Seth B. Orkand

Seth B. Orkand focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, government and corporate internal investigations, research misconduct investigations, college and university disciplinary actions, and complex commercial litigation. He previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Massachusetts, where he investigated and prosecuted, among other matters, health care fraud, child exploitation, identity fraud, computer crimes, mail and wire fraud, drug trafficking, firearms, and immigration offenses.

From 2016 to 2018, Mr. Orkand was a partner at the boutique litigation firm Demeo LLP, where he represented individuals and corporations in federal and state white collar criminal matters. He also developed a substantial practice representing academic researchers accused of research misconduct and advocating on behalf of college and university students who were either survivors of sexual assault or accused of academic or sexual misconduct on campus.

From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Orkand was an attorney at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where he represented individuals and corporations in a variety of government investigations and litigation matters. Mr. Orkand has particular experience in the areas of healthcare fraud, off-label marketing, securities enforcement and litigation, violations of the False Claims Act, computer and Internet crimes, and antitrust matters.

In 2011, Mr. Orkand served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted 14 jury and bench trials to verdict.

Mr. Orkand earned a bachelor of arts with honors from Brown University in 1999. In 2007, he graduated cum laude from Boston College Law School, where he was the executive editor of the Boston College Third World Law Journal. While in law school, he interned with the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague.

Mr. Orkand has extensive pro bono experience working with Boston’s homeless population and with survivors of sexual assault.

Boston College Law School 2007
Brown University 1999

New York
U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

SuperLawyers Rising Star, White Collar Criminal Defense, 2017
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court John Adams Pro Bono Publico Award, 2015

Federal prosecutorial policy a step backwards,” Mass. Lawyers Weekly (May 2017)
RICO In Federal Civil Litigation,” MCLE (2017)
Representing Victims of Human Trafficking in Massachusetts (Dec. 2014)
Revisiting ‘Off-Label’ Drug Promotion Resolutions in Light of ‘Caronia,’ New York Law Journal (Feb. 2013)

Boston Bar Association Steering Committee on White Collar Criminal Defense
American Bar Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers