MORRIS J. FODEMAN
White Collar Crime
Internal & Government Investigations
Moe Fodeman, a highly accomplished and recognized trial attorney and investigator, is a partner in the litigation department of the New York office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement defense, compliance and regulatory matters, and complex civil litigation. He also conducts internal corporate investigations and advises boards of directors, audit committees, and special committees on sensitive matters involving possible misconduct by corporate personnel.
Moe has held lead or first-chair responsibility in more than 35 jury trials in both federal and state courts, and he has argued frequently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and New York State Appellate Divisions.
Prior to joining the firm, Moe served for nearly seven years as a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, holding various supervisory positions in both the General Crimes and Terrorism Sections, and most recently served as the chief of the Public Integrity Section. Among others, he investigated, prosecuted, and supervised some of the most high-profile, sensitive cases in the office, including those involving complex business, bank, securities, mortgage, and healthcare fraud; public and labor corruption; bribery; tax; obstruction of justice; racketeering; terrorist financing; civil rights; import/export control; firearms trafficking; and money laundering. Previously, Moe served as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn.
Throughout his career, Moe has received numerous awards and commendations for his work, including the Justice Department's coveted Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service. He was recently named to New York Super Lawyers in the field of white collar defense.
Moe is an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law, where he teaches criminal prosecution and defense, and speaks frequently at conferences on topics of criminal law, internal corporate investigations, white collar defense, and trial advocacy.
Moe dedicates a significant portion of his practice to pro bono matters. He was appointed to and serves on the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Eastern District of New York, representing indigent defendants in federal criminal proceedings.RECENT MATTERS:
- Represented the former CEO and president of a national title insurance and mortgage servicing company in a breach of contract case against his former employer. After a five-week trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Moe's client in excess of $15 million-believed to be the largest judgment in the history of Sonoma County, California
- Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of an international transportation conglomerate of alleged accounting fraud by top executives at a recently acquired U.S. subsidiary
- Represented global bank executive in connection with historic money laundering and OFAC investigations by the Department of Justice, U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and New York County District Attorney's Office
- Defended proprietary trading firm founder and principal in Galleon insider trading cases by the U.S. Attorney's Office, SDNY, and the SEC
- Representing publicly traded technology company in connection with consumer fraud investigations by various state attorneys general
- Represented selling shareholders against multinational conglomerate in merger litigation (resulting in multimillion-dollar award arbitration victory and attorneys' fees and costs award)
- Represented international insurance company executive in joint False Claims Act investigation by the Office of Special Inspector General for Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) and the U.S. Attorney's Office, SDNY
- Represented former marketing executive in connection with SEC Enforcement Division investigation involving allegations of investor fraud
- Represented leading international apparel company in connection with U.S. Attorney's Office, SDNY, grand jury investigation of alleged immigration and visa fraud
- Representing various executives in Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, National Criminal Enforcement Division, grand jury investigation of alleged cartel and price-fixing activity within the Japanese auto parts industry
- Defending trucking company principal charged with ERISA embezzlement, bribery, and tax evasion by the U.S. Attorney's Office, EDNY
- Representing leading natural gas exploration and production company in connection with SEC Enforcement Division investigation
- Represented publicly traded bank's internal audit committee in internal investigation of allegations of accounting fraud by the CEO and other officers
- Defended former advertising start-up company founder charged with securities fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion by the U.S. Attorney's Office, EDNY
- J.D., Emory University School of Law, 1997
- B.A., Government and Law, Lafayette College, 1994
- Named 2013 "Person of the Year" by the New York City Police Department Detective's Union
- Named in the 2012 and 2013 editions of New York Super Lawyers
- Recipient of the 2009 Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Investigator of the Year Award
- Finalist for the 2009 Eastern District Association Award for Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year
- Recipient of the 2008 United States Attorney's Office Excellence in Criminal Litigation Award as a member of the trial team in a four-month multi-defendant racketeering trial
- Recipient of the 2007 Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service as a member of the trial team in a five-month capital racketeering trial involving the murder of two New York City police detectives in the line of duty. The trial resulted in the only federal death penalty verdict in a New York courtroom in more than 50 years.
- "Hot Topics in Corporate Internal Investigations," D.C. Bar, October 2010
- "Proving Leadership Through Inference in Complex Criminal Cases," International Criminal Court (ICC), The Hague, The Netherlands, November 2009
- "Discovery in Federal Criminal Cases," Kings County Criminal Bar Association, April 2009
- "The Government's Notice of Intent to Seek the Death Penalty," United States Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, South Carolina, October 2008
- "Case Study: United States v. Wilson," Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation, San Francisco, August 2008
- "Federal Criminal Litigation: Post-Indictment Issues," Kings County Criminal Bar Association, March 2008
- State Bar of Connecticut
- State Bar of New York
- U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit