After a 20-year career as a prosecutor for the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, Deana Timberlake-Wiley has joined former DOJ colleague Bill Dillon as a partner at his white-collar boutique, Dillon Law Group.
“Deana and I were co-counsel on a host of cases during the last 10 years of her tenure,” Dillon said. “She is the best trial lawyer I’ve worked with during my 25 years at the DOJ.”
The two worked together on what Dillon said was the largest-ever public corruption case in the Eleventh Circuit. Dillon was the lead attorney for the massive DOJ investigation starting in 2005 into bribery over a $3.2 billion sewer contract in Jefferson County, Alabama, that led to the convictions of 21 people and five companies, including four county commissioners. Sixteen people went to prison, and the DOJ levied $45.7 million in criminal fines. Dillon and Timberlake-Wiley each won two DOJ awards for their work on the case.
Timberlake-Wiley said it was a “delicate case politically,” because one of the county commissioners, Chris McNair, was the father of one of the four girls killed in the KKK’s 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.
“That is why they wanted an outside prosecutor,” she said. McNair served two years in prison.
The matter wrapped up in 2010, when former county commissioner Gary White was sentenced to 10 years in prison for accepting bribes from a county sewer contractor.
Dillon left the Antitrust Division to start Dillon Law Group in fall 2012, ahead of the DOJ’s closure of four of the division’s seven field offices, including Atlanta, at the beginning of 2013. The other offices shut down were Dallas, Cleveland and Philadelphia.
Legendary Antitrust Division head Thurman Arnold opened the field offices shortly after World War II to combat bid-rigging in the construction trades.
Deana, 47, joined the Antitrust Division in Washington in 1997 from Kutak Rock, just three years into practice. She transferred from Washington to the Atlanta field office in 2002 to investigate and prosecute bid-rigging, price-fixing conspiracies, public corruption and other white-collar criminal matters—making the move with her husband, Malcolm Wiley Sr., a secret service agent who is now assistant special agent in charge for the Northern District of Georgia.
When the field offices were closed, Timberlake-Wiley said she was asked to stay on and complete investigations in the Southeast. But now that the work is wrapping up, she decided to partner with Dillon rather than move to Washington, she said. She joined his firm June 26.
In recent years, she’d worked on a bid-rigging case in Mobile, Alabama, where the DOJ alleged real estate investors conspired to rig prices at public foreclosure auctions. As of April, the 15th defendant had been prosecuted—an investor sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison—and they’d paid more than $1 million in fines and restitution.
“I thought it was time. I was at a point where the investigations I’d worked on for a couple of years had ended,” Timberlake-Wiley said. “And I really wanted to join Bill here at Dillon Law Group.”
“We know each other’s moves very well. We’ve tried a lot of cases together,” Dillon said. “We’re putting the band back together.”
After the Birmingham sewer case, Timberlake-Wiley and Dillon worked on another big DOJ investigation into a global price-fixing conspiracy among airlines over freight cargo. By 2011, DOJ had charged 22 airlines and 21 executives. The total criminal fines imposed by the DOJ exceeded $1.8 billion, and four executives served jail time.
Dillon probed airlines in Germany and the Netherlands, and Timberlake-Wiley handled those in Japan, including Japan Airlines International and Nippon Cargo Airlines Co.
Now Dillon Law Group represents CEOs, CFOs and other executives and officers under investigation by government agencies. Dillon said he often works as co-counsel with large firms that defend the corporations.
Dillon declined to name any of the executives he’s defended but he said he represented a CEO and a CFO of a company involved in the DOJ’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation into Petrobras in Brazil, as well as pharmaceutical company executives in an antitrust and fraud investigation and a CEO in a health care fraud investigation.
Deborah Livesay has returned to Taylor English Duma as counsel in the labor and employment group from Bryan Cave, where she was of counsel. Livesay handles litigation, internal investigations and advises on reductions in force and plant closings and other compliance matters.
Commercial real estate lawyer Patrick Webb has left Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Atlanta to become a partner at Savannah firm Hunter Maclean. Webb represents developers of mixed-use projects, institutional investors in office building and apartment acquisitions and other real estate matters.
Adams and Reese has added its ninth lawyer from Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz to its growing Atlanta office—Amy Hanna Keeney, who joined as special counsel. The Southeastern firm opened the Atlanta office in March with a six-lawyer financial services team led by Ron Bingham II from Baker Donelson. Keeney defends financial institutions, such as auto lenders and mortgage servicers, and other businesses in litigation.
Joyce Klemmer of Smith, Gambrell & Russell has joined the board of the Atlanta Bar Association‘s dispute resolution section. She’s also on the board of the Atlanta Bar’s intellectual property section.
Jones Walker partners Neal Sweeney and Chad Theriot edited the recently released 2017 Construction Law Update, published by Wolters Kluwer. Sweeney has edited the annual publication since 1992, and this is Theriot’s third year as his co-editor. Sweeney and Theriot joined the New Orleans-based firm last year with four other construction lawyers from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.
Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers has joined the Network of Trial Law Firms, which has 22 U.S. firms as members, with more than 5,000 lawyers collectively. The nonprofit network allows defense firms to share trial and litigation expertise and resources for their insurance company and corporate clients. The group sponsors research, CLEs and other activities to benefit its members.