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The Attorney-Client Privilege and Internal Investigations 2019


Speaker(s): Alicyn Cooley, Jennifer Finnegan, Winston M. Paes
Recorded on: Aug. 6, 2019
PLI Program #: 252914

Alicyn Cooley is a Deputy Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.  Alicyn leads and supervises investigations and prosecutions of securities fraud, investment adviser fraud, money laundering, tax crimes, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  Among other significant white collar criminal matters, Alicyn has led investigations and prosecutions involving: a $1 billion hedge fund investment fraud and a related $95 million scheme to defraud holders of publicly traded bonds; multimillion-dollar market manipulation schemes involving the stock of publicly traded companies, including a 16-defendant, $147 million scheme targeting elderly investors nationwide; multimillion-dollar money laundering schemes involving the use of offshore and nominee bank and brokerage accounts; insider trading; and foreign corruption.  Before her appointment to the Business and Securities Fraud Section, Alicyn prosecuted and tried multiple cases involving organized and violent criminal enterprises, resulting in several defendants’ convictions of murder, racketeering, and firearm- and narcotics-related offenses.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office in August 2012, Alicyn was a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, and clerked for Judge Barrington D. Parker, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge John Gleeson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.  Alicyn received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a Comments Editor of the Yale Law Journal.  She obtained her B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale University. 

Alicyn is also a co-author of the treatise Federal Criminal Practice: A Second Circuit Handbook.   


Winston M. Paes is a member of the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement and internal investigations.  In this capacity, Mr. Paes has represented large financial institutions, corporate executives and traders in investigations by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission.

Prior to joining Debevoise in 2017, Mr. Paes served for nine years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, the final two years of which he spent as Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section.  As Section Chief, Mr. Paes supervised a team of 20 experienced federal prosecutors focused on white collar matters. Under his leadership, the EDNY significantly expanded its white collar practice and prosecuted a number of the Department of Justice’s most high-profile matters. Before his appointment as a Section Chief, Mr. Paes also served as the Deputy Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section and Supervisor of its Medicare Fraud Task Force.  During his tenure as a federal prosecutor, he successfully tried 10 jury trials, including six white collar trials, and argued 12 appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is also a recipient of the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance and the Inspectors General Council’s Excellence in Litigation Award.

Mr. Paes earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 2003, and received his B.A. magna cum laude from the State University of New York, Stony Brook in 1998.


As a member of Aon’s Law Firm Advisory Team and Loss Prevention group, Jenny advises law firm clients on risk management, professional responsibility and legal ethics issues, and law firm strategic planning. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a litigator and over 12 years of experience in professional responsibility counseling and defense of professional liability claims.

Prior to joining Aon in 2018, Jenny was the General Counsel of Herrick, Feinstein LLP, a mid-sized, full service law firm based in New York. Before taking on the General Counsel role, Jenny was a litigation partner at Herrick, focusing her practice on civil litigation for financial institutions and for manufacturers in the pharmaceutical, consumer products, and automotive industries.

Jenny graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995 and earned her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from The College of New Jersey.

Jenny regularly speaks on professional responsibility and attorney-client privilege and work product topics. She is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Washington, DC.