Roger E. Zuckerman

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More than 40 years ago, Roger Zuckerman founded Zuckerman Spaeder. With his efforts, and those of many others, it has become one of the most respected litigation boutiques in the country.

In his wide-ranging career, first as Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting lengthy and serious criminal cases in the District of Columbia and thereafter in private practice, Roger has been involved in some of the most significant civil and criminal cases in the country over almost five decades.


Roger’s practice covers an unusually broad range of civil and criminal matters. He represents companies as well as corporate officers and directors in major civil and criminal disputes, including fraud and securities matters, international business transactions, customs and immigration disputes and investigations, attorney and accounting regulatory matters, healthcare investigations, commercial and transactional disputes and matters involving forfeiture and related items. When called upon, Roger has also successfully defended several significant homicide cases. 

Among his particular representations, Roger has represented some of the senior-most executives in three of the largest fraud cases of the past two decades: senior executives at Enron, Refco (the world’s largest futures brokerage), and the Stanford International Bank. He has represented senior business executives located outside the United States, including those residing in Europe and South America. He has represented some of the country’s most significant lawyers and law firms in a variety of disputes. And he has represented some of the country’s foremost animal protection organizations.

Roger has appeared in numerous trials around the country, some lengthy (the longest being nine months). He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, where he tried numerous cases to juries and served as the deputy and acting chief of the Appellate Section. He was a principal prosecutor in two of the longest conspiracy prosecutions (at that time) brought in the District of Columbia, winning convictions in both (in the aggregate against almost 50 defendants). In recognition of his work in these cases, the Department of Justice awarded him the Assistant U.S. Attorney’s Award for Distinguished Performance.

Among his community endeavors, Roger is active in supporting his old elementary school in Washington, D.C., the Stanton Elementary School, where several years ago he delivered the graduation address to the fifth grade classes.


Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1967
     
  • University of Wisconsin, 1964
    • Phi Beta Kappa
Bar admissions
  • District of Columbia
Court admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • D.C. Court of Appeals
Government service
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney
    • District of Columbia
Professional leadership
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Association
Community involvement
  • Founder and Chair, Zuckerman Foundation for Educational Excellence, Stanton Elementary School (Roger’s elementary school)
  • Chair, Flannery Lecture Series Committee (presenting yearly lectures in the District of Columbia by prominent jurists in memory of U.S. District Judge and former U.S. Attorney Thomas A. Flannery)

Representative matters
  • Represented the president of Enron Energy Services (EES) throughout lengthy grand jury, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and civil matters arising from the collapse of Enron. This representation spanned almost a decade, and involved numerous lawsuits as well as significant SEC and grand jury inquiries. The client avoided criminal and civil sanctions and we successfully resolved matter with SEC.
  • Represented The Fund for Animals in the defense of complex civil claims brought in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • Represented the president of Refco, the country’s largest securities brokerage. The matter involved allegations of securities fraud and involved a four-week trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Represented the president of the Stanford International Bank in connection with the collapse of the Stanford Financial Corporation, an insurer of approximately $7 billion in certificates of deposit. The matter involved an extensive grand jury investigation, an extensive investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and various collateral inquiries.
  • Represented a senior official of a European airline company in a grand jury investigation in the United States involving allegations of price-fixing. Our client avoided criminal and civil sanctions.
  • Represented a senior official of a European construction company in a grand jury investigation in the United States involving allegations of price-fixing. Our client avoided criminal and civil sanctions.
  • Represented a Fortune 50 company in connection with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) issues arising in Asia. Our client avoided criminal and civil sanctions.
  • Represented a senior executive of a major health care provider in an investigation involving implantable cardiovascular devices that purportedly malfunctioned. Our clients avoided criminal and civil sanctions.
  • Represented a senior executive of a major health care provider in an investigation involving purported violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Our clients avoided criminal and civil sanctions.
  • Represented the president of a major corporation in connection with the investigation of former Rep. William Jefferson, who was convicted of bribery charges and sentenced to 13 years in prison. The firm’s client testified for the government in its case against Rep. Jefferson.
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Roger E. Zuckerman

Partner

Office
Washington, DC
Tel.
202.778.1802
Fax.
202.822.8106
Others
Send an Email
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