Victoria Toensing, founding partner of the Washington D.C. law firm
diGenova & Toensing, LLP, has extensive experience in all three branches of
government solving problems for individuals, corporations, trade
associations, and other organizations. She is an internationally-known
expert on white collar crime, terrorism, and national security and
represented "Jane Doe Thompson" in a successful lawsuit against the CIA.
"Thompson," the first woman Chief of Station in Latin America, reported her
male deputy for wife-beating and disciplined other subordinates for
misconduct ranging from public drunkenness to threatening to kill security
guards. Thompson sued when she became the subject of an Inspector General
investigation based on these subordinates' false claims. In 1997, Toensing
was named Special Counsel by the U.S. House of Representatives to probe the
International Brotherhood of Teamsters. In 2007, Toensing was retained by
the New York State Senate to investigate then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer in the
Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Justice
Department from 1984-1988, she established Justice's Terrorism Unit. She
managed the federal government's efforts to bring to justice the terrorists
responsible for the hijacking of TWA 847, the bombing of Pan Am 830, and the
takeover of the cruise ship Achille Lauro. For her aggressive pursuit of
terrorist Mohammed Rashid she was featured on the cover of The New York
Times Magazine (April 21, 1991).
her Justice Department position, Toensing supervised the Defense Procurement
Fraud Unit, savings and loan industry fraud, cases dealing with nuclear
industry regulation, securities fraud, and fraud and bribery in the banking
industry. She testified frequently before Congressional Committees.
Chief Counsel for Senator Barry Goldwater, Chairman of the U.S. Senate
Select Committee on Intelligence (1981-1984), Toensing was instrumental in
winning passage of two important bills: (1) to protect the identities of
intelligence agents, and (2) to protect certain classified information from
disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit from 1976-1981, she developed the
argument used before the Supreme Court to support profile searches at
airports of suspected drug couriers.
is a frequent guest on national television programs discussing politics,
criminal justice, national security, and terrorism, including C-Span,
60 Minutes, Face the Nation, Good Morning America,
20/20, FOX, CNN, Lehrer News Hour, Today Show,
NPR, Nightline, Larry King Live, and Court TV.
She was legal analyst for America's Talking for the O.J. Simpson trial, and
has co-hosted CNBC’s Equal Time and Rivera Live! She was
legal analyst for MSNBC for the impeachment and Senate trial of President
received her B.S. from Indiana University and graduated cum laude
from the University of Detroit Law School.
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