People

Alyssa DaCunha

Counsel

DaCunha, Alyssa

Alyssa DaCunha's practice focuses on government and internal investigations and crisis management assistance. She has represented major corporations and individuals in criminal, civil and congressional matters, and has provided strategic counsel to companies facing complex regulatory issues at the intersection of law, policy and business. Ms. DaCunha has particular experience in international anti-corruption issues and has represented both companies and individuals in corruption-related investigations and advised global financial institutions on anti-corruption policies and compliance.

Ms. DaCunha also maintains an active pro bono practice. She has represented a foster family seeking permanent guardianship of a foster child and has represented a Washington DC public charter school advocacy group in a funding equity suit. 

Past Experience

Prior to beginning her legal studies, Ms. DaCunha worked at the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice and the US Embassy in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Publications & News

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January 29, 2018

Preserving Privilege in Government Investigations in Light of 'SEC v. Herrera'

In this New York Law Journal article, authors Boyd Johnson, Brendan McGuire and Alyssa DaCunha explore how a recent case from the Southern District of Florida makes clear that counsel must tread carefully when assessing whether and how to share information derived from privileged investigative materials, as doing so may risk waiving the work product privilege over the underlying materials and potentially their entire subject matter.

March 21, 2017

Judge Dismisses Securities Fraud Claims Against Texas Attorney General

The Wall Street Journal reported the dismissal as a “wholesale defeat” of the Securities and Exchange Commission, which had brought the claims in a civil suit.

February 5, 2014

Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2013 Developments and Predictions for 2014

The year 2013 witnessed several notable developments in the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). In 'Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2013 Developments and Predictions for 2014', WilmerHale Partners Roger M. Witten, Kimberly A. Parker, Jay Holtmeier and Erin G.H. Sloane discuss notable trends and developments in 2013 corporate settlements and individual prosecutions, key FCPA legal developments, notable collateral litigation developments, and significant developments in international anti-corruption law.

May 30, 2013

US Fights Crime By Seizing Funds From Foreign Banks’ Interbank Accounts

April 1, 2013

U.S. Fights Crime by Seizing Funds from Foreign Banks’ Interbank Accounts

An article by Brent Gurney, Richard Johnston and Alyssa DaCunha, published in the April 2013 edition of  International Bar Association International Litigation Newsletter.

April 1, 2012

U.S. Government Seizures of Korean Bank Assets Held in U.S. Accounts

An article by Brent Gurney, Richard Johnston and Alyssa DaCunha, published in Korea in Legal Times, Vol. 45.

September 20, 2010

Txts R Safe 4 2day: Quon v. Arch Wireless and the Fourth Amendment Applied to Text Messages

17 GEO. MASON. L. REV. 295 (2010)

Recent Highlights

  • Representing a global financial institution in connection with a congressional investigation relating to offshore banking by US taxpayers and cross-border business practices 
  • Obtaining total dismissal with prejudice of all claims against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who was sued (in his personal capacity) by the SEC for securities fraud
  • Counseling a global financial institution on anti-corruption policies and conducting training in new policies and procedures
  • Advising a major activist hedge fund in connection with a Senate Aging Committee inquiry regarding drug price increases
  • Counseling a global social media company in connection with a Senate Commerce Committee inquiry regarding alleged suppression of content
  • Advising an asset management firm in conjunction with a congressional investigation into high-frequency trading practices
  • Representing several entities and individuals in FCPA and corruption-related investigations
  • Representing a renewable energy company facing a congressional inquiry relating to the Department of Energy loan-guarantee program
  • Representing a former senior aide to Senator John Edwards in a federal criminal trial
  • Counsel for secret service agent in connection with high-profile inquiry regarding Presidential visit to South America

Professional Activities

Ms. DaCunha served as a US delegate to the 2014 American Council on Germany Young Leaders Program.

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Education

JD, summa cum laude, George Mason University School of Law, 2010, Editor-in-Chief, George Mason Law Review, Winner, 2009 Philip C. Jessup International Law Mid-Atlantic Moot Court Competition

BA, International Affairs, summa cum laude, The George Washington University, 2006

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Virginia

Languages

Portuguese

Clerkships

The Hon. J.L. Edmondson, US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2010 - 2011

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