Washington, D.C., October 27, 2005 – LAWFUEL- The Law News Network – Dewey Ballantine LLP, a leading international law firm, announced today that Timothy J. Coleman will join the firm as a Partner in the Litigation Department. Mr. Coleman will be resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C. and New York offices, and will Co-Chair the firm’s White Collar Crime and Government Investigations Practice Group.
Mr. Coleman currently serves as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General of the United States. After completing his government service, he will join Dewey Ballantine in January 2006. “Tim Coleman is an outstanding addition to our Litigation Department, and to the firm as a whole,” said Morton A. Pierce, Chairman of the firm’s Executive Committee. “This move demonstrates Dewey Ballantine’s commitment to expanding its capabilities in the increasingly important area of government enforcement actions and white collar criminal defense.”
In his current position, Mr. Coleman is the senior Justice Department staff member responsible for the President’s Corporate Fraud Task Force, and chairs High-Level Working Groups on Health Care Fraud and Sentencing Policy. Previously, as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, he oversaw the work of the Enron Task Force and the Criminal Fraud Section, which prosecutes Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, financial institution fraud, procurement fraud and a wide range of other cases.
Mr. Coleman is a nationally recognized expert on white collar crime and government enforcement. He has worked closely with United States Attorneys throughout the country, and with senior officials of federal, state and foreign regulatory and law enforcement agencies, on some of the most significant white collar crime matters in recent years. He has testified before the United States Senate and House of Representatives on white collar crime issues, and is a frequent public speaker on corporate compliance, internal investigations, the role of in-house counsel and other topics. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, National Law Journal, Corporate Counsel and other national publications.
Mr. Coleman served for more than eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. As a senior member of the U.S. Attorney’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, he prosecuted numerous cases of accounting fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, offering fraud and a wide variety of other matters. Mr. Coleman was the lead prosecutor on the highly publicized investigation of Adelphia Communications Corporation, which resulted in the conviction of the company’s CEO, CFO and other senior executives. He also led high-profile investigations of other major corporations, including Vivendi Universal, Datek Securities Corporation, Credit Bancorp Ltd. and others.
“Tim Coleman brings a wealth of experience in corporate investigations and complex criminal and civil litigation,” said Jeffrey L. Kessler, Co-Chairman of the firm’s Litigation Department. “Based on his experience as a senior Justice Department official, he has invaluable insight into the government’s handling of enforcement matters across a variety of industries. At the same time, he is a seasoned trial and appellate advocate with extensive courtroom experience and a very successful record. Tim will play a key role in leading the expansion of our White Collar Crime and Government Investigations Practice Group.”
Dewey Ballantine’s White Collar Crime and Government Investigations Practice Group represents corporations and individuals in all stages of criminal and regulatory enforcement proceedings. Dewey Ballantine also has extensive experience in conducting corporate internal investigations, particularly in advising boards of directors in evaluating and responding to allegations of wrongdoing, and developing compliance programs. The addition of Mr. Coleman will further strengthen the capabilities of the firm’s White Collar Crime and Government Investigations practice to support its clients in complex criminal and regulatory enforcement proceedings. The attorneys in the Group include numerous former federal prosecutors with extensive experience in a wide range of complex matters, such as allegations of fraud, insider trading, and violations of the disclosure provisions of federal and state securities laws. He joins a national white collar practice adept at a broad range of matters including investigations by the Department of Justice, the SEC, IRS and state and local law enforcement. Other prominent attorneys in this group include Seth Farber and Christine Chi, former Assistant United States Attorneys for the Southern District of New York; Lawrence Hill, previously a Special Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C and Suzanne Jaffe Bloom, former Deputy Chief of the Long Island Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.