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Conducting Due Diligence and Assessing Litigation Risk in Existing and Prospective Investments - 12.04.2019

An esteemed panel of experts will discuss how to conduct appropriate due diligence and assess litigation exposure in existing and prospective investments based on common areas of risk, including government investigations, whistleblower claims, me-too and other employment claims, and mass tort liability.

Through illustrative case studies from their government and private-sector experience, the panelists will provide tips on how best to avoid these risks.

Panelists:

  • Jay Dawdy, President, Gryphon Strategies
  • Catherine M. Foti, Partner, Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC
  • Christopher B. Harwood, Partner, Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC; former Co-Chief of the Civil Frauds Unit, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York
  • Mitchell Sockett, External Advisor, Gryphon Strategies; Litigation Analyst, formerly of King Street Capital

2nd Annual GIR Live Zurich - 11.26.2019

On Tuesday, November 26, 2019, partner Benjamin S. Fischer will participate in a panel entitled, “U.S. v. Connolly and Outsourcing Investigations” at the 2nd Annual GIR Live Zurich. In the landmark Connolly case, the US District court found that the DOJ improperly outsourced its investigation of LIBOR manipulation to the bank under investigation, resulting in a decision procluding the DOJ from using at trial statements the individual defendant made to the bank during an internal investigation. The distinguished panel will discuss the impact this decision will have for future internal cross-border investigations.

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Intimidation or Free Speech: Are Trump’s Tweets Witness Tampering? - 11.26.2019

President Trump’s use of Twitter to shape the narrative is notorious. True to form, he was tweeting fast and furious during the impeachment hearings. Negative testimony about the president’s interactions with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky repeatedly incited his aggressive retorts, prompting speculation about whether his outbursts may be viewed as witness intimidation. Citing the First Amendment, Trump claims he is free to say what he pleases, including name-calling and denigrating witnesses. But is it criminal witness intimidation? [...]

Morvillo Abramowitz Partner Benjamin S. Fischer Participated in the Second Annual GIR Live Zurich - 11.26.2019

NEW YORK, November 26, 2019 – Morvillo Abramowitz partner Benjamin S. Fischer participated in a panel entitled, “U.S. v. Connolly and Outsourcing Investigations” at the 2nd Annual GIR Live Zurich. In the landmark Connolly case, the US District court found that the DOJ improperly outsourced its investigation of LIBOR manipulation to the bank under investigation, resulting in a decision procluding the DOJ from using at trial statements the individual defendant made to the bank during an internal investigation. The distinguished panel discussed the impact this decision will have for future internal cross-border investigations.

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Materiality and Admissibility of Evidence in Criminal Securities Fraud Cases - 11.21.2019

Materiality is often a critical issue in securities fraud prosecutions. In this article, we discuss a series of three important Second Circuit decisions that explored the admissibility of evidence offered by the government to prove, and by the defense to disprove, materiality in the context of securities trading. We hope you find the article of interest. 

John Doe Summonses: Procedural Hurdles with Limited Review - 11.14.2019

John Doe summonses have long been a powerful tool in the IRS’s arsenal to combat tax fraud schemes. Such summonses enable the IRS to seek data on a class of otherwise unidentified persons where it can articulate a reasonable basis to believe that individuals within that class have failed to comply with their tax obligations. In this article, I analyze recent decisions highlighting the heavy burden facing a party challenging a John Doe summons and discuss the potential impact of Congress’s inclusion of an additional limitation on the issuance of John Doe Summonses in the Taxpayer First Act. 

The Minuses of Bringing a Plus One to Meetings with Counsel - 11.04.2019

It’s a privilege to have a close family, but the presence of family members for conversations with counsel can waive privilege. Nowhere does this create more of a potential problem than in criminal prosecutions. In such cases, it is not uncommon for a client to want a spouse, parent, or even child on hand at counsel’s office to discuss, for example, general strategy, the risks of going to trial, or plea options. The desire to include family members in these conversations makes sense, because the choices an individual makes in a criminal matter can have wide-ranging consequences for loved ones. But including family members in conversations with counsel creates the risk that the conversation will not be treated as confidential, and that one of those family members could be called to testify to the contents of the conversation. It is important that counsel, clients, and family members alike understand those risks and how to minimize them. [...]

Morvillo Abramowitz Recognized in the 2020 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” - 11.01.2019

NEW YORK, November 1, 2019 – Morvillo Abramowitz has been recognized in the 2020 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.” The firm was ranked nationally in Tier 1 in the practice area of Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Tier 3 in the practice area of Commercial Litigation. The firm also was ranked in Metropolitan Tier 1 in the practice areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Compliance Law, and Criminal Defense: White Collar, and in 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.

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Morvillo Abramowitz Recognized in the 2020 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” - 11.01.2019

Morvillo Abramowitz has been recognized in the 2020 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.” The firm was ranked nationally in Tier 1 in the practice area of Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Tier 3 in the practice area of Commercial Litigation. The firm also was ranked in Metropolitan Tier 1 in the practice areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Compliance Law, and Criminal Defense: White Collar, and in 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.

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Partners Robert J. Anello and Brian A. Jacobs Publish Revised Insider Trading Chapter in Law Journal Press’ Treatise Entitled, White Collar Crime: Business and Regulatory Offenses - 10.31.2019

NEW YORK, October 31, 2019 - Morvillo Abramowitz partners Robert J. Anello and Brian A. Jacobs collaborated to update Chapter 12A, Insider Trading, in Law Journal Press' treatise entitled, White Collar Crime: Business and Regulatory Offenses. The chapter addresses the current state of insider trading law following the Second Circuit’s decisions in United States v. Martoma.

To order a copy of White Collar Crime: Business and Regulatory Offenses, please click here.

 

Insider Trading Law 2019 - 10.30.2019

On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, partner Brian A. Jacobs will participate on a panel entitled, “Advising Clients with Insider Trading Issues.” This panel will include the following topics:

  • What are some of the critical insider trading issues for clients?
  • Addressing practical concerns in this area
  • Should our advice change because of recent legal developments?
  • Developing an effective insider trading compliance program
  • Representing clients in a government investigation: avoiding pitfalls

For more information about this program, please click here.

The Legal Aid Society Honors Morvillo Abramowitz with 2019 Pro Bono Publico Awards - 10.28.2019

NEW YORK, October 28, 2019  Morvillo Abramowitz was honored by The Legal Aid Society as one of the recipients of the 2019 Pro Bono Publico Awards for outstanding service to The Legal Aid Society and its clients. Partner Jeremy H. Temkin and associate Brent M. Tunis were honored for their individual contributions.

The annual awards recognize the outstanding work of volunteer lawyers, law firms, corporations and other professionals who support The Legal Aid Society and/or participate in the Society’s pro bono program by providing exceptional services to low-income New Yorkers.

The Legal Aid Society Honors Morvillo Abramowitz with 2019 Pro Bono Publico Awards - 10.28.2019

Morvillo Abramowitz was honored by The Legal Aid Society as one of the recipients of the 2019 Pro Bono Publico Awards for outstanding service to The Legal Aid Society and its clients. Partner Jeremy H. Temkin and associate Brent M. Tunis were honored for their individual contributions.

The annual awards recognize the outstanding work of volunteer lawyers, law firms, corporations and other professionals who support The Legal Aid Society and/or participate in the Society’s pro bono program by providing exceptional services to low-income New Yorkers.

Tax Gap Estimates Show That Compliance Rates Remain Unchanged - 10.18.2019

With the passing of the October 15 deadline for filing individual income tax returns on extension, the extent to which taxpayers voluntarily comply with their tax obligations is top of mind for many tax professionals and observers. For people concerned with such things, the Internal Revenue Service periodically issues reports measuring voluntary compliance with the tax laws by computing the so-called “tax gap”, which purports to represent the difference between taxes that are owed and taxes that are paid. [...]