Edward E. McNally


Edward E. McNally is a trial and appellate lawyer in the New York office whose practice includes commercial disputes, business and other civil litigation, compliance and corporate governance, internal investigations, the defense of white collar criminal cases, grand jury and other investigations by federal, state and overseas government agencies, particularly in cases involving investigations by the FBI, the U.S. Department of Justice, SEC and state and regulatory authorities. A core specialty is litigation, trials and crisis management for corporations or individuals facing significant risk in multiple forums, including simultaneous civil and criminal litigation and investigations by federal grand juries, state AGs, Inspector Generals, SEC, FTC, regulators, Congress and the press.

He has been tapped for investigations, crisis management and courtroom battles for significant national and international representations of corporations, governments, officers, executives and other individuals in complex commercial litigation, regulatory proceedings, and internal and criminal investigations. These representations have included civil and criminal matters involving allegations of fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), antitrust, price-fixing, False Claims Act, money laundering, qui tam, tax evasion, securities, insider trading, RICO, public corruption and national security matters, involving industries such as manufacturing, health care, pharmaceuticals, energy, utilities, construction and others.

Mr. McNally previously served as a United States Attorney (SDIL), Assistant U.S. Attorney (SDNY), a Presidential Speechwriter, as Senior Associate Counsel to the President, and as a District Attorney and chief of a statewide criminal division. Following the Sept. 11th attacks, Mr. McNally was appointed by the President as the nation’s first General Counsel for homeland security and counter-terrorism at the White House. In these and other capacities, Mr. McNally has appeared in courts throughout the U.S., served as an advisor to three Presidents, seven Attorneys General and many CEOs, and participated in the response to challenges and crises such as the Sept. 11th attacks, the first Gulf War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, and the defense of major civil, regulatory and criminal litigation matters for Fortune 100 and other entities and individuals. Tom Ridge, then Secretary of Homeland Security, described him as “an impressive and capable lawyer: smart, quick, knowledgeable and disciplined, an expert on prosecutions and homeland security. As an advocate, he is tough, focused, tireless and fair. Highly regarded within the Department of Justice.” Secretary Ridge called him “a go-to guy who knows how to deliver,” and added: “You would want him at your side in any fight.”

Following his service in homeland security, Mr. McNally served in the leadership at Criminal Division headquarters at the U.S. Department of Justice. The Criminal Division includes more than 700 attorneys and other professionals responsible for federal criminal enforcement policy as well as handling criminal matters in federal courts across the country in areas such as corporate fraud, securities fraud, FCPA, procurement fraud, money laundering, cyber security, public corruption and health care fraud. Mr. McNally worked closely with the Departments of State, Treasury, Defense, Homeland Security, the FTC, ICE, Secret Service and others on international and multi-national law enforcement operations and initiatives, including treaties and bilateral agreements on information sharing, extraditions and global criminal enforcement initiatives. The Attorney General of the United States called Mr. McNally “a full package lawyer. A smart, energetic, highly capable, and very effective lawyer with a reputation for legal excellence, leadership, people skills and communications expertise, who has been repeatedly tapped to take on enormous national challenges.”

During his service as a speechwriter during the Administration of the first President Bush he was widely credited for his writings in connection with the first Gulf War and the fall of the Berlin Wall, including nationally televised addresses and the Medal of Freedom award to Lech Walesa. NBC anchor Tom Brokaw called his remarks written for Barbara Bush at Wellesley College “the best commencement speech I’ve ever heard”; CBS News anchor Dan Rather declared it was "the best speech made by any person connected with any summit.” A frequent public speaker, Mr. McNally previously served as a visiting professor at Beijing University on U.S. constitutional law, in his capacity as America’s first Henry Luce Scholar to serve in the People’s Republic of China. A Chicago native, he was educated at Yale, the University of Notre Dame Law School, and the London School of Economics.