Seth D. DuCharme

Seth DuCharme Insurance Lawyer Bracewell LLP
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Seth DuCharme draws on his 14 years of experience as a senior-level law enforcement officer to advise companies and individuals on cases involving cybersecurity and breach response, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) diligence and litigation, export controls, sanctions compliance and anti-money laundering.

Seth served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York from 2008 through 2021. He held various positions at the Eastern District, including Chief of the Criminal Division, Chief of the National Security & Cybercrime Section, and Acting United States Attorney. Seth provided leadership in the trial of “El Chapo” Guzman; the indictment of tech giant Huawei; the RICO prosecution of Keith Raniere in connection with the NXIVM cult; the investigation of a global financial institution for its involvement in the 1MDB Malaysian bond deal, resulting in the largest criminal penalty ever obtained in an FCPA case; the arrest and indictment of eight individuals charged with conspiring to act as illegal agents of the People’s Republic of China; and the conclusion of a deferred prosecution agreement over a major financial institution in connection with its potential exposure for international money laundering.

From December 2019 through July 2020, Seth was the highest-ranking career lawyer in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), serving as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States. He worked directly with the Deputy Attorney General in overseeing all of the DOJ’s litigating and law enforcement components. He helped resolve appeals by private counsel; supervised complex, high-profile matters within the Criminal, Civil, Antitrust and National Security Divisions; and advised the Deputy Attorney General and Attorney General on criminal and civil litigation matters, as well as national policy and the government’s COVID-19 response, on a daily basis.

Seth is a frequent commentator and guest lecturer at Brooklyn, Columbia, Fordham and New York University Law Schools. He began his career as a Deputy United States Marshal in the Eastern District. He clerked with the Honorable Richard Owen of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York prior to beginning his legal career as an associate at an international law firm in New York.

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