M. Kendall Day is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations and the Financial Institutions Practice Groups. Mr. Day’s practice focuses on internal investigations, regulatory enforcement defense, white-collar criminal defense, and compliance counseling. He represents multi-national companies, financial institutions, and individuals in connection with criminal, regulatory, and civil enforcement actions involving anti-money laundering (AML)/Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), sanctions, FCPA and other anti-corruption, securities, tax, wire and mail fraud, unlicensed money transmitter, and sensitive employee matters. Mr. Day’s practice also includes AML/BSA compliance counseling and due diligence, and the defense of forfeiture matters.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Day spent 15 years as a white collar prosecutor with the Department of Justice (DOJ), rising to the highest career position in the DOJ’s Criminal Division as an Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG). As a DAAG, Mr. Day had responsibility for approximately 200 prosecutors and other professionals. Mr. Day also previously served as Chief and Principal Deputy Chief of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section. In these various leadership positions, from 2013 until 2018, Mr. Day supervised investigations and prosecutions of many of the country’s most significant and high-profile cases involving allegations of corporate and financial misconduct. He also exercised nationwide supervisory authority over the DOJ’s money laundering program, particularly any BSA and money-laundering charges, deferred prosecution agreements and non-prosecution agreements involving financial institutions.
Earlier in his time as a white collar prosecutor, from 2005 until 2013, Mr. Day served as a deputy chief and trial attorney in the Public Integrity Section of the DOJ. During his tenure at the Public Integrity Section, Mr. Day prosecuted and tried some of the Criminal Division’s most challenging cases, including the prosecutions of Jack Abramoff, a Member of Congress and several chiefs of staff, a New York state supreme court judge, and other elected local officials. From 2003 to 2005, he served as an Honors Program Trial Attorney in the DOJ’s Tax Division. Mr. Day also served overseas as the Justice Department’s Anti-Corruption Resident Legal Advisor in Serbia.
Mr. Day received a number of awards while at the DOJ, 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.
Mr. Day clerked for Chief United States District Court Judge Benson E. Legg of the District of Maryland. He earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he graduated in 2002 after winning first place in the Lile Moot Court Competition and being selected to receive the Margaret G. Hyde Graduation Award. He graduated with honors and highest distinction from the University of Kansas in 1999 with a B.A. in Italian Literature and Humanities.
Mr. Day is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Selected Recent Speaking Engagements*
American Bar Association, 33rd Annual Institute on White Collar Crime, “Money Laundering and AML: Responding to New and Existing Compliance and Enforcement Challenges,” March 2019
Gibson Dunn webcast, “Challenges in Compliance and Corporate Governance,” January 2019
Panel Presentation, “FinCEN’s Cyber Crime Advisory: Separating Fact from Fiction,” American Bankers Association/American Bar Association Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference, December 2018
The State Gaming Coalition webcast, “AML in Action: New Guidance for Gaming Operations,” October 2018
Panel Presentation, “AML Compliance: Essentials of Anti-Money Laundering,” Global Gaming Expo 2018 Education Program
Panel Presentation, “Supervisory Developments Regarding BSA/AML and OFAC Compliance,” Risk Management and Regulatory Examination/Compliance Seminar, Institute of International Bankers, 2018
Gibson Dunn webcast, “Developments in Virtual Currency Law and Regulation,” June 2018
Gibson Dunn webcast, “Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions Enforcement and Compliance in 2018 and Beyond,” May 2018
American Bar Association, 32nd Annual Institute on White Collar Crime, “Global Reach of Money Laundering Enforcement,” March 2018*
Testimony to Senate Committee on the Judiciary, for a hearing entitled “Beneficial Ownership: Fighting Illicit International Financial Networks Through Transparency,” February 2018*
Testimony to Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, for a hearing entitled “Combatting Money Laundering and Other Forms of Illicit Finance: Administration Perspectives on Reforming and Strengthening BSA Enforcement,” January 2018*
Kleptocracy and Money Laundering: A Conversation with Kendall Day, Hudson Institute, July 2017*
Cambridge Forum on Financial Institutions Enforcement, Interview, May 2017*
Chicago White Collar Crime and Corporate Governance Conference, Interview, April 2017*
American Bankers Association/American Bar Association AML Conference, Keynote Address, November 2016*
Wall Street Journal PRO, “Financial Regulation – Taking Stock, Looking Ahead,” Interview, October 2016*
*Engagements prior to joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
Admitted only in the Commonwealth of Virginia; practicing under the supervision of Principals of the Firm.
University of Virginia - 2002 Juris Doctor
University of Kansas - 1999 Bachelor of Arts