Government Investigations & White Collar Defense



We protect our clients’ reputations and safeguard the future of their businesses through effective compliance programs, efficient investigations and strategic representation in the courtroom.

Our approach

Governmental regulations are increasingly enforced through criminal prosecution in addition to civil fines.

Our team has extensive proficiency in counseling, investigating, defending and litigating all forms of government inquiry. Our nationwide representation includes managing matters from the investigation and grand jury stages through trial and, if necessary, appeal and collateral proceedings.

We provide comprehensive services to individuals and organizations that receive civil investigative demands, subpoenas or any other requests for information from federal prosecutors, state prosecutors or investigative agencies.

Our services include:

  • Conducting internal investigations and preparing investigative reports on behalf of corporate clients
  • Establishing compliance programs
  • Responding to informal requests for information, subpoenas and search warrants
  • Formulating investigative and defense strategies
  • Providing counsel to defendants in civil cases or targets, subjects or witnesses in criminal proceedings to defend their legal rights and interests

Who we work with

Individuals in a wide variety of industries, including, among others:

  • Life sciences and heath care
  • Financial services and securities
  • Technology
  • National security and defense
  • Higher education
  • Construction
  • Public policy and government relations
  • Energy infrastructure

Federal prosecutors launch probe of law firm over donations

The Boston Globe | November 16, 2017

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted in this article about the opening of a grand jury investigation of a Massachusetts law firm for its contributions to political candidates.

J&J asks 1st Circ. to halt hip implant FCA suit

Law360 | December 06, 2016

Boston government investigations and white collar defense partners Mark Seltzer and Danielle Pelot and associate Hannah Bornstein are listed as counsel representing Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy in a First Circuit case. This article notes their argument to uphold the dismissal of a False Claims Act lawsuit.

Judge will hear GSK's arguments to dismiss Zofran MDL

Law360 | November 11, 2016

This story covers a recent decision by a Boston federal judge to hear GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) arguments to discuss some cases and claims from its multidistrict litigation focused on the anti-nausea medication Zofran.  Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Mark Seltzer and Commercial Litigation associate Josh Barlow are noted as representing GSK.

Mass. justices reverse bank's win against insurance fund

Law360 | November 03, 2016

Boston Commercial Litigation partners Greg Deschenes and Kurt Mullen, and Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Charles Dell'Anno are mentioned as counsel successfully representing the Massachusetts Insurers Insolvency Fund in this article about a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision regarding whether the fund can recover workers’ compensation claims.

More calls for a probe of Thornton law firm’s political donations

The Boston Globe | November 02, 2016

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted in regarding his representation of a Massachusetts law firm and its contributions to political candidates.

Spotlight: Law firm ‘bonuses’ tied to political donations

Boston Globe | October 29, 2016

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is included in this article about a high-profile client matter involving a Massachusetts law firm and its political contributions.

Cannava Fighting SEC's Effort to Put Him Back in 38 Studios Suit

The Bond Buyer | October 03, 2016

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted throughout this piece that follows the ongoing developments in the fight between Peter Cannava and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Boston commercial litigation partner Steve LaRose and associate Kathleen Ceglarski Burns are also part of the legal team representing Cannava.

Proposed Class Action Data Breach Suit Against Health Insurer Quashed for Lack of Sufficient Injury

Privacy & Cybersecurity Report | September 01, 2016

Government investigations and white collar defense partner Tina Sciocchetti and commercial litigation associate Michal Ovadia co-authored this column that discusses a federal district court’s dismissal of a putative class action filed on the heels of the health insurer’s disclosure of a data breach involving approximately 1.1 million plan members.

Why a Judge Dismissed Cannava From SEC's 38 Studios Case

The Bond Buyer | August 05, 2016

This coverage notes Nixon Peabody’s recent win on behalf of client Peter Cannava, involving SEC claims related to a bond offer involving former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling. Boston partners Brian Kelly and Steve LaRose, Providence counsel Charles Tamuleviz and Boston associate Kathleen Ceglarski Burns are listed as the litigation team, and Brian Kelly is quoted.

Probation is backed for ex-FBI official who lied at Bulger trial

The Boston Globe | July 30, 2016

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense group partner Brian Kelly is quoted in this article about former FBI supervisor Robert Fitzpatrick, who faces sentencing this week for lying on the stand at James “Whitey” Bulger’s murder trial.

Materiality Matters: The First Post-Escobar Decisions

Law360 | July 19, 2016

Chicago partner John Ruskusky and Washington, DC, associate Emily Harlan co-authored this column regarding expected changes for False Claims Act cases and investigations in the aftermath of the decision in Universal Health Services Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar.

Groundbreaking False Claims Act Decision: Unanimous Supreme Court Upholds ‘Implied False Certification' Theory Under Certain Circumstances

Westlaw Journal Government Contract | July 18, 2016

This column discussing an important United States Supreme Court decision regarding False Claims Act liability was co-authored by Boston partners Brian French and Fred Kelly, Boston associates Hannah Bornstein and Sydney Pritchett, and Washington, DC, associate Emily Harlan.

Life Sciences Cases to Watch in the 2nd Half of 2016

Law360 | July 13, 2016

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian French, a member of the Life Sciences team, is quoted in this story looking at important cases the industry is monitoring for the remainder of the calendar year. Brian is quoted discussing False Claims Act matters.

Takeaways From High Court's Hobbs Act Extortion Ruling

Law360 | June 14, 2016

Boston government investigations and white collar defense partner Brian Kelly and Washington, DC, government investigations and white collar defense associate Emily Harlan contributed this article about the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that a public official can be convicted of conspiring to commit extortion even when co-conspirators willingly furnish the money and/or property.

The Risk of Data Misuse by Health Care Co. Employees

Law360 | May 25, 2016

Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Tina Sciocchetti, health care partner Laurie Cohen and commercial litigation associate Michal Ovadia co-authored this column discussing the risks companies that collect or maintain sensitive personal information face when a rogue employee compromises data security.

Investor filed only one state tax return in past 25 years

The Boston Globe | May 17, 2016

Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Chuck Tamuleviz, a former federal prosecutor, is quoted in this article about a real estate investor, developer and contractor’s failure to file taxes.

A price on their heads: U.S. DOJ targets execs

New Hampshire Business Review | May 13, 2016

Partner and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group leader Dave Vicinanzo authored this column about the “Yates Memorandum” that revises the Department of Justice’s policy that targets individual employees and executives in investigations, prosecutions and resolutions of corporate wrongdoing.

Is the SEC Making Cannava a Scapegoat In 38 Studios Case?

The Bond Buyer | May 11, 2016

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted in this article discussing the memorandum of law in support of Peter Cannava’s motion to dismiss the SEC’s complaint against him.

Feds probe City Hall's dealings with Boston Calling

The Boston Globe | April 29, 2016

Boston government investigations and white collar defense partner Brian Kelly is referenced throughout this article that discusses an investigation of union tactics associated with Boston’s popular music festival, Boston Calling.

SEC cites Wells Fargo with fraud in failed Curt Schilling startup

USA Today | March 07, 2016

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted in this article about the fraud charges against Wells Fargo in connection with Curt Schilling’s former video game company. Brian is noted as representing Wells Fargo’s banker.

Federal appeals court rejects Whitey Bulger's plea for a new trial

Boston Globe | March 04, 2016

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted in this article about the recent federal appeals court’s unanimous rejection of Whitey Bulger’s plea for a new trial.

Nixon Peabody Adds DOJ Vet to White Collar Group

Law360 | March 02, 2016

This feature story highlights the arrival of Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Tina Sciocchetti.

Apple vs. FBI

WGBH Greater Boston | February 18, 2016

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly participated in this discussion on the U.S. government’s request of Apple to help unlock a phone possessed by one of the attackers in December's terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.

Feds could shift focus in attempt to find cash

Boston Herald | January 05, 2016

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted article discussing the latest in the James “Whitey” Bulger saga. The story notes that Bulger’s girlfriend will plead guilty to a contempt charge in a move that could force federal investigators to target other confidants in their mission to uncover millions of missing dollars.

After sex assault charges, Bill Cosby faces jail time—and his legal battles are just beginning

Washington Post | December 31, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly provides third-party commentary regarding the arraignment and criminal charge against actor Bill Cosby.  Brian discusses the importance of evidentiary rulings in this case.

Probe clears City Hall in ‘Top Chef’ extortion claim

Boston Globe | December 29, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar defense partner Brian Kelly is featured in this coverage about the findings of his three-month investigation of the local Teamsters’ alleged extortion related to the June 2014 filming of Top Chef in Boston.

City Hall probe: No sign Walsh, aides acted for Teamsters on ‘Top Chef’

Boston Herald | December 28, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is featured in this coverage about the findings of his three-month investigation of the local Teamsters’ alleged extortion related to the June 2014 filming of Top Chef in Boston.

Panel hears challenge to suburb's gaming licenses

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | November 11, 2015

This coverage notes that Accel Entertainment, a gaming terminal company, took its fight over a west suburb’s $1,000-per machine licensing fee to state appellate court. Chicago partners Seth Horvath and Michael Ficaro are featured in the story and noted as Accel ‘s counsel.

Loss Accrued V. Occurred In Mass. Fire Insurance Policies

Law360 | November 02, 2015

Boston Commercial Litigation partner Kurt Mullen and Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense law clerk Julianna Malogolowkin authored this column discussing an appeals court ruling that the statute of limitations for losses under a standard fire insurance policy runs from the date that the loss "occurred" and appears to have limited the discovery rule in Massachusetts only to statutes of limitation referring to when the loss “accrued.”

3rd Circ. Reins In Damages for Disadvantaged Business Fraud

Law360 | October 05, 2015

Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group leader Dave Vicinanzo, partner Mark Molloy and associate Emily Crandall Harlan authored this column on curtailing an aggressive loss theory that held defendants to more than the government’s loss in some fraud cases.

In Split Victory for Contractors and Whistleblowers, Supreme Court Rejects Expansive Statute of Limitations Theory for False Claims Act Cases and Clarifies Application of Act's "First-to-File" Bar

Pratt's Government Contracting Law Report | October 01, 2015

This contributed column is authored by Boston Government Investigation & White collar defense partner Brian Kelly and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Emily Crandall Harlan. Click here to read the full article.

Cell Phone Location Records Not Protected by Fourth Amendment

ABA Litigation News | October 01, 2015

Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Emily Harlan provides commentary in this piece noting that a cell phone user does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy over a cell service carrier’s records that do not reveal the content of any communications.

Ex-prosecutor hired to review City Hall role in Teamster case

Boston Herald | October 01, 2015

This coverage notes that Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has tapped Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly for an internal review of his administration’s role in alleged extortion scheme by Teamsters who opposed the use of nonunion workers during the Boston season of Top Chef.

New DOJ Policy May Lead to Fewer Plea Deals

Bloomberg BNA White Collar Report | September 25, 2015

This story discusses a new Justice Department policy in which federal prosecutors must focus on individual accountability and that eliminates partial credit for corporate cooperation may have unintended consequences. The topic was the focus of a Nixon Peabody webinar presented by the Government Investigations & White Collar Defense team. Brian Kelly and Dave Vicinanzo are quoted.

Catherine Greig looking at more time for not cooperating

Boston Herald | September 23, 2015

The girlfriend of James “Whitey” Bulger is facing contempt charges, which could lengthen her prison time. Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly, who prosecuted Bulger, is quoted discussing what federal authorities are hoping to get from Catherine Greig including where’s Bulger’s money and who might have helped him while he was on the run.

The National Law Journal, Connecticut Law Tribune Announce Boston Rising Stars

National Law Journal | September 23, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Eric Walz is included among the Boston “Rising Stars.”

FOX25 gets sneak peek of new Bulger movie Black Mass

WFXT-TV (FOX Boston) | September 14, 2015

Former federal prosecutor and Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is interviewed in advance of the release of “Black Mass,” Hollywood’s feature film on the life of Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger.

Here are the BBJ's 40 Under 40 honorees for 2015

Boston Business Journal | September 09, 2015

Boston partner and deputy leader of the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice Danielle Pelot is among the Boston Business Journal’s 2015 “40 Under 40” class. Click here to read the full article.

Could new technology solve the Gardner heist?

Boston Globe | August 15, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly discusses how new technology could impact the investigation into the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum artwork heist.

The Vanishing FCPA ‘Facilitating Payments' Exception

Law360 | August 13, 2015

Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Emily Harlan and Boston partner and deputy leader of the Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice Danielle Pelot coauthored this article focusing on what companies doing business in foreign countries need to know about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s facilitating payments exception.

Tipsters: We Know Gardner Heist Thief

The Daily Beast | August 13, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly weighs in on the investigation surrounding new developments in a famous art heist at the Gardner Museum in Boston.

Release of video after decades raises questions

Boston Globe | August 07, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly discusses the release of a video related to the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum artwork heist.

Bulger Decision to Not Testify Hampers His Retrial Effort

Boston Herald | July 27, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted in this article on the decreased chance of a new trial for Whitey Bulger following his decision not to take the witness stand.

Middlesex DA wants Tsarnaev back for 2d trial

Boston Globe | July 15, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly discusses potential challenges the Middlesex District Attorney may face in bringing the convicted Boston Marathon bomber back to Massachusetts to face state charges for the murder of an MIT police officer.

Another Tsarnaev Trial?

WGBH News | July 15, 2015

In this broadcast interview, Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is a featured panelist discussing potential challenges to the Middlesex District Attorney’s efforts to bring the convicted Boston Marathon bomber back to Massachusetts to face state charges for the murder of an MIT police officer.

Death Penalty Decision in Marathon Bomber Trial

WBUR-FM (NPR Boston) | May 15, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly discusses the jury’s death penalty decision in the Tsarnaev trial.

Focus Shifts Back to Tsarnaev Trial After Boston Marathon

WBZ-TV (CBS Boston) | April 20, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly discusses the next steps for the Boston Marathon bombing trial, which is set to resume following the city’s annual 26.2 mile run.

3rd-Party Onlookers May Trigger Breach of EU Privacy Laws

Law360 | April 15, 2015

Los Angeles Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Jason Gonzalez and Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Eric Walz authored this article on claims against businesses handling personal data within the European Union based on an expanded interpretation of the Data Privacy Act.

Problem Solving and Helping People – Public/Private Partnerships

Revere Journal | April 09, 2015

This op-ed discusses how public or private partnerships can impact the public for good—especially following natural disasters such as the tornado that hit Revere, MA, in 2014. Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Eric Walz is highlighted in the piece as part of the Nixon Peabody pro bono Revere legal team.

Prosecution Rests Case in Marathon Bombing Trial

WBZ-TV (CBS Boston) | March 30, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discusses the prosecution's closing and the defense's possible approach in the case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

SEC Probing American Apparel

Los Angeles Business Journal | March 26, 2015

Los Angeles Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Jason Gonzalez is quoted in this article discussing the Securities and Exchange Commission’s investigation behind the ousting of the former American Apparel CEO and founder.

Trends and Compliance in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Rochester Business Journal | March 20, 2015

Rochester M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge, Rochester Commercial Litigation counsel Kevin Saunders, Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Charles Tamuleviz, and Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Emily Sy co-authored this article on trends and compliance in FCPA in light of the DOJ’s increased enforcement efforts.

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

WBZ-TV (CBS Boston) | March 18, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discusses the testimony of a friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and additional evidence presented at trial.

Prosecutors Often Balk at Capital Cases

Boston Globe | March 15, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Gerry Leone are quoted in this article on how the nature of death penalty cases impacts whether some federal prosecutors are willing to try these cases.

Marathon Bombing Trial

WBZ-TV (CBS Boston) | March 13, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone is interviewed in this coverage recapping the last week of testimony in the Marathon Bombing trial.

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

WBZ-TV (CBS Boston) | March 04, 2015

This live Q&A features Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discussing the first day of the trial of the accused Boston Marathon bomber. Gerry is WBZ’s legal analyst for the trial.

Law Schooled: I Second That Emotion

Boston Globe | March 02, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone is featured throughout this article discussing how courtroom emotions may affect the murder trial of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez.

To Win NH GOP Primary, First You Win Over Activists

Boston Globe | February 20, 2015

Manchester partners Dave Vicinanzo and Gordon MacDonald are included in this article featuring the top 100 political activists in New Hampshire.

The Charges Against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Explained in Plain English

Boston Globe | February 12, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone is quoted in this article discussing the multiple charges against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Leone: Moving Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Still A ‘Longshot'

WBZ-TV (CBS Boston) | February 12, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discusses a federal appeals court decision to hear arguments about whether to relocate the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev out of Boston.

Law Schooled: A Lesson in the Immunity of Shayanna Jenkins

Boston Globe | February 12, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone is quoted throughout this column discussing immunity for the fiancée of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez in his murder trial.

Even in Prison, ‘Whitey' Bulger Is Pushing Boundaries

Boston Globe | February 07, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted in this story on James “Whitey” Bulger who is “up to his old tricks” even while serving time.

Mother of Victim Testifies in Aaron Hernandez Trial

Boston Globe | February 05, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone is quoted in this article on developments in the murder trial of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez.

As Judge Expresses Confidence in Slow Jury Selection, Tsarnaev Defense Appeals Again to Move Trial

WBUR (NPR Boston) | February 04, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted in this article on the jury selection process in the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Legal Gameplans for the Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial

Boston Globe | January 29, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone is quoted in this article examining the murder trial of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez.

‘USA v. Tsarnaev': Legal Questions Asked and Answered

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | January 26, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone is quoted in this article examining the case of the accused Boston Marathon bomber.

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Jury Selection

WBZ-TV (CBS Boston) | January 20, 2015

This coverage quotes Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discussing critical issues surrounding the jury selection process in the Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s trial.

UMass Ends Student Drug Informant Program

Associated Press | January 15, 2015

The University of Massachusetts-Amherst has ended a program allowing campus police to use students as drug informants. The following coverage notes former Middlesex County District Attorney and Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone led the University’s review of the program.

In such cases, civic duty may impose a heavy burden

Boston Globe | January 12, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discusses the civic duty required of the 18 people chosen to decide the fate of the accused Boston Marathon bomber—a far heavier burden than most jurors are asked to bear.

Boston Marathon Trial

WCVB-TV (ABC Boston) | January 12, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar defense partner Brian Kelly discusses the impact of social media posts by potential jurors or other related persons on the trial of the accused Boston Marathon bomber.

New Law Targets Unsafe Drivers: Patrick Signs Bill Spurred by Fatal Accident in Sharon

Boston Globe | January 07, 2015

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted in this article on a new bill signed by Massachusetts Governor Patrick providing municipal police departments with information on drivers with suspended or revoked licenses. Brian is noted as counsel for a Sharon, MA, resident who pushed for this legislation following his daughter’s death.

WBZ-TV Legal Analyst on Why Tsarnaev Trial Could Take so Long

WBZ-TV (CBS Boston) | January 05, 2015

This coverage features Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone, the TV station’s legal analyst for the trial for the accused Boston Marathon bombing suspect, discussing the jury selection and likeliness of a lengthy process.

In Boston Bombing Trial, Dueling Portraits of Defendant

Wall Street Journal | January 04, 2015

This coverage quotes Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discussing the federal appeal court decision refusing to postpone jury selection or change the location of the trial of the accused Boston Marathon bombing suspect. He also discusses ways the defense and the prosecution will attempt to portray the suspect.

Judge in Tsarnaev case has no-nonsense reputation

Boston Globe | December 26, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted in this article discussing U.S. District Judge George A. O’Toole Jr., the presiding judge in the trial of the accused Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

Charges in Pharmacy Case Indicate U.S. Sees Crime Ring

Boston Globe | December 18, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly, former head of the public corruption unit of the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston, discusses allegations that the pharmacists who ran the New England Compounding Center essentially ran the company like a criminal enterprise.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Makes First Federal Court Appearance in More than a Year

WBZ-TV (CBS Boston) | December 18, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discusses the final pre-trial hearing for accused Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Set to begin January 5, Gerry is WBZ’s legal analyst for the trial.

Fund to Distribute Money to Victims of Revere Tornado

WBZ Radio AM 1030 | December 08, 2014

This coverage notes the announcement by the Revere Tornado Relief Fund of distribution of allocations for those impacted by the tornado which hit the town outside Boston earlier this year. Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone is quoted as executive director and administrator for the fund.

Fund to Distribute Money to Victims of Revere Tornado

Boston Globe | December 08, 2014

This coverage notes the announcement by the Revere Tornado Relief Fund of distribution of allocations for those impacted by the tornado which hit the town outside Boston earlier this year. Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone is quoted as executive director and administrator for the fund.

Pats' brass may be asked about Hernandez' sanity

Boston Herald | December 02, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone is quoted in this feature story on the list of more than 300 people identified by the prosecution as “potential witnesses” in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial.

Breach Response Plan is a Must for Enterprise Security

SearchCIO | December 01, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone is quoted in this article as moderator of a panel of financial, security and legal experts at a recent MIT Sloan CFO Summit. The article focuses on the pressures felt by C-suite executives as data breaches mount discussed at the summit.

AG-Elect Healey Names Transition Team

State House News Service | November 25, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone, former Middlesex district attorney, is named as a member of Attorney General-elect Maura Healey’s transition team.

Wind River Case May Signal Change for Encryption Exports

Law360 | November 20, 2014

Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and associate Emily Harlan authored this column on the settlement between the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and Wind River Systems Inc., and the larger implications that BIS may be tightening the reins on encryption exports.

Why the Robel Phillipos Verdict Could Be Bad for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Defense

Boston Globe | October 28, 2014

A friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber was found guilty of lying to investigators. Former state and federal prosecutor and Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone is quoted discussing the implications of the verdict for bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Post-Pom Distinctions May Not Stop Lanham Act Claims

Law360 | October 27, 2014

Boston IP Litigation partner Maia Harris, Boston Commercial Litigation partner Fred Kelly and Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense law clerk Charles Dell'Anno authored this article discussing the application of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Pom Wonderful LLC v. The Coca-Cola Company to Lanham Act challenges related to drug labeling and marketing.

Barclays Settlement Shows SEC Focus on Compliance Controls, Dual Registration

ACA Insight | October 13, 2014

New York City Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Brad Mirkin provides commentary in this feature story discussing prosecutions and settlements that may be indicators of future SEC scrutiny that will affect all advisers.

Analysts Divided Over Phillipos' Marijuana Defense

Boston Globe | October 11, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone is quoted in this article discussing the defense being used by a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber.

FINRA Enforcement Official Decamps to Shulman Rogers

Law360 | October 03, 2014

New York City Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Brad Mirkin provides commentary in this article on the departure of a top enforcement official, Emily Gordy, from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

‘Whitey' Bulger's Girlfriend to Face Grand Jury

The Boston Globe | September 29, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted in this article on federal authorities’ plans to call Bulger’s girlfriend before a grand jury in an effort to locate possible hidden assets.

Is Anyone Really 'HIPAA Compliant' in Healthcare?

Forbes | September 29, 2014

Providence partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection team Linn Freedman provides commentary in this column on understanding and adhering to HIPAA across the entire digital health ecosystem.

Iraqi PM's Subway Plot Claim

WFXT-TV | September 25, 2014

In this interview, Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discusses the Iraqi’s Prime Minister’s claim about an ISIS terrorist plot against subway systems in the U.S. and Paris.

Whitey Bulger Documentary Q&A

CNN | September 19, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly, prosecutor in the James “Whitey” Bulger case, participates in this panel discussion following a preview presentation of CNN’s documentary: Whitey: US v. James J. Bulger. Click here to see the video clip.

Assessing the Financial Impact of 4.5 Million Stolen Health Records

Forbes | August 25, 2014

This column discusses the impact of Community Health System’s data breach. Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Security team Linn Freedman acts as a third-party source.

CHS Starts Notification Process Following Huge Breach

Health Data Management | August 19, 2014

Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection group Linn Freedman provides third-party commentary on Community Health Systems’ data breach of protected health information.

Tornado Victims Get Relief Fund

Boston Herald | August 02, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone has been appointed to oversee the Revere Tornado Relief Fund, benefitting those impacted by the tornado which hit the town outside Boston.

Directors to Watch 2014

Directors & Boards | August 01, 2014

Partner Linn Freedman, member of the board of directors of Roger Williams University and Roger Williams Law School, is featured among the publication’s ninth annual class of directors to watch.

The Biggest Banking Cases of 2014: Midyear Report

Law360 | July 25, 2014

This feature story focuses on some of the most prominent banking rulings and resolutions in 2014. DC Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin discusses BNP Paribas’ agreement to pay just under $9 billion to federal and New York state regulators to settle violation of U.S. sanctions claims.

Azamat Tazhayakov verdict could affect related court cases

Boston Globe | July 22, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly discusses the implications of the obstruction of justice conviction of one of the Boston Marathon bomber’s friends.

Experts don't buy claims of Boston bias

Boston Herald | July 22, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone provides commentary on the issue of local jury pool bias.

5 Takeaways From Latest US Sanctions Against Russian Cos.

Law360 | July 22, 2014

Washington, DC, Business Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin discuss the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia and what these mean moving forward.

D.C. Circuit Upholds Attorney-Client Privilege In Internal Compliance Investigation

Mondaq | July 21, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Danielle Pelot and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar defense associate Emily Harlan authored this column discussing the DC Circuit Court's decision clarifying that an attorney-client communication is protected as long as “one of the significant purposes” of the communication is obtaining or providing legal advice.

Nixon Peabody Lands DarrowEverett White Collar Partner

Law360 | July 16, 2014

This feature story highlights the arrival of Providence Government Investigations & White Collar defense counsel Chuck Tamuleviz.

CCOs Not Immune to SEC Charges When Agency Finds They Neglect Their Duties

ACA Insight | July 14, 2014

New York City Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Brad Mirkin provides commentary in this feature article discussing consequences chief compliance officers face when failing to meet their compliance obligations.

U.S. Granted Ex-Star Scientific CEO Rare Blanket Immunity

Richmond Times-Dispatch | July 12, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly discusses federal prosecutors’ strategy for offering immunity in some cases and how this impacts the potential success of a case.

A Jury Full of Questions: Jurors, judge at Probation trial active players in courtroom

CommonWealth | July 11, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone provides commentary on active jury participation in the federal corruption trial of former state probation officials.

BNP Paribas OFAC Settlement — Another Warning To Banks

Law360 | July 10, 2014

Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin and associate Lindsey Nelson authored this column discussing increased settlements involving violations of U.S. sanctions by major financial institutions.

Bradley Mirkin to Nixon Peabody

Securities Lending Times | July 03, 2014

New York City Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Brad Mirkin’s arrival at the firm is highlighted in this article.

Hernandez Defense Subpoenaed Medical Records from Patriots

WFXT-TV (FOX Boston) | June 17, 2014

In this live Q&A, Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discusses efforts by counsel for former NFL player Aaron Hernandez to secure his medical records from his former team.

People on the Move

Boston Business Journal | June 12, 2014

This news brief notes that Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Hannah Bornstein earned the 2014 Outstanding Pro Bono Mentor Award from the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR) for her pro bono commitment to representing asylum-seekers.

Tsarnaev to seek change of venue for federal trial

Boston Globe | June 12, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone provides commentary regarding the Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s defense team's proposal to move the trial location.

Analysts Mull Motives As Feds Drop Two Charges In Probation Case

State House News Service | June 02, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discusses a decision by federal prosecutors to drop mail fraud charges related to two probation hires in their ongoing trial against three former probation officials.

Consequences of Criminal Convictions

American Bar Association "Sound Advice" | June 01, 2014

In this audio segment, Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin discusses the new and unfamiliar situations the guilty party may face.

Lab I.T. Put to the Test

Health Data Management | June 01, 2014

Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman and Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Kathryn Sylvia discuss provisions under a federal rule to give patients or designated representatives the right to receive copies of medical test results from most clinical laboratories.

New Arrest in Boston Marathon Bombing Case

WBZ-TV (CBS Boston) | May 30, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discusses a new arrest in the Boston Marathon bombings investigation.

John Connolly's murder conviction voided

Boston Globe | May 28, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly discusses a Florida appeals court’s decision overturning the murder conviction of corrupt FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr., Whitey Bulger’s longtime handler.

Ex-FINRA Enforcement Attorney Joins Nixon Peabody

Compliance Intelligence | May 28, 2014

This feature story highlights the arrival of New York City Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Brad Mirkin.

A Look at Export Control Changes for Satellites

Law360 | May 22, 2014

Washington, DC, Business Transactions counsel Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin authored this column discussing how the decision by the U.S. government to remove commercial and scientific communications satellites from the U.S. Munitions List to the Commerce Control List eases export of these products.

Friends of Accused Marathon Bomber Given Separate Trials

WFXT-TV (Boston FOX affiliate) | May 13, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discusses the role of Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s friends who are accused of covering up evidence in the case.

John O'Brien Racketeering & Bribery Trial

WFXT-TV (Boston FOX affiliate) | May 05, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly provides third-party legal commentary in the racketeering and bribery case involving former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O’Brien.

Data Protection and Privacy Laws

Financier Worldwide Magazine | May 01, 2014

Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman is one of the featured industry sources in this piece on effectively handling, using, transferring and managing data. Click here to read the roundtable discussion.

Sarbanes-Oxley's Whistle-blower Protections Reach Private Contractors

The Corporate Governance Advisor | May 01, 2014

This column discusses the Supreme Court’s interpretation of Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protection to reach employees of public company's private contractors. Commercial Litigation partners Carolyn Nussbaum and Jon Sablone, Labor & Employment partner David Rosenthal and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin authored the piece.

Lawyers fight for disgraced housing chief's pension contributions

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | May 01, 2014

This article centers on Chelsea Housing Authority’s attempt (CHA) to secure the pension money of the former CHA executive director who pled guilty to fraud charges. Nixon Peabody provides pro bono representation to the CHA. One of NP’s attorneys who is working on this case, Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero, is quoted in the article.

Marathon Bombing Suspect Waits in Isolation

New York Times | April 15, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone discusses the special administrative measures governing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as he awaits trial for the Boston Marathon bombings.

Court Weighs Procedural Safeguards for Audio Playbacks to Jury

American Bar Association Litigation News | April 04, 2014

Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Grayson Yeargin discusses the impact of a court decision regarding replayed audio recordings.

Patients Get Direct Access to Lab Reports

Clinical Laboratory News | April 01, 2014

Partner and leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Protection practice Linn Freedman discusses how labs should comply with patient requests for records under a new rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Any Calls, Texts, or Photos May Be Used Against You

Boston Bar Journal | April 01, 2014

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Gerry Leone, Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner and Privacy & Data Protection team leader Linn Freedman and Providence Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Kathryn Sylvia co-authored this column discussing warrantless cell phone searches and personal privacy issues.

Contacts

David A. Vicinanzo

Partner
Practice Group Leader, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense

dvicinanzo@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 617-345-1177

Danielle Pelot

Partner
Deputy Practice Group Leader, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense

dpelot@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 617-345-1049

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