White Collar

  • December 4, 2017

    Immigrant-Duping Calif. Atty Charged With Felony Theft

    A disbarred immigration attorney on Monday pled guilty in a California state court to 15 felony counts of grand theft for defrauding citizenship-seeking clients and agreed to pay them $371,709 in restitution, according to an announcement from state attorney general Xavier Becker.

  • December 4, 2017

    NY Officials Announce Construction Wage Theft Crackdown

    New York state and city officials on Monday charged a subcontractor and two alleged officers with grand larceny as part of a regional crackdown on wage theft in the construction industry, also announcing recent charges against other companies and officers they allege stole more than $2.5 million in wages from more than 400 workers.

  • December 4, 2017

    Boston Officials Deny Tweaked Charges Ahead Of Trial

    Two Boston city officials on Monday denied prosecutors’ recently amended charges that they strong-armed a concert series into hiring union workers, as their lawyers push to delay an upcoming trial in the case.

  • December 4, 2017

    FBI Pressured Witness With Surprise Visit, Greebel Atty Says

    An attorney for former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorney Evan Greebel told the New York federal judge overseeing his fraud trial Monday that federal agents had improperly pressured a potential defense witness by arriving unannounced at his apartment door.

  • December 4, 2017

    Ex-Fla. Congresswoman Gets 5 Years For Charity, Tax Scam

    Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown was sentenced Monday in Jacksonville, Florida, to five years in federal prison for diverting money raised for a sham education charity and filing false tax returns.

  • December 4, 2017

    Shareholder Attys Liable For Firm’s $1.3M Unremitted Tax

    Former shareholders of a now-defunct law firm are personally liable for almost $1.3 million in unremitted withheld payroll taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, a judge in the Southern District of New York ruled on Monday.

  • December 4, 2017

    Mueller Cites Gag Order Plot In Manafort House Arrest Fight

    Indicted Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was ghostwriting an editorial about his Ukrainian lobbying work despite a judge's gag order barring statements to the media, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office said in a Monday court filing seeking to keep Manafort on house arrest.

  • December 4, 2017

    Ex-NBAer Pleads Guilty To Charges Tied To Charity Fraud

    Former NBA player Kermit Alan Washington pled guilty in Missouri federal court Thursday to three charges stemming from allegations that he used donations from professional athletes intended to aid a medical clinic in Africa to pay rent and take vacations.

  • December 4, 2017

    Senate Panel Gives GSA More Time On FBI Headquarters

    A Senate panel on Friday gave the U.S. General Services Administration an additional 60 days to deliver a plan to move the FBI out of its aging headquarters, after the agency had originally said a new relocation plan, replacing a yearslong effort that collapsed earlier this year, would come before the end of November.

  • December 4, 2017

    Ex-Navy Commander Gets 18 Mos. For 'Fat Leonard' Scandal

    A former U.S. Navy commander accused of sharing a confidential report with the subject of a naval investigation in exchange for meals and prostitution services was sentenced by a California federal judge Friday to 18 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release.

  • December 4, 2017

    SEC Settles With Convicted 'Fund Manager,' Associate

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday told a New York federal judge that it has settled with a supposed hedge fund manager and his associate after the fund manager was sentenced to 2½ years in prison after pleading guilty to a fraud conspiracy charge.

  • December 4, 2017

    Turkish Banker Says US Didn't Disclose Zarrab Jail Call

    The team representing Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla on charges of scheming with famed gold trader Reza Zarrab to help Iran avoid U.S. sanctions told a Manhattan federal judge Monday that prosecutors failed to flag a jailhouse call in which Zarrab appears to indicate a broad willingness to lie to get out of jail.

  • December 4, 2017

    Accused Film Scammer Says No Atty Conflict Over Trump Ally

    A California man accused in Manhattan federal court of stealing $12 million from film investors said Monday he is sticking with his lawyer, Walter Mack of Doar Rieck Kaley & Mack, despite a prosecution letter suggesting Mack could face a conflict because of his work representing President Donald Trump's ex-lobbyist Rick Gates in Washington, D.C.

  • December 1, 2017

    Former Paul Weiss Atty Gets 5 Years On Child Porn Charge

    A former Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP staff attorney was sentenced in Virginia federal court on Friday to five years in prison for distributing videos of child sexual abuse, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office — a lighter sentence than recommended by prosecutors.

  • December 1, 2017

    11th Circ. Affirms Conviction For Fla. Mortgage Fraudster

    The Eleventh Circuit on Friday affirmed the conviction and nearly 22-year sentence of a Florida man found guilty of duping the government out of $25 million through a mortgage fraud scheme, finding the evidence was sufficient and backing the trial court's actions during and after his trial.

  • December 1, 2017

    NY District Atty Charged With Perjury, Won't Resign

    A New York district attorney told reporters he wouldn’t resign after the unsealing Friday of a grand jury indictment charging him with two counts of official misconduct and one count of perjury, stemming from his handling of the death of a man shot by police.

  • December 1, 2017

    Flynn’s Plea Deal May Be The Birth Of A Star Witness

    The fact that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn could stay out of prison after having admitted to lying to FBI agents shows how valuable a witness he may be in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, legal experts said.

  • December 1, 2017

    NY Atty Gets 3 Years For Role In Pump-And-Dump Scheme

    A Florida federal judge has sentenced a New York attorney to three years in prison for his role in a pump-and-dump scheme in which co-conspirators issued shares in fraudulent shell companies and sold them to investors at a profit, according to court records released Friday.

  • December 1, 2017

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen more than a dozen Indian banks sue the co-owner of the Force India Formula 1 team as he faces possible extradition from the U.K., the Nigerian government takes on JPMorgan, and Ace lodges a dispute against Aviva Life.

  • December 1, 2017

    SEC Deal Bars Ex-Mayor In Ill. From Muni Offerings

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday that a Chicago suburb's former mayor has agreed to be barred from participating in future municipal bond offerings to resolve claims that he steered a multimillion-dollar construction project to a contractor in exchange for a $75,000 bribe.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Representing Women At The Intersection Of Law And Finance

    Andrea Mitchell

    To the extent that companies have tolerated predominantly male leadership in the past because it was deemed necessary for growth and prosperity, or viewed diversity and the underrepresentation of women strictly as human resources issues, a growing body of research suggests otherwise, say Andrea Mitchell and Valerie Hletko of Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • House Bill Would Raise Stakes Of Congressional Inquiries

    Steven Ross

    On Monday, the House passed a bill that, if enacted, would shift the current landscape regarding judicial review of congressional subpoenas and place significant burdens on all recipients of such subpoenas, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Be A Sponge

    Patrick Mendes

    As a new attorney, it was astonishing to realize how little I knew. I soon began to appreciate that everyone I met had a unique take or way of doing something. Many things I learned during that first year from my colleagues are still incorporated into my practice today, says Patrick Mendes of Tyson & Mendes LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Beyond The Hurdles

    Ann Warren

    There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.

  • 2nd Circ. Ruling Shows Pitfalls Of Joint Defense Agreements

    Daniel Wenner

    When attorneys enter into a joint defense agreement, communications with each other and with each other’s clients about the case are privileged. But what happens when the government learns of those communications and finds a way to use them? Such was the issue in the Second Circuit's recent Krug case, says Daniel Wenner, a partner at Day Pitney LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Pryor Reviews 'Scalia Speaks'

    Judge William Pryor

    Christopher Scalia and Edward Whelan have published an indispensable collection of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's best speeches. "Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived" puts on full display Justice Scalia’s skilled writing, quick wit and uncommon wisdom on a wide range of topics — from law to turkey hunting, says Judge William Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    The Inside Counsel Revolution

    Ben Heineman

    The role of the general counsel has significantly grown in importance, with the GC now often replacing the senior partner in the outside law firm as the primary counselor for the CEO and the board. This inside counsel revolution was given great impetus by the financial crisis that started 10 years ago, says Ben Heineman Jr., former general counsel of General Electric Co.

  • SEC Goes Global, Again

    Brian Neil Hoffman

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has not been shy about enforcing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act globally. But a recent case against Mexican homebuilding company Desarrolladora Homex and its executives makes clear that the SEC will not hesitate to enforce against foreign companies other provisions of the federal securities laws as well, says Brian Neil Hoffman of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • The Current Fight Against Contraband Art And Antiquities

    Stephen Juris

    Federal and state authorities’ increased focus on the art and antiquities markets — seen this summer with Hobby Lobby’s much-publicized forfeiture of a large collection of ancient Mesopotamian tablets and cylinder seals — presents significant challenges for both legitimate and less scrupulous dealers and collectors, say Stephen Juris and Brian Remondino of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.