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January 16, 2018
ATLANTA – Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP announced today that Nekia Hackworth Jones has returned to the Firm in the Atlanta office as a partner after spending the last 10 years with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Hackworth Jones, who earlier in her career was an associate with the Firm, was most recently prosecuting cases in the Complex Frauds Section.
“Nekia brings a valuable skill set to our White Collar Defense and Government Investigations Group. While serving as an Assistant U. S. Attorney, she directed complex grand jury investigations and courtroom prosecutions. In the Deputy Attorney General’s office, she developed an insider’s understanding of the workings within the highest levels of the Department of Justice,” said Bart Daniel, who co-chairs the Firm’s White Collar Defense & Government Investigations team along with partners Cory Manning and Solomon Wisenberg.
Hackworth Jones left Nelson Mullins in 2008 to join the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta. After serving in both the Violent Crimes and the Complex Frauds sections, in 2015 she moved to Washington D.C. and worked progressively at the U.S. Department of Justice as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, Associate Deputy Attorney General, and Executive Director of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. She returned to the Atlanta U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2017.
“Through collaboration and innovation, Nelson Mullins delivers world-class legal services that are carefully tailored to fit the business needs of its clients. I am delighted to return to the Firm after a decade of public service, and I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to develop solutions to our clients’ most challenging problems,” Hackworth Jones said.
As a prosecutor, Hackworth Jones investigated and prosecuted hundreds of federal criminal cases, including healthcare fraud, mortgage fraud, tax fraud, investment fraud, human trafficking, criminal street gangs, firearms violations, public corruption, and drug trafficking.
A graduate of Emory University (B.A., 1999), Harvard Business School (MBA, 2004), and Harvard Law School (J.D., 2004), she is a member of the Georgia Bar. She served as a clerk to the Honorable Sterling Johnson Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (2005-2006).
Hackworth Jones is the most recent addition to the Firm’s growing White Collar Defense & Government Investigations team. Daniel, who was previously U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina, joined the Firm in September. Thomas Ferrigno, who held the position of chief counsel in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Enforcement, joined in October, while Samuel Rosenthal, former chief of the Department of Justice Appellate Section of the Criminal Division, joined in November.
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