New York, N.Y., November 28, 2017 – As part of an ongoing expansion of its Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, Cozen O’Connor is pleased to welcome Martin S. Bloor, a seasoned white collar litigator, to its midtown New York office as a member. A former partner in Pepper Hamilton LLP’s White-Collar Litigation and Investigations Practice Group, Bloor will counsel and defend corporate clients facing a range of issues. Bloor conducts internal investigations, including those involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), advises clients in connection with public corruption matters, antitrust matters, and issues under the False Claim Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute. He also represents clients in complex commercial litigation.
“I’m delighted to join Cozen O’Connor and complement the firm’s strong white collar offerings in New York,” Bloor said. “The firm is clearly in a growth phase and has demonstrated its commitment to growing and diversifying its white collar practice not just in New York, but across the firm. The opportunity to work with a great group of lawyers at a firm that is on an upward trajectory is what drew me to Cozen O’Connor.”
Bloor’s track record includes providing board-level guidance on anti-corruption issues, acting as a government-appointed Integrity Monitor, and defending major pharmaceutical, manufacturing, technology, defense, oil and gas and foreign and domestic financial institutions in matters involving the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and various state Attorneys General. His cases range from disputes over price fixing, the acquisition of foreign oil rights and corporate licensing agreements to FCPA-related matters involving alleged improper payments to foreign government officials.
Linda Regis-Hallinan, who also comes to the firm from Pepper Hamilton, will join Cozen O’Connor’s New York office as of counsel. She too will be part of the firm’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, focusing on white collar criminal and government regulatory investigations.
“There are few things as potentially disruptive to a business as the specter of a government investigation or criminal prosecution,” says Barry Boss, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice. “Whether it’s an informal inquiry or formal prosecution, businesses and individuals seek counsel experienced in all phases of the criminal process. That’s the track record Martin brings to Cozen O’Connor. Martin and Linda also add to the firm’s growing FCPA practice and I am thrilled they are joining us.”
“Deciding on whether to initiate an internal investigation is a difficult decision and clients rely on Cozen O’Connor to help work them through what are often complex analyses,” says Abby M. Wenzel New York office managing partner for Cozen O’Connor. “Martin has been involved in a wide range of corporate investigations — both before and after a government inquiry was initiated — and he’s worked with corporate officers at the very highest levels. I’m quite pleased to welcome him and Linda to our New York office.”
In addition to diverse experience advising clients in the context of internal and government investigations, Bloor also advises companies on anti-corruption compliance programs and potential FCPA and anti-corruption related risks in the context of cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
Bloor earned his J.D., summa cum laude, at New York Law School and his B.A. in Political Science at Fordham University. Regis-Hallinan earned her J.D., summa cum laude, at Pace Law School and her B.S. at University of Illinois.
Comprised of attorneys with decades of experience as both prosecutors and defenders, Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice represents individuals, public and private companies, corporate boards, special committees, and directors and officers in investigations and enforcement proceedings of all varieties. Attorneys in the practice frequently conduct internal investigations both before and after government action, implement corporate compliance programs to prevent and detect wrongdoing, and defend clients against criminal charges.
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Established in 1970 and ranked among the top 100 law firms in America, Cozen O’Connor has more than 700 attorneys who help clients manage risk and make better business decisions. The firm counsels clients on their most sophisticated legal matters in all areas of the law, including litigation, corporate, and regulatory law. Representing a broad array of leading global corporations and middle market companies, Cozen O’Connor services its clients’ needs through 26 offices across two continents.
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