Crowe & Dunlevy today announced that Vicki Behenna, former federal prosecutor who has tried numerous significant cases, has joined the firm’s Oklahoma City office as a director. Behenna’s practice will focus on white collar compliance, government relations and healthcare.
Behenna has more than 25 years of experience as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Oklahoma. During this time, she tried fraud cases including bank, wire, mail, corporate and healthcare. Additionally, she was responsible for the prosecution of complex public corruption cases and for the past five years has continued to pursue substantial white collar cases while also serving as the healthcare coordinator for the Western District of Oklahoma.
“Vicki’s criminal trial background and investigation experience is invaluable to the firm and will complement the firm’s expansion of its White Collar, Compliance & Investigations practice group,” said Joe Edwards, chair of the white collar practice at the firm.
Behenna becomes the third former U.S. Attorney who has joined the firm since 2012.
Among her noteworthy prosecutions, Behenna was selected to participate in the Oklahoma City bombing case against Timothy McVeigh as a special attorney to then U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. On completion of the case, Behenna was selected by U.S. Attorney Pat Ryan to serve as Senior Litigation Counsel for the Western District of Oklahoma.
“Having spent most of my legal career in Oklahoma, I have always been drawn to Crowe & Dunlevy’s substantial presence in the state,” Behenna said. “The firm’s reach and depth will provide a great opportunity for me to expand my practice.”
Since 1997, Behenna has served as an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University School of Law instructing the Trial Practice and Evidence course. She has received many accolades during her career including receiving the Integrity Award from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, Distinguished Service Award from U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and was recognized as Outstanding Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma in 2012. She is a member of the Federal, American and Oklahoma Bar Associations, Oklahoma Association of Women Lawyers and the William J. Holloway, Jr. American Inn of Court.
In addition, Behenna has been actively involved in several Edmond Public schools, the OCU Law Alumni Board of Directors, CARE Center and TEAM Board of Directors and is a lay minister and member of Peace Lutheran Church.
Behenna received her juris doctor from the Oklahoma City University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oklahoma.
Posted on Mon, January 13, 2014
by Crowe & Dunlevy