Amy Lester

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Amy Lester


Amy Lester represents corporations and individuals in criminal prosecutions, criminal and regulatory investigations, and civil litigation. Her recent matters include:

  • Defending RMBS bond trader in six-week criminal trial on charges of securities fraud and wire fraud brought by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut, resulting in acquittal on eight of nine counts, with no verdict on the remaining count
  • Representing bank employee in SEC enforcement investigation concerning disclosures in municipal bond offering
  • Representing former compliance officer of pharmaceutical company in connection with consumer fraud investigation

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Lester served for nine years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she was a member of the Securities & Commodities Fraud and Asset Forfeiture units. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Lester handled significant securities matters including the prosecution of former corporate lawyer Charles Bennett for his multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme and the prosecution of a law firm information technology employee for insider trading. Ms. Lester also litigated some of the most notable asset forfeiture actions of the past ten years, including the accounting fraud at Refco Inc.; the securities fraud perpetrated by former attorney Marc Dreier; and the Ponzi scheme committed by James Nicholson. Ms. Lester also prosecuted a variety of other crimes, including money laundering, wire and mail fraud, bank fraud, racketeering, murder, narcotics, Hobbs Act robberies, and firearms crimes.

During her time at the U.S. Attorney’s Office Ms. Lester tried eleven cases to verdict and argued numerous appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Most recently, Ms. Lester served as Co-Chief of the General Crimes unit, where she supervised more than 20 attorneys in all aspects of their investigations and prosecutions. Ms. Lester is also a recipient of the Department of Justice’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement in Asset Forfeiture.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Lester was an associate with two prominent law firms in New York. Ms. Lester also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Loretta A. Preska of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ms. Lester graduated from Barnard College magna cum laude in 1996, and earned her law degree from Columbia Law School in 2002, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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