SOURCE: BuckleySandler LLP

BuckleySandler LLP

June 13, 2012 09:50 ET

BuckleySandler Continues Expansion With Addition of Andrew W. Schilling, Former Chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

WASHINGTON, DC and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jun 13, 2012) - BuckleySandler LLP, a nationally recognized financial services and criminal and civil enforcement defense law firm with offices in Washington, Los Angeles and New York, welcomes Andrew W. Schilling, former Chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, to the firm. Schilling joins as a partner in the firm's New York office. The arrival of Schilling coincides with that of Thomas A. Sporkin, Chief of the Office of Market Intelligence (OMI) at the Securities and Exchange Commission, recently announced. [See http://is.gd/Sporkin] .

As Chief of the Civil Division, Schilling supervised one of the largest Civil Divisions in the country, with 57 Assistant U.S. Attorneys in eight specialized units. In this role, Schilling established the Office's new Civil Frauds Unit, which investigates and prosecutes complex financial fraud cases, including mortgage fraud and health care fraud cases. Schilling directly supervised several nationally significant financial fraud lawsuits and investigations against major financial institutions and coordinated all parallel civil investigations with the Office's Criminal Division. An experienced trial attorney both in private practice and in his 12 years as an Assistant United States Attorney, Schilling has tried cases before juries and the bench in civil rights, organized crime, bankruptcy, employment discrimination, First Amendment and official misconduct cases, and represented the United States in more than a dozen appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Schilling and Sporkin bring significant expertise to the firm, particularly with respect to federal civil and criminal enforcement and securities investigations, the False Claims Act, Dodd-Frank and other whistleblower qui tam actions.

"As financial services and other corporate entities continue to grapple with increased scrutiny and regulations, it is important for our clients to have a team with broad experience in defending against complex enforcement and criminal prosecutions working on their behalf," explained BuckleySandler Chairman and Executive Partner, Andrew L. Sandler. "Andrew and Tom have unique, in-depth knowledge and understanding of complex civil, criminal and enforcement matters and our clients will have the added benefit of access to the invaluable insights they both have to offer as former senior leaders in key government enforcement agencies."

BuckleySandler's criminal and civil enforcement defense attorneys currently represent leading financial services companies and other major corporations, as well as their officers and directors, in a variety of civil and criminal state and federal enforcement matters.

"Joining BuckleySandler was a natural choice for me given its nationally recognized and highly regarded government enforcement practice," noted Schilling. "I look forward to joining the firm's New York office and using my 20 years of experience litigating in the federal and state courts of New York to help the firm's financial services and corporate clients navigate through sensitive investigations and complex litigations."

Launched in March 2009 with approximately 40 attorneys, BuckleySandler now has over 150 attorneys. The firm received top ranking in the Financial Services Regulation categories in Chambers USA 2012, including eight partners with individual rankings, and was included in American Lawyer's AmLaw 200 list this year. The firm attributes its success and well-integrated growth to the internal advancement of talented younger lawyers, along with attracting key lateral attorneys with a strategic fit and typically long-standing relationship with one or more partners at the firm.

Schilling graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a Member of the Order of the Coif and Associate Editor of Fordham Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross. Following law school, Schilling clerked for the Honorable Joseph M. McLaughlin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

About: With over 150 lawyers in Washington, Los Angeles and New York, BuckleySandler provides best-in-class legal counsel to meet the challenges of its financial services industry and other corporate and individual clients across the full-range of government enforcement actions, complex and class action litigation, and transactional, regulatory, and public policy issues. The Firm represents many of the nation's leading financial services institutions. "The best at what they do in the country." (Chambers USA). Online: www.buckleysandler.com / Twitter: https://twitter.com/BuckleySandler.

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