Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

Washington, DC Office

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Managing Partner/Chairman: Dwight Bostwick
Number of partners:
45 Number of counsel: 3
Number of associates:

Firm Overview:
Based in Washington, DC, with additional offices in New York City, Baltimore, and Tampa, Zuckerman Spaeder has gained a national reputation as a premier litigation boutique. It’s a reputation that has been earned by winning high-profile white collar defense cases, handling government investigations that threaten an organization’s existence, bringing complex class action lawsuits to address harmful corporate practices, and much more.

Main Areas of Practice:

White Collar Defense:
Key Contacts:
Blair Brown, Eric Delinsky, William Taylor III, Morris 'Sandy’ Weinberg Jr.
■ Successfully defended former White House Counsel Gregory Craig in a lengthy investigation and trial of charges based on allegations of false statements arising from a Foreign Agents Registration Act inquiry. The jury returned a not guilty verdict in September 2019
■ Achieved dismissal of charges for the former CEO of an electrical utility in a criminal prosecution on counts of wire fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, and circumventing internal company controls

Key Contacts:
Gregg Bernstein, Catherine Duval, Jon Fetterolf
■ Represented a former IRS official in congressional and DOJ investigations. Successfully got DOJ to announce that no charges would be brought
■ Represented a Flint emergency city manager responding to congressional investigation into the Flint, Michigan, water crisis

Business Litigation:
Key Contacts:
Eric Delinsky, Martin Himeles Jr., William Murphy
■ Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Tribune Company as special litigation counsel in the investigation of the $10 billion failed Tribune leveraged buyout
■ Represented a large retailer of wine and spirits in regulatory and litigation matters including a successful federal antitrust challenge to Maryland wholesale price regulations

Employment Law & Litigation:
Key Contacts:
Graeme Bush, Jason Knott
■ Obtained a jury verdict in favor of client, the founder and former CEO of Online Resources Corporation, for more than $5 million in change in control benefits in connection with his termination by the company
■ Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a former senior executive of a private equity company for breach of contract arising from the failure of the company to provide client a significant ownership interest in the company

Food & Drug:
Key Contacts:
William Schultz, Margaret Dotzel, Andrew Goldfarb
■ Obtained dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a competitor of the firm’s client - a generic pharmaceutical manufacturer - challenging the client’s exclusivity of a generic drug
■ Authored multiple amicus curiae briefs in the Amgen v. Sandoz biosimilars case before the US Supreme Court on behalf of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, the Biosimilars Council and America’s Health Insurance Plans
■ Provided FDA-related due diligence counseling to a major investment bank in connection with the bank’s financing of a completed multibilliondollar acquisition of one pharmaceutical company by another

Health Care:
Key Contacts:
Martin Himeles Jr., D. Brian Hufford, Jack Fernandez, William Schultz
■ Obtained groundbreaking ruling in companion lawsuits against an insurer challenging its mental health coverage guidelines
■ Represented several hospitals and trade associations in judicial challenges related to the 340B drug discount program
■ Obtained dismissal for a pharmaceutical company alleged to have violated the False Claims Act by purportedly engaging in off-label marketing. The decision was upheld on appeal and the US Supreme Court denied the whistleblower’s request for certiorari review

Legal Profession & Ethics:
Key Contacts:
Graeme Bush, Catherine Duval, William Murphy
■ Obtained a defense verdict in a lawsuit against a national law firm by a former partner seeking hundreds of millions of dollars of damages for alleged breach of contract and fiduciary duty arising out his exclusion from a merger
■ Achieved summary judgment in favor of client, a major Washington, DC law firm, in a $100 million federal legal malpractice suit

Plaintiffs & Class Action:
Key Contacts:
Jason Cowart, Carl Kravitz, Cy Smith
■ Represented a class of ERISA plans in an action against a bank concerning foreign currency transactions. The case settled for a total of $300 million
■ Won the first-ever victory against the NFL pension plan on behalf of former Pittsburgh Steeler and Hall of Famer Mike Webster, who was diagnosed with CTE

Securities & Commodities Litigation:
Key Contacts:
Aitan Goelman, Alexandra Miller
■ Represented the former CFO of a public company charged with accounting fraud by the SEC. The client hired Zuckerman Spaeder after the SEC had brought charges. After 18 months of litigation, the SEC dismissed the client from the case
■ Obtained an ‘extremely favorable settlement’ on behalf of the former chief business officer of Freddie Mac in an SEC enforcement action arising from Freddie Mac’s 2006-08 subprime loan disclosures
■ Won summary judgment on behalf of the former CFO of Fannie Mae in a securities class action

Tax Controversy:
Key Contacts:
Paula Junghans, Paul Hynes Jr.
■ Represented the lead defendant in one of the largest tax shelter cases ever brought in a trial that centered on the legality of certain tax shelters that were marketed to high-net-worth individuals and designed to reduce, or eliminate, income taxes
■ Achieved acquittal of all charges for a client charged with numerous federal criminal tax offenses as a result of his participation in a partnership in which members received substantial tax benefits for developing business opportunities in an economically deprived area