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Elkan Abramowitz Receives Chambers USA Lifetime Achievement Award - 05.26.2016

NEW YORK, May 26, 2016 – Partner Elkan Abramowitz received the Chambers USA Lifetime Achievement Award. Elkan’s career has been defined by the representation of high-powered business leaders, political officials, and corporations embroiled in the most sensitive criminal and civil matters, and his trial success is unparalleled. Elkan has been called the “dean of the white-collar bar” by Chambers USA and all other third-party directories, was named the 2016 “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation, and has received numerous professional acknowledgements over the years, including the Milton S. Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy presented by the Office of the Appellate Defender and the New York Council of Defense Lawyers’ Norman S. Ostrow Award for the defense of liberty and the preservation of individual rights.

In the latest edition of Chambers USA, it is noted that “the ‘extraordinary’ Elkan Abramowitz is regarded as a ‘legend of the white-collar Bar.’” One client echoes, “he was the best ever. He was the most attentive, knowledgeable and experienced attorney we've worked with, and was incredible from start to finish."

The Lifetime Achievement Award is based on the collective research for the 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and reflects pre-eminence in the field, outstanding work, and excellence in client service. Since 1990, Chambers and Partners has been researching the legal profession, identifying the leading lawyers and law firms through in-depth and client-focused interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients. Known for its independence and the objectivity of its research, Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout the U.S. with their guides read by industry-leading companies, organizations, and law firms throughout the U.S. and worldwide.

Elkan Abramowitz Receives Chambers USA Lifetime Achievement Award - 05.26.2016

On Thursday, May 26, 2016, partner Elkan Abramowitz received the Chambers USA Lifetime Achievement Award. Elkan’s career has been defined by the representation of high-powered business leaders, political officials, and corporations embroiled in the most sensitive criminal and civil matters, and his trial success is unparalleled. Elkan has been called the “dean of the white-collar bar” by Chambers USA and all other third-party directories, was named the 2016 “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation, and has received numerous professional acknowledgements over the years, including the Milton S. Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy presented by the Office of the Appellate Defender and the New York Council of Defense Lawyers’ Norman S. Ostrow Award for the defense of liberty and the preservation of individual rights.

In the latest edition of Chambers USA, it is noted that “the ‘extraordinary’ Elkan Abramowitz is regarded as a ‘legend of the white-collar Bar.’” One client echoes, “he was the best ever. He was the most attentive, knowledgeable and experienced attorney we've worked with, and was incredible from start to finish."

The Lifetime Achievement Award is based on the collective research for the 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and reflects pre-eminence in the field, outstanding work, and excellence in client service. Since 1990, Chambers and Partners has been researching the legal profession, identifying the leading lawyers and law firms through in-depth and client-focused interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients. Known for its independence and the objectivity of its research, Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout the U.S. with their guides read by industry-leading companies, organizations, and law firms throughout the U.S. and worldwide.

Morvillo Abramowitz Gets Top Ranking in White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations and is Recognized in FCPA, Securities: Regulation: Enforcement, and General Commercial in Chambers USA 2016 - 05.26.2016

NEW YORK, May 26, 2016 – Since its inception, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business Guide has recognized Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC for excellence in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations with its highest ranking, Band 1. The firm also is recognized in FCPA, Securities: Regulation: Enforcement, and Litigation: General Commercial. It is noted that the team is known as an “esteemed litigation boutique, widely acclaimed for its market-leading white-collar defense practice and increasing activity in civil litigation.” Clients praise the firm, noting, "it's an absolutely top-flight firm. It has fantastic lawyers with great experience, and always has excellent associates too."

More than half of the firm's partners were named leading lawyers by Chambers USA in the categories of Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations: Elkan Abramowitz, Richard F. Albert, Robert J. Anello, Lawrence Iason, Jodi Misher Peikin, Jonathan S. Sack, Jeremy H. Temkin, and Richard D. Weinberg; Securities: Regulation: Enforcement: Lawrence Iason and Richard D. Weinberg; and Litigation: General Commercial: Judith Mogul. Clients applaud the team, noting, "they are very smart and strategic, and just good to deal with. They're some of the best white-collar lawyers in New York.”

Since 1990, Chambers and Partners has been researching the legal profession, identifying the leading lawyers and law firms through in-depth and client-focused interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients. Known for its independence and the objectivity of its research, Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout the U.S. with their guides read by industry-leading companies, organizations, and law firms throughout the U.S. and worldwide.

Morvillo Abramowitz Gets Top Ranking in White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations and is Recognized in FCPA, Securities: Regulation: Enforcement, and General Commercial in Chambers USA 2016 - 05.26.2016

Since its inception, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business Guide has recognized Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC for excellence in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations with its highest ranking, Band 1. The firm also is recognized in FCPA, Securities: Regulation: Enforcement, and Litigation: General Commercial. It is noted that the team is known as an “esteemed litigation boutique, widely acclaimed for its market-leading white-collar defense practice and increasing activity in civil litigation.” Clients praise the firm, noting, "it's an absolutely top-flight firm. It has fantastic lawyers with great experience, and always has excellent associates too."

More than half of the firm's partners were named leading lawyers by Chambers USA in the categories of Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations: Elkan Abramowitz, Richard F. Albert, Robert J. Anello, Lawrence Iason, Jodi Misher Peikin, Jonathan S. Sack, Jeremy H. Temkin, and Richard D. Weinberg; Securities: Regulation: Enforcement: Lawrence Iason and Richard D. Weinberg; and Litigation: General Commercial: Judith Mogul. Clients applaud the team, noting, "they are very smart and strategic, and just good to deal with. They're some of the best white-collar lawyers in New York.”

Since 1990, Chambers and Partners has been researching the legal profession, identifying the leading lawyers and law firms through in-depth and client-focused interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients. Known for its independence and the objectivity of its research, Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout the U.S. with their guides read by industry-leading companies, organizations, and law firms throughout the U.S. and worldwide.

Accessing Records With Bank of Nova Scotia Summonses - 05.23.2016

In a recent interview, Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo described the Tax Division’s continuing pursuit of individuals believed to have evaded their U.S. tax obligations through offshore accounts. Among other things, Ms. Ciraolo noted that, in the wake of the DOJ’s Swiss Bank Program, the Tax Division’s civil trial attorneys were seeking to enforce Bank of Nova Scotia summonses served on U.S branches of foreign banks. This article discusses the authority supporting the use of such summonses to avoid foreign bank secrecy laws and the implications of so-called Bank of Nova Scotia summonses looking forward.

Morvillo Abramowitz Partner Jeremy Temkin Featured as a Legal Analyst on Fox Sports Radio - 05.23.2016

On Monday, May 23, 2016, Morvillo Abramowitz partner Jeremy Temkin appeared on Fox Sports Radio to discuss the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s recent decision in the “Deflategate” scandal. In his most recent interview, Jeremy discusses Tom Brady’s en banc petition and its likelihood of success. 

When Do Business Negotiations Cross the Line and Become Fraud? - 05.10.2016

The mail, wire and securities fraud statutes have a wide but not unlimited reach. An area of particular controversy is the application of these statutes to arm’s length business negotiations. In this article, we discuss several recent appellate decisions in which business negotiations have given rise to criminal fraud charges, and suggest that the line between acceptable negotiation and fraud warrants further judicial clarification.

FCPA Pilot Program: Missing the Big Picture - 05.06.2016

For decades, the government has been trying to incentivize companies to self-report illegal activity by dangling the carrot of reduced punishment. The Justice Department’s one-year Foreign Corrupt Practices Act “pilot program,” announced on April 5, 2016, is the latest iteration of this enforcement technique. Although a valiant effort to formalize a practice known to white collar practitioners, the program does not address some of the more significant variables that are of importance to corporate decision makers. [...]

Morvillo Abramowitz Partner Brian A. Jacobs Quoted in Law360 - 05.02.2016

On May 2, 2016, Morvillo Abramowitz partner Brian A. Jacobs was quoted in a Law360 article entitled, “Attorneys React To High Court's Hobbs Act Extortion Ruling.” The article discusses the significance of the Supreme Court ruling that a Baltimore police officer was properly convicted of Hobbs Act extortion and conspiracy to commit extortion, upholding a key prosecutorial anti-corruption tool. According to Brian, “the opinion confirms that bribe-payors and bribe-payees alike may be prosecuted for conspiracy to violate the Hobbs Act. This decision will become especially important if the court limits honest services fraud, as the court seemed prepared to do at last week’s argument in McDonnell v. U.S.”

Morvillo Abramowitz Partner Jeremy Temkin Featured as a Legal Analyst on Fox Sports Radio - 04.25.2016

On Monday, April 25, 2016, Morvillo Abramowitz partner Jeremy Temkin appeared on Fox Sports Radio to discuss the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s recent decision in the “Deflategate” scandal. In his most recent interview, Jeremy addresses the trajectory of the matter and Tom Brady’s legal options going forward.

Service of Process by Email on Defendants Located Outside the U.S. - 04.20.2016

A plaintiff seeking to serve a defendant located overseas can face substantial, sometimes insurmountable logistical challenges. In this article, we discuss several recent Southern District of New York decisions in which plaintiffs, frustrated by elusive defendants or uncooperative foreign governments, have been permitted to serve defendants through email under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(f)(3).

Ransomware, Cyberattacks, and Hacking in the Health Care Industry: Lessons from a Letter to the FBI - 04.14.2016

The last several weeks have brought a host of alarming revelations regarding the vulnerability of some of the most confidential data that corporations and legal entities maintain on their servers. Most notably, the story of the so-called “Panama Papers” continues to attract substantial media attention, as the theft of approximately 2.6 terabytes of data from the Panamaian law firm Mossack Fonseca, and its disclosure to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, has already caused the resignation of one international leader and threaten the fates of several more. Perhaps less provocative, but no less significant, is a recent Wall Street Journal article reporting that hackers illegally accessed the computer networks at some of the most respected and prestigious law firms in the United States, apparently for the purpose of stealing confidential information that in turn can facilitate insider trading. [...]

APRL’s 7th International Professional Responsibility Conference - 04.13.2016

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, Morvillo Abramowitz partner Robert J. Anello will serve on a panel entitled, “Money Laundering and KYC Developments: Have Lawyers Become Primary Regulators of Client Activity?” at APRL’s 7th International Professional Responsibility Conference. Mr. Anello will share lessons learned in connection with his representations relating to numerous US and EU money laundering and similar investigations, and his representation of the VimpelCom Board of Directors in connection with the recently concluded cross-border anti-corruption investigation. Mr. Anello will focus on the impact recent prosecutions have had on in-house lawyers and compliance professionals; and practical solutions for dealing with differences among the privileges relating to communications with in-house counsel and the application of the crime-fraud exception to such investigations. The event will be held on April 12-14, 2016 at Renaissance Le Parc Trocadero Hotel in Paris, France. For more information, please click here.

Conversation and Cocktails Series: Lessons Learned from the Dewey & LeBoeuf Trial - 04.07.2016

Due to the positive response we have received, we are changing the location of this event to the Yale Club of New York City.

Please join us to hear about the legal industry’s trial of the year from the team that successfully navigated the complex and lengthy trial. The trial team will share their experiences and insights, and discuss the implications that this trial may have on future white collar cases.

Panelists:

  • Elkan Abramowitz – Partner
  • Lawrence S. Bader – Partner
  • Jasmine Juteau – Counsel
  • Priya Raghavan – Associate

Thursday, April 7, 2016

5:30 p.m. program

6:30 p.m. cocktails

The Yale Club of New York City
50 Vanderbilt Avenue
New York, NY 10017

CLE credit will be provided

To RSVP, please reply to events@maglaw.com by Monday, April 4, 2016. 

Rise of ABA Task Force’s ‘Shadow Sentencing Guidelines’ - 04.06.2016

Because the federal sentencing guidelines applicable to fraud cases are widely acknowledged to be broken and dysfunctional, particularly in high-loss cases, sentencing judges may increasingly seek other sources to help guide their discretion. In this article, we discuss the thoughtful alternative framework offered by a blue-ribbon panel of judges, law professors and practitioners, and highlight recent court decisions applying those “shadow guidelines.”