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Mark H. Allenbaugh (Wickliffe, OH)
Mark H. Allenbaugh the founding partner of The Law Offices of Mark H. Allenbaugh. He is nationally recognized expert on federal sentencing, law, policy and practice. He has served as Chair of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Task Force for the District of Columbia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Committee for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and is a member of the ABA’s Corrections and Sentencing Committee. Mr. Allenbaugh also is the Director of The Law Offices of Mark H. Allenbaugh’s integrated China Trade Law Division. He has extensive experience in Chinese trade law, due diligence, risk assessment, and intellectual property issues. He has advised and has represented a broad range of clients on matters in the international manufacturing industry. Mr. Allenbaugh is also the Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel of M.A.G. Engineering & Manufacturing Company, a leading manufacturer and distributor of innovative consumer products to large, national retail outlets. Mr. Allenbaugh is a co-editor of Sentencing, Sanctions, and Corrections: Federal and State Law, Policy, and Practice (2d ed., Foundation Press, 2002), and is also a recipient of the prestigious Bender Award while serving as Adjunct Professor of Business Ethics and Philosophy at George Washington University. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Allenbaugh served as Staff Attorney for the U.S. Sentencing Commission where he was assigned to the Economic Crimes Policy Team and the Terrorism Team. Mr. Allenbaugh has published numerous articles on sentencing policy and criminal justice, and is quoted frequently in the national press. Mr. Allenbaugh’s articles are frequently published on Writ and on CNN.COM.
Kathy Brady (San Francisco, CA)
Kathy Brady is a senior staff attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) in San Francisco, a national non-profit back-up and resource center. Her expertise includes the immigration consequences of criminal convictions; issues affecting immigrant children and mixed families; immigration consultant and consumer fraud; naturalization; family immigration; legal status for immigrant victims of domestic violence through the Violence Against Women Act provisions (VAWA); and trial skills. She is the primary author of Defending Immigrants in the Ninth Circuit (formerly California Criminal Law and Immigration), and for many years was co-author of the section on defending noncitizens in the CEB manual California Criminal Law: Procedure and Practice. She also is a co-author of the ILRC's Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and the Immigration Benchbook for Juvenile and Family Courts. She has helped found coalitions and projects to address these issues, including serving as a co-founder of the Defending Immigrants Partnership and the Immigrant Justice Network. She authored briefs in key Ninth Circuit cases on immigration and crimes. In 2007, she received the Carol King award for advocacy from the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and she served as a Commissioner to the ABA Commission on Immigration from 2009-2012.
Flynn Carey (Phoenix, AZ)
Flynn Carey defends clients throughout Arizona in violent crime and vehicular prosecutions; advocates for professionals in licensing investigations and in board proceedings; and assists companies and governmental entities in conducting internal investigations and litigating white collar and fraud cases. Flynn has litigated all manner of criminal cases, from assault and domestic violence charges to drug charges, to sexual misconduct and murder cases. While at Gallagher & Kennedy, PA, Flynn worked to establish a DUI and Vehicular Crimes practice, and has litigated issues related to impaired drivers before the trial courts and the Arizona Court of Appeals. Since establishing that practice, Flynn has represented all types of licensed drivers, including those with specialized licensing and certifications, in a variety of vehicular matters including DUI, aggressive/reckless driving, aggravated assault with a vehicle, and leaving the scene of an accident cases. Flynn represents professionals before their licensing agencies, in conjunction with parallel criminal allegations and in situations in which professionals are accused of violating the practice restrictions and standards of their licensing entity. Flynn has extensive civil litigation experience in the trial courts at all levels of practice, and has litigated complex civil cases including racketeering claims, fraud, and unlawful shareholder oppression. Flynn is also retained frequently by family law attorneys to consult on issues involving the intersection of domestic relations law and criminal law. Flynn has experience addressing criminal allegations by one spouse against another, situations in which Child Protective Services is investigating a parent’s actions, and instances where threats have been made against a parent during family law proceedings. Flynn holds a degree in Management Information Systems, and managed information technology for the City of Tucson prior to a career in law. Flynn’s knowledge of science and technology has allowed him to successfully litigate complex legal issues involving computer forensics, police technology, DNA analysis, mobile technology, surveillance, and toxicology. Flynn graduated cum laude from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, where he was the President of the Criminal Law Society and served as the Research Editor of the Arizona Law Review. During law school, he interned for the Arizona Office of the Attorney General, assisting in the prosecution of violent crime and white collar cases.
Pat Cresta-Savage (Bowie, MD)
Attorney Patricia (Pat) Cresta-Savage offers clients the assurance of more than fourteen years of experience providing independent legal representation in civil and criminal matters in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. Pat is engaged in the general practice of law. Her focus is on criminal defense (felonies and misdemeanors); Sex Offender Law; white collar crime; employment discrimination, including race and gender/sex discrimination and harassment; general employment law including terminations and negotiation of severance; civil lawsuits representing either plaintiffs or defendants; contract law; small business law; and elder law, among other types of cases. She is licensed and a member of the bar in all of the following courts: all Maryland District and Circuit Courts; the Maryland Court of Special Appeals or the Court of Appeals; DC Superior Court; DC Court of Appeals; the Federal District Courts in Greenbelt and Baltimore and DC; the Federal Circuit Court in DC; and the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC.
Nina J. Ginsberg (Alexandria, VA)
Nina J. Ginsberg is a founding partner of DiMuroGinsberg. In 2002, she was named one of the top 75 lawyers in Washington by Washingtonian Magazine and is listed as a SuperLawyer in the area of criminal law in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Ms. Ginsberg is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Ginsberg concentrates her nationwide practice on complex criminal trial and appellate litigation before federal and state courts. She has represented individuals and corporations in a wide range of matters, with a focus on national security law, white collar investigations and prosecution, financial and securities fraud, computer crime, copyright fraud, and professional ethics. Ms. Ginsberg is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at the George Washington University and George Mason University Schools of Law and has taught the Virginia State Bar's Mandatory Professionalism Course. She also served on the Virginia State Bar Council and was a member of the Board of Governors of the Criminal Law Section from 2006 to 2010. Ms. Ginsberg is a member of the Editorial Board of the Criminal Law Advocacy Reporter and is a frequent lecturer and commentator to state and local bar associations and national news programs.
Ian Gold (Boston, MA)
Ian Gold, a 2002 graduate of New York University School of Law, began his legal career as an associate with the Law Office of Jesse M. Siegel in New York, where he specialized in criminal defense in federal courts in New York. He subsequently moved to Massachusetts, and became a trial attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services’ Alternative Commitment Unit, where he represented sex offenders facing indefinite civil commitment as “Sexually Dangerous Persons.” Since 2008, he has been an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Boston, Massachusetts. As an AFPD, Mr. Gold represented several of the first respondents selected for commitment as SDPs under the federal Adam Walsh Act. He has lectured on civil commitment defense to public defender groups and the Sex Offender Commitment Defense Association.
Peter Goldberger (Ardmore, PA)
Peter Goldberger is the founder and principal of a three-lawyer firm, located near Philadelphia, which for more than 20 years has focused its practice on the post-conviction aspects of federal criminal cases, especially sentencing and appeals. Admitted to appear before every Circuit, Mr. Goldberger has briefed and/or argued nearly 200 federal appeals. He has also been appointed twice for cases on the merits, and has argued, before the Supreme Court of the United States, both appointments being in cases raising issues concerning sentencing in drug cases. Mr. Goldberger was the first winner, in 2001, of FAMM's "Cesare Beccaria Defender of Justice" Award. A founding member of the Board of Governors of the Third Circuit Bar Association, Mr. Goldberger was elected in 2007 to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He has been named repeatedly as one of Pennsylvania's "SuperLawyers" by Philadelphia Magazine, and has been listed for more than a decade in Best Lawyers in America. Working for over ten years under a CJA appointment, he was part of the team that won the first DNA exoneration from Pennsylvania's death row, in 2003. After graduating from Yale Law School (1975), Mr. Goldberger served as law clerk to then-U.S. District Judge (later Chief Circuit Judge) Edward R. Becker (deceased, 2006). Following his clerkship, he served two years as an Assistant Federal Public Defender. Mr. Goldberger is a former professor at the Villanova University and Whittier College Law Schools, where he taught criminal law and procedure, corporate and white collar crime, and other subjects. He has presented many well-received CLE programs, and is the co-author of a two-volume Practice Guide for Federal Appellate Procedure in the Third Circuit (1997, out of print). He is a co-author of a 100-page chapter on criminal appeals in the Third Circuit Appellate Practice Manual (Penna. Bar Inst. 2007, revised 2010), and is a contributing author for Collier on Bankruptcy, responsible for the chapter on Fifth Amendment privilege and immunity. He has also designed and occasionally teaches a course on Law and Morality at Haverford College.
Kara Hartzler (San Diego, CA)
Kara Hartzler is currently an appellate attorney at the Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. Prior to joining the Federal Defenders, she served as the Legal Director and Criminal Immigration Consultant at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona, where she specialized in the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. She is the author of Surviving Padilla: A Defender’s Guide to Advising Noncitizens on the Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions. Kara has conducted more than 60 trainings for defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and provided over 4,000 individual consultations to defenders representing noncitizens. Kara also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona College of Law, where she developed a course on Crimes and Immigration. In addition, Kara has done extensive litigation and appellate work in the areas of unlawful detention, removal defense, and the deportation of United States citizens. In 2008, she testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Immigration on the detention and deportation of citizens and other due process violations in the immigration system. She was recently awarded the David Carliner Public Interest Award from the American Constitution Society.
Michael Iacopino (Manchester, NH)
Mike Iacopino is a criminal defense lawyer practicing in Manchester NH for the past 30 years. Mike has served two terms on the NACDL Board of Directors and is the current Co-Chair of the Sex Offender Policy Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the New Hampshire Public Defender Program. He was the recipient of NHACDL’s Champion of Justice Award in 2006 for his advocacy work before the New Hampshire legislature including opposition to the implementation of sex offender minimum mandatory sentencing and civil commitment. His trial practice includes the representation of individuals charged with sex offenses, child pornography and obscenity charges. He successfully litigated and defended on appeal the per se exclusion of repressed memory testimony in the New Hampshire state courts. See, State v. Hungerford, 697 A.2d 916 (N.H. 1997).
Benita Jain (New York, NY)
Benita Jain, formerly Co-Director of the Immigrant Defense Project, now leads IDP’s work with the Defending Immigrants Partnership, a national collaboration which trains public defenders on immigration consequences of criminal convictions and assists defender offices in setting up office-wide immigration advisal programs. She has written several pro se guides for immigrants fighting deportation and is an original co-author and designer of the “Deportation 101″ curriculum. She graduated from NYU School of Law and joined IDP on a Soros Justice Fellowship in 2003. She is a past Board member of Families for Freedom and past Steering Committee member of the Detention Watch Network.
Stephen JohnsonGrove (Cincinnati, OH)
Stephen JohnsonGrove is the Deputy Director of the Ohio Justice & Policy Center. As an attorney and advocate, he works to expand the freedom of Ohioans with criminal records to fully contribute to their communities. This work involves supervising outreach legal clinics in Cincinnati, as well as advocating for local and statewide smart-on-crime reform. He has successfully led or contributed to several campaigns to change civil-service hiring policies for people with felony records. He also has contributed to multiple pieces of state legislation to improve the employability of people with criminal records, including the creation of Certificates of Qualification for Employment. Stephen has B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from Penn State and a J.D. from Temple University.
Dan Kesselbrenner (Boston, MA)
Dan Kesselbrenner is a nationally recognized expert on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and on contesting deportability in immigration proceedings. Dan is co-author of Immigration Law and Crimes, which was cited in the 2010 Supreme Court decision, Padilla v. Kentucky, and has also authored numerous articles on immigration law. Dan has trained over 5,000 attorneys for the criminal defense bar as well as state judges in immigration consequences. He serves as mentor to scores of attorneys. A former member of the Clinton-Gore Department of Justice Immigrant Transition Team, Dan’s work advancing and defending immigrants’ rights has earned him numerous awards, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Jack Wasserman Litigation Award. Dan has directed the National immigration Project since 1986.
Steven L. Kessler (New York, NY)
Asset forfeiture attorney and authority Steven L. Kessler practices white collar criminal law in New York. He litigates cases of first impression and has been involved with many asset forfeiture cases of national significance. Prior to entering private practice, Kessler was head of the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the Bronx District Attorney’s Office in New York, where he supervised and litigated all phases of forfeiture and related matters. In that capacity, he served as a member of the Forfeiture Law Advisory Group of the New York State District Attorney’s Association. Steven L. Kessler is a nationally recognized authority in the field of forfeiture law. He has written and lectured extensively on topics relating to forfeiture. He is the author of Civil and Criminal Forfeiture: Federal and State Practice (West Group 1993 & Supp. 2012), a three-volume treatise analyzing the forfeiture and RICO statutes of all 50 states and the District of Columbia and the major federal forfeiture provisions. He received the Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Award from New York Law School in June 2000 for his highly acclaimed one volume handbook, New York Criminal and Civil Forfeiture (LexisNexis 1999 & Supp. 2012). In addition, Mr. Kessler has been a contributor to the New York Law Journal on issues relating to asset forfeiture and criminal law and is the author and Revisions Editor of more than ten chapters in Weinstein, Korn & Miller’s New York Civil Practice, including the chapter “New York Forfeiture.” He is widely quoted and cited in court opinions and media of legal and general circulation nationwide. Kessler is an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School and a frequent lecturer at CLE programs throughout the county, and is listed in Who’s Who in American Law. As an Arbitrator in the Small Claims Part of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Steven L. Kessler served as member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Small Claims Arbitrators. He also served as Treasurer of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and was co-Chair of the association’s Forfeiture sub-committee. Kessler is a member of the Forfeiture Abuse Task Force of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He was a member of the White Collar Crime Committee of the American Bar Association and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Criminal Justice Section of the New York State Bar Association. A graduate of the Cornell Law Mr. Kessler served two terms as Chair of the 4,000 member General Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association. He served for 12 years as editor of One on One, the General Practice Section’s highly acclaimed newsletter, and edited the Section’s monthly Fax Update. He was a member of the NYSBA’s House of Delegates for eight years and a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation. Kessler served as a member of the Civil Courts Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and served for three years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bronx County Bar Association. Mr. Kessler is a member of the New York and Connecticut Bars and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He is admitted to practice before the First, Second and Seventh federal Circuit Courts of Appeals and has been admitted to practice in no fewer than nine state and federal districts throughout the country.
Cecelia M. Klingele (Madison, WI)
After receiving her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2005, Cecelia Klingele served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Barbara B. Crabb of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, Judge Susan H. Black of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and Associate Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court. She has been a member of the University of Wisconsin Law School faculty since 2009, and is serving as a Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School in Spring 2014. Professor Klingele's academic research focuses on criminal justice administration, with an emphasis on community supervision of offenders on conditional release. She is Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Model Penal Code: Sentencing revision, External Co-Director of the Robina Institute’s Sentencing Law and Policy Program, and past co-chair of the Academic Committee of the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section. She teaches courses in criminal law, Constitutional criminal procedure, criminal justice administration, and sentencing and corrections.
Margaret Colgate Love (Washington, DC)
Margaret Love practices law in Washington, D.C., specializing in executive clemency and restoration of rights, and sentencing and corrections policy. A prolific author, Ms. Love represents applicants for presidential pardon and commutation of sentence, and also advises individuals with state convictions who are seeking to avoid or mitigate collateral consequences. She consults with legislatures, clemency and parole authorities, governors' offices, and other agencies on the development and operation of mechanisms for relief from collateral consequences. Ms. Love directs the ABA’s project to inventory the collateral consequences of conviction in each U.S. jurisdiction, and is co-author of a forthcoming treatise on collateral consequences (Love, Roberts & Klingele, Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction: Law, Policy and Practice (NACDL/West 2012)(forthcoming). She serves as a member of the Task Force on Restoration of Rights and Status of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as liaison to the ABA Standards Committee from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and as an Adviser to the American Law Institute Model Penal Code/Sentencing project. She chaired the drafting committee for the ABA Criminal Justice Standards on the Treatment of Prisoners, and the drafting committee for the Standards on Collateral Sanctions and Discretionary Disqualification of Convicted Persons. She participated in the drafting of the Uniform Collateral Consequences of Conviction Act, and is currently on its enactment committee. From 2005 to 2009 she directed the work of the ABA Commission on Effective Criminal Sanctions, and in 2003-2005 was reporter for the ABA Justice Kennedy Commission. She is currently an Adviser to the American Law Institute Model Penal Code/Sentencing project. Ms. Love served as United States Pardon Attorney in the Justice Department from 1990 to 1997, with overall responsibility for operation and management of Justice Department’s executive clemency program. She was Deputy Associate Attorney General and Associate Deputy Attorney General (1988-1990), and Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Counsel (1979-1988). Ms. Love was awarded a Soros Senior Fellowship in 2004-2005. She is a former chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and member of the ABA Commission on Evaluation of the Rules of Professional Conduct ("Ethics 2000").Ms. Love received her law degree from Yale, and has a Master’s Degree in Medieval History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jenny M. Roberts (Washington, DC)
Jenny Roberts, Professor of Law, co-directs the Criminal Justice Clinic and teaches Advanced Criminal Procedure: Plea Bargaining. Her research focuses on the right to counsel, misdemeanors and the lower criminal courts, collateral consequences of criminal convictions, and indigent defense. Her articles have been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, a number of state high and lower federal courts, and in numerous briefs to the Supreme Court and other courts. She recently co-authored Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions: Law, policy and Practice (West 2013). Professor Roberts is co-Vice President of the Clinical Legal Education Association, the nation's largest association of law teachers. She currently serves as the Reporter for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Task Force on Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction, which is holding a series of regional hearings and will issue a report about how legal mechanisms for relief from the collateral consequences of criminal convictions are actually working in state and federal systems. She sits on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and is a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the NACDL's "Getting Scholarship into Courts Project." Professor Roberts previously taught at Syracuse University and in NYU's Lawyering program. Prior to teaching, she was a Senior Research Fellow at NYU Law School's Center for Research in Crime & Justice, a public defender in Manhattan, and a law clerk in the Southern District of New York.
Grisel Ruiz (San Francisco, CA)
Grisel Ruiz joined the ILRC in 2012 through a fellowship focused on the intersection between immigration law and criminal law. Prior to joining the ILRC, Grisel was a litigation association at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Before Pillsbury, Grisel received the Stimson Fellowship to head a project jointly housed at the Immigration Law Clinic at UC Davis School of Law and the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, through which she co-founded “Know Your Rights” programs at two local ICE-contracted facilities. These projects provided individual representation, pro bono referrals, pro se materials, and case consultations to hundreds of detained immigrants in removal proceedings. Grisel also provided community presentations regarding constitutional rights when confronted by law enforcement and supervised law students in removal defense cases before the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Grisel is fluent in Spanish and graduated from the University of Chicago Law School where she received the Tony Patiño Fellowship. Prior to law school she worked as a paralegal and coordinator at the National Immigrant Justice Center. She attended the University of Notre Dame for her B.A.
Dawn Seibert ( New York, NY)
Dawn Seibert works with the Immigrant Defense Project’s (IDP) litigation team to protect the USSCT Padilla decision by monitoring and supporting post-conviction relief litigation to remedy uninformed pleas. She consults with practitioners on trial strategy in post-conviction relief cases, provides model post-conviction relief materials and sample briefs, and files amicus briefs in impact cases regarding the scope and retroactivity of Padilla. Dawn also provides training to criminal defense attorneys on the effective representation of non-citizen defendants. Judicial education is another focus of her work, addressing the role of the judiciary in ensuring that defendants receive the accurate immigration advice mandated by Padilla. Dawn is a graduate of Cornell University and Vermont Law School. Prior to joining IDP, she worked in the Vermont Office of the Defender General where she represented indigent defendants at trial and appellate levels in post-conviction relief and “conditions of confinement” cases.
David Singleton (Cincinnati, OH)
David A. Singleton is an attorney and Executive Director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center (OJPC). The OJPC is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public interest law office based in Cincinnati whose purpose is to reform Ohio's justice system. Mr. Singleton received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1991, and his A.B. in Economics and Public Policy Studies from Duke University in 1987. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Singleton received a Skadden Fellowship to work at the Legal Action Center for the Homeless in New York City, where he practiced for three years. He then worked as a public defender for seven years, first with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and then with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. After moving to Cincinnati in 2001, Mr. Singleton practiced at Thompson Hine before joining OJPC as its Executive Director in July 2002. He joined the faculty here as a Visiting Professor during the 2007-2008 academic year. He teaches a seminar on Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice and the Constitutional Law Clinical Externship.
David B. Smith (Alexandria, VA)
For eight years prior to entering private practice, Mr. Smith was a prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice and at the United States Attorney's Office in Alexandria, Virginia. At Justice, he served in the Appellate and Narcotics Sections of the Criminal Division, and as the first Deputy Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Office where he was responsible for supervising all forfeiture litigation in the United States. At the United States Attorney's Office, he was involved in complex white collar criminal investigations, trials, and appeals involving defense procurement fraud, false claims, congressional bribery, mail fraud, tax evasion, theft of government property, espionage, false statements, and perjury. His government experience was broadly varied. In 1995-1996, while in private practice, he served as a part-time Associate Independent Counsel in the investigation of Michael Espy, the former Secretary of Agriculture. In 1986, Mr. Smith began private practice. He recently formed a partnership with Jeffrey D. Zimmerman, a long-standing colleague in the criminal defense bar. With Mr. Smith's extensive background in forfeiture law, he participates in civil and criminal forfeiture cases all over the country and consults extensively with other lawyers in this area of law. He is a frequent lecturer on forfeiture practice before national and state bar associations. Mr. Smith's practice includes federal criminal defense and criminal appeals. He has argued more than one hundred federal criminal appeals as a prosecutor and defense attorney, many of which were significant cases. He also has extensive experience with civil and criminal litigation in the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Smith is the author of the leading two-volume treatise, Prosecution and Defense of Forfeiture Cases (2012), published by Matthew Bender, and is considered the leading expert on forfeiture law in the United States. He is regularly quoted by newspaper reporters and has appeared on many national television and radio news programs. He is the co-author (with Terry Reed) of another leading treatise, Civil RICO (2012), also published by Matthew Bender. The book covers criminal prosecutions as well as private, civil litigation under the RICO statute. Mr. Smith has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in civil RICO cases and has prosecuted and defended a number of criminal RICO cases. Mr. Smith was named in the list of preeminent lawyers in the field of white collar criminal defense by the Virginia Super Lawyers (2009-2013), Best Lawyers of America (2012-2013), and Northern Virginia Magazine's Top Lawyers (2013). Mr. Smith has counseled the Senate and House Judiciary Committees on forfeiture reform legislation and congressional oversight of the government's forfeiture efforts. He was heavily involved in drafting the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000, the first major reform of our civil forfeiture laws in 200 years. Mr. Smith has also worked closely with the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules and the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules on amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure governing civil and criminal forfeiture proceedings. In 2000-2001, Mr. Smith was appointed by Senator Richard Shelby (R. Ala.), the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to serve as a Commissioner with the Judicial Review Commission on Foreign Asset Control. He received the NACDL President's Commendation for outstanding service in 1993, 1994 and 2004. Mr. Smith has represented the NACDL at meetings of the Over-Criminalization Working Group, which brings together various organizations across the political spectrum that share an interest in criminal justice reform. The Group is chaired by former Attorney General Edwin Meese, III of the Heritage Foundation. Mr. Smith has testified before congressional committees several times with respect to forfeiture, restitution and money laundering legislation. On April 3, 2008, Mr. Smith testified before the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security in opposition to S.973, the “Restitution for Victims of Crime Act.” The draconian pretrial asset restraint provision in the bill would have allowed the government to pauperize defendants and prevent them from retaining counsel without giving the defendant a fair opportunity to be heard on the propriety of the restraint. The bill was not approved by the Subcommittee. Mr. Smith testified on February 8, 2012 at a hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security on "Combating Transnational Organized Crime: International Money Laundering as a Threat to our Financial Systems." The proposal, which he opposed, would have greatly expanded the government's powers to charge money laundering offenses and to seek forfeiture. The proposal went nowhere.
Charles W. Throckmorton (Miami, FL)
Chuck Throckmorton is a founding member of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton and a senior shareholder in the firm’s bankruptcy department. Chuck’s practice focuses on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and complex commercial litigation matters. He has successfully represented numerous companies in Chapter 11 reorganizations and also regularly represents lenders, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, and trustees in bankruptcy matters. Chuck has a special expertise in counseling and representing high net-worth individuals in connection with financial restructuring issues. He has extensive experience in debt restructurings and workouts, bankruptcy sales, pre-bankruptcy planning, fraudulent conveyance and preferential transfer litigation, and all forms of commercial disputes that arise from secured transactions, lending agreements, and business contracts. Chuck is also a skilled trial attorney who has litigated many jury and non-jury matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts in Florida and various other states. He handles many of the firm’s appellate cases for both bankruptcy and litigation matters. In addition, as a result of his skills in both litigating and negotiating business disputes, Chuck is frequently hired by other law firms to serve as a mediator in their cases. Chuck also frequently lectures and writes on bankruptcy issues and commercial law. Chuck is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has designated Chuck in the top tier of Florida bankruptcy practitioners and he is consistently named by Best Lawyers in America and Florida Trend, among other publications, as a preeminent business litigator and bankruptcy practitioner. He has enjoyed Martindale Hubbell’s “AV” rating since 1985.
Richard J. Troberman (Seattle, WA)
Richard J. Troberman is a Seattle criminal defense attorney with more than 30 years of experience in federal court. He is well known throughout the criminal defense bar for his professionalism and exemplary legal service in the areas of federal criminal defense, including major drug offenses, white collar crimes and civil and criminal forfeitures. Testimony to his integrity and ability include his AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® listing, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics; his regular listing as a Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics; and his 10.00 rating by AVVO. Attorney Troberman has spent his career protecting people accused of crimes, as well as those who are targets or potential targets in criminal investigations. He has represented clients throughout the United States (many in high-profile cases), and is committed to providing his clients with the highest level of representation in federal court. His practice includes a significant number of cases involving Canadian citizens charged with cross-border criminal offenses involving drug smuggling and currency offenses, as well as telemarketing offenses. As a result, he has substantial experience with issues involving the Treaty Between Canada and the United States of America on the Execution of Penal Sentences, which authorizes the transfer of Canadian citizens back to Canada to serve their sentences. Attorney Troberman handles all drug offenses in federal court, including possession, trafficking, manufacture, importation and exportation, prescription drug fraud, and conspiracy. He has more than 30 years of experience in white collar criminal defense in Washington and throughout the United States. He has also been handling forfeiture cases for over 30 years during which time he has also been a teacher and frequent lecturer on forfeiture law throughout the United States and Canada. He has also authored numerous amicus curiae briefs in the United States Supreme Court on forfeiture issues, and has testified on forfeiture issues before the United States House of Representatives, and the Washington state legislature.
Manny Vargas (New York, NY)
Manuel (Manny) Vargas is the founder and currently Senior Counsel of the Immigrant Defense Project in New York. A nationally known expert on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, he is the author of several legal recourse materials for advocacy on behalf of immigrants accused of crimes, including Representing Immigrant Defendants in new York (5th ed, 2011), and the Removal Defense Checklist in Criminal Charge Cases, and provides training and immigration law backup assistance on criminal/immigration issues. Mr. Vargas has also played key roles in federal and state litigation defending the legal rights of immigrants at risk of detention and deportation based on criminal charges. Mr. Vargas’ advocacy work on behalf of immigrants has been recognized by the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2011 Lifetime Achievement Award), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (2007 Jack Wasserman Award for Excellence in Litigation in the Field of Immigration Law), the New York State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section (2002 Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Delivery of Defense Services), and the New York State Defenders Association (2000 Service of Justice Award).