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Amy Lamoureux Riella

Amy Lamoureux Riella Partner, Government Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense

Amy’s principal area of practice involves white collar criminal defense, government investigations, and litigation and client counseling arising from such matters. 

Amy routinely defends clients in complex, high-stakes government inquiries and investigations, prosecutions, and other proceedings related to compliance with federal and state regulations, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, False Claims Act, Federal Election Campaign Act, securities, antitrust, and trades secrets laws, and procurement fraud. She regularly represents clients before the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other regulators. Amy’s practice also focuses on conducting internal investigations, compliance reviews, and assessments, and providing compliance counseling, including helping clients develop, implement, test, and enhance compliance programs in a variety of areas, including anticorruption compliance.

Amy currently serves as Hiring Partner for the Washington office.

Experience Highlights

  • Currently representing the Auditing Committee of a public multinational technology company involved in an ongoing investigation before the SEC and DOJ to conduct an independent investigation into the company’s compliance with the FCPA in Russia and other countries
  • Represented a U.S. energy services company in an industry-wide FCPA investigation pursued by the DOJ and SEC and involving several companies’ use of a multinational freight forwarding company in West Africa; succeeded in having case closed without the government taking any action against the client
  • (C.D. Ill.) — Representing a government contractor in a qui tam action involving allegations of fraud in connection with the settlement of a foreign subcontractor’s requests for equitable adjustment
  • Represented an international freight forwarding company in an antitrust investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and foreign authorities, involving allegations of price-fixing and market manipulation among freight forwarders in connection with surcharges levied on customers for international ocean and air freight services; assisted client in negotiating a favorable resolution

Representative Experience

  • Represents a major Japanese manufacturer in an internal investigation and government investigation regarding an alleged cartel to fix the prices of certain parts
  • Represented a defendant in the largest federal campaign finance fraud case ever brought against an individual
  • Conducted multiple internal investigations for a U.S.-based natural gas products and services company regarding potential FCPA and embezzlement violations, including in connection with the company’s operations in Kazakhstan and Libya
  • Representing an SEC-registered investment advisor and private equity firm to develop and implement a compliance program to evaluate and manage risks across its worldwide portfolio, conduct pre-investment due diligence, and train firm’s directors
  • Representing an SEC-registered investment advisor and conducting an independent review of the firm’s internal controls following potential fraud at a foreign operating asset
  • Represented an international oil trading company in connection with a campaign finance fraud case and in related litigation with the client’s partner
  • Conducted an internal review of the due diligence procedures performed by a private equity firm’s portfolio asset in connection with a partnership and investment in Ghana; helped firm enhance its diligence process, and interview and train partners on compliance with anticorruption laws
  • Representing U.S. and foreign companies in creating new anticorruption compliance programs to reflect changes in law and enforcement trends, and reviewing and revising existing programs and policies; conducting anticorruption compliance training, and directing due diligence on prospective agents and business partners
  • Representing government contractors in defending civil, criminal, and congressional investigations of their procurement activities in the Middle East and other theaters
  • (4th Circuit) — Successfully represented a former permanent legal resident before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit challenging the validity of a regulation promulgated by the Board of Immigration Appeals which prevented the Board from considering the alien’s motion subsequent to departure

Contact Details

Washington

T +1.202.639.6760
M +1.202.641.7074
F +1.202.879.8890
ariella@velaw.com
2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 500 West
Washington, DC 20037-1701
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Amy's Practices

  • William & Mary School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • Davidson College, B.A., Political Science, 1999
  • Admitted to practice: North Carolina; District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, "Future Star" in District of Columbia, 2012−2018
  • Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, Under 40 Hot List, 2016
  • Member: Litigation Section, American Bar Association