Defense of Criminal Prosecutions
Our White-Collar Defense team of former prosecutors, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, former federal and state law enforcement agents, and a Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist, has defended dozens of high-profile individuals and organizations in federal and state criminal prosecutions, including Politically (PEPs). We have extensive experience investigating and prosecuting illegal activity, and we utilize that experience to better defend our clients. With over a hundred jury trials combined, our criminal defense lawyers possess the skill and experience required for the defense of complex criminal allegations, such as:
- Money Laundering
- Foreign Corrupt Practices (FCPA)
- Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
Our lawyers also represent clients whose property has been seized by federal or state law enforcement agencies. Civil forfeiture proceedings may be initiated against individuals accused of a crime, but also against third parties that may be accused of possessing property that derived from an illegal act. Our White-Collar Defense represents individuals and entities in such disputes against the government.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, entities, and individuals. Pursuant to Presidential Executive Order, OFAC controls transactions and freezes assets within the jurisdiction of the United States of entities and individuals designated on certain “blacklists,” such as the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List). The sanctions affect not only the listed individual or entity, but also any U.S. individual or entity that engages in commerce with the party designated or listed for sanctions. Secondary sanctions may be imposed on the non-listed individuals or entities, which could result in economic consequences for the offending party.
Our White-Collar Defense team has represented listed individuals and entities, as well as parties engaged in commerce with listed individuals and entities. We have successfully worked to de-list individuals and have represented parties and financial institutions in winding-down existing commercial relationships with listed individuals or entities. Our lawyers also work with financial institutions and private commercial entities to ensure OFAC compliance and avoid the potential for secondary sanctions.