Patterson Belknap’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Group includes five former federal prosecutors and the former Attorney General of the State of New Jersey, all of whom have extensive trial and litigation experience. The Group represents corporations and individuals in cases involving allegations of securities fraud, health care fraud, antitrust violations, tax fraud, and violations the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The Group is known for fighting aggressively on behalf of clients, even in the face of threatened prosecutions and regulatory actions. Our aggressive approach has resulted in the termination of federal and state investigations without charges or penalties.
Our representations often include complex civil litigations that arise out of internal investigations and Government scrutiny. In these cases, our team is able to leverage our significant litigation and trial experience to achieve the best results for our clients. When litigation arises, our attorneys have the experience and know-how to aggressively and effectively defend our clients.
Our team and its members are recognized as leaders in the field. U.S. News-Best Lawyers® ranked our practice among the top both nationally and in New York in its “Best Law Firms” survey based on client and peer review. In addition, team member Daniel Ruzumna is recognized in Chambers USA in the area of white-collar criminal defense and named a "Future Star" in Benchmark Litigation.
Daniel S. Ruzumna spent six years working at the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he last served as Acting Chief of the Major Crimes Unit, a unit of more than 20 federal prosecutors dedicated to investigating and prosecuting economic crimes and financial frauds. Dan focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense and related regulatory proceedings and internal investigations. He has represented corporations and corporate executives in many recent high-profile criminal and regulatory investigations involving alleged violations of the securities laws, antitrust laws, tax laws, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Joshua A. Goldberg served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York for eight years, most recently as a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. In that role, Josh investigated and prosecuted complex white collar cases involving securities fraud, accounting fraud, market manipulation, investment adviser fraud, insider trading and commercial bribery. In 2010, Josh received a Prosecutor of the Year Award from the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation for work he had done as a prosecutor in investigating and prosecuting securities fraud at a major international corporation. Josh’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, securities and commodities fraud, health care fraud and internal investigations representing both corporations and individuals.
Peter C. Harvey is a past Attorney General of the State of New Jersey and a former federal prosecutor; as such, Peter has been a central player in government investigations and consumer fraud matters. During his tenure as AG, Peter negotiated the two largest securities settlement payments in New Jersey history concerning insider trading and market timing cases and acted as one of the lead Attorneys General in several multistate securities fraud settlements. He has represented banks and other financial institutions in litigation regarding fraud and unpaid obligations where reports to and cooperation with law enforcement authorities was required.
Michael F. Buchanan spent more than nine years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, where he served as Chief of the Securities and Health Care Fraud Unit, focusing on the investigation and prosecution of criminal violations of the federal securities and health care fraud statutes. He was involved in some of the most significant and high-profile securities fraud prosecutions that the District brought, including overseeing the trial team that obtained the conviction of Walter Forbes, the Chairman of the Board of Cendant Corporation.
Harry 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 financial fraud cases and other crimes. During his tenure as an AUSA, Harry served as Deputy Chief of the Appeals Unit. He has significant experience in matters related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the regulations promulgated by the Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC). Harry’s recent work includes the representation of individuals involved in the investigations conducted by the Department of Justice into benchmark rates (such as LIBOR) and foreign exchange markets. He also has represented individuals and institutions in connection with investigations into public corruption and tax fraud, including a taxpayer who was prosecuted in federal and state court for having an undisclosed offshore bank account. In the past, he represented major investors in Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC in the investigation conducted by prosecutors and regulators.