MoFo Adds Former New York Prosecutors, Forms State Cabinet
- Pair join MoFo investigations and white-collar advocacy group as attorneys
- The company is also launching a state and local government enforcement group
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(Reuters) – Morrison & Foerster said on Monday it had added two former prosecutors in New York who will strengthen its investigations and white-collar advocacy capabilities and help anchor a new practice group focused on the state attorney general’s questions .
The San Francisco-based firm brought in Katherine Driscoll and Nathan Reilly from the US attorney’s offices for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Eastern District of New York, respectively. The two are joining as lawyers in the investigations of 100 lawyers and the firm’s white-collar advocacy group.
Chuck Duross, who is global co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s investigations and white-collar advocacy group, said the additions reflect the continued growth of the firm’s white-collar practice in New York, Washington, DC and beyond .
âThe truth is, we are busy,â Duross said. âOur clients need help, and we need the kind of tremendous talent that we are fortunate to have with Nathan (and) Kate joining us to help our clients deal with some of their most pressing issues and challenges. more serious.”
Driscoll served for five years as Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. As part of the Criminal Division, she has prosecuted a wide range of white collar crime cases in the healthcare industry, including investigations into government fraud related to COVID-19, theft of trade secrets related to the pharmacy, complex white collar fraud and money laundering cases. .
Reilly held several positions during his ten-year tenure at EDNY, most recently as Senior Legal Counsel. As a federal prosecutor, he led criminal investigations and prosecutions related to public corruption, investment fraud, commercial bribery, bribery, cybercrime and tax evasion.
Reilly also previously served as Assistant Attorney General for Special Investigations in the Office of the New York State Attorney General and Assistant in the Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
âWhat was particularly appealing about hiring Kate and Nathan was their ability to help a wide variety of clients on a wide variety of issues,â said Carrie Cohen, New York-based partner in the Investigations and Research group. defense of the cabinet’s white collar workers.
With Reilly joining the team, Cohen said Morrison & Foerster is forming a state and local government enforcement group to help clients who are increasingly coming under scrutiny from state, local authorities and other government agencies.
MoFo is the latest law firm to form a practice group focused on responding to actions of state attorneys general, who have become more aggressive in continuing enforcement and coordination efforts between states. Other large companies that have recently launched State AG practices include DLA Piper, Jones Day, O’Melveny & Myers, and Crowell & Moring.
According to the company’s website, the state and local government enforcement group, led by Cohen, includes 37 attorneys across the company’s offices. The new practice is part of the cabinet’s white-collar investigations and advocacy group, which also brought in Brian Kidd, a more than ten-year veteran of the US Department of Justice and former chief of the Market Integrity Unit and Major Fraud in Criminal Matters. fraud section of the division.
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