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David A. Vicinanzo



A trial lawyer, David A. Vicinanzo serves a broad array of clients—from Fortune 100 to pro bono—in New England, New York, the Washington, DC, area, and elsewhere. He practices primarily in the area of government investigations and the representation of organizations and individuals in complex civil and criminal matters, and in representing survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

What do you focus on?

Before joining the firm, I was a federal prosecutor in Washington, DC, and New England for thirteen years. I served in Washington, DC, as an Advisor to the U.S. Attorney General, and as Chief Prosecutor in the campaign finance investigation of the 1996 presidential election. In that position I managed a task force of approximately one hundred attorneys, agents and analysts that interviewed thousands of people, reviewed millions of documents, and obtained the convictions of more than twenty defendants, including John Huang, Yah Lin “Charlie” Trie and Maria Hsia (organizer of the Buddhist Temple matter).

I also served as Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey (investigation of U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli), and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts. In addition, I served as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire, where I managed an office of fifty lawyers, analysts and staff. In this position, I was responsible for all aspects of office management including case development, civil enforcement and criminal prosecutions, agency relations and personnel decisions as well as a substantial litigation caseload.

Previously, I spent ten years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and five years as Criminal Division Chief. During my tenure as a prosecutor, I tried or supervised hundreds of cases, from securities fraud, FCPA violations, environmental crime and intellectual property infringement to health care fraud, child protection, asset forfeiture, government contract fraud, export violations and major racketeering. These included some of the most difficult and complex cases brought by the USDOJ in the 1990s.

What do you see on the horizon?

The government’s role in the economy continues to expand and the risk of investigation is the new normal. Modern enterprises now face unworkable burdens. As a result, businesses increasingly need counsel from someone who speaks the government’s language, but also understands how a competitive, successful business works.

Representative Experience

  • Outside pro bono counsel to the NH Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
  • New Hampshire state Supreme Court task force on domestic violence
  • As a federal prosecutor, initiated and prosecuted the first major organized crime trafficking conspiracy in child sexual abuse images in New England
  • Served as a prosecutor for the “Code of Silence” racketeering murders case which led to the RICO convictions of a Boston organized criminal gang for abductions, murders and a dozen armored car and bank heists from Maine to Florida
  • Served as a prosecutor for the American Honda Executives case, which resulted in the conviction in federal court of twenty-four former executives or dealers of the American Honda Motor Company nationwide. The New York Times called the case “the biggest commercial bribery case ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice”
  • Served as a prosecutor for one of the largest drug importation cases in New England, which resulted in twenty convictions, life sentences, and millions of dollars in fines and forfeited drug proceeds and laundered assets
  • Managed over fifty prosecutions for bank fraud, bribery, mail and wire fraud, insider trading, and market manipulation arising from numerous large bank failures in New England including the conviction of front-running bank stock trader Charles Howard
  • Obtained declinations of criminal prosecution for numerous federal and state officials investigated for alleged campaign finance and election law violations.
  • Successful representation of the New Hampshire legislature in decennial redistricting litigation. (See City of Manchester v. Sec'y of State, No. 2012-338, 2012 N.H. LEXIS 81 (N.H. June 19, 2012).
  • Successful representation of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in judicial discipline matters.
  • Successful defense of corporation investigated for alleged fraud, negligence, and false claims on Boston’s Big Dig tunnel collapse.
  • Successful defense of major military contractors against DOJ investigations of Iraq and Afghanistan engagements.
  • Appointed by the U.S. District Court in Boston as the SEC’s receiver in SEC v. Bleidt et al., a major investment fraud case. Recovered millions for defrauded investors. The federal judge described the work and results as “outstanding.”
  • Successful defense of Smith & Nephew, Inc., one of the largest medical device companies in the world, in federal industry investigation in New Jersey, including negotiating Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) and managing process of outside monitorship.
  • Successfully defended several major law firms in different venues from government attempts to breach the attorney-client and work product privileges in federal investigations.
  • Defended billion-dollar equipment manufacturer against charges brought by Environmental Protection Agency; charges dropped in favor of minimal civil penalty.
  • Obtained defense verdict in federal jury trial as lead counsel for major pharmaceutical company
  • Successful defense of international organization in civil class action and related criminal fraud investigation by State Attorney General; prosecution declined, favorable civil settlement.
  • Successful litigation and settlement on behalf of multinational corporation against state government alleging trade discrimination, antitrust and commerce clause violations.
  • Successful litigation on behalf of billion-dollar corporation alleging unfair trade practices and fraud.
  • Successful defense of various hedge funds in SEC and criminal investigations; all civil and criminal charges declined.
  • Successful defense of major international manufacturer against charges of importation and environmental violations brought by U.S. Customs and EPA; prosecution declined.
  • Successful defense of government contractors against False Claims Act charges by U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Attorney; civil and criminal charges declined.

Fiscal panel - YDC settlement process needs more work

New Hampshire Union Leader | August 11, 2022

Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Dave Vicinanzo, one of the lead attorneys representing several hundred victims of alleged abuse at the New Hampshire Youth Development Center, is quoted in the following articles covering the New Hampshire attorney general’s decision to withdraw and resubmit a plan for a $100 million settlement fund for the victims following criticism from attorneys and state lawmakers. The New Hampshire Union Leader article below was also picked up by Yahoo! News.

AG withdraws $100M YDC settlement plan, will resubmit with changes

InDepthNH.org | August 10, 2022

Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Dave Vicinanzo, one of the lead attorneys representing several hundred victims of alleged abuse at the New Hampshire Youth Development Center, is quoted in the following articles covering the New Hampshire attorney general’s decision to withdraw and resubmit a plan for a $100 million settlement fund for the victims following criticism from attorneys and state lawmakers. The New Hampshire Union Leader article below was also picked up by Yahoo! News.

YDC survivor, attorneys criticize AG's compensation plan

InDepthNH | July 29, 2022

This article covers a letter sent by Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner David Vicinanzo to the New Hampshire attorney general, criticizing the proposed process for compensating victims of abuse at the state’s Youth Development Center. The article mentions Dave as one of the lead attorneys representing several hundred victims of alleged abuse at YDC.

YDC victims' attorneys criticize settlement fund process

New Hampshire Union Leader | July 26, 2022

Manchester Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner David Vicinanzo, the lead attorney for several hundred victims of alleged abuse at New Hampshire’s Youth Development Center, is quoted throughout this article covering a letter sent to the NH Attorney General explaining that the proposed settlement fund process places too much responsibility on victims and would result in settlement awards far lower than what could be won in court.

"We are just treading water": State still struggling to ensure poor people have an attorney

New Hampshire Bulletin | July 20, 2022

Manchester Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner David Vicinanzo is quoted in this article covering the need for more public defenders in New Hampshire to represent poor defendants. Dave emphasizes that a public service pitch to attorneys will be vital while acknowledging that an hourly rate increase will also be important.

Former YDC counselor says she witnessed assaults, was attacked herself

WMUR-TV | July 19, 2022

The following clip covers a new complaint filed on behalf of “John Doe 441” regarding allegations of abuse at New Hampshire’s Youth Development Center, and the coverage includes interviews with former YDC counselor “Rachel Roe,” who claims to have witnessed the alleged abuse and was attacked herself. Manchester Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner David Vicinanzo, the lead attorney for several hundred victims of alleged abuse at YDC, is quoted in the two print articles, noting the disturbing nature of this new testimony and hinting that more former YDC employees could come forward.

New complaint: YDC guards enticed teen to slash wrists, orchestrated his rape

InDepthNH.org | July 19, 2022

The following clip covers a new complaint filed on behalf of “John Doe 441” regarding allegations of abuse at New Hampshire’s Youth Development Center, and the coverage includes interviews with former YDC counselor “Rachel Roe,” who claims to have witnessed the alleged abuse and was attacked herself. Manchester Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner David Vicinanzo, the lead attorney for several hundred victims of alleged abuse at YDC, is quoted in the two print articles, noting the disturbing nature of this new testimony and hinting that more former YDC employees could come forward.

Witness emerges in YDC lawsuits: a youth counselor who suffered abuse herself

New Hampshire Union Leader | July 19, 2022

The following clip covers a new complaint filed on behalf of “John Doe 441” regarding allegations of abuse at New Hampshire’s Youth Development Center, and the coverage includes interviews with former YDC counselor “Rachel Roe,” who claims to have witnessed the alleged abuse and was attacked herself. Manchester Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner David Vicinanzo, the lead attorney for several hundred victims of alleged abuse at YDC, is quoted in the two print articles, noting the disturbing nature of this new testimony and hinting that more former YDC employees could come forward.

Young man who suffered abuse as a child in state custody looks to the future

Nashua Telegraph | July 15, 2022

Manchester Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Dave Vicinanzo, the lead attorney for several hundred victims of alleged abuse at New Hampshire’s Youth Development Center, is quoted throughout this article sharing the story of John Doe 402, one of the alleged abuse victims at YDC.

Lawyers for YDC victims seek a trial

New Hampshire Union Leader | June 16, 2022

This article covers a motion to lift the stay on all cases filed by alleged abuse victims at the state’s Youth Development Center and allow the cases to move forward. The story also includes details from a new complaint that was filed Wednesday. Also picked up by Yahoo! News, the article mentions Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Dave Vicinanzo as the lead attorney for several hundred victims of alleged abuse.

450 YDC abuse victims want their cases to move forward

InDepthNH.org | June 14, 2022

Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Dave Vicinanzo, the lead attorney for several hundred victims of alleged abuse at the state’s Youth Development Center, is quoted in this article covering a motion filed Tuesday to lift the stay on all cases filed by victims and allow them to move forward. This article has been picked up by additional regional publications including the Nashua Telegraph and Manchester Ink Link.

ACLU-NH, NEA challenge attempt to have "divisive concepts" lawsuit tossed

New Hampshire Union Leader | May 23, 2022

This article covers a brief filed by a group of parents, teachers, and lawyers in a case challenging a New Hampshire law that regulates what can be taught in classrooms. The brief, which objects to attempts to dismiss the parties’ lawsuit, highlights concerns that the law discourages public school teachers from teaching and talking about race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, and gender identity in the classroom. NP is mentioned as one of the organizations that filed the initial lawsuit in December 2021. The NP team includes Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Dave Vicinanzo, Boston Complex Disputes partner Morgan Nighan, and New York GIWC partner Travis Hill.

Sununu Center victims unhappy with $100 million deal

NH Journal | May 09, 2022

This article covering reaction to the New Hampshire state Senate’s approval of a $100 million settlement fund for victims of alleged abuse at the state’s Youth Development Center (now known as the Sununu Youth Services Center) includes comments from Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Dave Vicinanzo, the lead attorney for hundreds of victims. Dave mentions that 450 lawsuits have been filed against the state with 100 more to be filed soon.

Lawyer representing hundreds criticizes states plan to settle their YDC abuse claims

New Hampshire Bulletin | May 02, 2022

Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Dave Vicinanzo, the lead attorney for approximately 500 victims of alleged abuse at the state’s Youth Development Center, is quoted throughout this article for his concerns related to caps on claims and the exclusion of emotional abuse claims from a proposed $100 million compensation fund. Dave and team have submitted proposed changes they believe would make this a truly victim-friendly bill.

The state was supposed to rehabilitate them. Instead, hundreds of children were allegedly abused in NH

The Boston Globe | April 22, 2022

This feature article examining decades of alleged institutional abuse and violence at New Hampshire’s Youth Development Center mentions Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Dave Vicinanzo, who is representing approximately 500 alleged victims while the state’s legislature considers a settlement plan that would set aside funds for them.

Top lawyer suing YDC says $100M fund for victims isn't enough

New Hampshire Union Leader | April 07, 2022

This article covers Manchester Government Investigations &White-Collar Defense partner Dave Vicinanzo’s comments to the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee. Dave, who is the lead attorney for nearly 500 victims of alleged abuse at the state’s Youth Development Center, told the Committee that proposed legislation including a $100 million compensation fund for victims of alleged sexual and physical abuse at the facility requires significant changes.

Government audit and enforcement regarding pandemic relief funds in 2022

New Hampshire Bar News | January 28, 2022

Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan, Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner David Vicinanzo, and Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes associate Kierstan Schultz contributed this article related to healthcare providers that have received coronavirus relief funds, and what those organizations should be aware of as we enter the audit and enforcement phase of government relief programs.

Fund urged for sex abuse victims at youth detention center

Associated Press | January 20, 2022

This article covering New Hampshire’s proposed $100 million settlement fund related to claims of child sex abuse by former workers at a state-run youth detention center quotes Manchester partner and Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense leader David Vicinanzo, who is representing alleged victims in the case. The NP team also includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane and associates Kierstan Schultz and Nate Warecki, and GIWC partner Mark Knights and associate Michael Strauss, all of Manchester.

Settlement fund proposed for youth center sex abuse victims

Associated Press | January 18, 2022

This article covering New Hampshire’s proposed $100 million settlement fund related to claims of child sex abuse by former workers at a state-run youth detention center quotes Manchester partner and Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense leader David Vicinanzo, who is representing alleged victims in the case. The NP team also includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane and associates Kierstan Schultz and Nate Warecki, and GIWC partner Mark Knights and associate Michael Strauss, all of Manchester.

NH's largest teachers' union joins suit over law restricting teachings on racism, oppression

New Hampshire Public Radio | December 20, 2021

This following article covers a new lawsuit in New Hampshire challenging a state law that regulates what can be taught in classrooms—arguing the law’s vague language prevents students from having an open and complete dialogue about the perspectives of historically marginalized communities, as well as on topics concerning race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability. The federal lawsuit was brought by the National Education Association – New Hampshire and two school administrators, with the plaintiffs represented by a broad coalition including NP, the ACLU, the ACLU of New Hampshire, Disability Rights Center – New Hampshire, and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders.

The NP team working on this case includes Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader David Vicinanzo, of Manchester, Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan, and New York City GIWC partner Travis Hill.

Second lawsuit filed challenging NH anti-discrimination law

Associated Press | December 20, 2021

This following article covers a new lawsuit in New Hampshire challenging a state law that regulates what can be taught in classrooms—arguing the law’s vague language prevents students from having an open and complete dialogue about the perspectives of historically marginalized communities, as well as on topics concerning race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability. The federal lawsuit was brought by the National Education Association – New Hampshire and two school administrators, with the plaintiffs represented by a broad coalition including NP, the ACLU, the ACLU of New Hampshire, Disability Rights Center – New Hampshire, and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders.

The NP team working on this case includes Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader David Vicinanzo, of Manchester, Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan, and New York City GIWC partner Travis Hill.

NH race, gender censorship law challenged by teachers

Bloomberg Law | December 20, 2021

This following article covers a new lawsuit in New Hampshire challenging a state law that regulates what can be taught in classrooms—arguing the law’s vague language prevents students from having an open and complete dialogue about the perspectives of historically marginalized communities, as well as on topics concerning race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability. The federal lawsuit was brought by the National Education Association – New Hampshire and two school administrators, with the plaintiffs represented by a broad coalition including NP, the ACLU, the ACLU of New Hampshire, Disability Rights Center – New Hampshire, and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders.

The NP team working on this case includes Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader David Vicinanzo, of Manchester, Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan, and New York City GIWC partner Travis Hill.

Whistleblower-initiated FCA investigation highlights risks to PPP borrowers, other pandemic relief beneficiaries

The Banking Law Journal | December 13, 2021

A cross-practice team contributed this article covering the first False Claims Act settlement over Paycheck Protection Program funds that arose from a whistleblower complaint, and it offers insight on the implications of this action for other beneficiaries of coronavirus relief. The NP team comprises Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader and Manchester partner David Vicinanzo; Washington, DC partner Adam Tarosky, and Chicago partner Christopher Hotaling, both of the GIWC group; Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan; and New York Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy partner Robert Christmas.

PPP borrowers - beware of whistleblowers

New Hampshire Business Review | October 25, 2021

Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader David Vicinanzo, of the Manchester office, and Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan co-authored this article on the threat whistleblowers can pose to businesses that received PPP funds, using a recent DOJ settlement as an example to put PPP beneficiaries on alert.

A new president's administration takes a different tack on enforcement

New Hampshire Business Review | June 11, 2021

Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader and partner David Vicinanzo, GIWC partner Mark Knights and associate Michael Strauss, and Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, all in Manchester, contributed this article on the Biden administration’s enforcement priorities, outlining a response plan for businesses faced with government investigations.

Notorious bank robber Anthony Shea gets new sentence on appeal

Manchester Ink Link | April 30, 2021

This article on convicted violent armed robber Anthony Shea getting a new sentence for one of his charges quotes Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader and Manchester partner Dave Vicinanzo, one of the original prosecutors on the case, on why Shea should never be released from prison.

What Biden owes children and families separated at the border

The Boston Globe | February 13, 2021

This article, covering a national class action lawsuit that seeks compensation for thousands of families separated at the border under the previous administration, quotes Manchester Complex Corporate Disputes associate Nate Warecki on how the facts in the case may lead to an upending of precedents. In addition to Nate, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group leader David Vicinanzo and Boston associate Lauren Maynard are also working on the case.

Senate report: Opaque art market helped oligarchs evade sanctions

New York Times | July 29, 2020

Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader and partner David Vicinanzo, based in Manchester, was mentioned for representing art adviser Gregory Baltser against allegations that he and his art agency transacted with U.S.-sanctioned individuals in the art industry. Boston Complex Commercial Disputes counsel Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero is also supporting this matter.

The art world has a money laundering problem

CNN Business | July 29, 2020

Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader and partner David Vicinanzo, based in Manchester, was mentioned for representing art adviser Gregory Baltser against allegations that he and his art agency transacted with U.S.-sanctioned individuals in the art industry. Boston Complex Commercial Disputes counsel Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero is also supporting this matter.

Judge Allows Immigrant Detainees To Fight Living Conditions

Law360 | June 17, 2020

This article, covering a federal judge’s order that immigration detainees at Strafford County (NH) Department of Corrections can challenge their living conditions amid COVID-19, quotes Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes associate Nathan Warecki. The article also mentions the team of NP attorneys representing the detainees in the case: Litigation Department Head Scott O’Connell; Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader Dave Vicinanzo and associate Colin Missett; Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, and associates Marx Calderon and Michael Strauss.

Immigration detainees granted release from jail

Concord (N.H.) Monitor | April 24, 2020

This article covers the temporary release of two ICE civil detainees from the Strafford County (N.H.) Department of Corrections in connection with the class action lawsuit filed by Nixon Peabody, the ACLU and four regional law firms. The lawsuit seeks the immediate release of all ICE civil detainees from SCDOC to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The article quotes Government Investigations and White Collar Defense practice group leader Dave Vicinanzo and Complex Commercial Disputes associate Nate Warecki, both of Manchester.

Contact

David A. Vicinanzo

Partner

Boston

Phone: 617-345-1177

Manchester

Phone: 603-628-4083


Fax: 866-947-0758

Fordham University School of Law, J.D.

National Autonomous University of Mexico, Graduate Studies as a Rotary Fellow

Harvard University, B.A., with honors

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

New York

New Hampshire

David was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 in the fields of Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White-Collar. David has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2009.

David has been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 for Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (New Hampshire), and has been described as “one of the go-to guys in white-collar crime.” He has also been recognized in Chambers USA in previous years and is accorded the highest professional and ethical standards (AV) by Martindale-Hubbell.

David is also recognized in the 2020 and 2019 editions of Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys.

David has been featured as one of the top lawyers worldwide in International Who's Who of Business Crime Lawyers since 2007.

David Vicinanzo is the recipient of the firm’s Peabody Award for donating more than 3000 hours of pro bono time defending victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and indigent defendants.

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