Mayer Brown LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that Anthony M. Alexis, 48, has joined the firm’s litigation group as partner in the Washington, D.C. office.  His practice will focus on white collar defense and compliance. 

Mr. Alexis has been an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia for the last 13 years.  During that time, he served as the senior attorney in the Fraud & Public Corruption Section and, most recently, as the Deputy Chief of the Federal Major Crimes Section, where he was responsible for supervising and conducting the investigation and prosecution of federal criminal offenses, including economic crimes fraud, extra-territorial crimes, money laundering, immigration fraud and environmental crimes.   He also investigated and prosecuted a number of high-profile complex white-collar crimes, including bribery, public corruption, embezzlement, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations and health care fraud. Mr. Alexis conducted more than 25 civil and criminal jury trials in both Federal and the D.C. Superior Court. 

“Tony brings to Mayer Brown an outstanding record of accomplishment as a federal prosecutor,” said Kenneth S. Geller, Mayer Brown Vice Chairman.  “He joins more than 40 other former federal prosecutors and SEC lawyers in our white collar defense group, one of the strongest in the nation.”

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s office, Mr. Alexis spent four years as trial attorney for the Commercial Litigation Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice.  There he worked on dozens of investigations and complex, wide-ranging False Claims Act and fraud matters ranging from procurement and healthcare fraud to kickbacks, bribes and conflicts of interest.

“In making the transition from government service to private practice, I sought an opportunity that would draw on the full range of my skills and experience,” Mr. Alexis said.  “Mayer Brown’s global litigation group of over 400 lawyers and prominent white collar defense practice made it an obvious choice for me.”  

Added Peter Scher, Partner-in-Charge of Mayer Brown’s Washington, D.C.’s office, “Tony’s in-depth understanding of the issues involved in criminal cases will enable him to provide comprehensive and strategic counsel and representation to our clients.”

In 2006, Mr. Alexis received the prestigious United States Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and he also received five United States Attorney’s Office Special Achievement Awards for outstanding performance.

Mr. Alexis received a Bachelor of Arts in History from George Washington University and his J.D. from Howard University School of Law.