Woods Rogers PLC named Thomas Cullen, previously an assistant US attorney in the western district of Virginia, as a new principal.
The former federal prosecutor in Virginia and North Carolina will represent organizations and individuals in a wide variety of investigations and enforcement proceedings conducted by federal and state agencies.
Most recently, Cullen was the deputy criminal chief in the US Attorney’s Office for the western district of Virginia, where he oversaw numerous white-collar, narcotics, and RICO prosecutions.
“I look forward to joining Woods Rogers to provide clients with a prosecutor’s perspective,” Cullen said. “With all the resources federal law enforcement has to bear, it’s important for clients to have someone who can navigate the process to bring about the best possible outcome.”
Cullen has substantial litigation experience, having tried dozens of cases to jury and bench, briefed and argued in appellate courts, and conducted and argued hundreds of pretrial hearings and motions.
As an assistant US attorney, Cullen directed dozens of grand-jury investigations with numerous federal law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the US Secret Service, the US Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, the US Postal Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Prior to joining the US Attorney’s Office, Cullen worked as a law clerk to Judge Roger L. Gregory on the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Judge Robert E. Payne on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Among his accomplishments, he:
- conducted and supervised numerous white-collar investigations and prosecutions involving mail and wire fraud, tax offenses, government-program fraud, bank structuring, loan fraud, aggravated identity theft, credit-card fraud, embezzlement, ERISA violations, and money laundering, among others;
- successfully investigated and prosecuted one of the largest internet-based prostitution services in the United States (hushhush.com); prosecution resulted in prosecution of several principals and customers;
- successfully investigated and prosecuted a Virginia-based investment advisor, after SEC referral, for mail and wire fraud violations committed in connection with a fraudulent promissory note (Ponzi) scheme;
- conducted lengthy investigation of a national health-insurance provider for alleged fraud related to loss-ratio reporting and premium renewals;
- directed multiagency investigation related to the collapse and liquidation of a Virginia credit union and attendant allegations of loan fraud, check-kiting, and embezzlement by credit-union employees; and
- conducted numerous wiretap and RICO investigations and prosecutions, including successful prosecutions of North Carolina–based members and associates of Mexican drug cartels and numerous gang members.
Cullen is a graduate of Furman University and earned his law degree from William & Mary. When he’s not in the courtroom, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Amy, and two young children, trail running, fishing, and playing golf.