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White Collar

  • August 16, 2018

    A Chat With Ogletree Knowledge Chief Patrick DiDomenico

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Patrick DiDomenico, chief knowledge officer at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • August 16, 2018

    Suspect Charged In Shooting Of Mayer Brown Appellate Chief

    A man has been charged in the shooting death of Stephen Shapiro, the head of Mayer Brown LLP’s Supreme Court and appellate practice, police said.

  • August 15, 2018

    In Closing, Manafort Defense Says Gov't Is 'Desperate'

    Attorneys for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort threw their final punches Wednesday in an effort to knock down the government’s tax and bank fraud case against him in Virginia federal court, painting cooperating witness Rick Gates as a serial liar and slamming the prosecution as “desperate” during closing arguments.

  • August 15, 2018

    Ameriprise To Pay SEC $4.5M To Settle Client Theft Claims

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in an order on Wednesday that investment adviser and broker-dealer Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. will pay $4.5 million to settle charges that it failed to stop its own representatives from stealing retail investor assets.

  • August 15, 2018

    City Solicitor Slammed In Pa. AG's Clergy Abuse Report

    A devastating grand jury report into sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania includes allegations that an Allentown-based attorney, who was appointed as the city’s solicitor in May, worked to undermine one woman's claims by digging up damaging information about her and her family.

  • August 15, 2018

    FTC’s $1.3B Loan Row Win Used ‘Red Herring,’ 9th Circ. Told

    Professional auto racer Scott Tucker asked the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to reverse a $1.3 billion judgment against his payday loan companies for deceiving and overcharging customers, saying borrowers’ loan contracts included all necessary information and calling the Federal Trade Commission’s claim they hid unfavorable terms “a red herring.”

  • August 15, 2018

    Feds Want 10 Years For Convicted Ex-Brazil Soccer Boss

    Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn are pushing for at least 10 years in prison for 85-year-old former Brazilian soccer federation president Jose Maria Marin, who was convicted of bribery and corruption-related charges in a trial last year stemming from the U.S. government's wide-ranging FIFA corruption probe.

  • August 15, 2018

    Ex-Katten Atty Loses Bid To Dodge Shkreli Fraud Charges

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday refused to let former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorney Evan Greebel duck charges that he aided now-imprisoned former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli in defrauding Retrophin Inc., finding that the jury had plenty of reasons to convict the corporate lawyer.

  • August 15, 2018

    Ex-Contractor Says 63 Months Appropriate For Classified Leak

    A former government contractor who pled guilty to leaking national defense information to an online media outlet told a Georgia federal court Wednesday that the five years and three months she agreed to serve is an appropriate punishment for her misdeeds, but not more than necessary.

  • August 15, 2018

    Ex-CPA Gets 30 Months For $1.3M Client Fraud

    A California federal judge has sentenced a former certified public accountant to 30 months in prison for wire fraud and money laundering for swindling a client and family friend out of $1.3 million, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • August 15, 2018

    9th Circ. Revives Suit Against ICE Atty Who Forged Docs

    The Ninth Circuit has revived a lawsuit by a permanent resident against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney convicted of forging a document in his removal proceedings that could have resulted in the resident being deported.

  • August 15, 2018

    Dominican Man Gets 5 Years For Impersonating SEC Brass

    A Dominican national charged with impersonating U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission employees to defraud people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars was sentenced on Wednesday in Boston federal court to five years and three months in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

  • August 15, 2018

    Ex-NYPD Gun Licensing Unit Boss Cops To Bribery Scheme

    A former boss in the New York City Police Department's gun licensing unit Wednesday admitted his role in a scheme to funnel bribes to cops in exchange for speeding up firearm permits, the latest in the anti-corruption dragnet involving the nation's largest police force.

  • August 15, 2018

    Ex-NBA Player Aims To Sink NJ Conviction In Ponzi Scheme

    A former NBA player has called on a New Jersey federal court to throw out his conviction and nine-year prison sentence for bilking real estate investors out of more than $2 million in a Ponzi scheme, citing allegedly ineffective legal assistance by his former attorney and purportedly false testimony by government witnesses.

  • August 15, 2018

    3rd Circ. Affirms Convictions In NOVA Bank TARP Fraud Case

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the April 2016 convictions of two top officials from the now-defunct NOVA Bank for defrauding the Troubled Asset Relief Program in a ruling that also upheld an 11-month prison term for the bank's former chairman.

  • August 15, 2018

    Ex-Union Leader Guilty Of Taking Bribe From Hedge Fund

    A Manhattan jury convicted Norman Seabrook of bribery Wednesday, finding the once-powerful head of the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association favored now-bankrupt hedge fund Platinum Partners with $20 million of union capital in exchange for a man-purse stuffed with $60,000 in cash.

  • August 14, 2018

    SEC Strikes Deals In Municipal Bond 'Flipping' Scheme

    Two companies allegedly posed as retail investors to buy municipal bonds, then illegally sold them at a profit to broker-dealers, according to lawsuits filed in Florida and California federal courts by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, but the SEC said it had already settled with the majority of the scheme's alleged participants.

  • August 14, 2018

    How One Firm Moved The Needle On Disability Inclusion

    This global law firm has recently focused on creating opportunities for people with disabilities across its ranks, and its efforts are already showing results. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.

  • August 14, 2018

    US Asks To DQ Atty In Sub-Tech Case Who Reps China’s Gov’t

    The U.S. Attorney's Office asked a Massachusetts federal court Tuesday to disqualify an attorney for a man accused of illegally exporting submarine-detection equipment for a Chinese military institute, saying the lawyer’s simultaneous representation of the Chinese government creates a “serious potential conflict of interest.”

  • August 14, 2018

    Travelers Owes $5.3M To Man Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder

    A Missouri state judge ruled Monday that Travelers Indemnity Co. must pay $5.3 million to a man who won a wrongful conviction case against the city of Columbia, Missouri, because the city's Travelers policies were in effect while the man was wrongfully imprisoned.

Expert Analysis

  • Tax Enforcers Unite Against International Tax Crime

    Kyle Womboldt

    In light of the launch of the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement alliance against transnational tax crime and money laundering, it is more important than ever for corporations and professional services firms to carefully manage their exposure to higher risk clients and business activity, say Kyle Wombolt and Jeremy Birch of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • Distributors Expose Health, Life Sci Cos. To FCPA Risks

    Mimi Yang

    All companies operating abroad should be aware of potential liability under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption laws, but health care and life sciences companies are at greater risk due to the nature of their products and their reliance on third-party distributors in international markets, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • 2 Strikes And You’re Out: The Litvak Saga Comes To An End

    Joon Kim

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut, following reversals of two prior convictions, has moved to dismiss its remaining securities fraud claim against bond trader Jesse Litvak. While it can be difficult to prove misstatements are material as a matter of law, the government's move is certainly not a death knell for similarly grounded fraud charges, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Insurance Can Mitigate Costs Of Government Investigations

    Annette Ebright

    If companies take the proper steps before and after being subjected to government investigations, their insurance policies may serve as a reliable hedge against the financial consequences. However, these policies have their limitations, say Annette Ebright and Daniel Peterson of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Carpenter Ruling May Be Turning Point In Digital Data Privacy

    Kim Peretti

    While the U.S. Supreme Court proclaimed its Carpenter holding was narrow, its unprecedented recognition of an individual’s privacy interest in data held by third parties could signal significant changes in privacy more generally, say attorneys with Alston & Bird LLP.