Sean Hecker Named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Defenders of New York

24 February 2017

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is pleased to announce that partner Sean Hecker has been named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Defenders of New York. The Federal Defenders is an independent, non-profit corporation dedicated to defending poor people accused of federal crimes.

“I’ve been astounded by the dedication and the brilliance of the people I have worked with at the Federal Defenders, by the depth of their commitment to doing good work and taking the steps to ensure that our criminal justice system continually strives to be more just,” said Mr. Hecker.

Mr. Hecker is a litigation partner whose practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations and complex civil litigation. He regularly defends individuals and companies in grand jury and regulatory investigations, and criminal proceedings involving allegations of securities fraud, money laundering and criminal antitrust violations. He has conducted numerous internal investigations of alleged FCPA violations, embezzlement and various forms of fraud. He also represents clients in complex civil litigation, including cases involving alleged securities fraud and other commercial disputes. Mr. Hecker is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel in the Southern District of New York, where he represents indigent federal criminal defendants. Chambers USA(2010-2016) has recognized Mr. Hecker for his “encyclopedic knowledge and practical understanding of how legal issues will work in real-world business.” He is also recommended by The Legal 500 US (2010-16) as “thoughtful, commercial, and very experienced” for white-collar criminal defense and is recognized by Benchmark Litigation (2016) as a “future star.” Mr. Hecker was named a “Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting Group (2013).

Mr. Hecker received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1997, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was the Senior Note Editor of the Law Review. He received a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 1994. He graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College in 1992.