Victoria A. Degtyareva is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office.
As a former federal prosecutor and seasoned trial lawyer, her practice focuses on white collar defense, high stakes litigation, and investigations including matters related to cybersecurity, intellectual property and RICO. Prior to returning to the firm, Ms. Degtyareva was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. During her six-year tenure in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she was a member of the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section and the International Narcotics, Money Laundering and Racketeering Section.
In these roles, she handled numerous investigations and litigation involving cyberfraud, intellectual property violations, financial crimes and money laundering. These included global malware attacks, an extensive, international conspiracy involving the attempted theft of millions of dollars through business email compromise schemes, romance scams and elder fraud, an intrusion into the internal network of a multinational e-commerce company, resulting in the theft of hundreds of millions of customer records, and importers and distributors of hundreds of thousands of counterfeit cell phone parts, laptop batteries and other electronics.
Ms. Degtyareva also prosecuted violent crime cases, including gang, cartel, kidnapping and murder cases, many of which involved international coordination.
At the Central District, Ms. Degtyareva tried nine federal criminal trials, including four multi-week RICO trials, a kidnapping and money laundering conspiracy trial and a complex multi-defendant trial involving money laundering, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
In 2020, she was a recipient of the Prosecutor of the Year Award from the Criminal Justice Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
In addition to her trial practice, Ms. Degtyareva has appellate experience before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has also taught legal writing and advocacy at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law.
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Degtyareva was a litigation associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson, where she represented clients in a wide variety of civil and criminal matters in state and federal courts, including a major defense contractor in a criminal and civil investigation into fraud allegations, litigation involving alleged violations of California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act and litigation over the ownership of illuminated pages from a medieval gospel manuscript.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Degtyareva clerked for the Honorable Rosemary Barkett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Honorable Michael A. Ponsor of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Ms. Degtyareva earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. in French Literature and M.A. in Philosophy from Stanford University.