NEW YORK — LawFuel – Legal Announcements – Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is pleased to announce that three prominent white collar crime lawyers are joining Skadden’s New York office as partners. The new partners — John Carroll, David Meister and Warren Feldman — are joining the firm’s New York White Collar Crime Group. They previously were partners at Clifford Chance, where Mr. Carroll was the head of the Global White Collar Practice Group and served as the firm’s Managing Partner for the Americas from 2002 to 2004.
Mr. Carroll, 53, has extensive experience representing clients in domestic and multinational criminal and regulatory investigations. Before joining Rogers & Wells (which subsequently merged with Clifford Chance) in 1992, he had worked for nine years at the U.S.Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he rose to the position of Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit. He has a B.A. from Yale and a J.D. from New York University School of Law and served as a clerk for Judge Richard Owen in the Southern District of New York.
Mr. Meister, 45, has been a partner at Clifford Chance since 1998. He has represented institutions and individuals in regulatory and criminal law enforcement matters and in complex civil litigation.
Mr. Meister served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1991 to 1994, where he was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit. He has a BchE from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Mr. Feldman, 50, has extensive experience as a defense lawyer, beginning his career with the firm Fischetti & Pomerantz, and subsequently moving to Rogers & Wells/Clifford Chance, where he became a partner in 2000. Mr. Feldman has been particularly active in representing clients in crossborder matters, including cartel cases. He holds a B.A. from Williams College and a J.D. from Fordham Law School.
The expansion of Skadden’s New York White Collar practice comes at a time when white collar crime related to the financial crisis is expected to be a focus of investigators and prosecutors.
“We are delighted that John, David and Warren will be joining our New York White Collar Group,” said Robert C. Sheehan, Skadden’s executive partner. “Together, they have developed one of the top practices in this area, and we are excited about the prospect of enhancing Skadden’s already robust criminal and regulatory investigations capabilities. With the addition of John, David and Warren, we believe that we will have the industry-leading platform in this growing area.”
Skadden’s White Collar Crime practice, which includes a number of former federal prosecutors, is ranked as one of the leading white collar practices in the 2008 edition of Chambers USA. The firm’s attorneys have defended corporate and individual clients against white collar criminal allegations in various contexts, including grand jury investigations by federal and state prosecutors, and have handled investigations by regulatory agencies such as the SEC, the NASD, the New York Stock Exchange, the Federal Reserve Bank and the IRS.