Gabriel A. Fuentes is a trial lawyer and former Assistant U.S. Attorney with broad-based experience in complex civil and criminal matters. Gabe has tried 13 jury cases to verdict and has briefed and argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeal. Gabe has represented Japanese corporations in some of the most significant federal criminal antitrust investigations of the past decade, including the DRAM, freight forwarding and auto parts matters. He has also represented numerous Japan- and U.S.-based employees before the U.S. Department of Justice in criminal antitrust investigations as well as in state and federal court criminal matters. Gabe is asked to lead sensitive internal investigations with implications for corporate compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, and for possible follow-on civil litigation. Several of these investigations have had a strong international flavor. He has counseled both corporations and public officials about compliance with government pre- and post-employment restriction laws, and about managing the corporation’s response to related criminal investigations by agency inspectors general. He has represented individuals in complex professional responsibility matters. His experience in complex civil litigation includes class actions, antitrust defense, legal malpractice, mass tort, asset recovery, theft of trade secrets and public utilities law.
Gabe’s varied background draws on his experience as a former professional journalist with the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the City News Bureau of Chicago. Gabe provides clients with a unique blend of real-world investigative skills, litigation experience in both federal and state courts, and written and oral advocacy abilities. As a federal prosecutor, Gabe successfully handled some of the Office’s most challenging matters, including the dismantling of a sophisticated crew of professional robbers and effecting the return of kidnapped U.S. citizen children from the Kingdom of Jordan. As a defense attorney, Gabe tried to verdict one of the most significant narcotics cases of the past 10 years, forcing the government to seek unprecedented appellate intervention in a criminal trial to prevent what the Seventh Circuit described as “a groundless acquittal.” Gabe is relentless in his efforts on behalf of clients, inside and outside the courtroom.
Gabe is a prolific speaker and writer on criminal law, ethics and corporate investigation and compliance issues. He is a member of the Federal Defender Panel for the Northern District of Illinois and the adjunct faculty of the Northwestern University School of Law. He is a former president of the Chicago Council of Lawyers.