Samuel (Sam) Everett Dewey focuses his practice on providing advice that is both insightful and comprehensive to highly regulated companies and individuals facing, or seeking to mitigate, major legal, reputational, political, and business risks. Sam draws upon his extensive experience leading major investigations in key Committees in both Houses of Congress; conducting in-depth oversight of key enforcement agencies including the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP); and prior experience representing clients in congressional and Executive Branch investigations as well as contested appellate and trial proceedings.
During his time on Capitol Hill, Sam led major investigations in both Chambers of Congress. He developed the strategy and set the agenda, led teams of experienced attorneys, managed complicated document discovery, deposed or interviewed hundreds of witnesses, including depositions of CEOs and senior government officials, and prepared Members for hearings. Sam also advised Senators and Members on some of the most complicated legal issues that arise before Congress. Sam maintains strong contacts on both sides of the aisle in both Houses.
House Financial Services Committee
From 2017–2018, Sam served as the Senior Counsel for Oversight and Investigations on the US House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee. Sam led numerous investigations including: multiple investigations into BCFP operations and actions; an investigation into BCFP obstruction of Committee oversight; an investigation into the Office of Financial Research’s operations and mismanagement; an investigation into payment processing and human trafficking; an investigation into the Federal Housing Finance Administration, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac; and numerous other confidential matters. Sam additionally advised the Chairman and Committee Staff on complicated legal issues including those arising out of The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act.
Senate Special Committee on Aging
From 2015–2017, Sam served as Chief Investigator and Counsel to the US Senate Special Committee on Aging where he led the Committee’s multi-year comprehensive bi-partisan investigation into the causes of price hikes on decades old drugs. In this capacity, Sam managed the efforts of over a dozen staff members, oversaw document discovery requiring numerous subpoenas and entailing over a million pages of records, conducted or supervised over 100 interviews, including the depositions of CEOs and senior corporate officials, oversaw the initiation of the first contempt proceedings against a witness for failure to appear for a Senate Staff deposition in decades, and led the drafting of an 130 page Committee Report. Sam also led numerous other investigations, including: investigations into a variety of scams affecting senior citizens; an investigation of proposed FDA rules governing drug compounding; and other confidential matters. Sam additionally advised the Committee’s Chairman, Senator Susan Collins of Maine, on complicated legal issues and judicial nominations, including two Supreme Court nominees.
Executive Branch Investigations and Litigation
Sam also has extensive experience defending against Executive Branch investigations and litigating contested appellate and trial proceedings. Sam has defended against a variety of Executive Branch investigations and was a key participant in a variety of contested appellate and trial proceedings.
While working on the House Financial Services Committee, Sam conducted extensive oversight of both the criminal and civil enforcement of financial laws by the Department of Justice, the Department of the Treasury, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Reserve Board, the BCFP, and other agencies. While working in the Senate, Sam led the Special Committee on Aging’s oversight of agencies responsible for civil and criminal enforcement of anti-fraud and consumer protection laws. Sam draws on this experience to advise clients on the inner workings of these agencies and the political factors which can influence Executive Branch proceedings.
Academia & Background
From 2009–2016 Sam represented numerous clients in Executive Branch investigations, congressional investigations before many House and Senate Committees, and appellate and trial proceedings.
Sam also writes and lectures on issues affecting congressional oversight. In particular, Sam has been repeatedly called upon to present to senior Members of foreign legislatures on how to perform effective legislative oversight of the executive branch and government contractors.
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