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Background

Former Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of Florida, responsible for federal civil forfeitures at trial, appellate levels; federal tort litigation and civil fraud proceedings.

Previously served as Miami Assistant Regional Counsel, United States Customs Service, advising Customs Officers and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Puerto Rico on civil and criminal Customs Service matters.

Representative Cases:
  • Represented international fraud victim in $13.5 million investment in bogus letters of credit and promissory notes. Working in Miami, London and Cairo, recovered $7.0 million and assisted FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in successful perpetrator prosecution.
  • Represented major metro hospital emergency room doctors/owners in FBI Medicare/health-insurance billing-fraud investigation. Result: No charges filed.
  • Defended major ship’s broker against $1.4 million U.S. Customs Service penalties for fraudulent U.S. sugar entry by chartering party. All penalties against ship’s broker cancelled.
  • Turned back most-serious felony charges against doctor accused of unlawfully prescribing drugs through Internet pharmacy operation. Client got probation.
  • Defended bonded courier/air carrier against $1.2 million U.S. Customs Service penalties assessed for cocaine discovered in un-manifested cargo. Penalties mitigated to $18,000, company absolved of further responsibility.
  • Represented former Latin American government officials in U.S. Customs Service and U.S. Attorney’s Office money-laundering investigation. Criminal charges dropped, asset forfeiture mitigated.

 

Education

  • American University, J.D., 1977
  • University of Maryland, B.A., 1974

Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. District for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Accolades

  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™  AV Preeminent® – AV Preeminent® is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence
  • “Top Lawyers” 2013-2015, International Criminal Defense/Criminal Law, South Florida Legal Guide
  • “Florida Super Lawyers” list 2007 – 2014 by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers Magazine for his work in white collar criminal defense

Professional Leadership

  • International Symposium on Economic Crime in Cambridge, UK, 2016
  • 14th Annual FIBA Anti Money Laundering Compliance Conference, Presenter
  • Thirty-First International Symposium on Economic Crime, Cambridge, UK, Presenter
  • 12th Annual FIBA Anti Money Laundering Compliance Conference, Panelist
  • FIBA 2011 AML Conference “How to Integrate Fraud and AML to Protect the Bank,” Panelist
  • “Session VII: Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) – The issues”, Twenty-Eighth International Symposium On Economic Crime, University of Cambridge, September 5-12, 201o, Panelist