Winston M. Paes is a litigation counsel and a member of the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement and internal investigations.
Prior to joining Debevoise in 2017, Mr. Paes served for nine years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, the final two years of which he spent as Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section. As Section Chief, Mr. Paes supervised a team of 20 experienced federal prosecutors focused on white collar matters. Under his leadership, the EDNY significantly expanded its white collar practice and prosecuted a number of the Department of Justice’s most high-profile matters. Before his appointment as a Section Chief, Mr. Paes also served as the Deputy Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section and Supervisor of its Medicare Fraud Task Force.
During his tenure as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Paes investigated and prosecuted a number of notable criminal matters, primarily related to securities and accounting fraud, insider trading, cybercrime, kickback schemes, money laundering, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Bank Secrecy Act and Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. In his leadership position, Mr. Paes worked closely with senior officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and other foreign and local regulators. He successfully tried 10 jury trials, including six white collar trials, and argued 12 appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is also a recipient of the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance and the Inspectors General Council’s Excellence in Litigation Award.
From 2003 until 2008, Mr. Paes was a litigation associate for a major international law firm. Mr. Paes earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 2003, and received his B.A. magna cum laude from the State University of New York, Stony Brook in 1998.
Mr. Paes is a member of the Board of Advisors of New York University Law School’s Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement and a member of Board of Directors of Brooklyn Law School’s Alumni Association.