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Amy Lamoureux Riella

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

As a member of the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal defense practice, Amy’s practice focuses on conducting internal investigations and defending clients in investigations and enforcement actions brought by U.S. and international regulators and in related litigation.  

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 enforcement bodies.

Amy’s practice also involves a wide range of compliance counseling, including assisting clients to conduct risk assessments, develop, implement, and enhance compliance programs, train relevant stake holders including directors, and test existing programs for effectiveness.  Amy advises clients on compliance risks associated with investments, acquisitions, and financings and provides contractual safeguards and remedial actions to mitigate against risks.  Amy has counseled clients in numerous industries, with particular focus on energy and energy services, defense contracting, and private equity.

Experience Highlights

  • Represents the Audit 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 four other countries
  • Represents U.S. energy services, technology, and research company in connection with DOJ and SEC investigation concerning Monaco-based company Unaoil; following internal investigation and presentations to regulators on company’s behalf, both DOJ and SEC closed their investigations with no action taken against client
  • Represents single largest logistics contractor supporting the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan in investigations and litigation pursued by U.S. government under the False Claims Act and related statutes; successfully secured dismissal from U.S. government of FCA matter brought against client following two week trial on similar claims and issues before the ASBCA
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of individual client in connection with allegations related to the embezzlement of funds from Malaysian 1MDB and advised on risks associated with prosecutions pursued by U.S., Swiss, Singaporean, and other enforcement authorities
  • 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

  • Represented a major Japanese manufacturer in an internal investigation and government investigation regarding an alleged cartel to fix the prices of certain parts
  • Represented an SEC-registered investment advisor focused in timber investment in conducting an independent review of the firm’s internal controls following potential fraud and embezzlement at portfolio asset
  • 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
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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
  • Partnership Admissions Committee
  • Women’s Initiative, Office Lead, D.C.