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Alicia N. Washington
 

Alicia N. Washington

Counsel
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Alicia N. Washington, former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, represents companies, boards and executives in government and internal investigations and high-profile disputes. Alicia served as a member of the Public Integrity Section in the EDNY, and previously served as a member of the International Narcotics and Money Laundering Section as well as the General Crimes Section.

As a federal prosecutor, Alicia served as lead counsel on behalf of the United States in jury trials and argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. While at the EDNY, Alicia investigated and prosecuted a variety of crimes, including public corruption, money laundering, civil rights, narcotics, violent, firearms, child exploitation and immigration crimes. In addition, she served as the grand jury coordinator, and acted as a liaison between the judges and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, giving her extensive insight and knowledge regarding grand jury practice. Alicia was also honored with an award in 2016 For Outstanding Performance Assisting Foreign Authorities.

Prior to joining the EDNY, Alicia practiced at a New York City law firm and at Simpson Thacher, and was also a law clerk to the Hon. Barbara M. G. Lynn of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

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Work Highlights

Select investigation and prosecution experience prior to joining Simpson Thacher includes:

  • Public officials, law enforcement officers and other individuals in cases involving allegations of corruption, bribery, embezzlement, fraud, and civil rights violations;
  • Large-scale narcotics trafficking organizations principally based in Mexico, Colombia, and other South American countries for money laundering and narcotics trafficking offenses that spanned across the U.S. and other countries; 
  • U.S.-based defendants for money laundering offenses within the U.S. on behalf of drug trafficking organizations based in Mexico;
  • Corrupt law enforcement officials alleged to have engaged in narcotics trafficking offenses, including the indictment of a former Mexican state attorney general for his involvement in international narcotics trafficking;
  • A narcotics trafficking defendant extradited from Guyana in 2020, the first extradition of a defendant from Guyana to the U.S. to face federal charges in more than 20 years;
  • A Staten Island-based narcotics trafficking ring that conspired to distribute opioids and engaged in healthcare fraud;
  • 20 defendants charged with conspiring to bribe correction officers at Rikers Island;
  • A local NYC official for accepting a bribe;
  • A doctor employed by a city agency charged with theft of funds; 
  • A dual citizen of Mexico and Canada for conspiring to distribute fentanyl, which involved the second largest seizure of fentanyl by the DEA at the time; and
  • A Colombian veterinarian for a narcotics trafficking crime.
Education
  • Columbia Law School, 2009 J.D.
  • Yale University, 2005 B.A.
    with Honors
Clerkships
  • Hon. Barbara M. G. Lynn of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Admissions
  • New York 
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York 
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York  
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 

Alicia N. Washington, a former federal prosecutor and experienced trial lawyer, represents companies, boards and executives in government and internal investigations and high-profile disputes.

Prior to joining the Firm, Alicia served in the Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. There, she was a member of the Public Integrity Section, and also served as a member of the International Narcotics and Money Laundering Section as well as the General Crimes Section. As a federal prosecutor, Alicia investigated and prosecuted some of the Eastern District’s most significant cases involving an array of different crimes, including public corruption, money laundering, civil rights, narcotics, violent, firearms, child exploitation and immigration crimes. She also has significant experience partnering and working with various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, IRS and the NYC Department of Investigation. Alicia was honored with an award in 2016 For Outstanding Performance Assisting Foreign Authorities for her work on an extradition to Montserrat.

Alicia served as lead counsel on behalf of the United States in jury trials, and argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Select investigation and prosecution experience prior to joining Simpson Thacher includes:

  • Public officials, law enforcement officers and other individuals in cases involving allegations of corruption, bribery, embezzlement, fraud, and civil rights violations;
  • Large-scale narcotics trafficking organizations principally based in Mexico, Colombia, and other South American countries for money laundering and narcotics trafficking offenses that spanned across the U.S. and other countries; 
  • U.S.-based defendants for money laundering offenses within the U.S. on behalf of drug trafficking organizations based in Mexico;
  • Corrupt law enforcement officials alleged to have engaged in narcotics trafficking offenses, including the indictment of a former Mexican state attorney general for his involvement in international narcotics trafficking;
  • A narcotics trafficking defendant extradited from Guyana in 2020, the first extradition of a defendant from Guyana to the U.S. to face federal charges in more than 20 years;
  • A Staten Island-based narcotics trafficking ring that conspired to distribute opioids and engaged in healthcare fraud;
  • 20 defendants charged with conspiring to bribe correction officers at Rikers Island;
  • A local NYC official for accepting a bribe;
  • A doctor employed by a city agency charged with theft of funds; 
  • A dual citizen of Mexico and Canada for conspiring to distribute fentanyl, which involved the second largest seizure of fentanyl by the DEA at the time; and
  • A Colombian veterinarian for a narcotics trafficking crime.

Alicia received her B.A., with honors, from Yale University, and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she served as Executive Editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Alicia was a law clerk to the Hon. Barbara M. G. Lynn of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

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