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Veena Viswanatha is Counsel in the Washington, DC, office of Buckley Sandler LLP. Ms. Viswanatha represents corporate and individual clients in white collar and enforcement matters, and in related litigation. She has represented clients before the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and in federal and state courts around the country.

Noteworthy work includes:

  • Represented Universal Entertainment Corp., a publicly-traded Japanese gaming manufacturer, in litigation brought by Wynn Resorts, Ltd. in Nevada state court. In 2012, when a Universal subsidiary was Wynn Resorts’ largest shareholder, Wynn Resorts forcibly redeemed Universal’s shares at a substantial discount to their market value, alleging that Universal and its now-former Chairman, Kazuo Okada, had bribed foreign government officials in violation of the FCPA and had breached their fiduciary duties to Wynn Resorts. After six years of litigation – during which the parties produced millions of documents, argued more than a dozen appeals and scores of motions, and took nearly 100 depositions – Wynn Resorts agreed to pay $2.6 billion to settle Universal’s claims one month before trial.
     
  • Represented the Navajo Nation in a landmark lawsuit against the U.S. government. The Nation alleged that the U.S. had breached its fiduciary duties to the tribe by failing to properly manage, invest, and account for funds and resources the U.S. held in trust for the tribe. After many years of litigation involving facts, circumstances, and documents stretching back six decades, the firm secured a $554 million settlement on behalf of the tribe. It is the largest settlement obtained against the U.S. in any action by a single Native American tribe.
     
  • Represented multiple senior executives in investigations before the SEC concerning alleged violations of the FCPA and the securities laws.
     
  • Represented multiple financial services firms in investigations before the CFPB and state attorneys general.

Prior to joining Buckley Sandler, Ms. Viswanatha was an Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where her practice focused on enforcement matters.

Ms. Viswanatha received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2009 (cum laude). During law school, she interned for the Honorable Jerome Simandle in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. She also served as an Articles Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and as an Arthur Littleton and H. Clayton Louderback Legal Writing Instructor. Ms. Viswanatha received her B.A. from Rutgers University in 2003 (magna cum laude).

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  • Lawyers of Color 2014 Hot List