W&G Partner Patrick O’Donnell Discusses Extraterritorial Enforcement by the U.S. Government at International Conference in Galway

May 23, 2013

GALWAY, IRELAND, May 25, 2013

Wiltshire & Grannis LLP partner Patrick O’Donnell addresses attendees of the fifth annual conference of the Irish Society of Comparative Law today on legal issues raised by the extraterritorial enforcement by the U.S. government of U.S. law.

Mr. O’Donnell reviewed the legal bases for U.S. extraterritorial enforcement, recent Obama administration developments on the topic, and practical factors that can challenge individuals outside the U.S. who face criminal enforcement.  He focused in particular on the legal catch-22 that extraterritorial enforcement poses in the context of alleged business crimes:  The U.S. government may effectively bar an overseas defendant from international travel to Interpol countries on the basis of an indictment that is legally invalid, yet the courts often refuse to consider the indictment’s deficiency unless the overseas defendant moves to the United States and surrenders to U.S. custody for as many months or years as it takes to resolve the legal questions. 

Mr. O’Donnell’s practice focuses on government enforcement matters, particularly white-collar criminal defense, and complex civil litigation. He has represented clients—from private companies to public officials and individuals—in a wide variety of substantive cases, including matters focused on the False Claims Act, tax evasion, “off-label” use of pharmaceuticals, antitrust, securities fraud, bribery, extortion, environmental crimes, accounting fraud, and public corruption.

Wiltshire & Grannis LLP is a boutique law firm with a simple yet ambitious purpose:  To provide our clients with the best representation available at any price, and do it without either the wasteful overhead or the unrealistic billable hours requirements typical of our larger competitors.  Since 1998, our distinctive blend of professionalism and parsimony has earned us a national reputation for excellence in communications and information technology regulation, civil and criminal trial litigation, appellate work, and international trade and national security matters.

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