Steven Fredley is a partner with the law firm of HWG LLP, where he focuses on white-collar criminal defense, government and internal investigations, complex civil litigation, and legal ethics and malpractice. Steve recently returned to the firm after serving as Chief Compliance Counsel and Deputy General Counsel of Sorenson Communications.
Criminal Defense & Government Investigations
Steve has represented numerous corporations and individuals in a wide range of federal criminal investigations and prosecutions, including investigations related to international price-fixing cartels, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), mail and wire fraud, commercial bribery, “off label” use of medical devices, campaign finance violations, and financial crimes. He has represented clients at both the trial and appellate level, and before grand juries and various branches of the Department of Justice. Steve has also advised foreign national clients that have been indicted or investigated by the U.S. government on substantive U.S. law and matters relating to extradition. In addition, he has led internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients in response to allegations of wrongdoing and noncompliance with complex federal regulatory requirements.
Steve has served as both defense and plaintiff’s counsel and has been involved in all aspects of litigation, from initial case assessments to trials and appeals. He has appeared before federal and state courts throughout the U.S., as well as in arbitration proceedings. Steve has represented a broad range of clients—from multi-national corporations to individuals—in a variety of substantive areas. These areas include antitrust, class actions, breach of contract, employment disputes, privacy, defamation, and telecommunications law. Some of his notable representations include serving as lead counsel in a landmark decision which successfully challenged a perpetual exclusive video access arrangement under a 2007 Order of the Federal Communication Commission. He was also a member of the trial team that obtained one of the largest Privacy Act recoveries in history and the complete vindication and exoneration of a client wrongly accused of the 2001 anthrax attacks.
Steve represents lawyers and law firms in disqualification proceedings and in disciplinary investigations and prosecutions. His disciplinary experience has included matters before state bars and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED).
Steve has dedicated his pro bono practice to representing victims of domestic abuse in civil protection matters before the D.C. Superior Court, Family Division. His work also includes assisting clients of domestic violence on issues related to child custody and visitation.
Steve served as a law clerk for the Honorable Frank W. Bullock, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. Steve graduated magna cum laude from George Mason University School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the George Mason Law Review.