Shreve Ariail is a partner in the firm’s Investigations, Compliance, and Defense Practice, the Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice, the National Security, Sanctions, and Export Controls Practice, and the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice. A former Deputy General Counsel at the Central Intelligence Agency and Section Chief for the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Mr. Ariail has a significant background in complex US and international investigations, criminal and civil litigation, national and cyber security, that can help companies navigating white-collar criminal defense and investigations, corporate crisis management, cyber and national security matters.
As the Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and Investigations at the CIA, Mr. Ariail served as counselor and legal advisor to the CIA’s leadership and managed the agency’s response to all executive branch and sensitive congressional investigations. He was also the head of all litigation at the CIA, supervising the agency’s role in criminal cases brought by the Department of Justice. These cases included prosecutions for espionage, material support to terrorism, theft of trade secrets, disclosure of classified information, cyber-hacking, fraud, money-laundering and violations of the Foreign Agent Registration Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and various export enforcement and sanctions-related matters. Mr. Ariail supervised the CIA’s role in affirmative and defensive civil matters and in matters involving national security regulations. He was the lead lawyer for the CIA’s security and counterintelligence functions and served as the CIA’s legal representative before the National Security Council on encryption, lawful access, and election security. Alongside his colleagues, Mr. Ariail received a Meritorious Unit Citation for his work protecting the 2020 election from foreign interference.
Prior to joining the CIA, Mr. Ariail served for a decade as an Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. He led the EDNY’s Organized Crime and Gangs Section, where he supervised a unit of over 20 lawyers, investigators, and staff prosecuting violent and corrupt criminal enterprises and business organizations for racketeering, money-laundering, public corruption, narcotics trafficking, bribery, extortion, and fraud. At the EDNY, Mr. Ariail also investigated and prosecuted some of the most complex extraterritorial terrorism cases brought by the Department of Justice in the last decade. Much of his work at EDNY required him to work extensively overseas and to collaborate closely with numerous federal and state law enforcement agencies, the US Intelligence Community, the National Security and Criminal Divisions and leadership in the Department of Justice, the Department of State, the Department of Defense and their counterparts abroad.
Outside of private practice, Mr. Ariail is a Faculty Associate at the National Security Policy Center at the University of Virginia. He has lectured at UVA on the role of the federal prosecutor and on various national security issues, both at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the School of Law.
Mr. Ariail began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable Claude M. Hilton in the Eastern District of Virginia.