By: F|G Marketing / Date: 14, January 2020

False Claims Act Recoveries Increase in 2019

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that in 2019 it obtained more than $3 billion in settlements and judgments from cases involving fraud and false claims against the government. False Claims Act recoveries increased over 2018, when DOJ announced total recoveries of approximately $2.8 million, and exceeded $2 billion for the tenth consecutive year. More than 85% of the funds recovered in 2019, totaling more than $2.6 billion, were from health care-related matters. Reflecting DOJ’s focus on “holding drug companies… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 04, January 2020

Flannery | Georgalis adds third former IRS special agent to growing tax defense team

Flannery | Georgalis has hired Frank Brown, a recently retired IRS special agent, adding depth to the Firm’s financial investigations and complex tax defense groups. Frank brings more than 31 years of government service as a special agent with IRS-Criminal Investigation. He has conducted numerous criminal investigations, including those involving tax, money laundering, the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), and other complex financial crimes. Frank was also assigned to an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, where he assisted in dismantling… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 19, December 2019

Talia E. Sukol Selected to Ladder Down

Congratulations to F|G Associate Attorney, Talia E. Sukol, for her selection to Ladder Down, a year-long program that promotes leadership, business development, and mentoring for women lawyers. The training is comprised of monthly panel presentations by national and local leaders, and small group workshops. Participants develop leadership, communication, and conflict resolution skills, and focus on cultivating business development through growing client relationships and increasing visibility. The program also emphasizes the importance of paying it forward and mentoring. Talia is excited… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 16, December 2019

Should Law Enforcement Have Access to Encrypted Devices and Apps?

Law enforcement’s ability to access encrypted devices and apps, a subject of ongoing national debate, is an issue of public safety, according to a recent Cleveland.com article. Law enforcement argues that their inability to access encrypted devices hinders critical investigations and compromises public safety. One solution proposed by law enforcement is for tech companies to build a “back door” into encrypted services specifically for law enforcement access. However, tech companies argue that providing such access would leave them vulnerable to… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 11, December 2019

Ed Fadel Speaks About Career Transitions

On Tuesday, Ed Fadel joined six other speakers at the CMBA for a panel discussion on "Making the Pivot in Your Practice." Ed spoke to the CMBA’s Criminal Law and Young Lawyers sections about his successful transition from prosecutor to defense attorney. Among other pieces of advice, Ed says that "when transitioning in your career, it is important to find the right people you want to work with, not just the right job.”

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 06, December 2019

Michigan Legalizes Recreational Marijuana - What Does That Mean For Ohio?

As Michigan legalized recreational marijuana this past Sunday, Ohio law enforcement officers say they are mindful of the likelihood that more individuals will travel to Ohio from Michigan carrying marijuana, according to reporting by Cleveland.com. The Ohio State Highway Patrol told reporters it is not planning to take increased action, but officers are cognizant of the potential for increased marijuana traffic to Ohio and will be looking for probable cause to search for criminal activity. Read the full story here.… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 05, December 2019

Making The Pivot In Your Practice

Please join Ed Fadel on Tuesday, December 10th as he discusses the transition from prosecutor to defense attorney. RSVP at clemetrobar.org

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 27, November 2019

The Cyber Essentials Guide

Earlier this month, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a "Cyber Essentials" guide for small businesses and government agencies to enhance the Nation's collective effort to combat cyber threats. The CISA guide is composed of two parts; (i) guiding principles for leaders to create a culture of readiness and (ii) specific actions for IT professionals to enforce them. There are six main components of the Cyber Essentials that include driving cybersecurity strategy, developing a heightened awareness of security… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 14, November 2019

2019 FINRA Report on Examination Findings and Observations

On October 16th FINRA released its 2019 Report on Examination Findings and Observations. FINRA specifically identified issues relating to firms’ Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) programs in their findings, including challenges with transaction monitoring systems used to detect and report suspicious activity. In addition, firms are relying to heavily on their clearing firm for monitoring transactions and suspicious activity. The Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) requires firms to monitor, detect and report suspicious activity to the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. Further,… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 12, November 2019

F|G Expands to Pittsburgh

F|G has opened an office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is being led by Colin Callahan, a former U.S. Assistant Attorney in the Western District of Pennsylvania. Colin is joined by attorney, Jonathan Fodi, a former Allegheny County Assistant Prosecutor and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney.