William (Widge) Devaney is a partner in the Firm’s North America Litigation group in New York, Chair of the North American Government Enforcement Practice and Co-Chair of the Global Compliance and Investigations Group.
Mr. Devaney’s main areas of practice are white collar criminal defense, investigations, compliance, and complex civil litigation. He has significant trial and appellate experience, as well as significant experience leading cross-border investigations and multi-jurisdictional enforcement matters and assisting clients with corporate compliance, especially in the anti-corruption area.
He was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of New Jersey, where he was a member of the Securities Fraud Unit. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Devaney investigated and prosecuted numerous cases involving securities fraud, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, terrorism, government program fraud, computer trespass, and sanctions violations. He served as the lead criminal tax prosecutor in the District of New Jersey and headed the Money Laundering Task Force.