Trevor Garmey assists clients in navigating sensitive government investigations, developing robust compliance programs and managing reputational risk. Trevor has defended corporate executives, foreign nationals, financial institutions and municipalities against allegations of bribery, fraud and insider trading, and violations of US sanctions and export controls. Trevor has represented clients in proceedings before the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), foreign law enforcement and numerous federal courts.

    Prior to entering private practice, Trevor completed a clerkship for the Honorable Irene Berger, US District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia.

    Trevor is an instrument-rated pilot endorsed to operate high-performance and complex aircraft, and is also licensed to operate commercial unmanned aerial systems.

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    Monitorships, Independent Reviews and Special Counsel Proceedings

    • Representation of City of Charlottesville, Virginia, in 90-day independent review of protest events in July and August of 2017, culminating in 270-page report provided to Charlottesville City Council.
    • Representation of David N. Kelley, the appointed monitor in the DOJ settlement with Toyota Motor Corporation.
    • Representation of multiple witnesses in testimony before Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

    Fraud Investigations and Compliance Counseling

    • Lead counsel for senior executive of German OEM in multijurisdictional investigation into diesel emission disclosures, resulting in successful resolution with the DOJ.
    • Representation of audit committee of international retailer in concurrent investigations by the DOJ and the SEC into allegations of bribery in multiple international markets.
    • Lead counsel for closely held business in internal investigation of seven-figure embezzlement, and subsequent federal prosecution for bank and tax fraud. The client was classified as a victim, received court-mandated restitution and avoided media scrutiny.
    • Representation of former FIFA Audit Committee member in DOJ investigation into corruption in international soccer.
    • Representation of Fortune 200 retailer in internal investigation into allegations of corruption in China.
    • Representation of private equity fund in investigation of alleged corruption in Turkey.
    • Representation of witness in DOJ investigation into the “Panama Papers.”
    • Lead counsel in compliance assessment for domestic subsidiary of a Japan private equity fund, resulting in adoption of rigorous compliance procedures.
    • Representation of multiple Fortune 500 companies in anticorruption due diligence into potential merger targets.

    SEC and FINRA Investigations and Counseling

    • Representation of investor in challenge to enforceability of disgorgement orders in SEC proceedings.
    • Representation of investment adviser in SEC investigation into use of leveraged and inverse-leveraged funds.
    • Representation of international retailer in SEC investigation into allegedly false statements concerning supply chain integrity.
    • Representation of senior bank executive in SEC investigation into the use of proprietary mutual funds in advisory accounts.
    • Representation of former investment bank executive in SEC investigation of hiring practices in China.
    • Representation of executive in assessment of insider trading exposure and development of Rule 10b-5(1) plan.
    • Provided advice and counseling to major hedge fund on potential modifications to Rule 13(f) procedures.
    • Representation of investment bank in parallel SEC and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority investigations into execution of RMBS and CMBS transactions.

    Export Controls

    • Representation of exporter in parallel investigations by the Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security into legality of exports to Ukraine.

    False Claims Act

    • Representation of state agency in parallel investigations into potential overpayments by Medicare and Medicaid for psychiatric services.
    • Representation of pharmaceutical executive in DOJ investigation into opioid sales practices. The client was classified as a witness and excluded from further proceedings.
    • Representation of pharmacy chain in Civil Investigation Demand relating to Medicare invoices for diabetes treatment.
    • Representation of witness in DOJ prosecution of Medicare and Medicaid charges by skilled nursing facilities.
    • Representation of educational services provider in DOJ investigation into overpayments for after-school enrichment services.

    Civil Litigation

    • Representation of ratings agency in coordinated actions by the DOJ and 17 states attorneys general related to disclosures for RMBS ratings.
    • Representation of National Football League franchise in multiple proceedings in Maryland state court.
    • Representation of debtor in motions practice in federal bankruptcy proceeding, relating to request by creditor for adverse inferences based on debtor’s invocation of the Fifth Amendment privilege.

    Pro Bono Representation

    • Lead counsel for All-American collegiate lacrosse player and Canada national in successful application for O-1A status as an alien of extraordinary ability. The client became only the second lacrosse player to receive O-1A status.
    • Successful representation of deported Sudan national in challenge to enforcement of first travel ban, resulting in negotiated settlement with the DOJ permitting the client to lawfully enter the US on a K-1 visa.
    • Lead counsel for multiple Canada lacrosse players on immigration matters, including resolution of violations and adjustments to status.
    • Successful representation of immigrant children in concurrent proceedings in Nassau County Family Court and the federal immigration courts, resulting in successful award of guardianship to biological parent and grant of Special Immigrant Juvenile status.
    • Successful representation of multiple applicants for Social Security disability determinations, including applications appealing adverse determinations.
    • Representation of multiple veterans in formation of corporations and limited liability companies, and counseling on developing a sustainable business.


    • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2013
    • The College of William & Mary, B.A., with highest honors, 2002


    • District of Columbia, 2017
    • New York, 2015


    • English
    • French

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