November 22, 2004, Washington, D.C. – LAWFUEL – Law, legal, law firm news – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is pleased to announce that Michael Farhang is a recipient of the U.S. Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Furthering U.S. Interests Overseas. The award was presented in the Department of Justice Criminal Division’s annual ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Friday.
Farhang was honored for his work in Iraq while he served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles. He was one of a 13-member legal team sent by the DOJ to Iraq in the first month after the defeat of Saddam Hussein to assist the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) with reconstruction of the Iraqi judicial system. Based in Baghdad and Basra, the team of federal judges, federal prosecutors and defense attorneys conducted assessments of the criminal court system in the various urban centers of the country in May and June 2003.
An Arabic speaker, Farhang was designated as the team leader for a three-person sub-team that traveled to visit court facilities in Basra, Naseriyah and other areas in southern Iraq to observe the extensive looting damage and destruction that had taken place in many parts of the country. As part of the team’s work, the team met with Iraqi judges, lawyers, law students, and law professors, attended bar association meetings, visited courthouses, consulted with U.S. and U.K. military authorities working on legal reconstruction, and reviewed Iraqi criminal laws. In addition to producing a written assessment Farhang’s team made recommendations to the CPA regarding proposed changes to Iraqi criminal procedure laws to establish a right to counsel and right to silence, as well as the inadmissibility of confessions obtained through torture.
“We are very pleased that Michael has been recognized for his work in Iraq,” said Peter Ziegler, Co-Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn’s Los Angeles office. “Michael’s broad experience as an Assistant U. S. Attorney including his experiences in Iraq has allowed him to make valuable contributions to Gibson Dunn’s litigation team and to resolving matters for our clients.”
About Michael Farhang
Farhang is of counsel in Gibson Dunn’s Los Angeles office, where he focuses on white-collar criminal defense involving regulatory compliance and fraud issues, as well as general business litigation.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn in 2003, Farhang was a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice for seven years, serving with the Criminal Division, the Tax Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. As a prosecutor, he focused on white-collar fraud issues. His trial experience includes cases involving securities and telemarketing fraud, mail and wire fraud, tax fraud and other offenses.