1. Tell us about your legal practice.
I am fortunate to practice in an area justifiably considered “hot” (and “cool” at the same time). Almost all of my work involves criminal or quasi-criminal conduct. I defend or otherwise assist individuals and companies who are charged in, sued in, targets of, or witnesses in federal or state government enforcement investigations. I also advocate for companies, and sometimes individuals, who have been victimized by white-collar criminal activities and seek justice under the law. In many of these kinds of matters, as well as in some slightly different contexts, I conduct corporate internal investigations. I also handle civil litigation that arises out of the misconduct at issue in these kinds of cases. Moreover, I assist clients with policies and training related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and various other compliance topics. My work tends to be especially sensitive for my clients, and it is a privilege to be entrusted with handling such vital assignments.
2. In your work prior to joining the firm, you’ve served in a variety of roles with the DOJ, FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office; how do these experiences inform your interaction with firm clients?
Due to the various positions and assignments I was privileged to have with the federal government over many years, I gained a very broad, but also very detailed, perspective of how federal (and, to a lesser extent, state) law enforcement works. My clients expect me to bring that experience to bear on the problems they ask me to handle – whether the client is the target of an investigation, the victim of a white-collar crime being investigated, or a mere bystander that has been subpoenaed for copious information. It is incumbent on me to help provide lawful and practical solutions to the particular issues faced by the client in light of their status in the investigation. It is gratifying to be able to suggest detailed solutions to the client that are informed by the particular techniques, relationships and perspectives I formed over a dozen years serving domestically and internationally in federal law enforcements. It is even more gratifying to see clients embrace those suggestions and work collaboratively with me to carry them to achieve our mutual goals.
3. Describe your experience working as the DOJ’s Resident Legal Advisor to Serbia.
It was an honor to represent the United States Government overseas in dealing with high-ranking officials in a key nation in Southeastern Europe. The variety of work was staggering; I was part diplomat, part legal instructor to Serbian officials, part policymaker, part investigator, and part utility man for the ambassador. Moreover, the work related to very serious topics: corruption, war crimes, and organized crime, among other things. It was inspiring to be able to use a decade’s worth of U.S.-based law enforcement experience to educate and assist Serbian judges, prosecutors and other officials in these areas. At the same time, though, I learned from and was aided greatly by my wonderful colleagues in Serbian government agencies and by the terrific Serbian lawyers in my office who reported to me. Finally, I must say I loved the people and culture of Serbia.