Government Experience

  • Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section, 2008 - 2013
  • Special Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, General Crimes Section, 2008 - 2009
  • U.S. Attorney General's Honors Program, Criminal Division, Class of 2008

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted in California and Texas Only; Practicing Under the Supervision of Venable Partners.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California


  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 2005
    Co-President, Class of 2005

    Editor in Chief, Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance

    Pro Bono Distinction Award

    Judicial Extern to the Honorable Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2003
  • B.A., University of California at San Diego, 2002
    Teaching Assistant, Revelle Humanities Program

Judicial Clerkships

  • Honorable Harris L Hartz, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2007 - 2008
  • Honorable S. James Otero, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2006 - 2007


  • Spanish
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Edward J. Loya, Jr.


Edward Loya is counsel in Venable's West Coast Commercial Litigation and Investigations and White Collar Defense Practice Groups. He focuses on complex civil business litigation and represents companies and individuals in investigations, prosecutions and regulatory matters nationwide.

Mr. Loya previously served with distinction as a federal prosecutor in the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice where on a nationwide basis he successfully handled investigations and prosecutions of elected, appointed and career officials at all levels of government. For his contributions, Mr. Loya received the Criminal Division's Distinguished Service Award and the Justice Department's Special Achievement Award, as well as recognition from various law enforcement agencies.

An accomplished and highly-regarded trial attorney, he has successfully tried more than twenty criminal jury and bench trials in courts throughout the country. He has extensive experience in the public and private sectors conducting investigations in both English and Spanish.

Highlights of Mr. Loya's work in the private sector include:

  • Representing foreign nationals in connection with an SEC enforcement action alleging the clients’ involvement in an international “pump and dump” scheme.
  • Representing a Hollywood production company in connection with a criminal anti-trust investigation that is being conducted by the Justice Department's Antitrust Division.
  • Conducted an internal investigation (in English and Spanish) on behalf of a multinational corporation concerning the operations of the company's Mexican business unit.
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a large California vitamin supplement company concerning allegations of misconduct and mismanagement by the company's Vice President.
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a large healthcare organization concerning allegations of misconduct by the organization’s human resources director.

Representative cases of Mr. Loya's work as a federal prosecutor include:
  • Participated as a key member in the Justice Department's high-profile investigation focused on corruption in the award of lucrative defense contracts at Camp Arifjan, a U.S. military base in Kuwait. As part of this investigation, nineteen individuals, including a colonel, three lieutenant colonels, four majors, and other public officials, were convicted by guilty plea or trial. As part of this investigation, he served as co-counsel in a high-profile trial in Decatur, AL, against a U.S. Army Major and his wife, in which the defendants were convicted on all twenty-two counts of bribery, bribery conspiracy, money laundering, money laundering conspiracy, and honest services fraud.
  • Served as co-counsel in the final trial in San Juan, Puerto Rico, arising from the FBI’s historic police corruption investigation called "Operation Guard Shack." All three defendants, including two former Puerto Rican police officers, were convicted at trial.
  • Served as co-counsel in a successful trial in Boston, MA, against a scientist and businessman who defrauded the U.S. Department of Transportation of hundreds of thousands of dollars. As part of the government's proof, Mr. Loya and his colleague summoned a U.S. Congressman to testify against the defendant regarding earmarked funds and the defendant's fraudulent representations to the Congressman.
  • Led a successful prosecution in McAllen, TX, against a U.S. Border Protection Officer, his girlfriend and three associates who accepted bribes from dozens of undocumented aliens and transported them illegally across the U.S./Mexico border.

Mr. Loya served as a law clerk to the Honorable Harris L. Hartz of the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and to the Honorable S. James Otero of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. In law school, he externed for the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.


Mr. Loya maintains a pro bono practice focused on serving individuals from disadvantaged communities in Southern California and promoting the advancement of the U.S. Hispanic business community in all sectors of the U.S. economy. He serves as a member of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute's Corporate Advisory Council and as Co-Chair of Stanford Law School's Class of 2005 Ten-Year Reunion Committee. In 2014, he was recognized in the Lawyers of Color "Hot List" for the Western U.S. Region.