Deirdre M. Daly joined the firm in June 2018 after serving as the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut from 2013 through 2017. She is a member of the Government & Internal Investigations and Litigation practice groups, providing counsel to corporations, boards of directors and executives in white collar criminal matters, SEC enforcement actions, corporate compliance, internal investigations and monitoring.
In addition to her work on government enforcement matters, Ms. Daly focuses her practice on internal investigations, drawing on her two decades of experience working in the Department of Justice. In 2019, she led an 8-month independent investigation for Yale University which culminated in a detailed public report that the University cited for its “excellent recommendations.” She has also recently conducted sensitive internal investigations on behalf of private equity firms and an asset-management company.
Ms. Daly was the first woman to be presidentially appointed to lead the Connecticut United States Attorney’s Office. As the state’s chief federal law enforcement officer, she was responsible for overseeing all litigation matters involving the United States and the work of 65 attorneys in three different cities. This work included the prosecution of all federal offenses relating to national security; cybercrime; securities, FCPA, healthcare and other financial fraud; public corruption; civil rights violations; human trafficking; child exploitation; environmental crimes; gang violence; and narcotics distribution.
During her term as U.S. Attorney, she was appointed by the Attorney General of the United States to serve as a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys (AGAC), providing strategic advice on policy, management, and operational issues impacting the Department of Justice and the 94 offices of U.S. Attorneys. Earlier in her career, she served for twelve years as a prosecutor and supervisor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and has tried eighteen cases to verdict.
In addition to her lengthy service as a federal prosecutor in New York and Connecticut, Ms. Daly has extensive experience in the private sector. From 1998 until 2010, she was an attorney in private practice, representing a wide variety of businesses, organizations, and individuals in criminal and regulatory investigations, and conducting corporate internal investigations. She also served as an environmental and safety monitor for a large public utility for close to ten years, and as an advisor to a municipal environmental protection agency.
Ms. Daly is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Georgetown University Law Center. After law school, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Lloyd F. MacMahon, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.
At Finn Dixon & Herling, she chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, participates in the Women’s Initiative Network, and is an active member of the pro bono and hiring committees. She leads the firm’s pro bono work on behalf of veterans and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anti-Defamation League Civil Rights Award, 2017
Connecticut Police Commissioners Law Enforcement Award, 2017
Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Honoree, 2017
Community Awards (Triangle Community Center; Islamic and Sikh Associations), 2017
Greater New Haven NAACP Criminal Justice Award, 2016
Urban League of Southern Connecticut Diversity Award, 2016
U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance, 1991
Appointed Chair of the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Committee by the Judges of the U.S. District Court in Connecticut (2019)
Board Member, Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity (2018-present)
Member, Attorney General’s Advisory Committee; Co-Chair White Collar Fraud Subcommittee; Chair, Forensic Science Working Group (2015-2016)
Commissioner, National Commission on Forensic Science; Public Commission formed by the Department of Justice and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to enhance the practice and improve the reliability of forensic science (2015-2016)
Member, Committee on Admissions and Grievances for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2008-2010)
Co-President (2007-2010), Trustee (2001-2010), Board of Trustees, Greens Farms Academy