Steve Fahey is a partner in the Dallas office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He is a member of the Firm's Government, Regulatory & Internal Investigations Practice Group. Steve has wide-ranging experience with government investigations and federal court litigation, having served 18 years as an Assistant United States Attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas. He held several leadership positions in the Office, including Chief of the Criminal Division, Chief of the Civil Division, and First Assistant United States Attorney. In his time as a federal prosecutor, Steve tried more than 20 federal trials to verdict.

As Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas for nearly four years, Steve oversaw more than 80 federal prosecutors and supervised all of the Office's criminal cases, including complex white collar fraud, national security, public corruption, cybercrime, and money laundering investigations. During his five years as Chief of the Civil Division, Steve supervised all of the Northern District's affirmative False Claims Act litigation and the defensive civil litigation against the United States and its personnel. Under his leadership, the Civil Division built a robust affirmative FCA practice that recovered tens of millions of dollars annually in fraud proceeds on behalf of taxpayers.


Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagements

Houston Grand Opera, “The Art of Cybersecurity,” 2023

Federal White Collar Seminar, “Northern District of Texas White Collar Prosecution Priorities,” 2018

Federalist Society, “Criminal Justice Review: Trump, Sessions and the States,” 2018


Recognized by The Legal 500 United States for Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2023

Memberships & Affiliations

Adjunct Professor, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Trial Techniques, 2007–2018


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2016Texas
  • 2001Illinois


  • University of Texas at Austin School of LawJ.D.with Honors1999
  • University of ChicagoB.A., Historywith College and Departmental Honors1994

    Dean's List

    Phi Beta Kappa