Women in Law 2022



N ancy DePodesta serves as co-chair of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s White Collar and Government Enforcement Practice. A highly acclaimed trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor, she represents organizations and individuals in white collar criminal defense cases, internal investigations and corporate compliance matters. She has extensive experience conducting sensitive investigations for high-profile companies, universities and other entities involving allegations of potential criminal violations and other claims of misconduct. Nancy also represents individual clients in government investigations and enforcement actions or prosecutions being conducted by U.S. Attorney’s Offices, the Securities & Exchange Commission, Internal Revenue Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, various Offices of the Inspector General, and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies. These investigations and charges span a range of potential violations including mail and wire fraud, securities fraud, tax fraud, health care fraud, public corruption and bribery. Throughout her years at the firm, Nancy has led teams of attorneys in conducting investigations on a variety of issues, including allegations involving misstatements made by corporate representatives in company filings, the purported failure of a University to not properly investigate and address complaints of sexual misconduct by a tenured professor, as well as the misappropriation of funds for personal gain by a Vice President of Operations and CFO of a company. She has also represented a charter school, companies, corporate executives, mid-level employees, state officials and others who are under investigation by various law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Prior to joining the firm, Nancy served for twelve years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. She tried eighteen federal cases, including complex, multi-week, multi-defendant trials and briefed and argued multiple appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In honor of her service, she was awarded the Chicago Crime Commission Star of Distinction and recognized for superior performance as an Assistant United States Attorney by the United States Attorney’s Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Nancy’s continued excellence as an attorney and sincere investment in her colleagues makes her an inspiring role model and a trusted champion. While continuing to provide outstanding advocacy and service to clients, she offers tremendous support, encouragement and guidance to the next generation of women attorneys, and works to advance women lawyers and leaders as a Steering Committee member for the firm’s Women’s Development Initiative. In recognition of her leadership and influence, Nancy was named to the Notable Gen X Leaders in Law list by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2021. She has been named one of “America’s Leading Lawyers in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations” by Chambers USA since 2019 and ranked as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation since 2021. Based on her work as a federal prosecutor, Nancy was appointed to a one-year term as a Commissioner on the Illinois Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board — and was recently reappointed for a four-year term.



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