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White Collar Criminal Defense

We defend companies and hedge funds, as well as individual officers, traders, bankers, analysts, portfolio managers, attorneys and other professionals in federal and state criminal investigations across the country.  Our experience on white collar issues is comprehensive, and includes cases involving securities fraud, insider trading, financial statement and accounting fraud, market…

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Regulatory Enforcement

We have substantial experience representing organizations and individuals in civil enforcement investigations conducted by the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the New York Attorney General, and other state attorneys general, as well as SROs including FINRA, the CME, and ICE.  Our thorough understanding of markets,…

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Internal Investigations

We conduct confidential internal investigations for companies, as well as independent investigations for audit and other board committees.  We seek to get to the heart of the matter as efficiently as possible, often working under severe time constraints, with the goal of mitigating the risks to our clients.  We are…

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Complex Civil Litigation

We represent plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil cases.  As seasoned trial lawyers, we approach each civil dispute with a strategy built around how to win the case at trial.  Where possible, we use this approach to assist in reaching better negotiated solutions.  We also have substantial experience in handling…

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Clark Smith Villazor LLP’s founding partners have between them tried more than 40 cases to verdict.  From major criminal cases to complex commercial disputes, we have a depth of trial experience that many larger law firms lack.  Chambers USA recently praised Patrick Smith’s trial skills, with one interviewee noting: “I…

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