Lex Urban 

Special Counsel – New York
T.+1 212 504 6509
200 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10281 V-CARD

Lex Urban is a special counsel in the firm's White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice who was named a Rising Star in his field by Super Lawyers. His practice focuses on representing corporations, financial institutions and individuals in a broad array of criminal and regulatory matters. Lex has extensive experience leading domestic and cross-border internal investigations across numerous industries, including financial services, gaming, pharmaceuticals and higher education. Lex's practice frequently requires him to communicate with and advocate before the United States Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and U.S. Attorneys' Offices. Lex’s practice has included a broad range of alleged and suspected misconduct around the world, including in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and Australia, as well as within the United States. His recent matters have involved concerns arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, sports betting compliance, securities fraud, and money laundering.

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) and recently co-authored the United States portion of the new American Bar Association publication, “An Internal Guide to Corporate Internal Investigations.”

Lex received B.S. degrees in both Math and Psychology from Williams College, where he captained its national championship winning tennis team, and received 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, D.C., public schools through Americorps' “City Year” program. He is admitted to practice in New York, the District of Columbia and Maryland.



Lex Urban 


  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
    J.D., 2008, magna cum laude
  • Williams College
    B.S., 2004