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David Z. Seide Joins LeClairRyan


David Z. Seide has joined LeClairRyan as a partner on the firm’s Compliance, Investigations and White Collar Practice Area Team. He will be resident in the national law firm’s Alexandria and Washington, D.C. offices.

Prior to joining the firm, Seide led multiple high-profile internal investigations and projects at the Department of State Office of Inspector General (DOS-OIG) and earlier at the Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General (FHFA-OIG) (FHFA is the regulator of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks). David led the DOS-OIG team that reviewed and published multiple reports concerning the use of personal email for official business by five Secretaries of State (Kerry, Clinton, Rice, Powell and Albright). At FHFA-OIG he spearheaded multiple federal and state investigations by the Residential Mortgage Backed Securities Working Group leading to recoveries of over $36 billion; he also led teams evaluating housing finance issues that produced an additional $5 billion in taxpayer recoveries.

Prior to his federal service, Seide was an attorney in private practice focusing on white collar criminal and securities enforcement cases, internal investigations and corporate compliance. He represented hedge funds, investment companies, broker-dealers, banks, public accounting firms, and their employees. Particular areas of experience included fraud, insider trading, FCPA, AML, accounting fraud, market manipulation, Investment Company Act violations and false and misleading public disclosures. He also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles, where he was responsible for the investigation, prosecution and trial of multiple individuals and organizations suspected of engaging in criminal securities and business fraud. Seide is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. 

Seide is a graduate of New York University School of Law (J.D.), Princeton University (M.P.A.) and University of Pennsylvania (M.A. and B.A.). He is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.