Faegre Drinker announced today that Erica MacDonald and Henry Van Dyck will join the firm as partners in the white collar defense and investigations team in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C., respectively. MacDonald, who joins on Sept. 7, 2021 most recently served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota from June 2018 to Feb. 2021. Van Dyck joins on Aug. 30, 2021 and last served as Principal Assistant Chief of the Market Integrity and Major Frauds Unit in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Criminal Division’s Fraud Section.
The arrivals of MacDonald and Van Dyck will mark the addition of nine partners to Faegre Drinker’s litigation group in 2021, including a four-partner trial team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP who joined the firm in June.
“Erica and Henry are elite talents who bring decades of experience gained from their highly distinguished careers in public service,” Faegre Drinker’s co-chairs Andrew Kassner and Tom Froehle said in a joint statement. “Their additions will build on the tremendous growth of our litigation practice and will enhance our ability to defend clients’ business interests while helping them mitigate risks and navigate complex matters involving governmental agencies. We are thrilled that they have chosen Faegre Drinker for this next chapter of their careers.”
MacDonald serves clients in white collar defense, internal investigations, trial strategies and quasi-judicial matters such as monitorships. She brings her clients more than 25 years’ experience as a trial attorney, district court judge and prosecutor, as well as presidential appointee as U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. MacDonald knows how to run investigations, how to try and win cases, how to work collaboratively with clients and counsel, and how to work with the media in any crisis situation. As Minnesota’s U.S. Attorney, MacDonald set law enforcement prosecution and investigation priorities for all federal law enforcement agencies in the district, including the FBI, DEA, ATF, IRS, U.S. Postal Inspection, U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Marshals Service. MacDonald earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and her Juris Doctor, Order of the Coif, from DePaul University College of Law where she served as managing editor of lead articles for the DePaul Law Review.
Van Dyck is a first-chair trial lawyer who defends clients in white collar criminal cases and investigations. Having served for more than a decade at DOJ as a financial crimes prosecutor, his experience encompasses all aspects of corporate criminal matters, including securities, accounting, commodities, cryptocurrency, procurement and health care fraud, as well as market manipulation, insider trading, spoofing, money laundering and bribery. As a financial crimes prosecutor, Van Dyck led dozens of complex fraud investigations and corporate prosecutions and tried numerous high-profile cases resulting in the convictions of executives at publicly traded and financial services companies. As the Principal Assistant Chief of the Market Integrity and Major Frauds Unit, Van Dyck supervised a team of approximately 40 prosecutors and oversaw some of the DOJ’s most significant corporate criminal cases involving publicly traded companies, financial institutions, defense contractors and large manufacturers. Van Dyck is thoroughly familiar with the FCPA corporate enforcement policy, as well as the entirety of the corporate criminal resolution process. Van Dyck earned his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and his Juris Doctor with honors from The George Washington University Law School.
“Erica and Henry are marquee lawyers within the white collar and internal investigations practice,” said Debbie Ellingboe, leader of Faegre Drinker’s litigation group. “They will take our already tremendous white collar defense and investigations team to another level, and will use the skills and reputation that got them to the highest levels in their profession to successfully handle high-stakes criminal matters, resolve enforcement actions, and navigate sophisticated and fast-moving investigations for our clients.”
With a team of 250 litigators, Faegre Drinker’s litigation group is equipped to provide comprehensive on-the-ground litigation support wherever disputes involving our clients may arise.