Moore & Van Allen PLLC
Valecia McDowell is the Co-Head of the firm's White Collar, Regulatory Defense and Investigations practice and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Ms. McDowell is known for her experience conducting internal investigations across the U.S., Europe, Asia and South America. In so doing, Ms. McDowell has represented clients in disputes, investigations, and negotiations involving the CFPB, HUD, DOJ, SEC, FINRA, CFTC, USDA, OIG, Congress, State Attorneys General, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Japanese Financial Services Agency (JFSA), the Comissão de Valores Mobiliarios (the Brazilian Securities Commission), and the Banco Central do Brasil (the Central Bank of Brazil), among others. Within the financial services arena, she has developed particularized expertise in the areas of conduct risk management and consumer finance. Ms. McDowell also possesses significant trial, arbitration, and regulatory defense experience in complex, high-stakes cases, particularly in the financial services, healthcare, securities, manufacturing, and telecommunications industries.
Ms. McDowell’s representative engagements in the areas of investigations and regulatory defense include leading a team of more than 80 to conduct a conduct risk analysis for a national bank; leading a team of more than 30 to conduct a review of consumer sales practices for another national bank; investigating and defending false claims allegations where mortgage company representatives were tried and convicted for fraud; conducting public company investigation involving accounting irregularities and executive misconduct in the manufacturing industry; leading an investigation into allegations of public corruption on behalf of an international bank in South America; representing a financial institution in response to allegations of market manipulation lodged by various state attorneys general; leading effort to self-report potential health care billing irregularities; conducting a highly publicized investigation on behalf of the City of Charlotte involving allegations of sexual harassment by a City Council member; and managing a significant tax and regulatory portfolio in Brazil for a Fortune 100 financial institution.
Ms. McDowell’s representative litigation engagements include obtaining a voluntary dismissal in a shareholder derivative class action lawsuit arising out of a $1.5B sales transaction for a publicly traded company; defeating a motion for injunctive relief in a high value investor’s breach of fiduciary duty claim in Georgia federal court; obtaining injunctive relief and appointment of a receiver on behalf of a public financial institution in a tenants-in-common commercial property dispute in North Carolina federal and state courts; defending a hedge fund in a breach of fiduciary duty dispute in Texas state court; obtaining a favorable settlement for a national bank after commencement of jury selection in a federal consumer finance trial in South Carolina; first chairing successful defense of Sarbanes-Oxley claims in Pennsylvania Administrative Hearing and on appeal before the Third Circuit; arguing before the Eleventh Circuit in a product development dispute; and serving as lead counsel before the North Carolina Business Court on behalf of Bank of America in its recent shareholder derivative lawsuit relating to the acquisition of Merrill Lynch.
Ms. McDowell has been frequently recognized by her peers for excellence in the law:
Ms. McDowell is a founding member of the Duke University School of Law Alumnae Board and has served as a guest instructor at the law school, teaching a course on internal investigations. In addition, Ms. McDowell has twice been invited to speak at the SIFMA C&L Annual Seminar on the topic of conduct risk management and is a regular presenter at other industry conferences as well. Ms. McDowell was previously appointed by the judges of the Western District of North Carolina to serve on the Advisory Committee on Local Rules and is the immediate past General Counsel for the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance (formerly the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce).