Three Prominent Litigators To Join Clifford Chance In New York

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 11:46

Clifford Chance has announced that David Raskin, Christopher J. Morvillo, and Edward C. O’Callaghan are joining the firm as Litigation partners in New York.  Having previously served together as federal prosecutors in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Messrs. Raskin, Morvillo and O’Callaghan will be reuniting at Clifford Chance in early November to strengthen the firm’s New York-based White Collar, Regulatory Enforcement and Government Investigations practice group. 

Mr. Raskin joins Clifford Chance directly from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he has handled several of the most important criminal trials and international investigations in recent history, including those arising from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and an ongoing probe into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Messrs. Morvillo and O’Callaghan, who left the U.S. Attorney’s Office six and three years ago, respectively, are among the most highly regarded white collar defense attorneys in Manhattan. Mr. Morvillo is a partner at the white collar boutique firm, Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason, Anello & Bohrer, P.C., and Mr. O’Callaghan leads the Government Investigations and White Collar Defense Group at Nixon Peabody. 

Mr. Raskin, 47, joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1999, rising to Chief of the Terrorism & National Security Unit.  He has been at the center of many of the most important criminal investigations and trials brought by the U.S. government during the past decade, including the prosecution of Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, and the ongoing multi-jurisdictional investigation of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the 9/11 mastermind.  Mr. Raskin is currently involved in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation.  Prior to joining the legal profession in 1996, he was a journalist who wrote for The New York Times, among other publications.

Mr. Morvillo, 47, was most recently a partner at Morvillo, Abramowitz.  During the past six years he has represented individual and corporate clients in federal and state white collar matters, parallel enforcement and civil proceedings, and internal investigations.  In particular, Morvillo has extensive experience in representing individuals and entities in insider trading, corporate espionage and securities fraud investigations and prosecutions.  From 1999 to 2005 he served as an assistant U.S. aattorney, investigating and trying a wide variety of criminal cases in the areas of fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice, narcotics and counter-terrorism.  He served as one of the lead prosecutors throughout the multi-jurisdictional investigation and 10-month trial of notorious criminal defense attorney Lynne Stewart and her coconspirators.  For his role in that successful prosecution, Morvillo received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the Justice Department’s highest award.

Mr. O’Callaghan is Nixon Peabody's Government Investigations and White Collar Defense practice leader.  He has represented several of the largest financial institutions in the world in various regulatory enforcement investigations and proceedings.  He has also represented numerous individuals and entities in investigations and prosecutions involving claims of insider trading, securities fraud, export control violations and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  From 1999 to 2008, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney, rising to be Co-Chief of the Terrorism & National Security Unit with Raskin.  While serving in that capacity, Mr. O'Callaghan was lead prosecutor on the international financial fraud investigation and prosecutions related to the corruption in the United Nations Oil-for-Food program.