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 intelligence matters.
successfully litigated both civil and criminal cases for three decades.
Since April 2013, Toensing has represented Gregory N. Hicks, former
DCM in Libya and one of the Benghazi Whistleblowers.
Toensing 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 Troopergate matter.
As Deputy 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).
Also in 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.
While 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
As 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.
Toensing is a frequent guest on national television
programs discussing politics, criminal justice, national security, and
terrorism, including C-Span, Fox News, 60 Minutes, Face the Nation, Good
Morning America, 20/20, FOX, CNN, Lehrer News Hour, Today Show, NPR, and
Nightline. 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
Toensing received her B.S. from Indiana University
and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Detroit Law School.
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