Alston & Bird has expanded its white collar and internal investigations capabilities with the addition of former federal prosecutor Brian Frey who rejoins the firm as partner in its Washington, D.C., office.
Frey returns to Alston & Bird after serving with the U.S. Department of Justice, first as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, then most recently as a trial attorney in the Bank Integrity Unit of the Justice Department’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section.
“We are delighted to welcome Brian back to the firm,” said Ted Kang, Alston & Bird partner and co-leader of the firm’s Government & Internal Investigations Team. “The experience he gained conducting complex domestic and cross-border investigations into potential violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and related regulations will be particularly valuable to our clients in the financial services industry, as government enforcement and oversight in this sector continue to grow.”
Frey served as a trial attorney with the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section for three years. In that role, he led white collar investigations of banks, broker-dealers, and other financial services companies involving the U.S. Bank Secrecy Act, U.S. sanctions laws, the U.S. Securities Exchange Act, and related criminal offenses.
Frey also spent a year as a special assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland. During that time, he investigated and prosecuted a wide range of federal felony and misdemeanor cases, including matters involving mail and wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and tax fraud.
Before joining the Justice Department, Frey was an Alston & Bird attorney for eight years. He focused his practice on government and internal investigations of large companies in the financial, health care, and manufacturing industries in matters alleging civil and criminal violations of U.S. sanctions and export control laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
“Anti-money laundering and economic sanctions continue to top the list of enforcement priorities for federal prosecutors and regulatory agencies,” said Dennis Garris, partner in charge of Alston & Bird’s Washington, D.C., office. “With his enforcement experience and insights as a federal prosecutor, Brian adds depth to our white collar team already known for its excellence representing financial institutions facing growing regulatory scrutiny and adverse investigations.”
Frey is the latest addition to Alston & Bird’s growing Washington, D.C., office. Since 2016, the office has welcomed federal and international tax partner Ryan Kelly, government contracts partner Jeniffer De Jesus Roberts, legislative and public policy senior advisor Shannon Campagna, employee benefits partner Dominic DeMatties, antitrust partner Leslie Overton, health care regulatory partner Jackie Baratian, and legislative and public policy counsel Ted Schroeder.