Cozen O’Connor: White Collar Defense & Investigations

White Collar Defense & Investigations

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White collar defense is all about delivering results when the stakes are high. Companies, boards, special committees, and individuals engage Cozen O’Connor’s White Collar Defense & Investigations practice to navigate their most serious inquiries. Whether managing an internal report of potential misconduct or a full-blown government investigation, our team is efficient, responsive, discrete — and, most importantly, effective.

360-Degree Perspective

Cozen O’Connor lawyers bring a critical perspective to every case. Our White Collar Group includes former federal prosecutors from large U.S. Attorney offices; a former deputy chief of the Civil Division of the District of Columbia’s U.S. Attorney’s Office; former federal prosecutors (and supervisory prosecutors) with DOJ and SEC; former state and local prosecutors; and a former assistant federal public defender.

Our practitioners have been on both sides of the table, so they know how white collar cases are built — and how they can be dismantled.

Government Enforcement

The goal for clients facing a government investigation is quite simple: prevent prosecution. Cozen O’Connor is exceptionally skillful at maintaining that focus. Having worked in government and formed professional relationships with government officials, our attorneys are able to identify persuasive arguments, narrow the scope of inquiries, limit exposure, and negotiate favorable resolutions.

In the rare event that prosecution is unavoidable, Cozen O’Connor’s team of veteran trial lawyers stands ready to vindicate our clients in court. Our attorneys have collectively tried hundreds of cases, both as defense attorneys and as prosecutors.

Internal Investigations

Cozen O’Connor regularly conducts complex internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients and is recognized by Global Investigations Review as one of the world’s top 100 investigations practices.

Our attorneys lead comprehensive investigations with speed. We set priorities, judge witness credibility, make factual findings, and help clients understand their potential exposure. In the end, we offer clients actionable, jargon-free advice, including whether to discipline rogue actors, self-report misconduct, revamp compliance mechanisms, or take other remedial protective measures.

Similarly, Cozen O’Connor provides sophisticated preventative compliance advice outside the context of an internal investigation.

Experienced Counsel

Over decades of practice, the team has accrued extensive subject-matter knowledge, including in the areas of criminal antitrust, international anti-corruption, trade sanction, False Claims Act, health care fraud and financial fraud statutes. Cozen O’Connor directs client strategy in the context of inquiries, investigations, and enforcement actions by federal, state, and local authorities, including DOJ, SEC, FTC, CFTC, executive agency inspector generals, U.S. attorneys, state attorneys general, and the U.S. Congress. 

Experience

Publications

US Supreme Court Considers 'Defense Preclusion' in Trademark Dispute [The Legal Intelligencer]

December 05, 2019

Stephen Miller and Leigh Ann Benson published an article to The Legal Intelligencer discussing a current case that will be brought before U.S. Supreme Court.

Jury Finds Executive Acted As An Agent, Giving DOJ New Leverage To Pursue Foreign Nationals

November 11, 2019

Martin S. Bloor and Thomas Ingalls discuss a recent verdict and how it could be a new way of prosecuting foreign executives of international companies for FCPA violations even if they are never present in the United States.

Notice of Appeal Fall 2019

October 08, 2019

A quarterly newsletter reviewing Third Circuit opinions impacting white collar criminal lawyers.

DOJ Antitrust Division Now Gives Credit for Compliance Program in Cartel Investigations

July 22, 2019

Nicole H. Sprinzen and Thomas Ingalls discuss how, under the new Antitrust Division policy, an effective compliance policy would prevent antitrust violations but also remediate them when they do occur.

Notice of Appeal Summer 2019

July 10, 2019

A quarterly newsletter reviewing Third Circuit opinions impacting white collar criminal lawyers

OFAC Issues Compliance Guidance to Companies [Alert]

May 09, 2019

Stephen Miller and Rachel Collins Clarke discuss OFAC's expectations for effective sanctions compliance programs.

Notice of Appeal Spring 2019

April 05, 2019

A quarterly newsletter reviewing Third Circuit opinions impacting white collar criminal lawyers.

Former state’s attorney: Smollett case gone, but not about to be forgotten [Chicago Sun Times]

April 03, 2019

Richard Devine shared his concerns on the abrupt prosecutor office's dismissal of charges against Jussie Smollett.

State Regulation of Alcohol and the Dormant Commerce Clause [The Legal Intelligencer]

March 06, 2019

Stephen Miller and Max Kaplan discuss how the 21st Amendment took center stage recently at the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices considered whether the amendment provided an exception to the dormant commerce clause, which disfavors state interference in interstate commerce.

U.S. Supreme Court Considers Scope of States’ Sovereign Immunity

February 06, 2019

Stephen Miller and Chase Howard authored an article in The Legal Intelligencer on the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision regarding whether a state can be brought into another state’s courts without its consent.

Notice of Appeal Winter 2019

January 04, 2019

A quarterly newsletter reviewing Third Circuit opinions impacting white collar criminal lawyers.

U.S. Supreme Court Weighs Execution of Prisoner with Severe Dementia

December 05, 2018

In AmLaw Litigation Daily, Stephen Miller and Rachel Collins Clarke discuss the fact that the US Supreme Court is considering whether the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment bars the execution of an inmate who no longer remembers his own name, much less committing the capital crime of conviction.

Société Générale’s $1.34 Billion Penalty Highlights the Importance of a Robust Compliance Function [Alert]

November 27, 2018

Martin Bloor, Linda Regis-Hallinan, and Rachel Collins Clarke discuss the $1.34 billion in penalties that are part of a settlement with federal and state authorities to resolve U.S. sanctions violations involving Cuba, Iran, and Sudan.

US Supreme Court Considers Asbestos Actions Under Maritime Law [The Legal Intelligencer]

November 08, 2018

Stephen Miller, Vice Chair of the firm's White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice, and Leigh Ann Benson, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, "US Supreme Court Considers Asbestos Actions Under Maritime Law" for The Legal Intelligencer.

DOJ Issues Guidance Emphasizing Importance of Remedial Action to Corporate Monitorship Decisions [White Collar Defense & Investigations Alert]

October 17, 2018

Under new Justice Department guidance, corporate defendants have a crucial, time-sensitive window to implement remedial changes independently to potentially avoid the imposition of a government-required monitor to oversee that process.

Notice of Appeal Fall 2018

October 05, 2018

A quarterly newsletter reviewing Third Circuit opinions impacting white collar criminal lawyers.

Implications of Increasingly Invasive Technological Searches at Airports

September 19, 2018

Martin Bloor and Rachel Collins Clarke discuss the increased frequency of electronic device searches at airports, in an article published in the White Collar Crime Committee Newsletter of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section.

The Second Circuit Narrows the Extraterritorial Reach of the FCPA [Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Alert]

August 27, 2018

Martin Bloor, Linda Regis Hallinan, Matthew Kinskey, and Dina Moussa discuss the Second Circuit's decision in United States v. Hoskins.

Notice of Appeal Summer 2018

July 09, 2018

A quarterly newsletter reviewing Third Circuit opinions impacting white collar criminal lawyers.

Half-Baked: The Yates Memo Calls for Charging More Offenders, But How Do We Sentence Them?

July 02, 2018

Barry Boss and Rebecca Brodey author this article in The Enforcement MAZE.

New standards of proof for the death penalty continues the debate in Illinois [Chicago Daily Law Bulletin]

June 06, 2018

Dick Devine, of counsel in Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations practice, offers his insights into the ongoing legislative debates around capital punishment in Illinois.

New DOJ Policy Seeks to Avoid “Piling On” Corporate Penalties [Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Alert]

May 10, 2018

Martin S. Bloor and Yehudah Gordon discuss the new policy, officially titled “Policy on Coordination of Corporate Resolution Penalties,” that will be added as a new section to the U.S. Attorneys’ Manual.

US Supreme Court Considers Appropriate Deference to Foreign Law

May 07, 2018

Stephen Miller, vice chair of the firm's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group and Isaac Binkovitz, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, "US Supreme Court Considers Appropriate Deference to Foreign Law," for The Legal Intelligencer.

CLOUD Act Guts Long-Awaited Microsoft Decision [Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Alert]

April 25, 2018

Nicole Sprinzen and Thomas Ingalls discuss recent Congressional legislation that provides a procedure for U.S. law enforcement to obtain foreign-located communications data from U.S. service providers, ending a long-running dispute concerning the extraterritorial reach of the Stored Communications Act.

Supreme Court Considers State Ban on Political Apparel in Polling Place

April 13, 2018

Stephen Miller, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, and Pamela Dorian, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, in The Legal Intelligencer "Supreme Court Considers State Ban on Political Apparel in Polling Place."

Notice of Appeal Spring 2018

April 12, 2018

A quarterly newsletter reviewing Third Circuit opinions impacting white collar criminal lawyers.

Chicago Police Department already is controlled by civilians—in City Hall

April 11, 2018

Dick Devine, of counsel, in Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations practice, shared in Crain's Chicago Business his concerns over the recent proposal to shake up the organizational structure of the Chicago Police Department.

Is a Warrant Necessary to Search a Vehicle Parked Near a Person's Home?

April 03, 2018

Stephen Miller, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, and Pamela Dorian, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, in The Legal Intelligencer "Is a Warrant Necessary to Search a Vehicle Parked Near a Person's Home?"

Justices Hearing Microsoft Appeal Appear Mixed on Jurisdiction over Foreign-Located Communications [Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Alert]

March 02, 2018

Nicole Sprinzen and Thomas Ingalls discuss what took place during oral arguments before the Supreme Court, how a bill in Congress may affect the Justices' ruling, and what impact the decision will have on the obligations of electronic service providers.

Federal Budget Deal Reaffirms Executive Legislative Branch Split in Legalized Medical Marijuana Policy [Cannabis Alert]

February 12, 2018

Thomas M. O’Rourke and Nicole Sprinzen discuss how the budget deal affects the cannabis industry.

Supreme Court Tackles Fourth Amendment Case Involving Cellphone Privacy [The Legal Intelligencer]

February 07, 2018

Stephen Miller and Rachel Collins Clarke, members of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, co-authored in The Legal Intelligencer, “Supreme Court Tackles Fourth Amendment Case Involving Cellphone Privacy."

Two New Department of Justice Memoranda Strengthen False Claims Act Qui Tam Action Defenses [Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Alert]

January 26, 2018

Randy Seybold and Biz Van Gelder discuss the DOJs January 10 and January 25 memos and what they mean for FCA qui tam defendants.

'Masterpiece Cakeshop v. CCRC': A Difficult Balance for Justices

January 11, 2018

Stephen Miller, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, and Leigh Ann Benson, associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, in The Legal Intelligencer "Masterpiece Cakeshop v. CCR: A Difficult Balance for Justices."

Supreme Court Examines Intersection of Class Waivers and Employees’ Rights [The Legal Intelligencer]

December 04, 2017

Stephen A. Miller, vice chair of the firm's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, and Haryle Kaldis, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored for The Legal Intelligencer, "Supreme Court Examines Intersection of Class Waivers and Employees’ Rights".

NJ's Supreme Court Gamble: Garden State Takes on PASPA

November 09, 2017

Stephen A. Miller, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, and Leigh Ann Benson, associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation department, co-authored in Yahoo!, "NJ's Supreme Court Gamble: Garden State Takes on PASPA."

Microsoft: Supreme Court Decision on Jurisdiction over Foreign-Located Communications Anticipated [Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Alert]

October 16, 2017

Nicole Sprinzen and Thomas Ingalls discuss the Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari and a forthcoming decision on the specific question of whether law enforcement authorities can use the SCA to obtain a third party’s foreign-stored electronic information under the SCA’s warrant provision.

US Supreme Court Confronts Partisan Gerrymandering

October 10, 2017

Stephen Miller, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, and William Lesser, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation department, co-authored for The Legal Intelligencer, "US Supreme Court Confronts Partisan Gerrymandering."

Court Grapples With Internet Restrictions on Registered Sex Offenders [The Legal Intelligencer]

May 04, 2017

Stephen Miller, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, and William Lesser, of the Commercial Litigation department, discuss internet restrictions on registered sex offenders in The Legal Intelligencer.

U.S. Supreme Court Explores Venue in Patent Cases [The Legal Intelligencer]

April 04, 2017

Stephen Miller and Matthew Coin, both of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, discuss the U.S. Supreme Court in The Legal Intelligencer.

Amid the Violence, a Police Department at the Crossroads [Crain's Chicago Business]

February 22, 2017

Dick Devine, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, discusses the Chicago Police Department in Crain's Chicago Business.

One Step Over the Line: Second Circuit Revisits Limitations on Proffer Agreements [New York Law Journal]

January 13, 2017

Bruce Maffeo, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, discusses the second circuit revisiting limits on Proffer agreements in the New York Law Journal.

High Court Considers When a Stock Tip Becomes Insider Trading [The Legal Intelligencer]

November 09, 2016

Stephen Miller, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations practice, and Nicholas Karwacki, of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, discuss insider trading in The Legal Intelligencer.

New FinCEN Proposal Will Extend AML Rules to Currently Exempt Banks and Other Institutions [Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Alert]

August 31, 2016

Nicole H. Sprinzen discusses a proposed rule by FinCEN that seeks to close a perceived “gap” in regulations intended to facilitate the government’s efforts to curb money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

Keeping a Check on Police Acts: Are We Making Changes to Make Changes? [Chicago Daily Law Bulletin]

August 03, 2016

Dick Devine, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, discusses keeping a check on police acts in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Supreme Court Overturns Former VA Governor’s Conviction Based on Narrowed Federal Bribery Definition [Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations]

June 28, 2016

Nicole H. Sprinzen and Emily Gurskis discuss the U.S. Supreme Court reversal and remand of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell on honest services fraud charges and charges that Governor McDonnell unlawfully obtained property under color of official right.

Advice for Chicago's New Top Cop: Boost Morale, Reduce Crime [Chicago Tribune]

April 04, 2016

Dick Devine, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, discusses the ongoing news about the new Chicago Police Superintendent​.

Opinion: Police-Involved Shootings Don't Always Call For Special Prosecutor [Chicago Sun-Times]

February 24, 2016

Dick Devine, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations practice, discusses police involved shootings in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Opinion: Next police chief will face big challenges [Chicago Sun Times]

January 29, 2016

Dick Devine, of counsel in Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations, authors opinion column in Chicago Sun-Times sharing his ongoing concerns over the vetting process – as the city looks to install a new Police Superintendent in the wake of recently exposed enforcement concerns.

US Supreme Court Addresses 'Attenuating' Circumstances

January 11, 2016

Stephen Miller, vice chair of the firm's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, and Pamela Dorian, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Practice, co-authored, "US Supreme Court Addresses 'Attenuating' Circumstances."

Executives Beware: The DOJ and SEC Have Set Their Sights on Individual Wrongdoing [Insights: The Corporate & Securities Law Advisor]

October 15, 2015

Martin Bloor, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, discusses how the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are focusing on targeting individuals who are responsible for corporate wrongdoing in Insights: The Corporate & Securities Law Advisor.

Understanding the DOJ's Airlines Antitrust Investigation [Corporate Counsel]

August 03, 2015

Barry Boss, Stephen Miller, and Rebecca Brodey discuss the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s latest investigation – airline capacity restrictions.

A Primer on Joint-Defense Agreements [The Legal Intelligencer]

May 05, 2015

Matthew Glazer and Arthur Fritzinger explain that even the most routine corporate investigation has the potential to develop into a multidefendant case, and it may be important for parties to coordinate their strategies from the beginning through joint-defense agreements.

Courts Clarify Scope of Privilege for Internal Corporate Investigations [DRI: Professionalism Perspectives]

March 04, 2015

In an article titled “Courts Clarify Scope of Privilege for Internal Corporate Investigations,” Thomas Wilkinson and Tamar Wise, members of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Department, discuss a wave of recent cases which have clarified the scope of the attorney-client and work-product privileges in the context of internal corporate investigations.

Circuits Are Split on Crime-Fraud Exception’s Reach [New York Law Journal]

February 09, 2015

Nicole Sprinzen, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, discusses the crime-fraud exception’s reach in the context of a case in which the Third Circuit affirmed a decision requiring an attorney to testify in a grand jury investigation into his former client’s potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Supreme Court Declines to Review 3rd Circuit Ruling; Crime-Fraud Exception to Attorney-Client Privilege Decision Persists [Metropolitan Corporate Counsel]

November 14, 2014

Nicole Sprinzen, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, discusses the Supreme Court’s decision to decline to review a Third Circuit ruling finding that the privilege typically recognized for attorney-client communications is broken where a client indicates that he will undertake potentially unlawful action after being advised about the contours of the law.

Supreme Court Takes on Knowledge Standard in Securities Suits [The Legal Intelligencer]

November 09, 2014

In an article titled “Supreme Court Takes on Knowledge Standard in Securities Suits,” Stephen Miller, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Department, and Kaitlin DiNapoli, an associate in the Commercial Litigation Department, discuss Omnicare v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, in which shareholders invoked the securities laws to sue Omnicare for proclaiming in its U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission registration statement that its contracts with drug companies were lawful. This term, the U.S. Supreme Court will explore the pleading standard necessary to proceed on such a securities claim: May the plaintiffs merely allege that such a statement was objectively wrong, or must the plaintiffs also allege that the speaker did not believe that the statement was true?

Supreme Court Addresses Treatment of Incriminating Evidence [The Legal Intelligencer]

November 06, 2014

In an article titled “Supreme Court Addresses Treatment of Incriminating Evidence,” Stephen Miller, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Department, and Michael O’Donnell, an associate in the Commercial Litigation Department, discuss two cases that the U.S. Supreme Court will decide in the coming months relating to incriminating evidence – one concerns finding it, and the other concerns destroying it.

Reporting and Investigating Potential Employee Wrongdoing [The Legal Intelligencer]

October 22, 2014

In an article published in The Legal Intelligencer, Hayes Hunt, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, and Arthur Fritzinger, an associate in the Commercial Litigation Department, discuss the importance of having clear policies in place to quickly root out potential wrongdoing and thoroughly investigate issues that arise within the organization. Employee wrongdoing may be unavoidable within a large organization, but every company has the ability to limit its impact.

Preventing the Leak of Embarrassing Information Online [The Legal Intelligencer]

September 17, 2014

In an article published in the Legal Intelligencer, Hayes Hunt, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Department, and Jillian Thornton, an associate in the Commercial Litigation Department, discuss the steps companies should take if compromising information on an employee is stolen and posted online.

Preserving Privilege in Internal Investigations [Today's General Counsel]

August 15, 2014

In an article published in Today's General Counsel, Stephen Miller, a member of the Commercial Litigation Department, and Brian Kint, an associate in the Commercial Litigation Department, discuss the dispute involving the privileged status of documents created during internal code of business conduct (COBC) investigations conducted by Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc. The case serves as a reminder that reasonable jurists can evaluate privilege issues differently and gives examples of how companies can strengthen any assertion of privilege over internal investigation materials.

A Case Study of the Limits of Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Protections and the Impact on Corporate Compliance Objectives [Georgetown University Law Center]

June 01, 2014

Nicole Sprinzen, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, discusses the case of Asadi v. GE Energy (USA) L.L.C.

Court Considers Warrantless Searches of Mobile Phones [The Legal Intelligencer]

May 01, 2014

In an article published in The Legal Intelligencer, Stephen Miller, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Departments, and Kristy Miller, an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department, discuss the difficult task of reconciling traditional notions of privacy with evolving species of technology as it relates to two recent cases that address what level of privacy one can expect in data stored on a cellphone.

When Is It Appropriate to Prosecute a 'Faceless' Corporation? [The Legal Intelligencer]

April 16, 2014

In an article titled "When Is It Appropriate to Prosecute a 'Faceless' Corporation?" Hayes Hunt and Thomas O'Rourke, members of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, discuss the September 9, 2010 natural gas explosion in San Bruno, CA and the 12-count indictment charging PG&E with violations of the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act.

The U.S. Supreme Court Tackles Questions of Criminal Intent [The Legal Intelligencer]

April 03, 2014

In an article titled “U.S. Supreme Court Tackles Questions of Criminal Intent,” Stephen Miller and Jordan Fox, members of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, discuss the element of criminal intent. “Guilty knowledge” is often the hardest element for the government to prove in a criminal prosecution. For that reason, criminal practitioners pay special attention to changes in the law that impacts the evidence admissible on the score. The U.S. Supreme Court decided one such case during this term and was set to hear oral argument in another this week.

Immaculate Suspension: Non-Analytical Positive Doping Violations from USADA to MLB [Entertainment and Sports Lawyer]

March 31, 2014

In an article titled “Immaculate Suspension: Non-Analytical Positive Doping Violations from USADA to MLB,” Barry Boss and Rebecca Brodey, of the Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, discuss a new era of combating drug use in baseball and other sports, one where athletes are increasingly suspended for doping violations not because of a positive drug test, but based on non-analytical evidence.

Potential benefits of cooperation with OFAC (Part 3) [InsideCounsel]

January 22, 2014

OFAC does not deal only with cooperating entities, of course. On one hand, non-cooperating entities certainly run a risk that OFAC will refer their violations to criminal authorities. But even a non-cooperator can receive benefits, even grudgingly, under OFAC’s administrative-penalty regime — especially compared to companies that become targets of criminal prosecution and the severe penalties attendant to that process. That comparison between administrative and criminal punishments of non-cooperating entities, as discussed infra, may yield useful, persuasive data to criminal defense lawyers representing an entity under criminal investigation.

The New Enforcement Landscape for Financial Institutions [The Review of Banking & Financial]

January 01, 2014

Linda Regis-Hallinan, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, co-authored the article titled, "The New Enforcement Landscape for Financial Institutions" in The Review of Banking & Financial Services.

Potential benefits of cooperation with OFAC (Part 2) [InsideCounsel]

December 23, 2013

As the formulas from Part 1 demonstrate, OFAC’s regulations strongly incentivize cooperation to reduce a violator’s penalty. The next section examines a few recent enforcement actions in which companies have taken advantage of these regulatory formulas to minimize penalties resulting from violations.

SEC And DOJ Officials Discuss Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Trends And Priorities [Metropolitan Corporate Counsel]

December 16, 2013

Nicole Sprinzen, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, discusses the trends and priorities discussed by DOJ and SEC FCPA officials at the American Conference Institute’s 2013 FCPA conference.

Potential benefits of cooperation with OFAC (Part 1) [InsideCounsel]

November 20, 2013

Recent settlements in civil enforcement proceedings brought by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) suggest that cover-ups, not crimes, may invite the stiffest penalties. Frequently, companies that cooperate with OFAC investigations, admit wrongdoing and take remedial actions to prevent future violations escape the enforcement process with mild punishments. Indeed, even companies that eventually cooperate after some initial resistance fare well in OFAC’s administrative enforcement process and often avoid criminal penalties altogether — penalties that, aside from the reputational damage, carry much more severe consequences, including prison time for individuals and massive financial impact.

Corporations in the Unusual Role of Criminal Defendant [The Legal Intelligencer]

August 28, 2013

Hayes Hunt and Michael Zabel, both from the firm's Litigation Section, address what happens when a criminal defendant is a corporation, including recent cases involving Halliburton and SAC Capital Advisors.

Extradition: Companies Should Invest in Protecting Their Assets [The Legal Intelligencer]

July 24, 2013

Edward Snowden's detention in the Moscow airport transit zone, and the U.S. government's efforts to extradite him, may seem confined to that case's politically charged circumstances. But what if Snowden were merely a malingering corporate employee? Imagine if he had absconded with company secrets (such as the Coca-Cola recipe), or embezzled company funds, and was hiding out halfway across the world. Under what circumstances, if any, could he be forcibly returned to the United States to answer for his actions?

Litigation: How to Resolve Parallel Government Criminal and Civil Proceedings and Private Civil Litigation [InsideCounsel]

August 16, 2012

Nicole Sprinzen, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, discusses how to resolve parallel government criminal and civil proceedings and private civil litigation.

Negotiating Federal Plea Agreements Post-Booker: Same As It Ever Was [ABA Criminal Justice Section Newsletter]

August 10, 2012

Immediately after the Supreme Court decided United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220 (2005), cries arose from all corners of the federal criminal justice system that the sky had fallen and chaos undoubtedly would reign until Congress saved the day with a legislative fix. John Gibeaut echoed popular sentiment when he wrote in the ABA Journal eReport, on January 15, 2005, “Prosecutors likely won’t be the only ones on shaky ground after this week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision. . . . The earth also could be moving beneath defendants and judges, sentencing experts predict.”

Second Circuit Stays Challenge to SEC's Settlement Policy [The Legal Intelligencer]

March 21, 2012

On March 15, a panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay of the district court litigation brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission against Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Justices Set to Revisit Affirmative Action for Universities [The Legal Intelligencer]

March 20, 2012

Justices Set to Revisit Affirmative Action for Universities - The Legal Intelligencer -

The 'Eyes' Have It at the U.S. Supreme Court [The Legal Intelligencer]

January 24, 2012

The 'Eyes' Have It at the U.S. Supreme Court - The Legal Intelligencer -

When 'The Law' Is in the Lobby [The Legal Intelligencer]

January 11, 2012

When 'The Law' Is in the Lobby - The Legal Intelligencer -

PA Firms Making Midlevels Happier [The Legal Intelligencer]

September 12, 2011

PA Firms Making Midlevels Happier - The Legal Intelligencer - The bulk of Pennsylvania firms did a better job keeping their midlevel associates happy this year than they did last year, according to a survey by Legal affiliate The American Lawyer.

Hold ’Em or Draw: The Strange Case of U.S. Enforcement Efforts Against Internet Gambling and Peer-to-Peer Poker [White Collar Crime Report]

March 11, 2011

Hold ’Em or Draw: The Strange Case of U.S. Enforcement Efforts Against Internet Gambling and Peer-to-Peer Poker - White Collar Crime Report - While federal and state legislators around the nation parse bills to regulate Internet poker, federal prosecutors have been quietly forfeiting Internet gaming proceeds under federal forfeiture statutes. These efforts follow several notable recent prosecutions of individuals for dealing with Internet gaming proceeds.

Money Laundering Defense After Santos And Regalado Cuellar [NACDL's Champion Magazine]

September 01, 2008

Money Laundering Defense After Santos And Regalado Cuellar - NACDL's Champion Magazine - For some time, prosecutors and money laundering
charges have had a romantic relationship. For many years, the breadth of the statute was matched only by its draconian sentencing guideline ranges. In 2001, the Sentencing Commission amended U.S.S.G. § 2S1.1 to tie offense levels for money laundering more closely to the underlying conduct that was the source of the criminally derived funds.2 Many expected that this amendment would eviscerate the plea

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Wall Street Journal Webinar

June 19, 2019 - Webinar

The Criminalization of Business Judgments

May 09, 2019 - Wichita, KS

Sentencing & Collateral

March 07, 2019 - New Orleans, Louisiana

CTeL Executive Telehealth Fall Summit 2018

December 04, 2018 - Washington, D.C.

27th Annual Federal Sentencing Guidelines Seminar

September 06, 2018 - Orlando, FL

2018 Corporate Counsel Conclave

April 27, 2018 - Washington, DC

The Memos and the Escobar Materiality Analysis

February 28, 2018 - Washington, D.C.

2017 PACDL White Collar Practice Seminar

November 03, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Leaks, leakers, and the law

June 22, 2017 - Phoenix, AZ

Georgetown Law’s 13th Annual eDiscovery Institute

November 10, 2016 - Washington, D.C.

6th Annual West Coast White Collar Conference

June 16, 2016 - San Diego, CA

25th Annual Federal Sentencing Seminar

June 01, 2016 - Orlando, FL

2015 PACDL White Collar Practice Seminar

November 12, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA

CPI's Over-Criminalization Symposium

June 11, 2015 - Arlington, VA

PACDL White Collar Practice Seminar

November 13, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

NACDL White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson

March 15, 2012 - St. Petersburg, FL

In The News

Bruce Maffeo Quoted in Law360 Article on UAW President’s Resignation

November 20, 2019

Facing potential expulsion from United Automobile Workers, Gary Jones, the union president, resigned last week. Bruce Maffeo, a member of the White Collar Defense & Investigations practice group, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the resignation saying Jones was retiring “to allow the union to focus on its core mission to improve the lives of its members and families.”

Cozen O’Connor Recognized As a Best Law Firm in 25 Practice Areas Nationwide, 106 Practice Areas Regionally

November 05, 2019

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field.

Cozen O’Connor’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice Named to Global Investigation Review’s 2019 GIR 100 List

October 25, 2019

Global Investigation Review named Cozen O’Connor’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice to the GIR 100 List for the fourth year in a row.

17 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 27, 2019

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2019 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Chrisley's Reality TV Lifestyle Could Be Used Against Family In Court Fight

August 14, 2019

Megan Scheib was quoted in Radar Online discussing risks associated with reality TV lifestyles and implications as potential evidence for use in prosecution.

How I Made Partner: Cozen O'Connor's Nicole Sprinzen

August 01, 2019

Nicole Sprinzen was quoted in Law.com about her time becoming a partner at Cozen O'Connor.

Sentencing in Micronesian Bribery Case Highlights DOJ’s Commitment to Individual Prosecutions

June 26, 2019

Martin Bloor comments on the Micronesian bribery case in an article in The Anti-Corruption Report.

Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 17 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers as Top Illinois Practitioners

May 21, 2019

The Leading Lawyers Network has named 17 Cozen O’Connor lawyers to its annual list of Illinois’ top practitioners - including one Emerging Lawyer - in its 2019 survey results.

13 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

April 25, 2019

The 2019 Washington, D.C, edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, has named 13 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Nicole Sprinzen Named to Law360’s 2019 White Collar Editorial Advisory Board

April 18, 2019

The main purpose of the advisory board, according to Law360, is “to get feedback on Law360’s coverage and gain insight from experts in the field on how best to shape future coverage.”

From Reed Smith to Pierce Bainbridge, White-Collar Practices Got Publicity Boost From Mueller Probe

March 22, 2019

In an article titled From Reed Smith to Pierce Bainbridge, White-Collar Practices Got Publicity Boost From Mueller Probe, Barry Boss, co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Investigations practice, discusses the impact special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and past high-profile special counsel probes have had on the business climate for the white collar bar.

Nicole Sprinzen Named to DCA Live’s 2019 Emerging Women Leaders in Private Practice List

March 20, 2019

The list includes the female lawyers “who are emerging as leaders within their firms and the broader legal community.” Winners were recognized at a March 19 event held in the Washington, DC office of Willey Rein.

Seven Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named To 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers Lists

January 24, 2019

Super Lawyers has named seven attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2019 lists of top practitioners in Illinois.

Barry Boss and Barbara “Biz” Van Gelder Again Named “Top Lawyers” by Washingtonian Magazine

November 29, 2018

Barry Boss and Barbara “Biz” Van Gelder, attorneys in Cozen O’Connor’s White Collar Defense & Investigations practice, were named in the Washingtonian magazine’s "Top Lawyers" list.

U.S. Charges a Corrupt Colombian Anti-Corruption Official and His Co-Conspirator

October 03, 2018

Martin Bloor, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, discusses the implications of a case involving the former National Director of Anti-Corruption in Colombia and a Colombian lawyer’s guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy to launder money with the intent to promote bribery.

Cozen O’Connor Named a World’s Leading Investigations Practice by Global Investigation Review

September 24, 2018

Global Investigation Review named Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice to the 2018 GIR 100 for the third year in a row. GIR 100 is the world’s leading guide on the law and practice of internal investigations. Based on extensive research, GIR selects 100 firms from around the world able to handle sophisticated, large-scale and cross-border, government-led and internal investigations.

18 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 21, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Twelve were recognized as Super Lawyers and five were named "Rising Stars."

3rd Circ. Frees Ex-Norris McLaughlin Atty For Bribery Appeal

August 31, 2018

Megan Scheib, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, is quoted in Law 360 on the court’s ruling to release Allentown, Pa., lawyer Scott Allinson while he appeals his conviction in Law360.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Accountant Cops to Faking Filings to Hide Union Boss's Theft

August 02, 2018

Bruce Maffeo, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, is quoted in an article in Law360 discussing embezzlement and falsifying information charges against the founder of Armao LLP.

Mixed martial arts star McGregor pleads guilty to role in NYC melee

July 26, 2018

Bruce Maffeo, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, discusses mixed martial arts fighter, Connor McGregor’s guilty plea in Reuters.

Anemic Appetite for Using Wire Act to Prosecute Sports Betting

July 13, 2018

Barry Boss, co-chair of the firm’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, and Stephen Miller, vice chair of the firm’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice are featured in GamblingCompliance.

Betting on Compliance: The Supreme Court’s Decision in Murphy V. NCAA

July 12, 2018

Nicole Sprinzen, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, shares her thoughts on the Supreme Court’s Decision in Murphy V. NCAA in an interview featured on Corporate Compliance Insights.

College Sports Face New Integrity Worries with Legal Betting

June 29, 2018

Stephen Miller, vice chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, is quoted Law 360 on the impact legalized sports betting has on the integrity of college sports.

Prosecutors Failed to Prove Ed Pawlowski Co-Defendant Scott Allinson was Part of Conspiracy, Lawyers Assert

June 25, 2018

Megan Scheib, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, is quoted in The Morning Call on the sentencing of Allentown, Pa., lawyer Scott Allinson, who was convicted of participating in a pay-to-play scheme with former Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

Fifty-four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 12, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 54 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Banks Likely to Bet That Sports Gambling Worth the Risk

May 22, 2018

Nicole Sprinzen, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, spoke with Bloomberg Law about what banks will have to do with the legalization of sports gambling.

Fifty Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Ranked by Chambers USA 2018

May 21, 2018

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Chambers USA has recognized 50 Cozen O’Connor attorneys for 2018 as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 14 were ranked in the top band either nationally or at the state level.

Cozen O'Connor and Pennsylvania Innocence Project Team Up to Clear Innocent Man Imprisoned for Murder

May 21, 2018

Congratulations to Vince McGuinness, Hayes Hunt, Dylan Alper, Calli Padilla, and Art Fritzinger, all of the Philadelphia office, for their successful advocacy for Dontia Patterson who served over a decade in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Recognizes 15 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys

May 15, 2018

Fourteen Cozen O’Connor attorneys have been named 2018 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine Washington, D.C. edition, published by Thomson Reuters.

Data Analytics: A New Front In Compliance

May 01, 2018

Martin Bloor, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Department, did a question and answer interview with Corporate Compliance Insight.

DC Big Law Leaders Judge Zuckerberg

April 13, 2018

Barry Boss, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, spoke with The National Law Journal about latest on Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Senate.

Cozen O’Connor Elects 19 Associates to Membership

April 09, 2018

Cozen O’Connor has elected 19 associates to membership in the firm. The management committee appointed this qualified group of attorneys to membership based on demonstrated professionalism, leadership, dedication, and loyalty to Cozen O’Connor.

White-Collar Pros Weigh Risks, 'Stigma' of Joining Trump Team

March 27, 2018

Barry Boss, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, spoke with the National Law Journal about the president’s legal team.

An Enforcement Trend? The DOJ Pursues Individuals in Diverse Industries

March 26, 2018

Martin Bloor, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Department, spoke with The Anti-Corruption Report about the recent FCPA cases against individuals working in a variety of fields.

Test Of Percoco Verdict Will Shape Corruption Law

March 16, 2018

Megan Scheib, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, discussed with Law360 the trial of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's former aide, Joseph Percoco.

2018 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Ranks Cozen O’Connor

February 01, 2018

In the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms, Cozen O’Connor is ranked nationally in 17 practice areas and regionally in 64 practice areas.

Twelve Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named To 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers Lists

January 26, 2018

Super Lawyers has recognized 12 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 lists of top practitioners in Illinois, including Joe Tilson who was again named one of the "Top 100" Illinois Super Lawyers.

Attys React To DOJ's New Memo On FCA Dismissals

January 25, 2018

Stephen A. Miller, vice chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, discusses the U.S. Department of Justice’s memo that is guiding its attorneys on when to seek dismissals of False Claims Act cases in Law360.

Without ‘Smoking Gun,’ Feds Face Tough Menendez Retrial

January 22, 2018

Biz Van Gelder, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, discusses the challenges of convincing a jury when a case lacks “smoking gun” evidence in Law360.

White Collar Cases To Watch In 2018

January 01, 2018

Nicole Sprinzen, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, discusses the significance of the upcoming sentencing and likely appeal of a former HSBC executive’s fraud conviction in Law360.

Barry Boss and Barbara “Biz” Van Gelder named “Top Lawyers” by Washingtonian Magazine

December 13, 2017

Cozen O’Connor Criminal Defense & Internal Investigation Practice Group members Barry Boss and Barbara “Biz” Van Gelder have been named 2017 “Top Lawyers” by Washingtonian magazine.

Pay-to-Play Defense: No 'Quid Pro Quo'

November 28, 2017

Megan Scheib, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, was quoted by WFMZ-TV News. On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Megan argued a motion to dismiss on due process grounds, imploring the court to drop the pay-to-play scheme charges against Allentown, Pa. attorney Scott Allinson.

Martin S. Bloor joins Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice

November 28, 2017

Bloor’s Background Ranges from Complex Commercial Disputes to Matters Involving Improper Payments to Foreign Government Officials

After mistrial, Menendez speaks of ‘resurrection,’ but joy may be short-lived

November 16, 2017

Biz Van Gelder, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, discusses Senator Robert Menendez’s months-long bribery trial in The Washington Post.

Cozen O’Connor Named a World’s Leading Investigations Practice by Global Investigation Review

November 09, 2017

Global Investigation Review named Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice to the 2017 GIR 100 for the second year in a row.

Six Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named 2018 “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America

September 29, 2017

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that six of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practices by Best Lawyers in America, one of the oldest and most highly regarded peer review publications in the legal profession.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Bodog, ‘Black Friday’ Cases Winding Down With A Whimper

August 03, 2017

Barry Boss discusses the conclusion of Bodog founder Calvin Ayre’s criminal case in GamblingCompliance.

Former Online Gambling Billionaire Calvin Ayre Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor Charge

July 14, 2017

Barry Boss, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, comments on the case outcome involving his client Calvin Ayres, former gambling billionaire and founder of Bodog Entertainment Group.

Former Judge: Panel May Have Improperly Dropped Charges Against Playboy Teamster

June 28, 2017

Bruce Maffeo, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, comments on that charges the International Brotherhood of Teamsters dropped against his client William C. Smith, III.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2017 Chambers USA Rankings

May 26, 2017

Chambers USA recognized 47 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 14 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.

11 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 15, 2017

Selection to Super Lawyers is based on peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Cozen O’Connor Promotes 17 Attorneys to Membership

April 03, 2017

The management committee is pleased to welcome a particularly qualified group to membership, composed of outstanding attorneys who have demonstrated remarkable professionalism, leadership, dedication, and loyalty to the firm and the legal community at large.

Money-Laundering Rules Ripe for Overhaul, Bank Group Says

February 16, 2017

Nicole Sprinzen, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, discusses how money-laundering rules are ripe for overhaul in The Wall Street Journal.

3-Ex-Jefferies Bond Trader Litvak Guilty on One of 10 Fraud Counts

January 27, 2017

Bruce Maffeo, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, discusses the outcome of this case on CNBC.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Karen D. Williams to its Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Group in Washington, DC

January 04, 2017

Williams represents both individual and corporate clients in civil litigation, white collar and criminal defense matters and has handled investigations and arbitration proceedings involving breach of contract, fraud and tort claims.

U.S. Anti-Bribery Law Set to Remain in Place Under Trump

December 30, 2016

Nicole Sprinzen, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, discusses U.S. anti-bribery law under Trump in the Financial Times.

FERC’s Enforcement Appetite Makes Compliance Key

December 19, 2016

Barbara Van Gelder and Nicole Sprinzen discuss recently released white papers from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Law360.

Cozen O'Connor ranked in 2017 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"

November 23, 2016

Firms included in the 2017 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.

Manhattan Prosecutors Go After Builders on Construction-Site Safety

August 26, 2016

Bruce Maffeo, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, discusses recent litigation again Harco in the Wall Street Journal.

Sixty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 15, 2016

Sixty-two Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 13 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

A Former Prosecutor Comes to the Defense of Cook County's Criminal Justice System [Crain's Chicago Business]

July 01, 2016

Richard Devine, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, discusses Cook County's criminal justice system in Crain's Chicago Business.

Stephen Miller Discusses the Bharara Insider Trading Crackdown

June 03, 2016

Stephen Miller, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, discusses the Bharara insider-trading crackdown on Bloomberg.com.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2016 Chambers USA Rankings

May 27, 2016

Chambers USA recognized 41 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.

Barry Boss Named Top 10 Lawyer in Washington, D.C.

May 13, 2016

Barry is the only criminal defense attorney in the D.C.-area on the list this year.

Megan Scheib Named in The Legal Intelligencer's 2016 Lawyers on the Fast Track

May 02, 2016

Megan Scheib, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, was named in The Legal Intelligencer's 2016 Lawyers on the Fast Track.

Megan Scheib Named in Philadelphia Business Journal's 40 Under 40

March 25, 2016

Megan Scheib, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, was named Philadelphia Business Journal's 40 under 40.

Nicole Sprinzen Discusses Olympus' FCA and FCPA Settlement in The FCPA Report

March 09, 2016

Nicole Sprinzen, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, discusses Olympus' FCA and FCPA settlement in The FCPA Report.

Barbara Van Gelder Discusses Immunity in Hilary Clinton's Email Scandal Case

March 03, 2016

Biz Van Gelder, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, discusses the use of immunity in Hilary Clinton's email scandal case in the New York Times.

Stephen Miller recalls his time as a U.S. Supreme Court Clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia

February 17, 2016

Stephen Miller, who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in 1998 and 1999, discusses his time with the Justice and the influence he had as a judge.

Biz Van Gelder Mentioned In New York Times

February 12, 2016

Biz Van Gelder, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, was mention in the New York Times following Dickstein Shapiro's merger with Blank Rome.

Veteran White Collar Defense Attorney Barbara “Biz” Van Gelder Joins Cozen O’Connor’s Growing D.C. Office

February 01, 2016

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to welcome Barbara “Biz” Van Gelder as a member of its growing Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice in Washington, D.C. She joins Cozen O’Connor from Dickstein Shapiro LLP, where she was senior counsel and leader of the firm’s Congressional Investigations Practice.

Van Gelder and Sprinzen's Move to Cozen O'Connor featured in Washington Post

January 31, 2016

Barbara "Biz" Van Gelder and Nicole Sprinzen, both members of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, were mentioned following their move to Cozen O'Connor.

Barbara "Biz" Van Gelder's Move to Cozen O'Connor Mentioned on Bloomberg.com

January 29, 2016

Biz Van Gelder, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense practice, was mentioned on Bloomberg.com following her move to the firm.

Barbara Van Gelder's Move to Cozen O'Connor Mentioned in Law360

January 22, 2016

Barbara "Biz" Van Gelder, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense practice, was mentioned in Law360 following her move from Dickstein Shapiro.

Barbara "Biz" Van Gelder's Move to Cozen O'Connor Mentioned in The National Law Journal

January 21, 2016

Barbara "Biz" Van Gelder, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense practice, was mentioned in the National Law Journal following her move to the firm.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Nicole Sprinzen to Growing D.C. Office

January 14, 2016

New Member Further Strengthens Criminal Defense Practice.

Dick Devine Discusses Police Enforcement Concerns in Chicago on Salon.com

January 05, 2016

Dick Devine, of counsel to the firm’s Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations Practice, has been quoted in a number of publications recently about the ongoing police enforcement actions in Chicago.

Megan Scheib Discusses Alex Capasso Case on Philly.com

December 23, 2015

Megan Scheib, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice group, discusses the recent arrest of Chef Alex Capasso on Philly.com.

Dick Devine Discusses the Search Process for Chicago's Next Police Superintendent [Crain's Chicago Business]

December 03, 2015

Dick Devine, of counsel in Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations, shares his perspective in Crain's Chicago Business on the vetting process for a new Chicago Police Superintendent. Devine served as the Chicago Cook County State's Attorney from 1996 to 2008, running the second largest prosecutor's office (900 attorneys) in the country.

Hayes Hunt Named to Corporate LiveWire’s “2015 Global Awards – Government Investigations” List

August 13, 2015

Hayes Hunt was recently recognized by Corporate LiveWire’s 2015 Global Awards for his work in Government Investigations.

Rebecca Brodey Named to GIR’s 2015 Top 100 “Women in Investigations”

April 07, 2015

Rebecca Brodey, an associate in Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, has been named to Global Investigations Review’s 2015 “Women in Investigations: One Hundred Investigations Specialists from Around the World.” The inaugural list, featured in the magazine's April 2015 issue, highlights 100 women selected by GIR's editorial team in recognition of “achieving great things in a competitive and notoriously tough area of law.”

J. Bruce Maffeo Discusses Former Eastern District Prosecutor in Capital New York

February 05, 2015

In an article titled “Lawmaker Brings Prosecutorial Perspective to Assembly,” J. Bruce Maffeo, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, discusses former Eastern District prosecutor, now New York State Assemblyman, Todd Kaminsky. “Basically if I had to describe him I'd say brash but honorable,” said J. Bruce Maffeo, a lawyer who represented former hip-hop manager Jimmy (Henchman) Rosemond during a murder-for-hire trial in 2014, when Kaminsky was still a prosecutor, that resulted in a hung jury. Maffeo described Kaminsky as "somewhat informal," a departure from the traditional prosecutor.

Contacts

Barry Boss

Co-Chair, Commercial Litigation Department
Co-Chair, White Collar Defense & Investigations

bboss@cozen.com

(202) 912-4818

Stephen A. Miller

Co-Chair, White Collar Defense & Investigations

samiller@cozen.com

(215) 665-4736

Nicole H. Sprinzen

Vice Chair, White Collar Defense & Investigations

nsprinzen@cozen.com

(202) 471-3451

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