mr. Nathanson received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition of the prosecution and conviction of Lee Farkas, former Chairman of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp.

“Paul brings to the firm valuable government experience handling high-stakes investigations and trials,” said Raul F. Yanes, head of Davis Polk’s White Collar Criminal Defense and Government Investigations Group and the firm’s Washington DC office. “He will be a tremendous asset as we continue to advise our clients on their most sensitive white collar matters.”

“Paul joins an extraordinary team of former government officials in our Washington DC office, including litigators who have held senior positions with DOJ, the SEC and the White House,” said James P. Rouhandeh, head of Davis Polk’s Litigation Department and member of the firm’s Management Committee. “He is an excellent addition to our top-flight white collar team and we are very pleased to welcome him to the firm.”

Prior to his tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Nathanson served as Senior Advisor to the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and as a member of the joint White House/Treasury Auto Task Force.

Paul Nathanson said, “Davis Polk has a formidable white collar practice. I am thrilled to join the team and look forward to working with my new colleagues on some of the most important white collar criminal defense matters and government investigations in the world.”

After earning his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2004, Mr. Nathanson clerked for Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court; Judge Laurence H. Silberman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; and Judge Paul V. Niemeyer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

About Davis Polk

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (including its associated entities) is a global law firm with offices strategically located in the world’s key financial centers. For more than 160 years, our lawyers have advised industry-leading companies and global financial institutions on their most challenging legal and business matters. Davis Polk ranks among the world’s preeminent law firms across the entire range of its practice, which spans such areas as capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, credit, antitrust and competition, litigation and enforcement, private equity, tax, financial regulation, investment management, insolvency and restructuring, executive compensation, FinTech, intellectual property and technology, real estate, and trusts and estates. Davis Polk has more than 900 lawyers in offices located in New York, Northern California, Washington DC, São Paulo, London, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit: http://www.davispolk.com.

About Davis Polk’s White Collar Criminal Defense Practice

Davis Polk is widely recognized as having one of the preeminent white collar criminal defense practices in the United States. We represent corporations and individuals from around the world in high-profile and complex white collar criminal defense matters, regulatory enforcement matters and internal investigations. Our litigators include some of the most highly respected criminal defense lawyers in the country, many of whom served with distinction as federal and state prosecutors or senior officials at the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.