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Interpol: How to Catch a Thief – International Style - 07.27.2015

In my last blog post, I discussed the federal government’s increased focus on criminal activity that occurs overseas and the recent high-profile indictment filed by the Justice Department against nine FIFA officials. On June 3, 2015, INTERPOL, the world’s largest international police organization, issued Red Notices for six of the FIFA defendants. Red Notices issued by INTERPOL are the closest thing to an international arrest warrant. The FIFA cases present an opportunity to examine the work of INTERPOL and the significance of the notices it issues. [...]

Morvillo Abramowitz Partner Elkan Abramowitz Named a Law360 “Trial Ace” - 07.27.2015

On Monday, July 27, 2015, Morvillo Abramowitz partner Elkan Abramowitz was named a Law360 "Trial Ace." The “Trial Aces” list consists of 50 top litigators who will be profiled by Law360 in its inaugural Trial Aces Series. The profile of Mr. Abramowitz will be released on September 9, 2015. 

According to Law360, “the winners were selected based on the number of high-stakes trial they've worked on, the role they played at trial and the trial outcome. The 50 attorneys on Law360’s Trial Aces list are champions in the courtroom, leaders in their law firms and heroes to their clients. They're the lawyers to call when losing is not an option.”

To view the Trial Aces list, please click here.

Morvillo Abramowitz Partner Elkan Abramowitz Named a Law360 “Trial Ace” - 07.27.2015

NEW YORK, July 27, 2015 – Morvillo Abramowitz partner Elkan Abramowitz was named a Law360 "Trial Ace." The “Trial Aces” list consists of 50 top litigators who will be profiled by Law360 in its inaugural Trial Aces Series. The profile of Mr. Abramowitz will be released on September 9, 2015. 

According to Law360, “the winners were selected based on the number of high-stakes trial they've worked on, the role they played at trial and the trial outcome. The 50 attorneys on Law360’s Trial Aces list are champions in the courtroom, leaders in their law firms and heroes to their clients. They're the lawyers to call when losing is not an option.”

To view the Trial Aces list, please click here.

Offshore Accounts: The Beat Goes On - 07.16.2015

In its seventh year and fourth iteration, the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (“OVDP”) remains the best opportunity for taxpayers who intentionally evaded their tax and reporting obligations to bring themselves into compliance and avoid criminal prosecution. However, not every current or former offshore accountholder who failed to comply with those obligations acted with a culpable state of mind, and the IRS has come to recognize the inequity of treating taxpayers who made good faith mistakes as harshly as those who acted willfully. In this article, I discuss the various options available to taxpayers with previously undisclosed offshore accounts.

Prosecution of Conduct Abroad—Where Are the Limits? - 07.13.2015

As our economy has become more global, white-collar criminal investigations have increasingly focused on conduct that occurred beyond our borders. Such investigations raise threshold issues of extraterritorial application of federal laws and sufficient nexus to this country. In this article, we discuss these threshold issues and two recent cases that address them.

American Bar Association’s 2015 Real Estate Litigation Forum - 06.25.2015

On Thursday, June 25, 2015, Morvillo Abramowitz partner Jonathan S. Sack will speak at the American Bar Association’s 2015 Real Estate Litigation Forum. Mr. Sack will speak on a panel entitled “Hot Topics and Trends in Real Estate Litigation,” which will address the white collar criminal defense issues and challenges in real estate, financing, and the construction contracting and development process with private and public entities. The forum will be held on June 25, 2015 at the New York City Yacht Club from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please visit www.americanbar.org.

Do’s and Don'ts of Social Media and Jury Selection, & Proffer and Proffer Agreements: Risks and Rewards - 06.24.2015

On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, partner Robert M. Radick will be among the panelists at a CLE program entitled “Do’s and Don'ts of Social Media and Jury Selection, & Proffer and Proffer Agreements: Risks and Rewards.” The Honorable Cheryl Pollak, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York, will serve as the moderator of the program. The event will take place at the U.S. Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and is sponsored by the CJA Panel Committee of the Eastern District of New York and the Federal Defenders of New York, Inc.

SEC, the Whistleblowers' "Advocate" - 06.19.2015

After the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law in 2010, speculation abounded as to whether the ambitious whistleblower bounty program would succeed and about how the Securities and Exchange Commission would support the program. But, in the four years since the bounty program became effective, the SEC has proved that it will do what it takes to make the program successful, including awarding payments totaling over $50 million to whistleblowers; appearing as amicus curiae in support of whistleblowers seeking protection under Dodd Frank’s anti-retaliation provisions; and pursuing companies that retaliate against whistleblowers or attempt to prevent whistleblowers from bringing tips to the SEC. In fact in a recent speech, SEC Chair Mary Jo White dubbed the SEC “the whistleblower’s advocate.” [...]

Partner Robert J. Anello Interviewed by “Talkin Law” - 06.17.2015

NEW YORK, June 17, 2015 - Partner Robert J. Anello was interviewed by “Talkin Law.” The interview focused on the recent high-profile FIFA case, as well as Mr. Anello’s related blog, “FI-FA Fo Fum: Who Gets to Prosecute Non-Americans.”

Please find the link to the full interview here.

"Talkin Law" with Dan Hochheiser analyzes criminal cases in the news, trends in the law, and covers all legal current events.

Two Decisions Highlight the Perils of Witness Contact - 06.17.2015

In recent weeks, Southern District Judges J. Paul Oetken and Paul A. Engelmayer each issued decisions addressing different ethical dimensions of contact between attorneys and witnesses, in one case finding that the proposed contact was impermissible, and in the other finding that counsel’s lack of witness contact was problematic. In this article, we discuss these decisions, highlighting the complicated issues that counsel face interviewing witnesses in a litigation context.

FI-FA Fo Fum: Who Gets to Prosecute Non-Americans - 06.08.2015

America seemingly has found a new product to export – its criminal justice system. Many recent high profile criminal cases brought by the Justice Department, including a multi-billion dollar settlement with Swiss bank Credit Suisse for its banking practices in Switzerland and a number of other recent financial industry prosecutions and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases, have centered around activity that has occurred mainly overseas. The United States asserts its jurisdiction in these cases because the American banking system or its capital markets and exchanges were somehow involved. [...]

NYU’s Annual School of Professional Studies Tax Controversy Forum - 06.05.2015

On Friday, June 5, 2015, Morvillo Abramowitz partner Jeremy Temkin will speak at NYU’s Annual School of Professional Studies Tax Controversy Forum. Mr. Temkin will speak on a panel entitled "Representing Taxpayers with Unreported Foreign Assets." The forum will feature interactive presentations delivered by expert practitioners who cover a broad range of issues regarding tax audits and tax litigation at all levels. The event will be held on June 5, 2015 at The Crowne Plaza Times Square in Manhattan. For more information, please click here.

The Legal 500 United States 2015 Recommends Morvillo Abramowitz in White-Collar Criminal Defense and Securities: Shareholder Litigation - 06.03.2015

The Legal 500 United States 2015 has recommended Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC in both White-Collar Criminal Defense and Securities: Shareholder Litigation. Indeed, more than half of the firm’s partners have been recommended, including Elkan Abramowitz, Robert J. Anello, Jonathan S. Sack, and Jeremy H. Temkin within White-Collar Criminal Defense; and Elkan Abramowitz, Robert J. Anello, Lawrence S. Bader, Lawrence Iason, Judith L. Mogul, Jonathan S. Sack, Edward M. Spiro, and Richard D. Weinberg within Securities: Shareholder Litigation. In addition, Elkan Abramowitz has been recognized as a “leading trial lawyer” in this year’s edition for his outstanding skills in the courtroom.

Praising the firm’s capabilities, sources note that the group is “outstanding in regulatory litigation.”

Since 2006, The Legal 500 United States has been analyzing the capabilities of law firms nationwide, honoring US firms that couple a national presence with the capability to handle sophisticated and complex work. Each year, the publication highlights those legal teams who consistently uphold quality over quantity.

Convicted Corporations Aren’t Really Bad Boys - 06.03.2015

In this article, we discuss the recent guilty pleas by four major international banks—Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, and Royal Bank of Scotland—for the attempted manipulation of foreign exchange rates. Although the Department of Justice characterized the pleas as “historic resolutions,” in truth the government made significant efforts to blunt the effects of the criminal convictions by granting waivers to rules that would have restricted the banks’ ability to continue doing business in the United States—so-called “bad boy” provisions. We also discuss how these resolutions illustrate fundamental problems with the current framework for corporate criminal liability in the United States.

Morvillo Abramowitz Partner Elkan Abramowitz Featured in Law360 - 05.29.2015

On May 29, 2015, Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC partner Elkan Abramowitz was featured in a Law360 article, “Meet the Key Players in the Dewey Fraud Trial.” Elkan was described by Law360 as a “towering figure in the New York City white collar bar, both literally and figuratively ... and a top trial lawyer in the state.” In response to his opening statement on Tuesday, Law360 noted that, “Abramowitz is plainspoken and genial in the courtroom, but not afraid to ruffle feathers.”

You can view the full article here.