Harry Sandick is a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Team, the Structured Finance Litigation Team, and Complex Commercial Actions Team. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mr. Sandick focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, securities fraud, internal investigations, complex civil litigation and appellate litigation.
Mr. Sandick represents organizations and individuals in internal investigations and prosecutions brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He has significant experience in matters related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-money laundering (AML), and the regulations promulgated by the Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC). His recent work also includes the representation of several individuals in connection with the ongoing investigations into LIBOR, foreign exchange currencies, and other benchmark rates, the representation of a taxpayer who was prosecuted in federal and state court for having an undisclosed offshore bank account, the representation of claimants in a multi-million dollar civil forfeiture action, and the representation of a major investor in Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC in the recent investigation conducted by prosecutors and regulators.
Mr. Sandick also represents clients, both as plaintiffs and defendants, in complex securities and business fraud litigation, including matters involving residential mortgage-backed securities transactions.
For almost six years, Mr. Sandick served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted a wide range of federal crimes, including financial fraud cases, acting as lead counsel in 12 trials and more than 20 appeals. He served as Deputy Chief for Criminal Appeals, supervising more than 80 appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and as Acting Chief of the Violent Crimes Unit. Mr. Sandick oversaw matters involving securities fraud, business crimes, obstruction of justice, RICO, drug trafficking and terrorism issues. He successfully argued 19 appeals before the Second Circuit.
A frequent speaker and writer on white collar and financial fraud topics, Mr. Sandick has contributed articles to Forbes.com, New York Law Journal and industry publications. He is also co-author of a chapter on pretrial representation in a leading treatise, “Defending Federal Criminal Cases.” Mr. Sandick is often called on for commentary in high-profile white collar cases and his quotes have appeared in the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, ESPN and BNA White Collar Crime Report, among others.
Following law school graduation, Mr. Sandick clerked for the Hon. Richard J. Cardamone of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; Fourth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
- New York
MEMBERSHIPS: New York City Bar Association (Secretary, Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services, 1997–2000), Professional Responsibility Committee (2008–present); New York State Bar Association (Section on Federal and Commercial Litigation, 2006-present), (Committee on White Collar Criminal Litigation, 2006–present), (Chair, Subcommittee on Sentencing, 2008-present); New York American Inn of Court (2004–present), (Program Chair, 2014-present), (White Collar Crime Team Co-Leader, 2007-2013)
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Moderator, “View from In-House Counsel – How to Perform a Risk Assessment on Potential False Claims Complaints” The American Conference Institute’s 3rd Annual Executive Forum on False Claims & Qui Tam Enforcement (January 21, 2016); Moderator, "A Judicial Panel Discussion on Commercial Litigation: 'What Makes a Great Commercial Court?'" New York American Inn of Court (May 27, 2015); Presenter, “Insider Trading Liability After United States v. Newman,” West LegalEdcenter Webcast (February 10, 2015); Presenter, “The ABC’s of AML: An Introduction to the Law of Anti-Money Laundering,” Association of Corporate Counsel Webcast (February 14, 2014)
- "Rowland Conviction Rests on Expansive Interpretation of Sarbanes-Oxley," New York Law Journal, July 1, 2016 (co-author)
- "Supreme Court: Criminal Defendants Can Use Their Own Funds to Hire Counsel," Bloomberg BNA's Criminal Law Reporter, May 4, 2016 (co-author)
- "2nd Circ. Lays Out New Rules For Restitution," Law360, February 23, 2015 (co-author)
- "2015 Proposed Amendments to Fraud Sentencing Guidelines: A Good Start," New York Law Journal, January 29, 2015 (co-author)
- "A 1st Look At Potential Reach Of 2nd Circ. Newman Decision," Law360, January 28, 2015 (co-author)
- "Search Warrants in White-Collar Crime Cases," The Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation, June 20, 2012
- "The Statutory Background," Insider Trading Law and Compliance Answer Book (Practising Law Institute, forthcoming in 2011)
- "Representation Prior to Indictment," Defending Federal Criminal Cases: Attacking the Government's Proof (Law Journal Press, 2009) (co-author)
- "Divided Supreme Court Extends Reach of Confrontation Clause," New York Law Journal, July 20, 2009 (co-author)
- "‘Amato’: Second Circuit Recognizes Costs of Being Victim," New York Law Journal, Sept. 18, 2008
- "Ninth Circuit OKs Coordinated Civil/Criminal Probes," New York Law Journal, April 16, 2008 (co-author)
- "Gall and Kimbrough and Their Relevance to Sentencing in White-Collar Cases," Federal Sentencing Reporter, February 2008
- "Decisions in Gall, Kimbrough Signal Enhanced Judicial Discretion in Sentencing," BNA White Collar Crime Report, Jan. 4, 2008