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Coverage Of Notable Cases In Which We Have Participated

Recent Trials
For six years we have represented one of five long-time employees at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, a computer programmer who was convicted of securities fraud and other charges after a 24-week federal trial, which is now on appeal. Client was sentenced to 30-months in prison after turning down a 60-month plea offer, and despite sentencing guidelines of life, an initial government request for approximately 16 years, and a Probation recommendation of eight years.

Represented construction company vice-president convicted after one-week federal court trial of honest services mail fraud, but acquitted of bribery and sentenced to probation.

Represented individual in five-week state court trial arising out minor involvement in complicated, multi-individual videotaped brawl at Empire State Building. Client, who faced ridiculous eight-year mandatory sentence, acquitted on all four counts of indictment; convicted only of lesser included offense and served four months in prison.

2014   Read More

Legal Slugfest
Forbes
December 31, 2014

Firm spotlighted in lengthy article on Madoff Five Trial, described above, which Forbes writer Richard Behar called "one of the greatest legal slugfests of our time."

Guantanamo Observer
Miami Herald
December 14, 2014

Participated as official, non-governmental observer at 9/11 Military Commission Proceedings in Guantanamo Bay Navy Base, Cuba, on behalf of New York City Bar Association.

National Guard Corruption
Associated Press
October 1, 2014

Represented individual in multi-defendant Virginia case involving allegations of bribery in National Guard.

Goodfellas Indictment
Wall Street Journal
January 24, 2014

Represented individual in five-defendant racketeering case with allegations about the 1978 Lufthansa Heist at Kennedy Airport that inspired the movie Goodfellas.

2013   Read More

Recovery of Extorted Monies
New York Post
September 18, 2013

Represented crime victims in recovering nearly one million dollars from convicted mobster.

Biotech Financier
New York Times
September 6, 2013

Represented family member of financier in settling SEC charges related to biotechnology stocks.

Painting and Gambling
New York Times
April 17, 2013

Represented financial professional with alleged ties to gambling and money laundering case connected to art gallery located at Manhattan’s Carlyle Hotel.

White Collar Boutiques Find Their Niche
New York Law Journal
February 27, 2013

Firm spotlighted in story on business trends in white-collar defense work.

2012   Read More

Swiss Bank Accounts
Wall Street Journal
November 16, 2012

Represented one potential beneficiary of multi-million dollar Swiss bank account opened decades ago.

Global Antitrust Investigation
USA Today
July 31, 2012

Represented auto parts executive in multi-pronged, international antitrust case.

No Fault Insurance
Wall Street Journal
March 1, 2012

Represented businessman charged with bank fraud in connection with insurance claims.

Lawyer On The Lam
New York Daily News
January 21, 2012

Represented banker who interacted with former Crowell & Moring associate accused of stealing millions of dollars in attorney escrow monies.

2011   Read More

Columbia University Fraternity
New York Post
December 2, 2011

Represented alumni officer of Columbia University chapter of national college literary society founded in 1847. Fraternity victimized by former alumni president convicted after trial for embezzling $650,000.

Education Department Billing Practices
New York Daily News
May 13, 2011

Represented local Department of Education vendor in billing practices investigation.

Oil Company Ordered To Pay Billions
New York Times
February 14, 2011

Represented, as local counsel, consulting firm involved in nine-billion dollar judgment against American oil company.

2010   Read More

Ad Rep and Rap Mogul
New York Post
October 15, 2010

Represented magazine writer and advertising representative charged in marijuana conspiracy with co-founder of rap label Rock-A-Fella Records.

Relative of Belgian Royalty Indicted
Wall Street Journal
June 11, 2010

Represented money manager connected to Belgian royalty who was indicted on charges of perpetrating $6 million grand larceny.

Municipal Bond Industry Bidding Practices
Bloomberg Business Week
May 21, 2010

Represented broker in three-year USDOJ Antitrust Division investigation into bidding procedures for so-called guaranteed investment contracts in municipal bond industry.

SEC Scrutiny of CDOs
Wall Street Journal
April 19, 2010

Represented hedge fund executive in SEC inquiry concerning collateralized debt obligations.

Galleon Insider Trading Charges
The New York Times
February 9, 2010

Represented Galleon senior executive related to allegations of insider trading by firm's founder.

2009   Read More

Charges Involving $92M Mortgage Fraud
New York Post
June 4, 2009

Represented real estate developer indicted federally for role in alleged $92 million mortgage fraud.

Wal-Mart Worker Fatally Trampled
New York Law Journal
May 7, 2009

Represented as pool counsel more than a dozen witnesses in state criminal and civil investigations of store and shoppers involved in post-Thanksgiving Day trampling of Wal-Mart employee who later died.

West Point Cadet Who Faced Court Martial
Times Herald-Record
April 15, 2009

Jointly represented West Point cadet and member of its football team for alleged misconduct that subjected him to general court martial.

Medical Diagnostic Test Kits
Wall Street Journal
April 15, 2009

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

Old Masters Paintings
New York Magazine
March 24, 2009

Represented individual in fraud investigation of a Manhattan art gallery that specialized in Old Masters paintings.

2008   Read More

Ex-Duane Reade Chief Embezzlement Indictment
Bloomberg News
October 10, 2008

Represented company that did business with CEO of prominent drug store chain later convicted of embezzling company funds.

Deutsche Bank Building Fire
New York Times
August 20, 2008

Represented building inspector in state criminal investigation into death of two firefighters trapped in building under demolition near World Trade Center.

Bear Stearns & Subprime Mortgages
Washington Post
June 20, 2008

Represented individual who worked closely with two Bear Stearns hedge fund managers indicted federally, and later acquitted, for their involvement in subprime mortgage market.

Defense Contractors & Trade Secrets
The Washington Times
January 8, 2008

Represented co-founder of two companies indicted in Maryland by USDOJ Antitrust Division on bid rigging and theft of trade secrets conspiracy charges; companies provided aviation fuel to Department of Defense and ground support and fuel to private jets in more than 200 airports in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

2007   Read More

Anti-Money Laundering Compliance
The Miami Herald
August 7, 2007

Represented seven individuals associated with Florida-based private bank in Bank Secrecy Act investigation conducted by USDOJ, Federal Reserve Board and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

Heating Oil Irregularities
New York Times
July 20, 2007

Represented energy industry executive in federal criminal case related to allegations of overcharging in the home heating oil business.

Tax Shelters
The Wall Street Journal
February 15, 2007

Represented company that derived benefit from tax shelters promoted by former KPMG tax partner.

2006   Read More

New York Stock Exchange Specialists
USA Today
November 27, 2006

Represented as pool counsel more than two dozen New York Stock Exchange specialists and clerks in connection with two federal investigations and prosecutions of questionable trading practices.

North Carolina Lottery
The [Raleigh] News & Observer
October 26, 2006

Jointly represented former Scientific Games lobbyist in federal and state investigations that focused on efforts to pass North Carolina lottery legislation.

Questionable Expense Reports
The Anderson Independent-Mail
September 27, 2006

Represented senior executive at South Carolina-based apparel company in investigation of more than $1 million in questionable expense reports submitted by CEO.

Theft by Cleric
The New York Times
May 27, 2006

Represented individual in state investigation and prosecution of cleric charged with stealing church funds from parish.

Bribery Probe of Diamond Graders
The Wall Street Journal
March 8, 2006

Represented crime victim of diamond graders who were accused of taking bribes from diamond dealers to inflate grading of precious stones.

2005   Read More

Marsh & McLennan Bid Rigging
Bloomberg News
September 16, 2005

Represented Marsh & McLennan executive indicted by New York State Attorney General on insurance bid rigging charges.

Day Traders & Squawk Boxes
The New York Times
August 16, 2005

Represented retail brokerage manager in federal "squawk box" investigation of brokers who allegedly received payoffs to release confidential, proprietary financial information to day traders.

Alleged Fraud by NYU Student
New York Magazine
June 27, 2005

Represented family members of New York University undergraduate convicted by federal prosecutors for fraud in running Greenwich, Connecticut hedge fund that attracted millions of dollars from sophisticated investors.

Palladium Murder (Wrongful Conviction) Case
The New Yorker
May 15, 2005

Jointly represented David Lemus, on pro bono basis, in wrongful conviction case. Lemus, together with Olmedo Hidalgo, had his conviction overturned (and was later acquitted) after he served more than 13 years in prison for 1990 murder of Palladium nightclub bouncer. Case was also subject of two-hour Dateline NBC special.

2004   Read More

Newspaper Circulation Scandal
The New York Post
December 3, 2004

Represented senior financial officer in federal criminal case with charges of inflated newspaper circulation figures.

Sales Tax & the Art World
The New York Times
May 9, 2004

Represented firm internationally prominent in art world on charges related to non-payment of sales tax by clients on contemporary artworks.

Florida Attorney Referral Service
The New York Times
February 1, 2004

Represented senior executive in Florida-based attorney referral service company in federal criminal case charging fraudulent purchase of business.

2003   Read More

Mutual Funds Probe
Business Week
December 9, 2003

Represented former executive at Canadian bank in connection with New York State Attorney General and SEC mutual fund "late trading" and "market timing" cases.

Accounting Fraud
The Associated Press
March 25, 2003

Represented executive at Symbol Technologies, leading maker of bar code technology, on securities fraud charges growing out of corporate accounting irregularities totaling more than $200 million.

2002   Read More

Telecom Litigation
The Los Angeles Times
October 27, 2002

Jointly represented former senior executive at Global Crossing in federal commercial litigation growing out of criminal and regulatory investigations into company's finances.

2001   Read More

Investment Banker Charged with Money Laundering
Talk Magazine
November 2001

Represented former investment bank managing director in violation of supervised release proceeding growing out of earlier money laundering conviction.

2000   Read More

Mississippi African-American Farmer Civil Rights Litigation
The [Jackson] Clarion-Ledger
May 13, 2000

Represented USDOJ as special counsel in arbitration appeal involving alleged loan discrimination against African-American farmer in Mississippi.

Prior Years   Read More

Subway Terror Plot
Newsday
August 1, 1997

Participated in prosecution of terrorist convicted of conspiracy to plant bombs on New York City subway train.

Transatlantic Airline Hijacking Trial
New York Times
June 12, 1996

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

Police Officer Convicted of Drug Dealing
Newsday
April 6, 1995

Prosecuted corrupt police officer convicted at trial on charges of conspiring to distribute heroin.

30 Taxi Inspectors Plead Guilty to Extortion
New York Times
March 27, 1994

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

Fraud Trial Involving $80 million Credit Union
Newsday
February 7, 1993

Co-prosecuted president of Lithuanian credit union with assets of over $80 million convicted after five-week trial on charges that he looted the financial institution.

Massive Welfare Fraud Scheme
New York Times
May 9, 1992

Prosecuted large ring responsible for tens of millions of dollars in welfare fraud in case that contributed to institution of welfare applicant fingerprinting in New York City.

Stock Manipulation Trial
New York Law Journal
December 13, 1991

Co-prosecuted three defendants associated with Wall Street securities firm convicted in 11-week trial on stock manipulation charges.

Organized Crime Captains
New York Post
November 8, 1990

Co-prosecuted captains of Gambino and Bonnano organized crime families. Acquitted after trial and all three later murdered amid a guilty plea to jury tampering.

Queens Lawyer Who Paid Bribes
New York Times
July 19, 1989

Prosecuted lawyer who paid bribes to Queens borough president to help secure city contract to collect overdue parking tickets.

Racketeering Trial Of Mass Mail Company Executive
New York Times
October 21, 1988

Prosecuted president of mass-mailing company convicted on racketeering charges in six-week trial of multi-million dollar postal fraud.

Day-Care Center Fraud
New York Post
September 18, 1987

Prosecuted head of day-care center who enriched herself and her son at expense of impoverished children.

Firefighter Selling Pipe Bombs
Newsday
September 22, 1986

Prosecuted New York City firefighter convicted at trial on charges of selling pipe bombs.

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