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Morvillo Abramowitz Partner Elkan Abramowitz Profiled as a Law360 White Collar “MVP of the Year” - 11.23.2016

NEW YORK, November 23, 2016 – After being recognized as a Law360 White Collar “MVP of the Year,” Morvillo Abramowitz partner Elkan Abramowitz was featured in a select profile, “White Collar MVP: Morvillo Abramowitz’s Elkan Abramowitz.” Out of the group of MVPs recognized by Law360, only a select few were profiled. When asked about this honor, “the defense maestro joked that he would rather be the rookie of the year than an MVP – but said he's busier now than he was two decades ago.”

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Morvillo Abramowitz Partner Elkan Abramowitz Profiled as a Law360 White Collar “MVP of the Year” - 11.23.2016

On Wednesday, November 23, 2016, after being recognized as a Law360 White Collar “MVP of the Year,” Morvillo Abramowitz partner Elkan Abramowitz was featured in a select profile, “White Collar MVP: Morvillo Abramowitz’s Elkan Abramowitz.” Out of the group of MVPs recognized by Law360, only a select few were profiled. When asked about this honor, “the defense maestro joked that he would rather be the rookie of the year than an MVP – but said he's busier now than he was two decades ago.”

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Morvillo Abramowitz Partner Elkan Abramowitz Recognized as a White Collar “MVP of the Year” by Law360 - 11.22.2016

NEW YORK, November 22, 2016 – Morvillo Abramowitz partner Elkan Abramowitz was selected by Law360 as a White Collar “MVP of the Year.” The elite slate of attorneys chosen for this award have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation and complex global matters. Receiving over 1,000 submissions for this honor, the publication selected only five attorneys in the White Collar category who had extraordinary wins and contributed most to their profession in the past year.

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Morvillo Abramowitz Partner Elkan Abramowitz Recognized as a White Collar “MVP of the Year” by Law360 - 11.22.2016

On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, Morvillo Abramowitz partner Elkan Abramowitz was selected by Law360 as a White Collar “MVP of the Year.” The elite slate of attorneys chosen for this award have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation and complex global matters. Receiving over 1,000 submissions for this honor, the publication selected only five attorneys in the White Collar category who had extraordinary wins and contributed most to their profession in the past year.

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The Ever-Expanding Scope of the IRS Obstruction Statute - 11.17.2016

The “Omnibus Clause” of 26 U.S.C. § 7212(a) criminalizes conduct that “obstructs or impedes . . . the due administration of” the Internal Revenue Code. In recent years, the government has used the Omnibus Clause to reach acts beyond those that obstruct IRS audits or investigations, and last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decided United States v. Marinello in which it joined other courts of appeals in concluding that § 7212(a) can be violated without proof that there was a pending IRS investigation or proceeding, let alone that the defendant was aware of the IRS’s activity. This article discusses Marinello and its expansive reading of §7212(a).

Common Disciplinary Problems and How to Prevent Them - 11.16.2016

On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Morvillo Abramowitz partner Robert Anello will speak at the Disciplinary Committee’s program titled, “Common Disciplinary Problems and How to Prevent Them.” This program will provide examples and information about conduct by attorneys, which has often been the subject of disciplinary proceedings, and feature a highly knowledgeable and experienced faculty. Both newly admitted and experienced attorneys are encouraged to attend. The meeting will take place at the New York District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan.

Role of Forensic Psychiatry in White Collar Crime - 11.16.2016

On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Richard F. Albert co-taught a seminar on the role of forensic psychiatry in white collar criminal cases. This meeting was sponsored by New York University for the post-graduate Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship program and was held at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.

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Can A President (Trump) Be Prosecuted Based Upon Allegations Of Past Misconduct? - 11.09.2016

At long last, it’s November 9, and the nation has an answer to the question of who will serve as its next President. Although this should bring a measure of relief, a feeling of uncertainty remains. What lies ahead for our nation under the leadership of Donald Trump, billionaire reality television star who invented the chant “Lock Her Up”? What happens to unresolved allegations of federal tax liability and sexual assault? Does the theoretical specter of possible indictment and criminal trial or impeachment loom for President-elect Trump? [...]

Morvillo Abramowitz Partner Robert J. Anello Quoted in Thomson Reuters - 11.09.2016

On November 9, 2016, Morvillo Abramowitz partner Robert J. Anello was quoted in an article entitled, “Trump due in court before Oval Office.” The article highlights how President-elect Donald Trump could potentially face a federal jury in California. If the trial moves forward, there are many difficulties seating an impartial jury, since there are various strong opinions regarding Trump’s election. As Bob noted, “if experienced pollsters can't get it right, how can a jury consultant who is not spending as much time studying the demographics?”

Morvillo Abramowitz Partner Robert J. Anello Quoted in the New York Law Journal - 11.09.2016

On November 9, 2016, Morvillo Abramowitz partner Robert J. Anello was quoted in an article entitled, “After Trump's Triumph, a Cloudy Crystal Ball for Firm Leaders.” The article addresses the cautious optimism that New York’s law firm leaders and legal industry observers have about their practices faring under a different regulatory and business environment. Bob notes that, “the most significant impact on the legal industry will be the personnel change at the U.S. Department of Justice” and predicts that, “many sitting U.S. attorneys will soon transition out of public service.” While Trump has said he wants to reduce regulations on manufacturing and other industries, Bob adds that, “it's not yet clear if there will be fewer regulations and enforcement against Wall Street banks.”

Morvillo Abramowitz Recognized in the 2017 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” - 11.02.2016

On November 2, 2016, Morvillo Abramowitz was recognized in the 2017 edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.” The firm was ranked Tier 1 in the practice areas of Corporate Compliance Law and Criminal Defense: White-Collar, and Tier 2 in the practice area of Corporate Governance Law.

Published in almost 70 countries around the world, the Best Lawyers publication is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

Morvillo Abramowitz Recognized in the 2017 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” - 11.02.2016

NEW YORK, November 2, 2016 – Morvillo Abramowitz was recognized in the 2017 edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.” The firm was ranked Tier 1 in the practice areas of Corporate Compliance Law and Criminal Defense: White-Collar, and Tier 2 in the practice area of Corporate Governance Law.

Published in almost 70 countries around the world, the Best Lawyers publication is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

False Claims and Mail and Wire Fraud: Implications of 'Universal Health' - 11.01.2016

This past term, the Supreme Court took an expansive view of liability for "implied certifications” in the context of civil claims under the False Claims Act. In this article, we discuss how the Supreme Court’s broad theory of liability under the FCA might be applied to criminal prosecutions for “omissions” under the mail and wire fraud statutes.

A Circuit Split Over 1,000 Words - 11.01.2016

Two weeks ago, as reported by Howard Bashman at How Appealing, the Second Circuit joined the Seventh, Ninth, and Federal Circuits on an issue that is dividing the Courts of Appeals:  Whether to reduce the word limits for federal appellate briefs by 1,000 words.  In particular, these circuits have all indicated their intention to opt out of a change to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, which otherwise goes into effect on December 1 this year, reducing the word limit for principal briefs on appeal from 14,000 to 13,000 words.  As mundane as this dispute may sound, the fact that these particular circuits—some of the country’s busiest—have gone to the trouble to deviate from the impending rule change in order to continue to allow for longer briefs deserves careful attention for what it may signal. [...]

Morvillo Abramowitz Partner Brian A. Jacobs Quoted in The Record - 10.27.2016

On October 27, 2016, Morvillo Abramowitz partner Brian A. Jacobs was quoted in an article titled, “Closings to begin in Bridgegate trial; question of motive divides experts.” After closing arguments were unexpectedly delayed in the “Bridgegate” trial, the District Court ruled that the upcoming jury instructions would not include a reference to the defendants’ alleged motive in closing George Washington Bridge access lanes, which prosecutors have argued was to punish the mayor of Fort Lee.  Brian states that based on the transcript of the jury instruction conference, prosecutors appear to have “every intention of arguing that the motive was punishment; they just didn’t want the motive in the jury instructions.”