criminal defense matters

United States v. Ramires. Our attorneys obtained a favorable plea agreement in favor of a member of MS-13 who was charged with RICO conspiracy with a first degree murder predicate.  Our client faced a potential life sentence but, as a result of our advocacy, he looks forward to a future as a free man.

Commonwealth v. Rosenberg Hefner. Our client, the spouse of the former President of the Massachusetts Senate, avoided a sentence of incarceration after pleading guilty to three charges relating to alleged sexual misconduct. Our team secured dismissal of one charge for lack of probable cause, and the Commonwealth nolle prossed the remaining six charges.

Commonwealth v. McPhee. Our team obtained an acquittal in Quincy District Court for a client charged with a second OUI.

health care fraud Matters

United States v. Gurry. The firm represents the former Vice President of Managed Markets at Insys Therapeutics, who was charged with RICO conspiracy for his role in seeking prior authorizations for an FDA-approved fentanyl spray.   

Representation of Employees in Co-Pay Anti-Kickback Investigation. Our firm represents multiple employees of two pharmaceutical companies in an ongoing anti-kickback investigation into donations made to several co-pay patient assistance charities.  

Anti-kickback Investigation Concerning Electronic Health Records. Our attorneys represented numerous employees of a pathology services company under investigation for alleged kickbacks in the form of donations for the purchase of EHR/EMR (Electronic Health Records or Electronic Medical Records) software.  We successfully persuaded the Department of Justice to forego a civil lawsuit against an individual employed in the sales division of the company. 

Representation of officer of medical device manufacturer in kickback investigation. We currently represent the President and Chief Financial Officer of a medical device manufacturer in parallel criminal and civil investigations of violations of the anti-kickback statute.

Financial Crimes and Securities Fraud matters

College Admissions Scandal. We currently represent several defendants in a wide-ranging investigation and prosecution concerning bribes allegedly paid to college coaches facilitate the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits.

United States v. Murakami. Our attorneys successfully persuaded the government to recommend a sentence below the Federal Sentencing Guidelines range on behalf of the manager of a hedge fund who plead guilty to wire fraud in a Ponzi scheme case. Our attorneys also resolved enforcement actions initiated by state and federal securities regulators without additional financial penalties for our client.

Representation of client accused of insider trading based on information obtained from law firm associate spouse. Our attorneys represented a researcher at MIT accused of trading stocks based on inside information he obtained from his spouse, an associate at a large international law firm.

Representation of the manager of a financial advisory firm. After an investigation by both federal criminal authorities and the SEC for alleged unauthorized use of client funds, our client was not charged with any crimes.

Construction and Procurement Fraud Matters

United States v. Gorski. Our firm represented the CEO of a government contractor in a three-week trial for conspiring to defraud the United States by improperly certifying company as a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (“SDVOSB”).

United States v. Palie. Our attorneys represent the owner and CEO of a specialty metals company who pleaded guilty to mail fraud in connection with his company’s provision of titanium for a major military aircraft builder.

Commonwealth v. Bisignani. Our attorneys obtained a sentence of probation, house arrest, and a fine for a former town manager charged with multiple offenses in connection with bid-rigging of municipal contracts in two Massachusetts towns and related federal tax charges. 

Title IX and university disciplinary matters

Representation of survivor of sexual assault at Brandeis University in Title IX investigation. Our attorneys represented a survivor of sexual assault at Brandeis University and assisted her in filing a Title IX complaint and criminal charges against the student who assaulted her.

Representation of client accused of sexual assault at Connecticut College. Our team represented a student at Connecticut College accused of sexually assaulting a classmate. The student was acquitted of all charges and was not subjected to any disciplinary sanctions by the college.

Representation of victim of sexual harassment at Berklee College of Music in Title IX investigation. Our attorneys assisted an employee and former student at Berklee College of Music make sexual harassment allegations against a professor and colleague. These allegations were later featured in the Boston Globe, helping to publicize allegations that the school tolerated sexual harassment by faculty and staff.

Representation of student accused of plagiarism at Harvard University in college disciplinary matter. We represented a Ph.D. student accused of plagiarizing a scientific paper from another lab by submitting it to a prestigious scientific journal.

Tax fraud and
BENEFITS FRaud matters

Representation of owner of construction firm accused of union benefits fraud. We represented the owner of an asbestos remediation company in connection of allegations of overtime and union benefits fraud.

Tax Fraud Investigation. Our client, the president of a paving company, is under investigation for tax fraud in connection with employee wages. 

Taxi Company. Our attorneys represented the owner of a taxi cab company accused of making illegal cash payments to employees and benefits fraud. Our client was sentenced to serve time in a halfway house, and avoided prison time.

Scientific research misconduct matters

Harvard principal investigator exonerated. Our attorneys represented a prominent principal investigator in research misconduct allegations made by postdoctoral fellows, obtaining a full exoneration. We also represented the principal investigator in parallel civil litigation filed by the postdocs in federal court, obtaining a complete dismissal of the action.

Representation of Harvard M.D./Ph.D. student accused of research misconduct. We represented a Harvard M.D./Ph.D. student in a university research misconduct. The student successfully transitioned to a Ph.D. program at Oxford.

Anversa et al. v. Partners HealthCare System, Inc. et al. Our attorneys pursued an aggressive and creative legal strategy on behalf of two former Harvard researchers subjected to numerous due process violations during the course of an investigation into allegations of research misconduct committed by a subordinate at their innovative stem cell laboratory.  

appellate matters

United States v. Alphas. In a case of first impression, our attorneys won an appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit establishing the method of calculating loss under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines in insurance fraud cases. 

Commonwealth v. John Doe. In a case of first impression, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court agreed that our client, who had a continuance without a finding, could not be compelled to wear a GPS monitoring device under a statute that provides for monitoring after a conviction.

civil litigation matters

Farahmand v. Quirk Works, Inc., d/b/a Quirk Volkswagen. In a significant win, our attorneys defeated class certification in an action concerning document preparation fees. Importantly, the Court confirmed that Quirk's advertising disclaimers are not false or deceptive under the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Statute.

Long v. City of Malden. Our attorneys successfully sued the City of Malden after it refused to stand by a police sergeant who was involved in a motor vehicle accident while on duty.  After obtaining a jury verdict in favor of our client in May 2018, the court issued a declaratory judgment requiring the City to indemnify our client, and awarded our client attorneys’ fees. 

internal investigation and compliance advice matters

Internal investigation for Cement and Concrete Manufacturer. Our firm conducted a compliance review at several offices of a major cement and concrete producer concerning its use of minority-owned small businesses (“MBEs”).