Jenner & Block

Gayle E. Littleton conducts corporate internal investigations and represents companies engaged in civil litigation and companies and individuals in criminal proceedings.  Ms. Littleton’s work focuses on anti-corruption (FCPA), fraud, whistleblower complaints, #MeToo allegations, and regulatory compliance matters.

A former assistant US attorney (AUSA), Ms. Littleton brings a wealth of experience investigating and litigating criminal matters, as well as civil actions brought pursuant to the False Claims Act and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act.  She is a seasoned courtroom lawyer and has tried 18 federal cases throughout the country. Ms. Littleton also has briefed and argued numerous appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Ms. Littleton served as a federal prosecutor for 12 years, working in both the Chicago office of the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois and in the Northern District of Florida.  In the US Attorney's Office in Chicago, Ms. Littleton served on the prosecution team that investigated and prosecuted former Illinois Governor George Ryan's chief of staff. As an AUSA in Florida, Ms. Littleton investigated and prosecuted high-level white collar cases and served as senior litigation counsel to the US attorney, where she advised the US attorney on charging decisions.

Ms. Littleton has served as an adjunct professor at Loyola University (Illinois) and has taught at the Department of Justice training center.

While not an exhaustive list, Ms. Littleton’s recent representative matters include:

  • Led multinational FCPA internal investigation in Central Asia and Eastern Europe for international oil field services company, and represented that company in parallel DOJ/SEC investigations.  The matter involved international investigations team and government presentations, and was resolved without charges or corporate resolution.
  • Engaged by large publicly traded company to conduct #MeToo investigation, counseled company on employment and public relations issues, and resolved matter without litigation.  The matter involved domestic and international corporate offices, and cross-border legal issues.
  • Conducted investigation for the board of a large insurer related to whistleblower allegations made by an employee, counseled company on employment issues and regulator contact, and resolved the matter without litigation.
  • Led investigatory teams for the monitor of Credit Suisse AG following the bank’s $715 million settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services, part of a broader $2.6 billion settlement with DOJ and federal regulators.
  • Engaged by a hedge fund to represent it and employees in SEC enforcement investigation related to alternate lending positions.
  • Conducted multinational corruption investigation for an international healthcare company related to alleged impropriety in Eastern Europe.  The matter involved international investigations team, and cross-border legal issues.
  • Led civil regulatory compliance investigation for a multinational healthcare company related to international product ingredients.
  • Represented real estate developers in a DOJ affirmative civil FCA and FIRREA investigation and resolved the matter pre-litigation.
  • Represented current and former individual employees in:
    • FCPA investigations in the oil and gas industry; and
    • Investigations related to alleged bank-fraud/BSA violations.