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 Japan- and U.S.-based employees before the U.S. Department of Justice and in state court criminal matters. As a former investigative journalist and federal prosecutor, 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. His experience in complex civil litigation includes class actions, legal malpractice, mass tort, asset recovery, 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.
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.