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Paul is our firm’s founder and managing attorney. He has over thirty years experience in criminal investigations and law enforcement. He is ready to put that experience and knowledge to work for you. He is a former Acting Assistant Prosecutor/Special Deputy Attorney General, in Union County, New Jersey; a former Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York; former Associate Legal Counsel to the FBI and a decorated former FBI Special Agent. He also previously served as a Criminal Defense Attorney and the Director of Investigations at the Blanch Law Firm, and as a Senior Corporate Investigator at Labaton Sucharow Specializing in Sexcurities Fraud.
Paul is graduate of Fordham Law School and Penn State University (Accounting). Paul is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and the Federal Courts of: The District of New Jersey, The Eastern District of New York, and the The Southern District of New York.
Union County Prosecutor Special Deputy Attorney General/Acting Assistant Prosecutor Union County New Jersey May 2017-May 2019
Handled all aspects of criminal prosecution including investigation, complaint approval, plea negotiations, motion practice, indictment and trial.
Attorney At Law The Blanch Law Firm January 2016-April 2017
The Blanch Law Firm’s criminal trial strategy is unique in that we dedicate a team of criminal defense attorneys to every major crime we defend. Utilizing this strategy, our achievements in the field of criminal defense are noteworthy. We have secured dismissals of numerous high profile cases and serious felony charges in Federal and State criminal courts. Our cases include charges encompassing international financial crimes, to homicide, to wire Fraud, to narcotics trafficking, to tax evasion, to money laundering, to securities violations, to so-called crime cartels involving alleged medicaid, medicare and insurance fraud organizations, gambling rings, prostitution rings, conspiracy to export stolen vehicles and other major and high-profile cases in New York, New Jersey & across the country.
Labaton Sucharow LLP
August 2014 – Dec 31, 2015 New York, NY
Investigated complex federal and state securities fraud allegations in connection with the purchase, sale, or offering of public traded stocks, bonds, and other securities. Developed confidential witnesses and investigated whistleblower claims.
Special Agent/Supervisory Special Agent
1990 – May 2014 (24 years) New York, New York
Twenty-four years broad based investigative and legal experience investigating White Collar Crime, Violent Crime, Criminal Enterprises, and Terrorism. This includes eight years Special Operations and Counter Intelligence, and three years as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, Civil Division, EDNY. Collateral duties have included Legal Instructor, EEO Investigator, Swat Team, Defensive Tactics Instructor and Fitness Adviser.
2011 – 2014 (3 years) New York, NY
Counter Intelligence Division
Involved in protecting physical security of various facilities critical to the national security interests of the United States. Maintained TS/SCI National Security Clearances
2007 – 2011 (4 years) White Plains New York,
Violent Crimes Major Offenders Task Force
Special Agent, 2007-2011
Investigated violent crimes including bank robberies, kidnappings, truck hijackings, drug trafficking, murder for hire and violent criminal gangs as participant of a Joint Task force involving federal and local police agencies. Prepared and executed search warrants, arrest warrants, wire tape warrants, collected evidence, testified at Grand Jury and Petite Jury trials.
Special Agent/Acting Supervisory Special Agent
2005 – 2007 (2 years) New York, NY
New York Operations Center
Responsible for coordinating daily interaction with the public, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, FBI headquarters, FBI management, outside agencies and FBI Field personnel on a twenty four/seven basis. Evaluated and processed crime and terrorist activity reports, prepared written and oral presentations to FBI management and Terrorist Task Force Personnel, processed arrests (fingerprints, criminal histories, foreign consulate notifications, etc.). Spearheaded the upgrade of FBI database integration with the NY State Police Criminal Database (Justice). Managed twenty subordinate employees and was responsible for the overall daily physical operations of the New York FBI Division as Acting Supervisor
Joint Terrorism Task Force Special Agent
2001 – 2005 (4 years) New York, NY
Special Operations Division
Joint Terrorism Task Force
New York, New York
Conducted covert physical surveillance of subjects suspected in organized crime and terrorist activities as a Joint NYPD/FBI Counter Terrorism Task Force member. Major investigations included the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center Attacks, the Lackawanna Six terrorist cell, Taliban, suspected potential suicide bombers and subject seeking to purchase stinger missiles to shoot down planes on American soil. Also investigated suspected Decavalcante and Colombo Organized Crime activities. Member of Special Operations Response Team (SORT) deployed on temporary short term basis throughout the country to support terrorism investigations in other FBI divisions’ jurisdictions.
Supervisory Special Agent/Associate Legal Counsel
1997 – 2001 (4 years) New York, NY
In-House Legal Counsel for FBI, including all aspects of litigation. Reviewed and drafted search and arrest warrants, responded to subpoenas and FOIA requests, managed the conduct of internal affairs (OPR) investigations, and advised management on policy and legal compliance. Drafted Memoranda of Understanding and contracts with outside agencies and private vendors, and oversaw Criminal, National Security, and Terrorist investigations.
Special Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney’s Office
1997 – 2000 (3 years) Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn)
Represented the United States in Federal District Court and the Second Circuit US Court of Appeals in all aspects of civil litigation including: discovery, motion practice, trial and appellate practice.
Special Agent/Acting Supervisory Special Agent
1990 – 1997 (7 years) Sacramento, California
Criminal Division/White Collar Crime
Investigated all aspects of White Collar Crime. Drafted and executed search and arrest warrants, monitored electronic eavesdropping, conducted interviews, physical surveillance, and forensic analysis of financial records. Testified at Grand Jury and Petite Jury proceedings. Investigated and documented internal complaints of employment discrimination and prepared reports for determination of Final Agency Decision as an EEO investigator before the EEOC; Implemented and provided defensive tactics instruction to all division FBI Special Agents and conducted defensive tactics training for outside agencies including the IRS Criminal Division as the Principal Defensive Tactics instructor. Served as Acting Chief Division Legal Counsel, and Acting White Collar Crime Supervisory Special Agent.
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