Wiltshire & Grannis Partner Patrick O’Donnell Discusses Extraterritorial Enforcement by the U.S. Government at International Conference in Zurich

May 07, 2013


Wiltshire & Grannis LLP partner Patrick O’Donnell spoke today on current trends in extraterritorial enforcement by the U.S. government at the 17th annual Law World Conference, in Zurich, Switzerland.

Mr. O’Donnell briefed the international delegates on the procedural variations of extraterritorial enforcement:  civil suits by federal agencies; criminal indictments; civil enforcement in administrative agency proceedings; and parallel civil and criminal proceedings.  Recent civil and criminal cases brought against foreign individuals and entities, including tax evasion cases based on overseas accounts, expose a growing trend of aggressive extraterritorial enforcement and its use as part of the current administration’s foreign and trade policies.

Mr. O’Donnell also spoke to the practical considerations of criminal extraterritorial enforcement, such as Interpol red notices, sealed indictments, and extradition.  And he gave conference attendees a glimpse into what to expect, including more enforcement actions against international individuals and groups and the likelihood that expanding extraterritorial cases will raise issues of first impression for U.S. courts.

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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