Lex Urban is a special counsel in the firm's White Collar Defense and Investigations Group who was recently named a Rising Star in his field by Super Lawyers. His practice focuses on representing companies and financial institutions, as well as their directors and officers in criminal and civil investigations. Lex has extensive experience leading domestic and cross-border internal investigations across numerous industries, including financial services, pharmaceuticals and higher education. Lex's practice frequently requires him to communicate with and advocate before the DOJ, SEC and U.S. Attorneys' Offices. Lex’s global practice has included a broad range of alleged and suspected misconduct around the world, including in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, as well as within the United States. His recent matters have included allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities and accounting fraud, bribery, anti-money laundering and antitrust laws.
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, D.C., 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.