Glenn Leon served as an assistant chief in the Justice Department's criminal division fraud section, and was part of the prosecution team that tried the high-profile Foreign Corrupt Practices Act "Africa sting" case in 2011.
In January 2014, Leon left the department to work in-house for Hewlett-Packard, first as a vice president and associate general counsel in investigations, and more recently as a senior vice president, deputy general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer.
Leon joined the fraud section in March 2011. He supervised lawyers in the fraud section's financial crimes and public sector fraud unit, overseeing cases involving bank and mortgage fraud, financial institutions, bribery and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In February 2012, the unit merged with the corporate, securities and commodities fraud unit to form the securities and financial fraud unit. Leon became an assistant chief of the new unit.
In late 2011, Leon supervised trial attorney Laura Perkins and assistant US attorney Matthew Graves of the District of Columbia in prosecuting the second round of the Justice Department's high-profile foreign bribery sting trial of brokers in the military products industry. Leon also delivered the closing arguments in the case. The second round trial – in which six of the 22 arrested defendants were tried – lasted a grueling three-and-a-half months and ultimately ended in failure for the Justice Department.
In the first trial, four defendants had received a mistrial due to a hung jury. In the second, the jury acquitted two defendants, a third was acquitted when US District Judge Richard Leon threw out a conspiracy charge, and a mistrial was declared for the remaining three. The Justice Department subsequently withdrew the case. Leon joined the prosecution team after the close of the first case, which also ended in mistrial. The failure to convict probably stemmed from pre-trial evidentiary rulings and flaws in how the case was investigated.
Leon also worked for twelve years as an assistant US attorney for the District of Columbia. From September 1998 through February 2011, Leon served as a senior litigator in the fraud and public corruption section, and as a senior litigator in the organised crime and narcotics trafficking section.
Prior to joining the Justice Department, Leon worked as a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He received his law degree from New York University School of Law in 1993, and graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with a bachelors degree in economics in 1990.