Financial Fraud

The vast majority of white-collar criminal defense matters involve financial fraud of some sort.  The Firm’s lawyers have deep experience in such matters, both as prosecutors and defense lawyers.  For example, prior to joining the Cotsirilos Firm, Ann Tighe was the Deputy United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.  At one time or another, both she and Jim Streicker served as Chief of the Criminal Receiving and Appellate Division.  The Cotsirilos Firm leverages this high-level governmental experience with its decades of collective trial experience as defense lawyers to guide its clients through the stickiest financial fraud matters.

Representative cases include:

  • Represented the former CEO of an investment advisory firm with over $1 billion in assets under management in what the U.S. Attorney’s Office called the largest financial fraud ever indicted in the Northern District of Illinois;
  • Represented former CFO of multi-national company in Department of Justice and SEC investigations, and in class action securities fraud case involving $1.3 billion restatement;
  • Represented officers and directors of major multi-national corporations in cases involving allegations of contract fraud, accounting misstatements, and securities fraud;
  • Represented banking executive in investigation of ponzi scheme and indictment and conviction of borrower;
  • Represented commodity traders in criminal cases alleging fraud and improper trading practices;
  • Represented individuals and corporations in cases involving allegations of defense contractor fraud involving contracts with the United States government;

  • Represented individuals charged in accounting fraud cases.