Jeff Vaden, former First Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Texas, is a partner in Bracewell's white collar defense practice group. Prior to joining the firm, he served for more than 11 years in the U.S. Department of Justice Southern District of Texas, based in Houston.
At the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Vaden was responsible for directing criminal prosecutions and grand jury investigations in areas including U.S. export controls and sanctions, bank fraud, public corruption, immigration, money laundering, counterterrorism, and national security. His honors include the Director's Award for Superior Performance in 2008, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Assistant Secretary's Award in 2007, and the 20th Anniversary National Award, Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force in 2002.
He has worked on domestic and international matters with federal law enforcement and investigative agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Commerce-Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Treasury, Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshal's Service, and the Diplomatic Security Service.