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Kyle R. Freeny

Kyle R. Freeny, a skilled trial attorney and former federal prosecutor for the Special Counsel’s Office and the Department of Justice (DOJ), Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS), focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense, government and internal investigations, and anti-money laundering (AML) and international corruption matters.

Kyle was one of 19 prosecutors selected by Robert S. Mueller III to conduct the high-profile investigation into alleged Russian election interference, coordination between Russian officials and the Trump campaign, and related matters. As Assistant Special Counsel, Kyle played a lead role in federal tax and bank fraud investigations, as well as a money laundering investigation into the funding of Russian intelligence cyber intrusions during the 2016 Presidential election using cryptocurrency.

While at the Department of Justice, Kyle was involved in investigations relating to major international money laundering and corruption matters, including matters involving the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and foreign banking and corruption laws designated as predicates to U.S. money laundering charges. Kyle has considerable experience handling cross-border issues and coordinating with foreign law enforcement authorities and U.S. and foreign regulators on complex transnational financial cases.

Kyle has also represented dozens of federal agencies in high-profile litigation, including the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Department of Defense, and the Federal Financing Bank. Kyle has appeared before federal trial courts across the country.

Concentrations

  • Anti-money laundering issues
  • Bank Secrecy Act
  • Anti-corruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Asset forfeiture
  • Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)
  • Government investigations
  • Compliance counseling

Capabilities

Experience

  • Prosecuted case involving the embezzlement and money laundering of several billion dollars stolen from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund, resulting in the largest civil forfeiture in DOJ history.°
  • Led money laundering and financial tracing investigation into conduct by a presidential campaign manager resulting in a guilty plea. Coordinated asset recovery strategy.°
  • Led money laundering investigation into the funding of Russian intelligence efforts to infiltrate the computers of the DNC, DCCC, and Clinton campaign staff, resulting in the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers, for, among other things, laundering cryptocurrency in furtherance of a hacking conspiracy.°
  • Assisted in one of the first successful prosecutions under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) in recent years.°
  • Represented the FBI in a seven-day jury trial of a Title VII retaliation claim and in a one-week bench trial of a First Amendment claim brought by a convicted terrorist.°
  • Defended veteran benefits scheme against a program-wide constitutional challenge in a two-week bench trial.°
  • Served as lead counsel in a range of novel and complex matters, including challenges to the Department of Treasury’s economic sanctions regulation, Medicare payment regulations, and Department of Energy siting and grant decisions.°

°The above representations were handled by Kyle Freeny prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • U.S. Department of Justice
    • Trial Attorney, Criminal Division, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, International Unit, 2016-2019
    • Assistant Special Counsel (Detailee), Special Counsel’s Office, 2017-2018
    • Trial Attorney, Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch, 2007-2016
  • Program Manager (Detailee), Office of Management and Budget, Working Group on Streamlining Paperwork for Executive Nominations, 2013
  • Clearance Advisor (Detailee), The White House, Office of Counsel to the President, 2011

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States
    • Dispute Resolution - Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense: Advice to Corporates, 2020
    • Dispute Resolution - Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense: Advice to Individuals, 2020

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2006
  • A.B., cum laude, Harvard University, 2001
Clerkships
  • Hon. Diana Murphy, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2006-2007
Admissions
  • California
Admitted in California. Practice in the District of Columbia limited to matters and proceedings before Federal courts and Agencies.