August 3, 2022

Munger Tolles Welcomes Back Former AUSA Victoria Degtyareva

Munger, Tolles & Olson announced today that Victoria Degtyareva has rejoined the firm as a partner in the Los Angeles office.

Ms. Degtyareva spent the past six years as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, where she most recently served as a member of the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section and previously of the International Narcotics, Money Laundering and Racketeering Section.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Degtyareva was a litigator at the firm, representing clients in a variety of civil and criminal matters in state and federal courts. She returns with deep experience handling federal criminal trials and particular expertise in cybersecurity investigations, RICO, fraud and intellectual property theft.

Ms. Degtyareva will represent clients in white collar crime cases and internal investigations, including matters related to cybersecurity, intellectual property and RICO, as well as high-stakes litigation. 

“As a litigation associate, Vicky was already a rising star and she returns to the firm with extraordinary experience successfully handling some of the most complex investigations and trials stemming from the Central District in recent years,” said Co-Managing Partner Hailyn Chen. “She will be an enormous asset advising our clients on their biggest and most difficult legal challenges.”

During her time as a federal prosecutor, Ms. Degtyareva handled numerous investigations and litigation including global malware attacks, an extensive, international conspiracy involving the attempted theft of $40 million through business email compromise schemes, romance scams and elder fraud, and an intrusion into the internal network of a multinational e-commerce company, resulting in the theft of hundreds of millions of customer records.

At the Central District, Ms. Degtyareva tried nine federal criminal trials and was recognized with the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s 2020 Prosecutor of the Year Award.

In addition to her trial practice, Ms. Degtyareva has appellate experience before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

“It was a privilege to serve as an assistant U.S. attorney and I’m incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to support the office’s mission over the past six years,” Ms. Degtyareva said. “I look forward to applying what I have learned in government service to furthering the goals of our clients at Munger, Tolles & Olson, where I started my legal career.”

Ms. Degtyareva’s hire is reflective of the firm’s commitment to hiring top government lawyers.

While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she worked with Robyn Bacon, who rejoined Munger, Tolles & Olson in 2019. Ms. Degtyareva is the sixth former government lawyer to join the firm in the past three years, following the additions of Lauren Bell, who spent more than a decade in government, including five years in the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division; Ashley Aull and Robyn Bacon, who both returned to the firm after working for nearly a decade in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California; Jonathan Kravis, who spent a decade as a federal prosecutor, most recently at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia; and John Berry, who joined the firm after eight years in enforcement roles at the Securities & Exchange Commission.