Steven M. Dettelbach is a seasoned litigator and counselor who serves as co-leader of BakerHostetler’s national White Collar, Investigations and Securities Enforcement and Litigation team. He returned to the firm in 2016 after spending almost seven years as the presidentially appointed United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
As U.S. attorney, Steve ran high-profile investigations and both supervised and personally handled large-scale, crisis-level litigations, many of which involved intense public and media scrutiny.
He also supervised a broad docket of complex civil matters, representing both defendants and plaintiffs. He has worked closely with and led selection processes for independent monitors when required.
Steve brings a depth of experience in managing crisis-level commercial, regulatory and criminal matters, as well as in advising clients on how to structure compliance programs so as to help avoid such problems.
He has served in senior policy roles at the Department of Justice, having been appointed by two attorneys general to the prestigious Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC), where he worked closely with other senior leaders at the department.
Prior to his appointment, Steve served for almost two decades as a federal prosecutor at Main Justice and in three different United States Attorneys’ Offices, as counsel in the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, as the nominee for Ohio Attorney General in 2018, and as a litigator in private practice.
He has represented companies and individuals in high-stakes criminal, civil, internal and congressional investigations. He has tried more than 30 cases to verdict and been involved in criminal matters in more than 20 states and the District of Columbia. Steve has never lost a federal criminal trial.
- Counseled an internet-based healthcare provider in its efforts to ensure compliance with multiple state and federal anti-kickback and inducement statutory and regulatory schemes.
- Represented a nursing home chain in a federal investigation that began as a criminal matter, was changed to a civil investigation and resulted in a regulatory action in which the client paid no fine or penalty.
- Represented executives in major international DOJ and EPA investigation of alleged corporate fraud scheme.
- Represented companies and individuals in investigations by DOJ and Labor Department of alleged violations of labor laws.
- Personally handled one of the largest-ranging municipal corruption prosecutions in United States history, resulting in three trials and the conviction of officials and businesspeople in four major cities.
- Defended an executive in a bribery case involving construction projects at a healthcare agency. The defendant in that case pleaded guilty and received a sentence significantly lower than did the others involved in that scheme.
- Oversaw the prosecution of a “hacktivist” for breaching the network of a nationally prominent cable news host.
- Oversaw the investigation and personally tried a case involving the largest credit union failure in United States history. The investigation resulted in convictions of more than 20 businesspeople, bank officials and organized crime figures for bank bribery, fraud and obstruction of justice.
- Represented a senior House staff member in an investigation by the House Committee on Official Standards (Ethics).
- Oversaw the pattern and practice investigation of a major city police department and negotiated a landmark consent decree widely recognized as a national reform model. Led the selection of an independent monitor team to ensure compliance.
Memberships : National Association of Former United States Attorneys
- Legal Aid Society of Cleveland: Board of Directors
- Democratic Nominee for Ohio Attorney General (2018)
- Democratic National Convention, Credentials Committee (2008)
- Anti-Defamation League: Board of Directors for the Allegheny Region (2006 to 2008)
- J.D., Harvard Law School, 1991, magna cum laude
- A.B., Dartmouth College, 1988, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
- District of Columbia
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