Former Head of DOJ’s Criminal Fraud Division Joins Simpson Thacher

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Former Head of DOJ’s Criminal Fraud Division Joins Simpson Thacher
Summary: Law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett announced on Thursday that Jeffrey H. Knox, former Chief of the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Fraud Division is joining the law firm in Washington D.C. as a partner. He will be a member Simpson Thacher's Government and Internal Investigations Practice. Before joining the Department of Justice, Knox had worked at Simpson Thacher as an associate for four years.

Simpson Thacher announced on Thursday that Jeffrey H. Knox is joining the law firm as a partner in its Government and Internal Investigations Practice in Washington D.C. Knox worked in the U.S. Department of Justice and served as the Chief of the Criminal Division of the DOJ' Fraud Section.



In his work for the DOJ, Knox handled and was responsible for significant national fraud cases including securities fraud, healthcare fraud, defense procurement fraud, financial fraud and FCPA actions. Knox supervised more than a hundred prosecutors investigating and trying complex fraud cases including investigations of global financial institutions for violations related to LIBOR and other benchmark rates.

Prior to joining the Fraud Section of the DOJ, Knox worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, and he was the Chief of the Violent Crimes & Terrorism Section in that office. He is known for successfully prosecuting a significant number of post 9/11 terrorism cases.

Speaking on Knox's return to private practice and to Simpson Thacher, Bill Dougherty, Chairman of the law firm's Executive Committee said, "His deep experience in overseeing high-stakes government investigations and enforcement actions will be a significant asset to our clients as they navigate an increasingly complex enforcement landscape."

"As Chief of the Fraud Section, Jeff has presided over many of the most significant financial fraud, healthcare fraud, and FCPA investigations in recent years, and we know that he is greatly respected within both the DOJ and the white collar bar …" added Mark J. Stein, Head of Simpson Thacher's Government and Internal Investigations Practice.

Knox was the recipient of the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service, the Attorney General's John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation, the Attorney General's Award for Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security, the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation's Federal Prosecutor of the Year Award, and the EOUSA Director's Award for Superior Performance. He was a contributor to the DOJ and SEC's A Resource Guide to the FCPA, published in 2012.

Knox graduated with honors from Northwestern University School of Law in 1999, and from the University of Arizona in 1996.

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