Assistant US Attorney Nancy DePodesta Joins Arnstein & Lehr as Partner
Accomplished Federal Prosecutor Chose 120-year Old Firm for “Challenge”, “Reinvention”
The national law firm of Arnstein & Lehr LLP welcomes Nancy DePodesta to its Chicago office, where she will be a partner in the litigation group.
DePodesta is widely known for her prosecution of Augustin Zambrano, Fernando King, and Vicente Garica, the highest-ranking leaders of the Latin Kings street gang, resulting in 40 and 60-year prison sentences, respectively, and for investigating and prosecuting auction house executives charged with manipulating auction bids and fraudulently driving up the prices of auction items.
In fact, her career as a prosecutor included cases even more varied than these, from an international pursuit of a child sex offender whose crimes crossed from the United States into Thailand to the investigation and prosecution of a white supremacist, who set fire to the home of an African American family, to corruption investigations and prosecutions of Chicago Park District employees and individuals who fraudulently obtained contracts with the Chicago Public Schools. DePodesta also served as the US Attorney’s Office Project Safe Neighborhoods Coordinator.
“We are thrilled to have an attorney of Nancy’s caliber joining the firm,” said Michael Gesas, Managing Partner of Arnstein’s Chicago office. “Her skill as a litigator and strategist is exceptional. Our clients and our staff all benefit from her counsel.”
For DePodesta, practicing law in a firm environment will be a new experience and she says, “I’m excited to take on the challenge.”
She chose to join Arnstein, she says, “because they are in a mode of reinventing themselves, too. As an institution that has managed to survive and thrive for 120 years as an independent player in Chicago, they are necessarily creative and agile. The spirit and energy of the place just made it feel like the best possible environment in which to begin a new chapter in my professional life. Engaging with talented colleagues and their diverse client base, I’m getting the chance to use my experience and knowledge in new ways every day. And I’m learning a lot as well.”