Stephen Spiegelhalter left the Department of Justice in January 2014 for IBM. He later joined Ernst & Young as a partner before moving on to Alvarez & Marsal. He joined the fraud section's FCPA unit in 2010 from the US Attorney's Office in the District of Columbia.
Spiegelhalter is a 1998 graduate of Brigham Young University. He received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2001. From 2001 to 2006, Spiegelhalter worked at Latham & Watkins in Washington, DC. He then clerked for a short time for Raymond Gruender, US appellate judge for the Eighth Circuit in St Louis.
Spiegelhalter was an assistant US attorney in DC from 2006 until 2010. He last served in the office's federal major crimes section. He's been first chair on numerous jury trials in DC, and has argued more than a half dozen appeals in various federal and state courts of appeals.
In DC, he prosecuted bank, mail, and wire fraud, money laundering, and other federal crimes. Among the FCPA cases he worked on, Maxwell Technologies stands out. The San Diego-based electrical components manufacturer agreed to pay a US$14.35 million combined civil and criminal fine in 2010 after a public faux pas. The company had announced in an SEC filing that it had offered the Justice Department US$6.3 million to settle criminal allegations, but that DOJ was pushing for US$8 million. The Justice Department apparently reacted with some pique to the exposure of its bargaining position, as Maxwell scrambled to "clarify" that the fine amount isn't the only thing being negotiated in a settlement agreement.
Spiegelhalter also prosecuted, along with now acting FCPA unit chief Daniel Kahn, an FCPA case against BizJet International Sales and Support. The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based aircraft maintenance company, a subsidiary of German aviation giant Lufthansa Technik, agreed in March 2012 to pay US$11.8 million to settle charges that it had violated US foreign bribery law.