Darwin represents corporations, business owners, and professionals in complex litigation, internal investigations, and compliance matters. His experience as a federal prosecutor, a senior official in a state attorney general’s office, and as a private litigator give him the strategic vision and practical expertise to assist clients with high-stakes controversies.
From 2013 to 2017, Darwin served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General, State of Washington. A member of the office’s Core Leadership Team, Darwin supervised the Criminal Justice Division, the Consumer Protection Division, the Antitrust Division, the Civil Rights Unit, the Public Counsel Unit, and the Campaign Finance Unit. He represented the Attorney General’s Office in communications and negotiations with federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Justice. He testified before the United States Senate and the Washington Legislature, and was a member of state legislative task forces. He also coordinated the Attorney General’s Office’s efforts against human trafficking.
From 2005 to 2013, Darwin served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Washington. In the Criminal Division, he supervised the office’s Financial Intelligence Review Team, a joint federal and state law enforcement group that investigated financial crimes, tax crimes, and money laundering. Darwin prosecuted a variety of other federal crimes, including bank fraud, drug and weapons offenses, and extortion. He successfully conducted multiple jury trials and appellate arguments. He was nominated for a DOJ Director’s Award and a FinCEN Award.. He also served in the Civil Division, where he represented the United States and its agencies in defensive and affirmative litigation.
From 2001 to 2005, Darwin was an associate at Heller Ehrman LLP, where he specialized in class actions, financial institution and insurance litigation, and other complex litigation.
• The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2000
Staff Member, The University of Chicago Law Review
• The University of Chicago, A.B., with honors, 1996
• Law Clerk, The Hon. Robert H. Henry, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2000-01
DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL - Representative Cases
• Led litigation and obtained dismissal on jurisdictional grounds of a federal civil rights lawsuit, brought by leading First Amendment practitioners and advocacy groups, alleging that a Washington criminal statute was unconstitutional.
• Supervised the settlement, for more than $60 million, of state antitrust actions against product manufacturers for a price-fixing conspiracy.
ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY - Representative Cases
• Prosecuted significant embezzlements by public and private employees.
• Supervised federal investigations and prosecutions of malfeasance by federal law enforcement agents.
• Prosecuted an interstate bank fraud scheme involving numerous defendants and victims.
• Led the federal investigation of a fugitive involved in a multistate and international crime spree, coordinated dozens of law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies, and completed an innovative forfeiture of the intellectual property rights to the story of the case, for the benefit of victims.
• Litigated the disclosure of information under the Freedom of Information Act and Washington’s Public Records Act.
• Conducted an investigation of potential status discrimination by a large employer.
PRIVATE ATTORNEY - Representative Cases
• Participated in representing investors in securities litigation and an insurer in consumer class actions.
• Participated in representing a business named as a defendant in a qui tam whistleblower lawsuit.
• Counsel in real property litigation regarding railroad rights of way.