Lex Urban has extensive experience leading domestic and cross-border internal investigations for global corporations, financial institutions and boards of directors in connection with potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Bank Secrecy Act and securities laws/regulations. These representations have included conducting interviews of senior level executives, board members, and directors; and frequently communicating with and advocating before the DOJ and SEC in the context of voluntary disclosures and responses to formal inquiries and subpoenas. Lex’s global practice has included a broad range of alleged and suspected misconduct around the world, including in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, as well as within the United States. Additionally, Lex regularly represents corporate-level executives in white collar matters before the SEC, DOJ and other government agencies.
Lex is skilled in conducting compliance program reviews and risk assessments and has regularly counselled clients regarding developing and implementing policies and procedures designed to prevent and detect potential violations of law. These compliance programs have involved wide-ranging legal and regulatory matters, including anticorruption programs and compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley and AML regulations.
Lex participates in the firm’s pro bono program and received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs for his work in the field of DC Prisoners' Rights. Lex also helped draft a successful amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court of the United States in Yates v. United States (construing Sarbanes-Oxley’s criminal provision for document destruction, 18 U.S.C. § 1519).
Lex received B.S. degrees in both Math and Psychology from Williams College and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Catholic University – Columbus School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Lex devoted a year to full-time community service, civic engagement, and community outreach as a math/reading tutor in Washington, DC public schools through Americorps' “City Year” program. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland, as well as before the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia.