We routinely litigate at the highest levels — representing clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, Federal Appellate Circuits, the Missouri Supreme Court, Every Missouri Appellate Division, Federal Trial Courts Throughout the Country, and State Trial Courts Throughout Missouri and Illinois.
In criminal, civil and tax litigation, we have achieved tremendous results both in the courtroom and at the negotiation table.
While we cannot share the details of all our proudest moments, we can share some recent results.
United States v. Crangle (Federal Court – EDMO)
Our client was charged with nine federal fraud felonies. We filed 20 substantive pretrial motions and thoroughly litigated the case for two years. In a press release, the Justice Department threatened our client with decades in prison. After hard fought litigation, the court dismissed the entire indictment.
United States v. Del Carmen Sorto (Federal Court – EDMO)
Our client was charged with a federal felony carrying the possibility of four years in prison. After six months of litigation, the court dismissed the entire indictment. We received the news of the complete victory on Christmas Eve and appreciated the joy of sharing the news with our client face-to-face on Christmas Day.
United States v. Cotton (Federal Court – EDMO)
Our client was charged with a federal felony carrying the possibility of ten years in prison. Following an extensive defense investigation revealing a fatal flaw with the Government’s case, the court dismissed the entire indictment.
United States v. Davachi (Federal Court – WDMO)
Our client was charged in what the Justice Department called “one of the largest software piracy schemes ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.” Following an extensive defense investigation and thorough litigation at sentencing, our client received probation with no jail time.
United States v. Brickey (Federal Court – WDMO)
Our client, a former law enforcement officer, was charged in a 30-count indictment in what the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice described was a “$14.5 million investment fraud scheme.” After significant litigation, on the eve of trial the prosecution agreed to a one-count plea to failing to pay over employee payroll taxes to the IRS. As to the alleged investment fraud, the prosecution agreed in a publicly-filed pleading, “the United States does not allege any criminal culpability on the part of the defendant with respect to investments.”
State v. Anderson (State Court – St. Louis County)
Our client was charged with sexual assault, a felony carrying the possibility of significant prison time. We brought the case to trial and the jury found our client not guilty.
State v. Rogers (State Court of Appeals)
We appealed convictions for numerous sex crimes. In a complete victory, the Court of Appeals not only ruled in our client’s favor and reversed all convictions; the Court stated, “the prosecutor didn’t just drift a bit too close to the cliff’s edge; she flung herself headfirst into the abyss.” When the case was remanded for a new trial, the prosecution dismissed all counts.
United States v. Szczerba (Federal Court – EDMO)
Our client was charged with federal sex trafficking in a seven-count indictment carrying the possibility of life in prison. After a hard fought jury trial in which the prosecutor claimed in a public pleading that her star witness “was mercilessly questioned by defense counsel [Justin Gelfand],” the jury found our client not guilty of all the most serious counts (those carrying mandatory minimums of decades in prison and maximums of life).
United States v. Beckham (Federal Court – EDMO)
Our client, an accountant, was charged with four federal tax felonies. After a hard fought jury trial, the jury found our client not guilty of all felony false tax return counts (the major counts). True to our commitment never to give up, we took the only count of conviction all the way up to the United States Supreme Court. (On appeal, the Government finally acknowledged the jury was not properly instructed on the sole count of conviction.)
United States v. Calvin (Federal Court – EDMO)
The Justice Department filed a federal indictment against our client for allegedly assaulting federal law enforcement officers. Believing it had charged our client with a felony carrying the possibility of eight years in federal prison, the prosecution had in fact mistakenly only charged our client with a single misdemeanor (by failing to allege an essential element of the felony offense). Protecting our client, we kept this close to our vest, brought the case to trial so that double jeopardy attached — thereby preventing the Government from correcting its error — and prevented our client from a felony conviction.
United States v. Sweeney (Federal Court – EDMO)
Our client pled guilty to misprision of a felony and received probation. The other defendants prosecuted in this public corruption case received a 46-month prison sentence (Stenger), a 17-month prison sentence (Rallo), and a 15-month prison sentence (Miller).
State v. Nguyen (State Court – St. Louis City)
We represented our client more than a decade after he pled guilty to a serious crime. After hard fought litigation and creative motion practice, we won a rare withdrawal of our client’s 17-year old guilty plea after convincing the court that “manifest injustice” would occur if it ruled against our client. In the end, our client prevailed with no conviction and was able to avoid immigration consequences.
Wilson v. National Entertainment Network (Federal Court – EDMO)
We represented the largest game room operator in the country in federal civil litigation. Based on pretrial motion practice, we secured a complete dismissal of all claims against our client.
Pearson v. Logan University (Federal Court – EDMO)
We represented Logan University in a federal Title IX lawsuit which ultimately resulted in summary judgment for our client, a complete victory.
Institute for Justice v. Parson, et. al. (Federal Court – EDMO)
We represented the Institute for Justice in constitutional civil litigation against Missouri public officials and entities. We agreed to dismiss the case after the state agencies completely conceded our constitutional position, a complete victory.
State v. Lawson (State Court – Missouri)
We represented an inmate in the Missouri Department of Corrections in civil litigation against the State of Missouri where the State sought a substantial amount of money from our client to pay for the costs of incarceration under the Missouri Incarceration Reimbursement Act (MIRA). Following extensive pretrial motion practice, the State dismissed the case resulting in a complete victory for our client.
United States v. Haning (Federal Court – EDMO)
We represented a former executive charged with 50 federal fraud felonies. Following substantial pretrial motion practice that generated national media attention and several days of evidentiary hearings before the federal court, we negotiated a plea under which our client received probation with no fine and no restitution.