Cases

Our firm represents individuals and businesses in three primary areas: white-collar criminal defense, civil litigation and administrative/regulatory matters. Our white-collar practice consists of representation in grand jury proceedings, trials and appeals, mostly in federal court. Our civil litigation practice has included a variety of disputes involving contracts, property and torts (especially civil fraud). Our regulatory investigations practice has included matters pending before various government agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service and the New York State Attorney General's Office. This list also highlights some of Mr. Mehler’s trial experience as a defense lawyer and as a federal prosecutor

Representative cases follow, which are subdivided for easier access:

Accounting Irregularities   Read More

Representation of mid-level executive charged in federal prosecution stemming from accounting fraud at Symbol Technologies. Client sentenced to probation despite much higher sentencing guidelines.

Representation of South Carolina-based senior executive at public company in accounting fraud investigation involving company's former chief executive officer (CEO). No prosecution.

Representation of internet start-up company in state court lawsuit that resulted in full recovery of hundreds of thousands of dollars pilfered by company accountant.

Representation of purchaser of accounting practice who sought redress on misrepresentations by seller of practice.

Antitrust/Bid Rigging Allegations   Read More

Representation of co-founder of two companies indicted in Maryland by U.S. Department of Justice’s (USDOJ) Antitrust Division on charges of conspiracy to engage in bid rigging and theft of trade secrets, involving Department of Defense aviation fuel contracts in Croatia, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Afghanistan. Client pled guilty on day of trial and was twice sentenced to probation despite sentencing guidelines of 51-63 months and government appeal to Fourth Circuit.

Representation of Marsh & McLennan vice president indicted by New York State Attorney General on charges of bid rigging in insurance placements. Client sentenced to unconditional discharge.

Representation of German executive in multi-pronged international cartel case. Civil settlement.

Representation of financial services executive under investigation by USDOJ Antitrust Division for bid rigging involving guaranteed investment contracts in municipal bond industry. No prosecution.

Representation of hospital executive who was target of USDOJ Antitrust Division probe of bid rigging and kickbacks. No prosecution.

Asset Forfeiture   Read More

Representation of advertising salesman charged in large-scale marijuana prosecution who was able to negotiate moderate monetary settlement in lieu of forfeiture of mother’s Manhattan apartment, where he was living.

Representation of public official who was able to negotiate reduced forfeiture stemming from conviction for aiding and abetting government contract fraud.

Representation in state court litigation of Georgia restaurant owner who received investment monies embezzled from overseas bank. Civil settlement.

Representation of former CEO seeking recovery of severance monies seized by federal government from company's largest investor following investor's indictment. Civil settlement.

Representation of retiree who recovered money seized as part of federal sports-betting prosecution.

Representation of investment company employee whose home was seized through civil forfeiture complaint.

Bank, Mail and Wire Fraud Allegations   Read More

Representation of construction company vice president charged with mail fraud involving allegations of commercial bribery. Split verdict after trial. Client sentenced to probation with three-months home detention despite sentencing guidelines of 30-37 months.

Representation of real estate developer indicted federally in alleged $98 million bank fraud. Client sentenced to 20 months on straight guilty plea despite sentencing guidelines of 70-87 months.

Five-week RICO/bank fraud trial as prosecutor in which president of $80 million Lithuanian-American credit union was convicted.

Six-week RICO/mail fraud trial as prosecutor involving guilty verdict for widespread tampering with postage meters by direct-mail executive, which netted millions of dollars.

Representation of senior newspaper executive in federal criminal investigation of inflated circulation figures. No prosecution.

Representation of executive who worked with two Bear Stearns hedge fund managers who were indicted federally, and later acquitted, for their involvement in subprime mortgage market.

Representation of bank loan officer under federal investigation for taking commercial bribes in return for granting fraudulent loans. No prosecution.

Federal appeal of mail fraud conviction. Conviction upheld.

Representation of president of attorney referral service in federal criminal investigation of fraud in purchase of business. No prosecution.

Representation of retail brokerage manager in federal "squawk box" investigation involving unauthorized use of confidential, proprietary investment information. No prosecution.

Civil Fraud/Civil RICO/Crime Victim Litigation   Read More

Representation of class of plaintiffs in civil securities fraud action, funded by insurance company, in which brokers and Ponzi scheme operators were held accountable for causing millions of dollars in losses to customers of company's Pennsylvania-based subsidiary broker-dealer.

Representation of media buying business in overseeing internal investigation related to allegations of overbilling. Civil settlement.

Representation of graphic arts executive in civil RICO litigation alleging improper diversion of $12 million from subsidiary of well-known Japanese photography and media company. Civil settlement.

Representation of dating service executive sued by New York State Attorney General for various regulatory violations. Case dismissed.

Representation of family of deceased extortion victim in recovering nearly one million dollars from convicted mobster responsible for three murders.

Representation as local counsel of Colorado environmental consulting company in civil RICO case concerning judgment secured in Ecuador. Replaced by larger firm.

Representation of two Puerto Rican physicians whose uncle and aunt allegedly embezzled nearly one million dollars from their father’s estate. Case dismissed.

Representation of individual subjected to extortionate demands by ex-wife's family. Demands rescinded.

Representation of diamond dealer harmed by appraisals from diamond graders in investigation of bribes to falsify grading of precious stones. No charges.

Representation as special counsel to USDOJ in successful arbitration and appeal stemming from meritless and fraudulent loan discrimination complaint by Mississippi farmer in dealings with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Plaintiff recovered nothing.

Pro bono representation of janitor defrauded by investment advisor at major New York bank. Bank fully refunded investment monies.

Commercial Litigation/Contract Disputes   Read More

Representation of commercial interior renovation/construction firm in state court litigation over misappropriation of business assets. Civil settlement.

Representation in state court commercial division of construction company president sued by his brother for share of partnership proceeds in nearly 40-year-old mechanical contracting business.

Representation of Connecticut businessman sued in state court commercial division lawsuit alleging breach of fiduciary duties involving real estate holdings in India. Case dismissed.

Representation of insurance company in defending against state court lawsuit by head hunter seeking fee for client hired by company. Case settled on morning of trial.

Representation of printing business in state court lawsuit arising out of purchase of defective equipment. Civil settlement.

Representation of private equity firm in successful federal lawsuit to recover funds from broker.

Representation of employee in state court lawsuit, in which client obtained judgment for large sum of money she loaned to her ex-boyfriend.

Representation at commercial arbitration of Belgian partner against American partner relating to split of limited liability company distributions.

Representation of retired senior partner at large law firm sued in state court over expensive jewelry purchased on consignment and then lost in transit. Civil settlement.

Pro bono representation of local Episcopal Church in successful resolution of contract dispute with hotel over cancellation of church banquet.

Pro bono representation of homeless woman trying to recover $250,000 promised to her daughter by her deceased common law husband. Partial recovery of funds.

Pro bono representation of non-profit summer camp in lawsuit by allegedly aggrieved parent. Case dismissed.

Cybercrime Allegations   Read More

Representation of one of two computer programmers convicted after 24-week federal trial related to computer source code and resulting paperwork generated on behalf of Bernard Madoff’s investment advisory business. Sentenced to 30-months despite turning down 60-month plea deal before trial.

Representation of manager who deleted supervisor's e-mails at California-based Fortune 500 company while company was under federal investigation. No prosecution.

Representation of computer programmer at sentencing who went to trial and testified on charges related to downloading child pornography. Client sentenced to 100 months in prison but Sentencing Guidelines calculation by Probation Department was more than twice as severe.

Embezzlement and Larceny Allegations   Read More

Representation of individual charged, in Oregon federal prosecution, with embezzling more than five million dollars from leading investment bank and investing it offshore. Client sentenced to 21 months in prison.

Representation of hedge fund CFO who admitted embezzling more than one million dollars due to various addictions. Civil settlement.

Representation of financial services executive indicted by state for alleged Ponzi scheme involving over six million dollars. Paroled after 30 months.

Representation of jewelry company CFO who wrote unauthorized checks to himself worth close to one million dollars as extra compensation. No prosecution.

Representation of reinsurance industry executive in federal prosecution alleging forgery and misappropriation of premiums. Client sentenced to 33 months in prison.

Representation of employee at well-known venture capital firm who admitted embezzling more than $100,000. Civil settlement.

Representation of bank officer who convinced prosecutors he unwittingly assisted lawyer charged with stealing escrow funds. No prosecution.

Representation of prominent architect charged with larceny. Charges dismissed.

Representation of individual charged in state prosecution targeting theft involving consumer electronics. Charges dismissed.

Representation of Manhattan art gallery employee whose proprietor was accused of stealing from clients. No prosecution.

Representation of treasurer at university fraternity in which president was convicted after trial for embezzling over $600,000. No prosecution.

Counsel to Missouri coal industry expert in state investigation of unlawful appropriation of business information.

Counsel to individual associated with fortune teller charged with larceny and convicted after trial. No prosecution.

Representation of company that did business with CEO of Duane Reade drug store chain convicted of embezzling company funds. No prosecution.

Representation of cleric's colleague in defense of cleric charged with embezzling money from his parish. No prosecution.

Employment and Labor Matters   Read More

Representation of international division chief at Xerox in federal civil litigation over employee benefits. Civil settlement.

Co-representation of trader fired by large bank days before he was set to receive bonus of more than one million dollars, virtually all of which he recovered.

Representation of union officer under investigation for potential illegalities arising out of strike-related activities. No prosecution.

Representation of head of construction union local concerning disputed hiring practices. No prosecution.

Assistance in representation of union in federal lawsuit to recover monies appropriated by state government. No recovery.

Pro bono representation of Marine who served in Iraq and later was placed on medical hold after he was accepted into and completed the New York City Police Academy.

Pro bono representation of community-based non-profit organization in successfully defending its termination of employee for poor performance.

Pro bono representation of doorman in successful resolution of pension dispute.

False Arrest/Wrongful Conviction   Read More

Pro bono co-representation in Palladium Murder Case, which received national attention, to undo wrongful convictions of defendant who was freed (and acquitted in retrial) after more than 13 years in prison for murder of nightclub bouncer committed by two others.

Representation of construction company president who recovered money in federal civil rights action for false arrest.

Representation of accountant falsely arrested for violating order of protection. Charges dismissed.

Representation of estranged wife of network television executive in assorted domestic battles, including unsuccessful attempt to have her prosecuted on various bogus charges.

Pro bono representation of young woman assaulted by police and cursed with racial epithets during arrest growing out of monetary dispute. Charges dismissed.

Gambling and Racketeering Allegations   Read More

Representation of individual charged with RICO conspiracy in federal prosecution alleging gambling and extortion.

Representation of individual in federal joker poker prosecution. Client sentenced to nine months in prison.

Representation of individual in federal sports betting prosecution. Client sentenced to probation.

Representation of accountant allegedly connected to Russian organized crime figures prosecuted for illegal high stakes poker games. No prosecution.

Government Contracts and Benefits   Read More

Supervised many prosecutions of government fraud as federal prosecutor, including defense contractor fraud and health care fraud.

Representation of senior executive at non-profit foster care agency under state criminal investigation for falsifying records to maintain city contracts. Prosecution declined.

Representation of government contractor in Davis-Bacon, prevailing-wage investigation. Prosecution declined in favor of civil settlement.

Representation of co-owner of company with multi-million dollar schools contract under investigation for improper billing. Prosecution declined.

Representation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) owner in audit of Hurricane Sandy monies received from federal government.

Representation of insurance brokerage employee in state investigation of fraud against upstate New York county. No charges.

Representation of Japanese lawyer under investigation for improper receipt of American government benefits. Case settled administratively.

Convictions as prosecutor of more than three dozen members of large ring responsible for approximately $45 million in fraudulent welfare payments.

Assistance to government contractor in federal debarment proceeding.

Pro bono service on board of directors of a non-profit organization that relies heavily on government contracts.

Health Care Matters   Read More

Representation of New Jersey internist in federal kickback investigation. Prosecution declined in favor of civil settlement.

Representation of cardiologist in combating allegations of medical research misconduct.

Representation of student indicted federally for interstate threats to literary agents. Client found incompetent to stand trial after hearing and granted deferred prosecution. Indictment later dismissed.

Representation as pool counsel of more than a dozen witnesses in criminal misbranding and civil False Claims Act investigations involving immunoassays and California medical testing company.

Expertise developed through prosecution over several years of various health-care fraud cases, mostly involving durable medical equipment providers in Russian-émigré community.

Representation of psychiatrist in state investigation of his billing practices. No prosecution.

Representation of podiatrist in two federal investigations of his billing practices. No prosecution in either case.

Representation of lawyer in Medicaid fraud investigation. No prosecution.

Representation, as pool counsel, of employees of large international corporation in Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) matter involving accidental death of security guard in “Black Friday” shopping frenzy. Civil settlement.

Co-representation of health benefits executive charged with fraud in federal court and initially sentenced to probation, but subsequently sentenced to prison in related case with different lawyer.

Representation of German biochemist in federal criminal investigation of medical testing procedures at large diagnostics laboratory. Prosecution declined in favor of corporate civil settlement.

Representation in competency hearing of suicidal filmmaker who assaulted police officer. Case diverted into cutting-edge mental health court. Charges later dismissed.

Previous pro bono service on board of directors of non-profit organization concerned with children's health issues.

International Matters   Read More

Served as first American resident legal advisor to Romanian government in criminal justice matters.

Served pro bono as non-governmental organization observer at 9/11 military commission proceedings in Guantanamo Bay Navy Base in Cuba.

Representation of individual whose father deposited millions of dollars in secret Swiss bank account and then died.

Deposition in criminal case taken under French law and used in American courtroom, as affirmed by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Prosecuted defendant convicted at trial of last successful transatlantic hijacking involving Lufthansa flight from Germany to the United States.

Counsel to business that sought to import African diamonds, gold and oil, in light of concern about running afoul of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. No charges.

Representation of Pacific Island company accused of profiting from allegedly illegal tax shelters promoted by former KPMG tax partner. No prosecution.

Representation of Pakistani immigrant in federal inquiry growing out of unwitting tie to international terrorism suspect. No prosecution.

Representation of Israeli merchant mariner in persuading state prosecutor to dismiss old, outstanding warrant, arising out of disputed facts, that prevented renewal of his visa.

Miscellaneous Matters   Read More

Representation in complex, five-week trial of individual involved in serious, multiple-party videotaped brawl while on line at Empire State Building, resulting in acquittal on all counts of indictment but conviction of one lesser included offense. Client served sentence of four months instead of mandatory eight years he potentially faced.

Representation of magazine employee indicted federally in marijuana conspiracy with co-founder of well-known record label. Client sentenced to brief period of community confinement despite sentencing guidelines of 12 to 18 months.

More than a half dozen narcotics trials as federal prosecutor.

Representation of Guyanese immigrant in federal prosecution for allegedly agreeing to pay undercover police officer to plot violence against estranged wife. Client received capped sentence of 60 months.

Representation of cooperating defendant in federal Chinese gang case in sentencing negotiation and litigation, where defendant still had not been sentenced nearly eight years after guilty plea. Client sentenced to 16 years despite initial recommendation of 20 years, most of which already had been served.

Four-week organized crime trial as prosecutor against captains from two different Italian organized crime families. All three defendants acquitted and then later murdered. Fourth individual later pled guilty to jury tampering.

Representation of federal Witness Protection Program participant whose father was murdered by the Mafia.

Representation of construction company CEO accused of vandalizing neighbor's car. Criminal charges dismissed.

Representation of information technology manager prosecuted for inadvertently leaving gun in luggage while flying out of LaGuardia Airport. Client sentenced to unconditional discharge.

Representation of sculptor arrested for possession of box cutter he used in his artwork. Criminal charges dismissed.

Representation of various individuals in violation of probation (or violation of supervised release) proceedings, including former investment banker on supervised release stemming from money laundering conviction.

Representation of Michigan radio program director in New York State Attorney General music industry "payola" investigation. No charges.

Money Laundering Allegations   Read More

Representation, as pool counsel, of department managers connected to federal investigation of private bank in Florida, alleging Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering compliance violations involving Columbian businesses. Civil settlement.

Representation of non-profit foundation unwittingly used to facilitate suspected money laundering schemes.

Representation of Ivy League college student charged federally with laundering marijuana proceeds. Client sentenced to probation despite sentencing guidelines of 30-37 months.

Co-representation of Panamanian jewelry company indicted for money laundering. Convicted after trial with another attorney.

Representation of check cashing intermediary in large federal money laundering prosecution.

Representation of tobacco industry wholesaler who, after months of negotiation, received formal immunity in federal fraud and money laundering investigation.

Property and Estate Matters   Read More

Representation of client in three separate state court lawsuits involving inter-family property dispute after father’s death.

Representation of family member in state court litigation over daughter's unlawful appropriation of elderly parents' property. Civil settlement.

Representation of estate in state court litigation over alleged six-figure debt by decedent.Representation of individual in estate litigation who sued deceased mother's guardian later found to have engaged in misconduct. Civil settlement.

New York State Appellate Division appeal in estate litigation that was partially successful.

Representation of investment bank managing director in defeating frivolous state court lawsuit by disgruntled tenant over sublet of luxury apartment.

Representation of building inspector in state criminal investigation of death of two firefighters trapped in property under demolition near former World Trade Center. No charges.

Representation of real estate attorney who did closing on properties allegedly bought through mortgage fraud. No charges.

Pro bono representation of individual in successfully recovering rent overcharges by landlord.

Pro bono representation of tenant who feared apartment ceiling would collapse due to construction work nearby. Civil settlement.

Pro bono service on legal committee and board of directors of Manhattan co-op.

Public Corruption, Obstruction and Misconduct Allegations   Read More

Served as chief of public corruption section as federal prosecutor.

Prosecuted and convicted 30 New York City taxi inspectors (more than one third of total force) for taking bribes from taxi owners to overlook safety and emissions violations.

Multiple corruption trials and other prosecutions as federal prosecutor, including police officers, fireman, politically connected lawyer, businessman convicted after trial of paying bribes to environmental inspector, and immigration officer convicted after trial of receiving bribes.

Co-representation of lobbyist in North Carolina state and federal criminal investigations growing out of state lottery legislation. Client sentenced to probation.

Representation of Army officer charged in federal criminal case with steering government contracts to relative.

Co-representation of West Point cadet and member of football team for alleged misconduct that subjected him to general court martial. Client permitted to resign Army commission.

Representation of senior political operative in state campaign finance investigation of Kings County (New York) Democratic Party boss. No prosecution.

Representation of federal law enforcement officer under investigation for misconduct. No prosecution.

Representation of former national political operative in state criminal investigation of city council campaign irregularities. No charges.

Representation of lawyer prosecuted for openly admitting to prosecutor in another case that he destroyed gun sent to him by client. Client sentenced to unconditional discharge in return for resigning from bar.

Representation of lawyer who was target of criminal investigation for allegedly aiding and abetting submission of misleading information to federal regulators. Prosecution declined.

Representation of New York City official in federal investigation of criminally negligent homicide involving crash of Staten Island Ferry. No charges.

Representation of employee at construction company alleged to have paid bribes to federal procurement officer.

Representation as pool counsel of employees of media company under investigation for election law violations.

Representation of individuals involved in making questionable campaign contributions to presidential primary candidate. No prosecution.

Counsel to class action law firm in federal criminal investigation of payments by lawyers to witnesses to procure potential lawsuits. No prosecution.

Securities Matters   Read More

Representation of former Canadian bank executive in connection with mutual fund "market timing" and "late trading" investigations conducted by SEC and

New York State Attorney General. No prosecution; closely related indictment later dismissed.

Representation after trial of health care CEO in federal prosecution and related SEC action charging market manipulation. Client sentenced to 33 months in prison.

Eleven-week market manipulation trial as federal prosecutor; all three defendants convicted, and convictions upheld by Second Circuit.

Representation, as pool counsel, of more than a dozen employees of New York Stock Exchange specialist firm in federal investigation and prosecution of "front-running" and "interpositioning." No prosecution; related indictments later dismissed.

Representation of middle manager charged in SEC enforcement action related to inflated sales figures. Civil settlement nearly 10 years after complaint filed.

Representation of in-house lawyer at financial services company in federal criminal and regulatory investigation of fraud by brokers and hedge funds in three states. Civil settlement.

Co-representation of president of grocery business in SEC enforcement action. Civil settlement.

Representation of ex-Galleon hedge fund executive in insider trading investigation. No charges.

Representation of wife of former Forbes 400 member in SEC stock manipulation case. Civil settlement.

Representation of hedge fund COO, concerning valuation of securities under scrutiny by SEC. No charges.

Counsel to individual who received stock tip in SEC insider trading investigation of electronics firm. No prosecution.

Representation of COO at small securities firm, which traded on British exchanges, under investigation for participating in stock manipulation scheme. Client pled guilty with another lawyer.

Representation of author who alleged insider trading by prominent investment advisor. No lawsuit.

Representation of executive at firm that had non-public information used to engage in insider trading. No charges.

Representation of ex-girlfriend of target in SEC insider trading investigation of officers and affiliates of Greek shipping company. No charges.

Representation of Arizona broker in securities arbitration. Civil settlement with another lawyer.

Tax Liability Read More

Multiple tax evasion trials as federal prosecutor.

Representation of firm internationally prominent in art world on charges related to non-payment of state sales tax on artworks. Client paid fine.

Representation of second art dealer, more than a decade later, in state tax investigation of similar allegations.

Representation of energy industry executive in federal criminal tax evasion prosecution involving more than four million dollars. Client sentenced to six months in prison.

Representation of tax preparer in federal prosecution involving allegations of improper deductions and credits. Client sentenced to probation and permitted by IRS to keep his tax practice.

Representation of husband and wife in federal tax evasion investigation involving several small companies.

Representation of co-owner of small business in federal tax investigation involving allegations of off-the-books payments to dozens of workers.

Representation of real estate broker on state criminal charges involving failure to file income tax returns. Client sentenced to conditional discharge.

Representation of elderly window washing company executive in criminal and civil state income tax investigations. No charges.

Representation of bank employee in settlement of several million dollars of outstanding federal and state income tax liabilities for a much lower figure.

Representation of internet jewelry company accused civilly of failure to pay state sales tax. No prosecution in favor of civil settlement.

Representation of tax attorney who received large sum for work done on behalf of second tax attorney who was target of federal criminal probe. No prosecution.

Representation of lawyer/tax preparer accused of complicity in false sales tax returns. No prosecution.

Co-representation of dry cleaner under investigation for underreporting business income.

Representation of two individuals connected to defunct Connecticut hedge fund in federal civil tax matter related to demise of fund. Civil settlement.

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