Gabriel A. Fuentes is a trial lawyer and former Assistant U.S. Attorney with broad-based experience in complex civil and criminal matters. Clients turn to Gabe for complex and sensitive corporate internal investigations and criminal matters, including international criminal antitrust investigations and prosecutions. Gabe also has extensive experience in complex civil litigation, including asset recovery, class action defense, civil antitrust defense, legal malpractice, and the theft of corporate trade secrets. Gabe is relentless in his efforts on behalf of clients, inside and outside the courtroom, and he has demonstrated a deep and ongoing commitment to pro bono and public service.
Drawing on a varied background as a former professional journalist and former Chicago Assistant U.S. Attorney, Gabe brings a practical approach to investigations and complex criminal defense representations. He has represented corporations and individuals in the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s DRAM, freight forwarding, and auto parts investigations, achieving significant favorable results in these confidential matters. He has guided corporate clients through compliance with complex government subpoenas and through related internal investigations in highly sensitive matters. He has also represented clients before the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in complex investigative and federal court matters. His background as a civil litigator includes the recovering of $7 million in assets on behalf of a defrauded Chicago bank, the dismissal with prejudice of a class complaint against a large public utility, and the defense of complex “follow-on” civil litigation stemming from federal criminal antitrust matters.
Gabe’s demonstrated commitment to pro bono and public service includes several important representations in which he has been at the forefront of demanding reliability in the use of “scientific evidence” in criminal cases. Gabe made what is believed to be the first comprehensive challenge to fingerprint identification evidence after the February 2009 National Academy of Sciences report calling the reliability of this and other forensic practices into serious question. Gabe defended a prominent forensic scientist in a professional disciplinary hearing brought after he dared question his colleagues’ orthodoxy.
Most recently, in January 2015, Gabe led a team of Jenner & Block lawyers who won executive clemency for a client in a controversial prosecution that threatened to discourage recanting witnesses from coming forward with the truth. Gabe is a former chair of the Pro Bono Committee at Jenner & Block, which has been named repeatedly as the top-ranked pro bono law firm in the United States by The American Lawyer. Gabe also is a former president of the Chicago Council of Lawyers and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, and the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. He is a member of the Federal Defender Panel for the Northern District of Illinois.
A prolific speaker and writer on criminal law, scientific evidence, ethics, and corporate investigation and compliance issues, Gabe is a member of the adjunct faculty at the Northwestern University School of Law, where he graduated with honors and served on the law review. He served as a law clerk to the Hon. John F. Grady of the Northern District of Illinois.