Assistant U.S. Attorney Alyse I. Constantinide Joins Beveridge & Diamond
Beveridge & Diamond proudly announces that Alyse I. Constantinide joined our Washington, DC office as a Principal on November 2, 2021.
Informed by her years of experience as a federal prosecutor and supervising attorney in the nation’s capital, Alyse offers firm clients strategic counsel on high-stakes enforcement and compliance matters, particularly in complex or large-scale white-collar litigation and internal investigations. Her strong background in criminal investigation, prosecution, and litigation complements the firm’s robust environmental and natural resource regulatory practices.
“We are delighted that Alyse chose B&D for the next phase of her already impressive career and to help expand our significant capabilities in the area of environmental crimes defense," said Kathy Szmuszkovicz, B&D’s firmwide Managing Principal. “Alyse joins a distinguished group of former senior U.S. and state government officials who now call B&D home.”
The National Law Journal reported Alyse's arrival in its article, "Beveridge & Diamond Snags Top AUSA for Environmental Crimes Defense Role" (subscription required), and AmLaw Litigation Daily covered the story in "Litigators on the Move: Move-ember is Well Underway" (subscription required), as did Law360 "Beveridge & Diamond Adds Career DOJ Lawyer As Principal" (subscription required).
Alyse’s unique skill set adds to the rigor and depth of the firm’s capacity to assess risks, investigate criminal allegations, and help clients respond effectively and swiftly to inquiries from regulators and other government authorities on environmental, chemical, and product regulatory issues.
Highlights of her career include:
- Serving as the U.S. Attorney’s Office Deputy Chief of the Felony Trial Unit, capping a distinguished seven-year career at the Department of Justice (DOJ) in which she received multiple DOJ Special Achievement Awards in recognition of her trial and investigative work.
- Serving as the Early Case Assessment Section’s first Deputy Chief, supervising more than 20 attorneys involved in case screening, warrant review, and arraignment and detention hearings. She received the 2020 U.S. Attorney Team Award for her work in establishing this new section, which is responsible for all case initiation (except for sex offense and homicide) in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.
- Arraigning on local charges the first defendants arrested in the January 6th U.S. Capitol insurrection.
- Trying over 40 cases (15 of which were jury trials), consisting of various criminal offenses, with complex cases including counts of obstruction of justice and conspiracy. She also served in the Appellate Division, where she authored appellate briefs and prepared oral arguments.
- Reviewing, investigating, and approving the highest level of warrants submitted to the section, to include complex long-term investigations, violent crimes in aid of racketeering, and high-profile local cases.
- Leading extensive criminal investigations on social media, telecommunications, transportation, and other tech companies, while working closely with the FBI, Secret Service, ATF, Capitol Police, and the DC Metropolitan Police Department on pending cases.
- Coordinating grand jury investigations, issuing subpoenas, and questioning witnesses before the grand jury returned indictments for a variety of offenses.
“As the Biden Administration redoubles the U.S. government’s approach to environmental enforcement, I anticipate greater demand for white collar criminal defense services,” Alyse stated. “B&D holds the unique and advantageous position of specializing in statutes with highly technical elements. My experience with jury trials, grand jury investigations, and complex litigation in the Department of Justice builds credibility with existing clients and regulators. I am truly excited for the opportunity to play a leading role in expanding B&D’s Environmental Crimes Defense & Internal Investigations practice.”
Evynn Overton, who leads B&D’s Environmental Crimes Defense & Internal Investigations practice, added, “Alyse’s prosecutorial experience as an AUSA dovetails perfectly with our deep environmental subject matter expertise in high-stakes environmental enforcement matters and internal or governmental investigations where clients really need both elements to achieve the most effective resolutions.”
Alyse also served as Associate Director of the Civic Legal Corps, a non-profit entity designed to close the gap to access legal services.
Throughout her career, Alyse has participated in numerous diversity, equity & inclusion efforts in various capacities, including serving as Eastern Regional Director of the National Black Prosecutor’s Association, Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee of the DC Women’s Bar Association, and on the Diversity Committee in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. She also speaks frequently on the topic of diversity in the legal field.
B&D works with corporations, executives, board members, in-house counsel, and on internal investigations and compliance, federal and state government investigations, enforcement actions, and prosecutions alleging environmental regulatory crimes. The firm has also been involved in several high-profile court-appointed monitorships – including the Volkswagen “Dieselgate” matter and the Duke Energy coal ash remediation.