Brian N. Hayes is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Chicago office and is the leader of the firm's Midwest White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice.
Drawing on his years of leadership in law enforcement and experience as an FBI special agent, Mr. Hayes confidently provides seasoned advice to boards, audit committees and executive managers in a number of highly regulated industries. His practice will focus on advising organizations and individuals responding to government investigations, conducting internal investigations, and providing guidance on regulatory compliance and complex civil litigation. Mr. Hayes has extensive experience in criminal and regulatory investigations, securities and commodities fraud, healthcare fraud, Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and money laundering violations, and cybercrimes.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Hayes served in Chicago at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois beginning in 2003, most recently as chief of the Criminal Division. In that role, he supervised 120 assistant U.S. attorneys in eight criminal prosecution programs, including Public Corruption and Organized Crime, Securities and Commodities Fraud, Financial Crimes, National Security and Cybercrimes, and the Appellate Section. Mr. Hayes approved the investigation, charging, plea and trial strategies for the office's most significant, complicated and high-profile prosecutions. In addition, he communicated on behalf of the U.S. Attorney with the U.S. District Court, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and management at law enforcement and regulatory agencies such as the FBI, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and U.S. Secret Service.
Mr. Hayes also served in several other roles in the U.S. Attorney's Office, including the chief of General Crimes, and deputy chief of Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions. As chief of Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture, he served as the U.S. Attorney's subject matter expert on the BSA, anti-money laundering (AML) laws and related financial institution regulations. Mr. Hayes also tried more than 20 criminal cases to verdict in federal court, including mail and wire fraud offenses, financial institution fraud, money laundering and identity theft fraud schemes. In addition, he briefed and argued many cases to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Hayes served as a special agent with the FBI in Chicago investigating a variety of federal criminal offenses. Mr. Hayes began his legal career as an assistant district counsel with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service's New York office and was promoted to assistant general counsel in its Washington, D.C., headquarters.
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