As a partner in Covington’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group, Aaron Lewis represents businesses, boards of directors, and individuals in sensitive, high-stakes government investigations, internal investigations, and regulatory enforcement matters.
Mr. Lewis returned to Covington in 2015 after six years of service in the Department of Justice (DOJ), first as Counsel to Attorney General Eric Holder in Washington, and later as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles.
Mr. Lewis has advised clients facing alleged criminal and civil violations of the False Claims Act (FCA) and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), as well as allegations of public corruption, mail and wire fraud, obstruction of justice, and espionage.
He has advised companies and independent board committees in the aerospace and defense, automotive, technology, entertainment, and retail industries that were conducting internal investigations, including several involving allegations of ineffective internal controls and dysfunctional workplace cultures.
During his service in the Justice Department, Mr. Lewis advised the Attorney General on a range of enforcement issues, including intellectual property protections, national security matters and civil rights. He worked closely with senior officials at the White House, the Justice Department, and several law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and DHS.
As an Assistant United States Attorney, most recently in the National Security Section, Mr. Lewis investigated and prosecuted cases involving computer network intrusions, thefts of trade secrets and export control violations.
Mr. Lewis also prosecuted cases involving bank fraud, false statements, and mail fraud. An experienced trial and appellate lawyer, Mr. Lewis has tried several cases to verdict, written appellate briefs, and argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2005
- Princeton University, B.A., 1999
Government Service :
- U.S. Department of Justice
- U.S. Department of Justice – U.S. Attorney’s Office
Judicial Clerkship : Hon. Ronald M. Gould, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2005 – 2006
Bar Admissions :
- District of Columbia
Representative Matters :
- Representation of an executive in a federal corruption investigation involving allegations that the executive paid bribes to public officials.
- Representation of an individual in a federal economic espionage investigation.
- Representation of an aerospace and defense manufacturer in a DOJ False Claims Act investigation involving alleged failures to comply with product testing and qualification requirements.
- Representation of a Special Committee of the board of directors of a technology company in an internal investigation involving allegations of a dysfunctional workplace culture and ineffective internal controls.
- Representation of a Special Committee of the board of directors of a national retailer in an internal investigation involving workplace culture issues.
Previous Experience :
- Assistant United States Attorney, Central District of California (2012-2015)
- Special Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Virginia (2011-2012)
- U.S. Department of Justice, Counsel to the Attorney General (2009-2011)
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