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Patrick J. Smith
Patrick J. Smith

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Pat is an experienced trial lawyer and strategist with a practice focused on white collar criminal defense, securities enforcement matters, and financial services sector civil disputes. He has a strong reputation as an innovative problem solver, a skilled negotiator, and an excellent courtroom advocate.  After years running the white collar…

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Government Service

Pat re-entered private practice in 2005 after an 11-year stint with the Department of Justice.  In 1994, he served as associate independent counsel in the Whitewater Investigation under Independent Counsel Robert B. Fiske, Jr.  From 1995 to 2002, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.  As a member of the Southern District’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, he investigated and prosecuted complex securities fraud schemes involving financial statement fraud, insider trading, and market manipulation.  From 2002 to 2005, Pat was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of the Northern Mariana Islands.  He received the Department of Justice’s Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service and is a two-time recipient of the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney.

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Rodney Villazor

Partner

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Rodney is a trial lawyer representing companies, executives, and other professionals in white collar criminal cases and high-stakes complex civil litigation disputes. Rodney has extensive courtroom experience, having tried 14 jury trials to verdict as a federal prosecutor and as a partner at a global law firm.  His most recent victories…

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Government Service

Rodney served as an Assistant US Attorney from 2008 to 2015 in the District of New Jersey and in the Northern District of California.  As an AUSA, he prosecuted a range of offenses, including wire and mail fraud, honest services fraud, export control violations, and public corruption.  In the Special Prosecutions and National Security Unit in San Francisco, he led long-term complex investigations involving a number of international and national security matters.  Rodney has tried to jury verdict numerous high-profile federal trials and has been recognized for exceptional work by several federal law enforcement agencies, namely the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, the US Marshals Service, the Diplomatic Security Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  He also received the Special Achievement Award from the US Attorney for the District of New Jersey.

Rodney clerked for US District Judge Jane Boyle for the Northern District of Texas and US Magistrate Judge Charles B. Day for the District of Maryland.

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Brian Burns

Associate

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Brian litigates and investigates white-collar cases and complex civil disputes.  He has represented clients in investigations and cases involving the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the New York County District Attorney’s Office.  He has also represented clients in M&A litigation, FINRA arbitration, bankruptcy litigation, and…

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Government Service

From 2016 to 2017, Brian served as an officer with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, where he focused on regulatory and ethics matters.

From 2011 to 2012, Brian clerked for Judge Richard J. Holwell, and, after Judge Holwell retired from judicial service, for Judge William H. Pauley III, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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Michael K. Sala

Associate

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Mike Sala is a litigator concentrating on complex commercial disputes.   He has represented domestic and foreign companies, financial institutions and individuals in federal and state court in connection with litigations and investigations relating to securities fraud under federal and state securities laws, M&A disputes, breach of contract and other…

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Selbie L. Jason

Associate

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Selbie represents individual and corporate clients in connection with criminal, regulatory, and internal investigations and resulting litigation or criminal prosecutions. Her practice focuses on advising and representing clients in complex civil and criminal litigation in federal court and regulatory administrative proceedings including white collar criminal cases brought by the U.S….

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