Eric H. Sussman, Deputy Chief, Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions Section for U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois, to Join Kaye Scholer
Eric H. Sussman, who currently serves as the Deputy Chief of the Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions Section in the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois, will join the firm as partner in the Chicago office, effective June 1, 2008.
Mr. Sussman will join the firm as Kaye Scholer's Chicago head of Regulatory Enforcement and White Collar Litigation. The firm's Regulatory Enforcement and White Collar Litigation practice represents clients in a wide range of areas, including securities fraud, criminal antitrust, food and drug compliance, environmental crimes, defense procurement and other federal agency fraud, foreign corrupt practices, tax evasion and bank fraud, as well as nuclear regulatory, national security and election law violations.
As Deputy Chief of the Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions Section, Mr. Sussman supervised approximately ten federal prosecutors in the investigation and prosecution of a wide array of crimes, including complex fraud, regulatory, money laundering, tax and computer-related investigations and prosecutions. Mr. Sussman was also the Food & Drug Administration Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney's Office, where he worked with officials at the FDA and USDA to investigate and prosecute numerous criminal enforcement actions. He served as the lead prosecutor for a broad range of complex corporate fraud and regulatory investigations involving securities violations, corporate tax offenses, violations of food-safety laws and workplace-safety laws. Mr. Sussman tried 29 federal trials, serving as first-chair in 23 of them, and has briefed and argued multiple appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Among the cases that Mr. Sussman handled personally were the successful corporate securities and tax fraud prosecution of Conrad Black and other top executives of Hollinger International relating to the embezzlement of millions of dollars from the corporation; the successful prosecution of one of the largest electrical contracting companies in the country for willfully violating OSHA regulations; the successful prosecution of the largest food storage warehouse company in the Midwest and its president for fraud and food safety violations for their storing of tons of adulterated food products; and the successful prosecution of the former Chicago Police Department's chief of detectives and other organized crime associates who were convicted of operating a multi-million dollar jewelry theft ring.
"I am thrilled to be joining Kaye Scholer's pre-eminent Regulatory Enforcement and White Collar Litigation practice," said Eric Sussman. "I look forward to working with my fellow litigators throughout the United States in representing our clients and to further develop our practice."
"We are pleased that the Deputy Chief of the Financial Crimes and Special Prosecutions Section for the Northern District of Illinois has agreed to join Kaye Scholer," said Chicago office Managing Partner Michael B. Solow. "Eric's experience in the United States Attorney's Office has distinguished him as a first-class litigator with special insight into the field of white collar representation."
Kaye Scholer's White Collar Litigation practice includes Daniel R. Alonso, former Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, as well as the Chief of the Criminal Division; William Hoffman, former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; Jane W. Parver, former Executive Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, as well as Chief of the Public Corruption Unit and Chief of the Major Crimes Unit; Michael Rogoff, former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; and Gregory J. Wallance, former Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and a member of the ABSCAM prosecution team.
Mr. Sussman, who currently serves on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, is a graduate of Amherst College (B.A., magna cum laude), and the University of Chicago Law School (J.D. with Honors) where he was a John Woodruff Simpson Law Fellow.
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