Gayle E. Littleton advises companies and executives facing regulatory, criminal, and civil investigations, as well as companies and individuals engaged in civil litigation. Ms. Littleton regularly conducts corporate internal investigations for international companies and advises her clients on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and regulatory compliance matters. Ms. Littleton also represents clients in civil litigation in both federal and state court. A former assistant US attorney (AUSA), she brings a wealth of experience investigating and litigating matters involving fraud, corruption, tax evasion, cybercrimes and regulatory violations, as well as civil actions brought pursuant to the False Claims Act and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA). 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 prosecuted fraud, corruption, cybercrimes, and regulatory violations. She 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. Among her cases, Ms. Littleton investigated and convicted at trial senior bank executives for their roles in a bank-fraud scheme at the height of the nation’s liquidity crisis, as well as a real-estate investor involved in a complex mortgage-fraud scheme. As senior litigation counsel, 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.