Former Federal Prosecutor M. Kendall Day Joins Gibson Dunn as a Partner in D.C.

April 23, 2018

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that M. Kendall Day will join the Washington, D.C. office of the firm.  He was most recently an Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.

“We are delighted to welcome Kendall to the firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn. “We have a premier white collar practice that continues to gain momentum with the addition of prominent, outstanding attorneys like Kendall.  In addition to the sustained enforcement efforts by U.S. agencies, we expect the trend of the globalization of investigations to continue.  Kendall’s addition will expand our capability to meet our clients’ needs in this environment.”

“Kendall is highly regarded by practitioners in the white collar community,” said F. Joseph Warin, Co-Chair of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group.  “Kendall is a recognized expert in Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering enforcement and has a broad white collar background.  He will work closely with Stephanie Brooker, who joined the firm from DOJ and FinCEN two years ago to bolster our BSA/AML practice.”  Day joins more than 50 former Department of Justice lawyers at the firm.

“After 15 years as a white collar prosecutor, I look forward to joining Gibson Dunn to begin the next chapter of my career,” said Day.  “The firm has an unparalleled white collar practice, and I am honored to be its newest member.”

About M. Kendall Day

For the past year, Day has served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.  In this role, Day supervised more than 200 Criminal Division prosecutors and professionals tasked with investigating and prosecuting many of the country’s most significant and high-profile cases involving corporate and financial misconduct.  He also had supervisory authority over every Bank Secrecy Act and money-laundering charge, deferred prosecution agreement and non-prosecution agreement involving every type of financial institution.

Before that, Day served as Chief of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section of the DOJ’s Criminal Division from 2014 to 2017 and as Principal Deputy Chief from 2013 to 2014.  During his tenure, he supervised 90 lawyers and managed investigations involving global financial institutions and enforcement of anti-money laundering and sanctions laws.  He also directed the Kleptocracy Initiative.

From 2005 through 2013, Day served as a deputy chief and trial attorney in the Public Integrity Section.  From 2003 to 2005, he served as an Honors Program Trial Attorney in the DOJ’s Tax Division.  Day also served overseas as the Justice Department’s Anti-Corruption Resident Legal Advisor in Serbia.

For his work, Day has received a number of awards, including the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, the second highest award for employee performance; the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service; and the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Ensuring the Integrity of Government.