Former Assistant U.S. Attorney (federal prosecutor), Deputy District Attorney (state prosecutor) and Congressional Counsel (lawyer in U.S. Congress) specializing in defending companies, individuals and universities in state and federal white collar and non-white collar criminal cases and investigations, and civil, regulatory and administrative proceedings. He also represents and consults with universities, student-athletes, coaches, and others in NCAA interviews and proceedings.
He thrives on aggressively assisting his clients to respond to crisis and "bet the company" situations.
In addition to his 20 years of experience as a lawyer, he started and led the investigations practice in California for a publicly-traded consulting firm which has more than 4,000 employees in 24 countries.
His experience includes insider trading, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), fraud, bribery, kickbacks, thefts of trade secrets, unfair competition, employee misconduct, product recalls, public corruption, tax, money laundering, Ponzi schemes, and NCAA Enforcement matters.
He has won nearly 90% of his felony jury trials, including fraud, bribery, public corruption and murder. He has handled approximately 30 trials and 1,000 preliminary hearings, briefed and argued suppression and other motions in state and federal courts, and has briefed and argued cases in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Avvo rates him as a "superb" White Collar Criminal Defense lawyer (the highest rating available) with a perfect 10 out of 10 rating.
Specialties: White Collar Criminal Defense • Criminal Defense (state and federal) • IRepresenting current and former employees in government investigations of their employer • SEC Investigations and Defense • Fraud • Bribery • Kickbacks • Insider Trading • Government Fraud • Money Laundering • Import and Export Offenses (including ITAR) • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Defense, Investigations and Compliance (FCPA) • NCAA Investigations • Internal Investigations • Workplace Investigations • Congressional Investigations • Monitorships • Crisis Consulting
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Appreciation of Efforts||Federal Bureau of Investigation||N/A|
|Appreciation of Efforts||U. S. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service||N/A|
|Appreciation of Efforts||U.S. Department of Education, Inspector General||N/A|
|Attorney at Law||Vaughn Law Offices||2013 - Present|
|Managing Director - Global Risk and Investigations||FTI Consulting, Inc.||2007 - Present|
|Assistant United States Attorney||United States Dept. of Justice||1998 - 2007|
|Deputy District Attorney - Special Investigations||Los Angeles County District Attorney||1994 - 1998|
|District Director||United States Congress||1994 - 1994|
|Deputy Trial Counsel||State Bar of California||1991 - 1992|
|Deputy District Attorney||Los Angeles County District Attorney||1989 - 1991|
|Counsel||United States Congress||1988 - 1989|
|Legislative Assistant||United States Congress||1987 - 1988|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association (White Collar Crime subcommittee)||N/A||N/A|
|State Bar of California||N/A||N/A|
|District of Columbia Bar Association (inactive)||N/A||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||N/A|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section||N/A||2009 - 2015|
|Association of Business Trial Lawyers||N/A||2009 - 2015|
|Association of Certified Fraud Examiners||N/A||2007 - 2014|
|Theft of Trade Secrets Investigation||N/A|
|Ponzi Scheme Investigation||N/A|
|International Asset Search and Recovery||More than $1 million recovered|
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|Los Angeles Daily Journal||Rise of Internal Investigations Creating Crowded Marketplace||2013|
|Harvard University||Coursework included Harvard Law School||Master in Public Administration||1993|
|University of California, Hastings College of the Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||1987|
|University of California - Berkeley||N/A||Other - Bachelors||1984|
|Presentation to US and Foreign Judges||Defending Corruption and Espionage Cases||2013|
|University of Southern California||From Tip to Indictment: How Prosecutorial Decisions are Made||2012|
|Internal Training for In-House Counsel and Investigative Staff||Best Practices in Internal Investigations||2012|
|FTI Consulting||Responding to NCAA Investigations||2012|
|confidential||Responding to NCAA Investigations||2012|
|American Bar Association||Best Practices for Internal Investigations||2012|
|American Lawyer top 100 law firm internal training||Top 10 Mistakes in International Investigations||2011|
|Inns of Court||A Comparison of Federal and State Grand Jury Procedures||2010|