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DOJ Prosecutor Joins Bracewell & Giuliani's White Collar Defense Team in Houston

March 17, 2011

HOUSTON — Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Jeff Vaden, former First Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Texas, has joined the firm as a partner in its White Collar Defense, Internal Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement practice. Prior to joining the firm, Vaden served for more than 11 years in the U.S. Department of Justice Southern District of Texas, based in Houston, ultimately serving as the district's second-ranking prosecutor.

"Having Jeff Vaden in Houston, our largest office and the home of many of our clients, fills a key need of our expanding White Collar practice," said Kevin O’Connor, head of the firm’s white collar practice. "Jeff brings a wealth of prosecutorial experience which will be of great value to our clients in Houston and elsewhere."

At the U.S. Attorney's Office, Vaden was responsible for directing criminal prosecutions and grand jury investigations in areas including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, export controls and sanctions, financial institutions, energy, bank fraud, public corruption, immigration, money laundering, counterterrorism, and national security. He also is experienced in working parallel investigations with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of the Treasury - Office of Foreign Assets Control and Department of Commerce - Bureau of Industry and Security.

His honors include the Director's Award for Superior Performance in 2008, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Assistant Secretary's Award in 2007, and the 20th Anniversary National Award - Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force in 2002.

Vaden has worked on domestic and international matters with federal law enforcement and investigative agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshal's Service, and the Diplomatic Security Service.

During Vaden's tenure at DOJ, he served as a senior litigation counsel and a training officer for the Terrorism and National Security Section. Before joining DOJ, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County, Texas for five years, trying 60 first-chair jury trials to verdict.