Lucas Novaes advises clients on a wide array of white collar defense and investigations issues, with a focus on government and internal investigations. 

Mr. Novaes primarily advises public companies in highly sensitive government investigations including at the board- and executive-level. His experience encompasses: 

  • DOJ civil and criminal investigations
  • SEC investigations 
  • Congressional investigations
  • Cross-border investigations relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • Internal investigations

He also has experience conducting anti-corruption risk assessments, compliance reviews, and civil rights audits. With his Portuguese fluency, he is experienced conducting investigations and risk assessments in Portuguese. Mr. Novaes also represents corporate clients in complex civil litigation.

He maintains a diverse pro bono practice, having been recognized by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals’ Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll in 2019 and 2020.

Mr. Novaes’ experience includes advising:

  • A publicly traded waste management company in connection with a DOJ and DEA investigation into the company’s opioid disposal business
  • The former CEO of a publicly traded alternative assets management company in a SEC investigation of alleged securities fraud
  • A publicly traded exercise equipment company in connection with a DOJ investigation
  • A publicly traded home security management company in a SEC investigation of alleged channel stuffing
  • A multinational accounting and professional services firm in due diligence and compliance enhancement advice relating to anti-corruption in connection with a major corporate reorganization of the client involving operations and assets in Brazil
  • A publicly traded online and mobile therapy company in connection with a congressional investigation
  • A multinational investment bank in connection with a third-party subpoena in an FCA lawsuit
  • An international toll road infrastructure company in continuing advice and counsel on anti-corruption, white collar compliance and risk mitigation issues, including evaluating high risk third party service providers 

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia


  • JD, American University Washington College of Law, 2018
    magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • BA in Political Science, University of Florida, 2013

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Portuguese