Former Assistant U.S. Attorneys Veronica Jennings and John Marston Join Foley Hoag

New Partners to Expand Firm’s Criminal Defense Services in Washington, D.C.

April 23, 2018

Former assistant United States attorneys Veronica Jennings and John Marston have joined Foley Hoag LLP as partners, resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Both attorneys will focus on building out Foley Hoag’s criminal defense and government investigations services and capabilities, working in the Litigation Department as members of the White Collar Crime & Government Investigations practice.

“We are very excited to have Veronica and John join the firm,” said Foley Hoag Co-Managing Partner Kenneth Leonetti. “Criminal prosecution in Washington, D.C. is unlike anywhere else in the country. The Department of Justice investigates and prosecutes numerous cases in this region, and having a strong and experienced criminal defense and investigations practice based in D.C. is an important addition to our firm’s capabilities. In their previous work at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, both Veronica and John investigated and tried several substantial cases, and will add significant expertise to our already strong capabilities in this area.”

While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., Jennings most recently served in a senior position in the Cyber Section, Criminal Division, where she investigated and prosecuted cyber- and economic-related crimes such as computer intrusion, fraud, money laundering, cyber stalking and aggravated identity theft. Prior to this, she served in the Superior Court Division, focusing on violent crimes, as well as matters involving fraud, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering charges. Before becoming a prosecutor, Jennings practiced at the Washington, D.C. office of Schertler & Onorato, LLP, a criminal defense and litigation boutique firm, and was a staff attorney in the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Maryland.

Marston joined the Washington, D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2013. As an assistant U.S. attorney, he handled some of the most challenging violent crime and local fraud offenses in the office, eventually reaching a senior position in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section. He served as first chair on numerous trials in District and Superior court, and directed grand jury proceedings. Marston also handled federal investigations involving fraud, corruption, bankruptcy, cybercrime and tax offenses. Previously, as a narcotics and violent crime prosecutor, he investigated and indicted multiple large-scale conspiracy cases. Before joining the U.S Attorney’s Office, Marston served as an associate in the tax controversy group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he handled a broad range of administrative and litigation matters.

“Foley Hoag has a very deep and experienced White Collar Defense Group that has represented clients in complex federal and state investigations and proceedings throughout the country,” said Nicholas Theodorou, partner and Chair of Foley Hoag’s White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Practice. “Veronica and John are welcome additions to our team and add to its depth.”

Jennings received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in history from the University of Dayton and Fordham University, respectively, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law, graduating cum laude. Marston received his Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College and graduated summa cum laude with his Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School.

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