Heather Tewksbury Nyong’o is a highly experienced litigator, first chair trial lawyer and trusted advisor to multinational corporations and executives facing complex investigations and litigation throughout the United States and abroad.
She brings her unique experience and insight to government investigations and resulting criminal and civil litigation, provides her clients with a full complement of services throughout every phase of an investigation or trial, and can pivot between trial and resolution as needed to find the right outcome.
During more than 15 years in the antitrust space, including while serving in the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Ms. Nyong’o has been involved in some of the most noted antitrust cases in recent years and leads WilmerHale’s California Cartel Enforcement Practice, part of the firm’s internationally recognized Antitrust and Competition Group.
She has also represented various individuals and corporations in non-public grand jury investigations, frequently achieving favorable results on behalf of our clients, including non-prosecution agreements.
Regularly recognized for her trial work, Ms. Nyong’o was included in the Diversity Journal’s 2017 “Women Worth Watching” list, featured as one of the Top Women Lawyers by the Daily Journal in 2014 and 2016, and named Litigator of the Week by GCR USA for her defense work in 2014.
She is consistently recognized as a highly regarded lawyer by Chambers USA, Chambers Global and The Legal 500 United States. Chambers USA describes Ms. Nyong’o as a “criminal antitrust expert” and “very talented trial lawyer” who is “absolutely brilliant” and knows “how the Antitrust Division thinks.”During her time at the DOJ, she received the Attorney General’s Award—the department’s second highest honor.
Ms. Nyong’o joined the firm in 2014 after serving as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the DOJ in San Francisco, where she handled some of the most significant investigations and criminal prosecutions brought by the agency in recent years. She began her career as an attorney at a major Bay Area law firm, where she practiced intellectual property and complex civil litigation.
Seen as a leader in her field, Ms. Nyong’o is often asked to lead antitrust and trial discussions at events sponsored by notable thought leadership organizations, such as the American Bar Association (ABA), GCR Live, Practicing Law Institute, Golden State Institute and the National Institute on White Collar Crime. She is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America – Trial Lawyer Honorary Society and serves in the leadership of the ABA’s Antitrust Section. She serves as an advisor to the California Antitrust and Unfair Competition Section Executive Committee and served for two years as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Competition, published by the California State Bar and Westlaw.
- JD, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2002
- BA, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1997
ADMISSIONS : California
GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE : Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
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