Chief, Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York
Damian Williams is the Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. As Chief, Damian supervises more than twenty senior prosecutors in all aspects of the Task Force’s work, including criminal enforcement of insider trading, accounting fraud, market manipulation, mismarking of complex financial products, and fraudulent investment schemes.
Prior to becoming Chief, Damian investigated and prosecuted a wide array of complex white collar matters. For example, Damian prosecuted Sheldon Silver, the former Speaker of the New York State Assembly, for bribery, extortion, and money laundering. Damian also prosecuted former U.S. Congressman Christopher Collins for insider trading and lying to the FBI. He also prosecuted various defendants for insider trading based on so-called “political intelligence” stolen from federal agencies and traded upon by hedge funds. Since joining the Southern District in 2012, Damian has tried over a dozen cases to verdict.
Damian holds degrees from Harvard University, the University of Cambridge, and Yale Law School. He served as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens at the United States Supreme Court and Judge Merrick B. Garland at the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.