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Roger E. Zuckerman

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Firm founder Roger E. Zuckerman’s practice covers an unusually wide 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, health care investigations, commercial and transactional disputes, matters involving government procurement, and matters involving forfeitures and related items. Over the years, Mr. Zuckerman has also defended several significant homicide cases.

Early in his career, Mr. Zuckerman served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. He tried numerous cases to juries and served also as the deputy and acting chief of the Appellate Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. He was a principal prosecutor in two of the longest conspiracy prosecutions brought in the District of Columbia to that point, winning convictions in both. In recognition of his work in these cases, he received the Assistant U.S. Attorney’s Award for Distinguished Performance.

Mr. Zuckerman has also served on the board of directors of a large corporation and represented officers and directors in a variety of matters. He has appeared in the courts of the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Texas, California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and other jurisdictions.

In the last 10 years, Mr. Zuckerman has represented some of the senior-most officers in the most topical and significant business fraud investigations in the country. These include senior executives at Enron, Refco (the world’s largest futures brokerage), and most recently the Stanford International Bank. He has represented senior business officials located outside the United States, including those residing in Europe and South America. And he has represented senior officials in connection with regulatory, investigative, and criminal matters in the health care and power industries and in connection with campaign finance inquiries.

In the recent past, he has represented People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), The Fund for Animals, and The Humane Society of the United States in a variety of matters relating to the treatment of animals.

Mr. Zuckerman is a recipient of the Assistant U.S. Attorneys Association Outstanding Alumnus Award. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since its inception in 1983. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Zuckerman has returned there to speak on the subjects of litigation and white collar fraud. He has also recently addressed the graduating fifth grade classes of his elementary school, Stanton Elementary, in southeast Washington, DC.

Professional Highlights

  • Represented the president of Enron Energy Services (EES) throughout lengthy grand jury, 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.
  • 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 SEC, and various collateral inquiries.
  • 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 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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Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • 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 (Mr. Zuckerman’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)

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