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MORVILLO LAWPRACTICE AREAS: Defense of Lawyers and Law Firms

Morvillo LLP has often been retained to defend in-house and outside counsel in connection with civil and criminal government investigations as well as private litigation. Over the past several years, we have represented a number of prominent law firms and private practitioners in SEC and DOJ investigations into:

  • possible insider trading
  • participation in the preparation of allegedly misleading disclosures in public filings and allegedly fraudulent securities offerings
  • alleged pump and dump schemes
  • alleged improprities in internal investigations
  • the rendering of allegedly false legal opinions
  • FCPA compliance matters.

We have also conducted internal investigations for law firms and represented their interests in investigations and litigation arising out of the activities of former partners in their firms. For example, we recently represented one of the world's largest law firms in both DOJ and SEC investigations concerning a former partner's alleged role in facilitating alleged securities fraud by former clients of the firm. We also represented the firm in related civil suits brought by clients allegedly defrauded by those activities. Similarly, we have represented law firms in other situations involving government investigations into the role of partners in various allegedly fraudulent client activities. In these matters, we were successful in defending the law firms even where their former partners were charged with criminal violations.

In addition, we have represented law firm partners in a variety of SEC investigations. For instance, we represented the head of the corporate group of a large law firm and helped him resolve insider trading charges, and we convinced the SEC not to charge a partner in another large law firm with failing to take appropriate action to prevent securities fraud by one of his clients. We were successful in defending a law firm partner in an investigation focusing on the acccuracy of disclosures related to the findings of an internal investigation conducted by his firm. We also defeated the SEC several years ago after a non-jury trial in the EDNY against charges that our client, a law firm partner specializing in corporate and securities matters, had aided and abetted a client's fraudulent securities offering.

We have also represented the General Counsels and senior in-house lawyers of several large public companies in SEC and DOJ investigations exploring their roles in allegedly fraudulent transactions or disclosures. More recently, we have represented in-house lawyers who served as FCPA Compliance officers in joint DOJ/SEC FCPA investigations. We have been succesful in convincing the government not to charge any of our clients in those matters.

Finally, we represent lawyers in disciplinary matters. One of our partners has represented lawyers in a number of matters before the disciplinary committees of the First and Second Departments in New York. We have yet to have a client sanctioned by either of those governing bodies.


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