Provides Opinion & Testimony In:
Legal Ethics, Legal Malpractice, liability ethical issues for lawyers law firms, US lawyers handling international matters, foreign or international law, legal malpractice or attorney breach of fiduciary duty cases, international, economic crime, money laundering, bank secrecy act, RICO, racketeering, fraud, Russia, Russian Belarus, Belarusian, corruption, foreign corruption practices act, FCPA, bribery, legal malpractice
Expert Witness No. 2334
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, Member: American Criminal Law Review
Harvard University, Slavic Language and Literature (Russian and Soviet Area Studies), A.B., magna cum laude, 1981 (Russian Language Certificate, 1980 from Leningrad State University).
2010 - Present
Conducting research and teaching seminars in the area of corruption, criminology, international organized crime, and terrorism. Teaching responsibilities in the international economic crime and terrorist areas.
Advising clients on matters involving international economic crime, legal malpractice/professional responsibility, and age discrimination. Participating in various aspects of dispute resolution, including arbitration, collaborative conflict
resolution, litigation and mediation. Engaging in case evaluation.
Researching corporate governance, economic crime, and foreign corruption issues. Law school teaching. Meeting with foreign governmental officials, researchers and students on a range of topics. Overseeing studentsâ€™ independent study. Monitoring political developments in Belarus and Russia.
International Legal Malpractice Advisors, LLC; General Counsel & Managing Director, Washington, D.C. Operated start-up legal/consulting firm that provided legal and consulting services on international legal malpractice matters and law firm management issues. Acted as an expert on questions on foreign law (Russian and Belarusian) in U.S. judicial proceeding. Served as an arbitrator in attorney/client fee disputes. Conducted research in support of ongoing litigation and performing case assessments.
American University, The Transnational Crime & Corruption Center; Project Director, AUâ€™s School of Inter-national Service; Research Associate Professor; Washington College of Law, Adjunct Professor, Washington, D.C. Managed overseas research centers studying international criminal activities and corruption. Engaged in research on money laundering, economic crime, human rights and illegal weapons exports. Solicited and edited research papers. Conducted seminars and made presentations concerning transnational crime and corruption. Served as an international election observer.
Ludwig & Robinson, P.L.L.C.; Member (Partner), Washington, D.C.
Participated in all aspects of commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with an emphasis on cases involving recovery of assets lost as a result of embezzlements, and inaccurate advice on foreign investments. Worked with private investigators to locate laundered funds. Handled lawsuits in the area of auditing, engineering and medical malpractice.
Russin & Vecchi, L.L.P.; Senior International Counsel, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, Russia (Russian-Ukrainian Legal Group).
Advised clients on aspects of doing business in Russia and Ukraine. Ensured quality control over Russian and Ukrainian attorneysâ€™ work product. Advised clients on how to deal with corrupt officials and threats made by organized crime groups. Analyzed political and legal risk of proposed investments/transactions. Led team of attorneys for a USAID Net Assessment of Contract/Judgment Enforcement and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Ukraine.
Salans, Hertzfeld & Heilbronn; Associate, London and Paris.
Advised clients on corporate and commercial matters in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Belarus. Principal activities included: structuring and restructuring of foreign investment, preparation of loan, pledge, purchase-sale and real estate contracts, including in connection with project finance and privatization, and due diligence on potential acquisitions and joint ventures. Advised clients on political and economic risk of particular transactions (including that
posed by corrupt officials and organized crime groups).
Patton, Boggs & Blow; Associate, Washington, D.C.
Represented clients on international trade regulation, SEC, HUD, FDIC and environmental matters. Researched and wrote complaints and motions, conducted depositions, and argued motions in judicial and administrative proceedings, principally involving legal malpractice committed by attorneys in Texas in connection with the failure of three S&Ls. Participated in investigation of activities at BCCI and a Civil RICO matter involving the trucking industry. Served as Special Counsel for Lawyers Committee for Human Rights for CSCE Activities.
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BARS AND PRINCIPAL PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
District of Columbia Bar
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Maryland State Bar
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
Member, American Bar Association
Mediator and Arbitrator, D.C. Bar Attorney/Client Arbitration Board
Member, American Academy of Legal Studies in Business
Member, International Bar Association
Member, D.C. Barâ€™s Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee
Member, The American Association of Criminology
Member, Academy of Criminal Justices Sciences