Virginia Chavez Romano | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Virginia Chavez Romano

Partner, New York

With extensive white collar government experience at the federal and state levels, Virginia Chavez Romano offers clients a comprehensive understanding of complex, high-stakes matters.

Overview

Virginia Chavez Romano's practice focuses on providing strategic advice and compliance counseling to corporations and their executives facing domestic and international investigations relating to a wide range of criminal, civil and regulatory enforcement actions. Having spent a combined 14 years as a criminal prosecutor with the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, a civil securities fraud enforcement attorney with the New York State Attorney General's Office, and a senior official at the US Department of Justice (DOJ) responsible for civil and criminal financial fraud matters, Virginia offers clients a unique perspective in navigating government investigations and enforcement proceedings.

Most recently, Virginia was an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the DOJ and the Executive Director of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, created by the President through an Executive Order. She was instrumental in developing department-wide initiatives relating to civil and criminal financial fraud, including the September 2015 policy memorandum titled "Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing," widely known as the Yates Memo.

As a Deputy Attorney General at the New York State Attorney General's Office, Economic Justice Division, Virginia supervised residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) investigations and litigations brought under the Martin Act, and worked closely with enforcement attorneys at various state and federal agencies in connection with their RMBS matters. Prior to that, Virginia spent ten years in the Criminal Division of the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. As an Assistant US Attorney, she served as lead prosecutor in dozens of investigations and prosecutions, including many that involved money laundering and complex financial crimes, and was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar

Education

  • JD, Stanford Law School
  • AB, Princeton University

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Experience

Speaking Engagements

"Recent Developments in Securities Enforcement, Regulation and Litigation: What's Happening!", July 2016: NERA's 16th Securities and Finance Summer Seminar,
Park City, Utah

"The Relationship Between Individual and Corporate Liability", April 2016: New York University School of Law Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement,
New York, New York

"Enforcement Policy Governing Corporate and Individual Liability for Corporate Misconduct", January 2016: New York University School of Law Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement,
New York, New York

"Understanding the Yates Memo: The Justice Department's Renewed Focus on Individuals in Combatting Corporate Crime", January 2016: The Bar Association of San Francisco Criminal Justice Section,
San Francisco, California