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Jim Walden, former federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of New York, led a number of high-profile cases, including the 2001 takedown of Bonanno acting boss Anthony Spero. Walden’s work at the U.S. Attorneys Office led to a successful undercover operation against the leadership of the Genovese family, and the conviction of over 100 organized crime members and associates. He also prosecuted the largest attempted identify fraud case, at the time, in U.S. history, and coordinated an enforcement program with authorities from Hong Kong and Thailand, which resulted in the arrest, extradition, and conviction of the mastermind behind one of the largest heroin seizures in U.S. history (1991 Hayward, CA). After nearly a decade with the U.S. Attorneys Office, Walden joined law firm Gibson Dunn in New York. Walden is currently a litigation partner at the firm and Co-Chair of the Firm’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice Group.