Engages in multi-million dollar litigation from pleadings through trial and appeal in civil RICO and other complex cases including constitutional law issues. Defends clients in white collar criminal cases including RICO and various other cases such as extortion; mail and wire fraud; arson; money laundering; and homicide - from investigation through trial. Conducts and oversees large scale investigations in support of complex criminal and civil litigation as well predictions as to when and how various government entities may decide to investigate and/or indict a client.
March 2001 -September 2004
Served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Rackets Bureau. Responsible for complex investigation and prosecution of organized crime, public corruption, complex frauds such as credit card fraud and confidence games, illegal gambling, kidnapping, arson, extortion, murder for hire, money laundering, etc. Specialized in so called "Russian Organized Crime" - a term that refers to various subsets of alleged criminal activity that involved a hierarchy of individuals that are primarily emigres from the former Soviet Republics and Russia. This activity was often multi-national crossing national borders.
December 2000- December 2001
Served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Gang Bureau. Prosecuted and investigated criminal activity perpetrated by gangs that included violent crimes, theft and illegal narcotics. Also prosecuted general criminal activity like DWI; assault; and larceny, etc. Directed investigative tasks of the DA Squad and the police. Conducted arraignments, hearings and trials. Drafted various motions.
August 1996-December 2000
Represented the City of New York, its agencies and employees including elected officials in tort and civil rights cases. Specialized in "police cases" which included false arrest, malicious prosecution and Section1983 claims. Other cases included defamation and catastrophic torts such as explosions, building collapses, scaffold failure, etc. Representation included all phases of litigation from pleadings through discovery, motions and all phases of trial. Became designated trial "floater" which entailed travelling from borough to borough in order to try high exposure cases. Engaged in many of the same tasks as enumerated in the above private practice description.
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