Jay Dewald Speaks With WFAA on Complex Bribes That Led to Guilty Plea, Resignation of Longtime Dallas City Council Member Dwaine Caraway


Longtime Dallas city council member and mayor pro tem Dwaine Caraway resigned after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges, and Jackson Walker partner and former federal prosecutor Jay Dewald provided insight on the case to WFAA-TV.

“We see sham consulting agreements, we see shell companies, we see fake loans,” Dewald told WFAA.

Payments of more than $3.5 million to both Caraway and Rick Sorrells of Dallas County Schools helped land a technology company more than $70 million in contracts and licensing agreements. For more information on this developing story, view WFAA’s coverage.


Meet Jay

Jay Dewald is a trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor. His practice is focused on white collar criminal defense, crisis management, regulatory enforcement, and internal investigations. Jay has extensive experience leading federal grand jury investigations. During his time with the U.S. Department of Justice, he developed significant capabilities in the areas of healthcare fraud, securities fraud, organized crime, money laundering, and corruption. Jay was selected as the district’s Criminal Healthcare Fraud Coordinator in 2010. Jay also served as a member of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). In 2018, Jay was recognized by the prestigious Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations – Texas. He has also been listed among D Magazine‘s “Best Lawyers in Dallas” since 2017.