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Stephanie L. Brooker, former Director of the Enforcement Division at the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and a former federal prosecutor, is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is Co-Chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations, the Financial Institutions, and the Anti-Money Laundering Practice Groups. As a prosecutor, Ms. Brooker tried 32 criminal trials, investigated a broad range of white collar and other federal criminal matters, briefed and argued criminal appeals, and served as the Chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
Ms. Brooker has been consistently recognized as a leading practitioner in the areas of white collar criminal defense and anti-money laundering compliance and enforcement defense. Chambers USA has ranked her and described her as an “excellent attorney,” who clients rely on for “important and complex” matters, and noted that she provides “excellent service and terrific lawyering.” Ms. Brooker has also been named a National Law Journal White Collar Trailblazer, a Global Investigations Review Top 100 Women in Investigations, and an NLJ Awards Finalist for Professional Excellence—Crisis Management & Government Oversight.
Ms. Brooker’s practice focuses on internal investigations, regulatory enforcement defense, white-collar criminal defense, and compliance counseling. She handles a wide range of white collar matters, including representing financial institutions, multi-national companies, and individuals in connection with criminal, regulatory, and civil enforcement actions involving sanctions; anti-corruption; anti-money laundering (AML)/Bank Secrecy Act (BSA); digital assets and fintech; securities, tax, and wire fraud, foreign influence; work place misconduct/“me-too”; and other legal issues. She routinely handles complex cross-border investigations. Ms. Brooker’s practice also includes BSA/AML and FCPA compliance counseling and deal due diligence and significant criminal and civil asset forfeiture matters.
Ms. Brooker’s investigations matters involve multiple government agencies, including the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Reserve Board (FRB), Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), state banking agencies and gaming regulators, and foreign regulators.
Ms. Brooker served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where she served for many years as a trial attorney in Federal and Superior Court. In the latter part of her tenure, she served as the first Chief of the new Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section. This Section was responsible for all asset forfeiture and money laundering issues in Criminal Division cases and for litigation of civil forfeiture cases. In this role, she investigated and prosecuted complex civil and criminal forfeiture cases involving high-priority enforcement areas, such as national security, sanctions violations, and major financial fraud. She established the USAO’s first DC Financial Crimes Task Force and supervised the investigation and prosecution of BSA and money laundering cases. During her tenure, she received the U.S. Attorney’s Award for Creativity and Innovation in Management. She was also awarded three Special Achievement Awards for Superior Performance and the Office’s Criminal Division Award.
Ms. Brooker also served as the first Director of FinCEN’s Enforcement Division, which is the lead federal regulator with responsibility for enforcing the U.S. AML laws and regulations. In this role, she oversaw all of FinCEN’s domestic and foreign enforcement and compliance under the BSA. She also oversaw rulemaking actions under Section 311 of the PATRIOT Act against foreign institutions and jurisdictions, Geographic Targeting Orders, and examination and enforcement actions against cryptocurrency companies following FinCEN’s 2013 cryptocurrency guidance. Prior to serving as Enforcement Director, Ms. Brooker served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Director of FinCEN.
Ms. Brooker clerked for Judge Diana Gribbon Motz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Judge James Robertson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She also worked in private practice as an appellate litigation associate at an international law firm.
She graduated magna cum laude in 2001 from Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as Managing Editor of Georgetown Law Journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif. She graduated with highest distinction from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Journalism in 1996. She was also selected as a Harry S. Truman Scholar.
Ms. Brooker serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Robert A. Shuker Scholarship Fund. Ms. Brooker is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.
Recent Speaking Engagements
Georgetown University - 2001 Juris Doctor
Northwestern University - 1996 Bachelor of Science
District of Columbia Bar