Amy Lester
Amy Lester ()

Amy Lester, most recently co-chief of the general crimes unit at the Southern District U.S. Attorney’s Office, is joining New York litigation boutique Petrillo Klein & Boxer as a partner in early February.

Lester, the firm’s first female partner, will join a 13-attorney law firm founded in 2010 by attorneys she previously worked with at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Guy Petrillo, former chief of the criminal division there.

She will focus on criminal and regulatory investigations and proceedings, internal investigations and representing companies and individuals in civil litigation.

Lester, 42, worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for more than nine years, trying 11 criminal cases and serving in the general crimes, asset forfeiture, violent crimes and securities and commodities fraud units. She was on the asset forfeiture teams in the Refco fraud case and the securities fraud case against ex-attorney Marc Dreier. She was the lead prosecutor against former lawyer Charles Bennett in a Ponzi scheme case and helped to prosecute a former Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati employee for insider trading.

Lester was co-chief of the general crimes unit for 18 months until leaving the office in December. While she interviewed with other firms, she said, she chose to practice at a boutique in order to have a direct leadership role in client cases and also handle smaller and more manageable matters that didn’t require months of traveling.

“I was a little bit apprehensive about the idea of going to a small firm,” she said. “But really what won me over,” she said, “was just the chance to work with really top-notch former prosecutors who I had enjoyed working with in the past who have excellent business.”

Amy Lester, most recently co-chief of the general crimes unit at the Southern District U.S. Attorney’s Office, is joining New York litigation boutique Petrillo Klein & Boxer as a partner in early February.

Lester, the firm’s first female partner, will join a 13-attorney law firm founded in 2010 by attorneys she previously worked with at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Guy Petrillo, former chief of the criminal division there.

She will focus on criminal and regulatory investigations and proceedings, internal investigations and representing companies and individuals in civil litigation.

Lester, 42, worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for more than nine years, trying 11 criminal cases and serving in the general crimes, asset forfeiture, violent crimes and securities and commodities fraud units. She was on the asset forfeiture teams in the Refco fraud case and the securities fraud case against ex-attorney Marc Dreier . She was the lead prosecutor against former lawyer Charles Bennett in a Ponzi scheme case and helped to prosecute a former Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati employee for insider trading.

Lester was co-chief of the general crimes unit for 18 months until leaving the office in December. While she interviewed with other firms, she said, she chose to practice at a boutique in order to have a direct leadership role in client cases and also handle smaller and more manageable matters that didn’t require months of traveling.

“I was a little bit apprehensive about the idea of going to a small firm,” she said. “But really what won me over,” she said, “was just the chance to work with really top-notch former prosecutors who I had enjoyed working with in the past who have excellent business.”