Press Release - Phillips Nizer Launches White Collar Criminal Defense Practice with the Addition of Two Former Federal Prosecutors Ilene Jaroslaw and Bradley D. Simon in New York | Read the release02/28/2019
Ilene Jaroslaw, former chief of the General Crimes Section at the EDNY; and Bradley Simon best known for defending numerous prominent individuals in two decades of private practice
Launching a new white collar and investigations practice with two highly respected attorneys, Phillips Nizer LLP welcomes Ilene Jaroslaw and Bradley Simon, former federal prosecutors and private practice attorneys with decades of experience in all areas of civil and criminal trials, as partners in the firm’s New York office. The two will co-lead the firm’s White Collar & Investigations practice group.
Ms. Jaroslaw, who joins from Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, where she served as chief of the General Crimes Section. Ms. Jaroslaw tried 30 cases to a jury verdict and argued 30 appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Mr. Simon joins from Simon & Partners, where he has also tried 30 cases to a jury verdict and has represented clients in some of the noteworthy government prosecutions in recent years, including former New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi. Prior to founding his firm, he was a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District and served as a Trial Attorney with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
“Ilene and Bradley, both respected as former federal prosecutors and litigators, are leaders in their field. They handle critical internal investigations, and white collar criminal defense work. We are pleased to add their expertise for our clients as part of Phillips Nizer’s strategic expansion,” said Marc Landis, Phillips Nizer’s Managing Partner.
Phillips Nizer has recently been active in adding other prominent attorneys in key practice areas, including cryptocurrency and cybersecurity; and sports law and product licensing.
Mark Elliott, the co-head of Phillips Nizer’s Litigation practice group, noted that continuing to strengthen the investigations and litigation team along with other groups, is a priority as well.
“Ilene is one of the most respected former prosecutors and she has been sought out by companies for her investigative skills to help root out internal problems before they cause significant damage,” he said. “Bradley created one of the premier boutique white collar firms, where he has been regularly brought in to handle the most challenging defense trials and witness representation. There are very few defense attorneys who tried as many high-profile criminal actions, especially in cases touching on political corruption. Both of these attorneys’ reputations and skills in the courtroom are a welcome addition to our litigation team, and will provide our clients with another layer of our business advisory capabilities,” said Mr. Elliott.
As the head of the General Crimes Section, Ms. Jaroslaw supervised and trained more than 200 prosecutors. She also served as acting deputy chief of the Criminal Division.
Both in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and in private practice, she worked on cases involving a wide range of financial crimes; such as securities fraud, insider trading, FCPA violations, money laundering and health care fraud. In addition to litigation, Ms. Jaroslaw has been deeply involved in internal investigations matters and has been regularly brought in by clients to examine potential problems and to create plans to avoid future violations.
Ms. Jaroslaw has also served as Senior Staff Attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she represented physicians and medical practices in cases throughout the country. At the Center, she served as lead counsel in June Medical Services v. Gee, the federal trial challenging Louisiana’s laws which targeted abortion providers. Ms. Jaroslaw obtained a decisive victory in the district court, only to have the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issue an emergency stay against the district court’s injunction. On emergency motion, Ms. Jaroslaw successfully obtained a vacatur of the Fifth Circuit’s order, stopping Louisiana from enforcing its unconstitutional law.
At the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Jaroslaw was awarded the Charles E. Rose Award for Outstanding Service by the Eastern District Association, the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from the U.S. Department of Justice, and Prosecutor of the Year by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, as well as special recognition from numerous federal agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“Phillips Nizer has a long reputation for excellence, with attorneys who are widely respected for in-depth subject matter knowledge. The firm has developed market-leading practices in real estate, trusts & estates and fashion. I expect my practice will work very well with attorneys in these groups,” said Ms. Jaroslaw. “Additionally, Phillips Nizer partners have been leaders in the bar, helping to push forward needed reforms on many initiatives, including their recent role in spotlighting the challenges facing women in the law.”
Ms. Jaroslaw received her J.D. and M.S.F.S. magna cum laude from Georgetown University, and her A.B. cum laude from Harvard University.
Mr. Simon represents both corporations and individuals in white collar defense, civil litigation and corporate compliance issues. He has defended clients facing charges in an enormous array of areas, including securities, mail, wire, and bank fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations (FCPA), antitrust, tax evasion, health care fraud, political corruption and other alleged federal and state offenses in jurisdictions throughout the United States.
Over two decades, his representations have included some of the most widely-followed criminal and political corruption cases:
- Former New York State Comptroller, Alan Hevesi;
- New York Real Estate Developer Jody Kriss in connection with a $100 million RICO claim involving Trump real estate projects, pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York;
- President and Founder of CDR Securities, David Rubin, accused of leading a municipal bond-rigging scheme;
- New York businessman Morris Talansky, in connection with the criminal investigation of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert;
- British Solicitor Jeffrey Tesler, in connection with the Halliburton FCPA prosecution;
- Bayou Hedge Fund Co-Founder, James Marquez;
- David Chang, whose testimony regarding bribes for New Jersey Senator Robert Torricelli led to the Senator dropping a reelection bid.
In his civil practice, Mr. Simon represents corporations and individuals in complex commercial and contractual disputes, as well as arbitration proceedings and appeals.
Mr. Simon served as the presiding judge at the Barristers' Union 2015 Trial Competition at Yale Law School. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University and Fordham Law Schools and has taught trial advocacy at Emory Law School in Atlanta.
“Phillips Nizer has a platform that I am excited to be a part of. The firm has attracted a team of top attorneys in their fields. After 21 years heading my own firm, I wasn’t looking to move. But the level of strength of the Phillips Nizer partnership made it a very attractive option. It is an exciting challenge to help build the White Collar practice for Phillips Nizer,” said Mr. Simon.
Mr. Simon received his J.D. from Georgetown University and his B.A. cum laude, from Harvard University
About Phillips Nizer LLP:
Phillips Nizer, founded in 1926, represents domestic and international clients in business, finance and real estate transactions, intellectual property matters, commercial litigation and tax and estate planning, with a particular focus on the entertainment, fashion, real estate and technology industries.
Phillips Nizer’s principal office is in Manhattan, with additional offices in Long Island and New Jersey. The firm is a member of Ally Law, a worldwide network of independent, midsized law firms. To learn more about Phillips Nizer LLP, visit: www.phillipsnizer.com.