NEW YORK – Reed Smith announced today that former federal prosecutor Julia Nestor has joined the firm’s Global Regulatory & Investigations practice as a partner in their New York office.

Over the past nine years, Nestor has served in the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY), most recently as deputy chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section.

“Julia is an all-star with an insider’s perspective on what prosecutors are thinking,” said Mike Lowell, head of the firm’s Global Regulatory & Investigations practice. “She understands the foundations of corporate governance, the litigation risks to avoid in business practices, and how to handle investigations and prosecutions. Julia will reinforce several of our strongest practices – Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), sanctions, and health care fraud – while bringing unique insight and unmatched experience that will greatly benefit our clients in our rapidly growing blockchain, cryptocurrency, and fintech regulatory and compliance practice.”

A seasoned white-collar trial lawyer with more than 15 years in private practice and public service, Nestor has led and overseen some of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) most complex and significant prosecutions involving banking and securities fraud, international bribery and corruption, health care fraud, trade compliance, anti-money laundering, and cybercrime.