MORRIS J. FODEMAN

Partner
Litigation

EXPERIENCE:

Moe Fodeman is a partner in the litigation department based out of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's New York office. His practice is focused on white collar criminal defense, Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement defense, compliance and regulatory matters, and complex civil litigation. He regularly conducts internal corporate investigations and advises boards of directors, audit committees, and special committees on sensitive matters involving potential misconduct by corporate personnel.

Moe, a highly recognized and experienced trial attorney, has held lead or first-chair responsibility in more than 35 jury trials in both federal and state courts. 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, where he held various supervisory positions in both the General Crimes and Terrorism Sections, and most recently served as the chief of the Public Integrity Section. During his tenure, Moe investigated, supervised, and prosecuted some of the highest-profile and sensitive cases in the office, including those involving complex business, bank, securities, mortgage, and healthcare fraud; public and labor corruption; bribery; tax fraud; obstruction of justice; racketeering; terrorist financing; civil rights; import/export controls; weapons trafficking; and money laundering. Prior to his work as a federal prosecutor, Moe served as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn.

Moe has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including the Justice Department's Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service. He has also been repeatedly named to New York Super Lawyers for his work in white collar defense.

Moe also serves as an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law, where he teaches criminal prosecution and defense. He speaks frequently at conferences on topics of criminal law, internal investigations, white collar defense, and trial advocacy.

Moe dedicates a significant portion of his time to pro bono matters. He currently holds an appointment to the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Eastern District of New York, through which he regularly represents indigent defendants in federal criminal proceedings.

RECENT REPRESENTATIVE CRIMINAL AND REGULATORY MATTERS:
  • Representing a global financial institution in connection with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Antitrust Division, investigation into the alleged rigging of foreign currency (FX) benchmarks
  • Representing a State Street Bank executive charged with securities fraud by the DOJ's Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorneys' Office in Boston
  • Representing a European derivatives trader at a global bank in connection with investigations being conducted by the DOJ and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) into possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in Libya
  • Representing a former senior officer of a leading U.S. investment bank in the internal investigation and related high-profile DOJ and SEC investigations into possible Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations in Southeast Asia
  • Representing the chief investment officer of a multibillion-dollar hedge fund in connection with parallel securities fraud and public corruptions investigations conducted by the U.S. Attorney's Offices, Eastern District of New York (EDNY), and Southern District of New York (SDNY)
  • Representing a former senior executive of a New York City District Attorney's Office in connection to a federal grand jury investigation into campaign finance violations
  • Representing partners at two major law firms in connection with public corruption investigations by the U.S. Attorney's Office, EDNY
  • Representing a healthcare professional indicted in connection with an alleged $85 million Medicare fraud prosecuted by the DOJ Fraud Section and U.S. Attorney's Office, EDNY
  • Representing a Hong Kong-based global banking executive in connection with an internal investigation and accompanying DOJ Fraud Section and Antitrust Division instigations into potential U.S. Treasury auction manipulation
  • Representing an international mobile payment company in connection with a complex SEC investigation
  • Representing an individual charged with criminal export control violations prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office, EDNY and the DOJ, Counter-Espionage Section
  • Represented an individual charged with multimillion-dollar art theft by the U.S. Attorney's Office, SDNY
  • Represented various company executives in an investigation conducted by the DOJ, Antitrust Division, National Criminal Enforcement Division, grand jury investigation into alleged cartel and price-fixing activity within the Japanese auto parts industry
  • Represented a publicly traded online education company in connection with consumer fraud investigations by various state attorneys general
  • Represented a 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
  • Represented the founder and principal of a proprietary trading firm in the Galleon insider trading cases brought by the U.S. Attorney's Office, SDNY, and the SEC
RECENT REPRESENTATIVE INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS:
  • Conducting an internal investigation into whistleblower allegations of billing improprieties by a New York-based law firm
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of an international transportation conglomerate into alleged accounting fraud by top executives
  • Represented the internal audit committee at a publicly traded bank in an internal investigation into allegations of accounting fraud by the CEO and other bank officers
RECENT REPRESENTATIVE CIVIL MATTERS:
  • Represented the former CEO and president of a national title insurance and mortgage servicing company in a breach of contract suit against his former employer, which culminated in an over $15 million verdict after a five-week jury trial, believed to be the largest judgment in the history of Sonoma County, California
  • Represented a private equity firm in connection with a dispute with selling shareholders of an acquired technology firm, which resulted in a seven-figure settlement
  • Represented several selling shareholders of a multinational conglomerate in merger litigation, which resulted in a multimillion-dollar arbitration victory as well as attorneys' fees and costs awards
  • Represented a leading pharmaceutical company in commercial arbitration before the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
EDUCATION:
  • J.D., Emory University School of Law, 1997
  • B.A., Government and Law, Lafayette College, 1994
    With Honors
HONORS:
  • Named 2013 "Person of the Year" by the New York City Police Department Detective's Union
  • Named in the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 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 part 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
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
  • "Public Corruption Cases: The Defense Perspective," Federal Bureau of Investigation, Program Coordinator and Supervisor Training, New Orleans, March 2015
  • "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
ADMISSIONS:
  • 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

Contact Information

1301 Avenue of the Americas
40th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone | 212-497-7704
Fax | 212-999-5899

Email | Moe Fodemanmfodeman@wsgr.com


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