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Richard J. Zack is a partner in the White Collar and Corporate Investigations and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office.
Prior to joining Pepper, Mr. Zack was chief of commercial and consumer fraud and deputy chief of economic crimes for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. There he supervised all consumer and commercial fraud cases, including mortgage, investment, securities and corporate fraud. Before that, Mr. Zack was deputy chief of the criminal division and an Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Mr. Zack represents businesses, educational institutions, nonprofits and individuals facing investigation by federal and state law enforcement authorities, and government regulatory agencies. Mr. Zack also represents businesses and individuals who have been victims of crimes.
Mr. Zack has extensive experience in the investigation and prosecution of mortgage fraud and other financial crimes. Among other things, he served as the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s mortgage fraud coordinator and was the chairman of the office’s Mortgage Fraud Task Force, which coordinated all mortgage fraud investigations in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and included representatives of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and federal and state regulators. Mr. Zack also was the co-chair of the office’s Community Advisory Group, which included representatives of banks and other mortgage lenders, public officials and community groups representing victims of mortgage fraud.
Mr. Weinstein heads Clarke Silverglate’s white collar criminal defense practice. His areas of expertise include corporate compliance laws, asset forfeiture and recovery, allegations of insider trading, money laundering, as well as mortgage, tax, healthcare, securities, and wire and mail fraud.
Before joining Clarke Silverglate, Mr. Weinstein was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, litigating International Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Conspiracy, Money Laundering, Public Corruption and National Security matters. When he left government practice, he was serving as chief of the Public Integrity/National Security Section.
Mr. Weinstein has 25 years of experience in criminal law, first as a state prosecutor, then as a federal prosecutor, and most recently in private practice. His courtroom experience includes more than 100 jury trials.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Mr. Weinstein earned his B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.
John Geiringer leads the regulatory practice area of Barack Ferrazzano’s financial institutions group. John is a well known banking attorney who handles regulatory compliance and enforcement issues for banks across the country. John is the Chairman of the Enforcement, Insider Liability and Troubled Banks Subcommittee ofthe American Bar Association’s Committee on Banking Law.
Prior to joining the firm, he served as legal counsel for the Illinois bank regulatory agency and was in the bank regulatory compliance area of a major accounting firm. He is an Adjunct Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Graduate Program in Financial Services Law and is a member of the Advisory Board of The Anti-Money Laundering Association. He also served as a Faculty Advisor for the Illinois Bankers Association and is a past Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association’s Financial Institutions Committee.
John is a frequent speaker at seminars for bankers, lawyers and regulators on issues of financial institutions law. He is the co-editor of a two-volume banking law handbook and is the author of the chapter “Supervisory Enforcement Actions and Related Civil Liability”. He is also the co-author of the chapter “Bank Examination and Enforcement” in The Keys to Banking Law: A Handbook for Lawyers (20 12). He received his B.A. from American University and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Dr. Amit Kumar is the Fellow for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism at the Center for National Policy in Washington DC; and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Security Studies Program at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where he teaches the Graduate Course in Terrorist Financing. Dr. Kumar has also taught at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice for several years. Current projects include co-editing a Comprehensive Textbook on Terrorist Financing. Dr. Kumar’s work has been recently cited in congressional testimony. Dr. Kumar is an invited speaker to talk on the new FATF Standards to the New York State Society of CPAs, and is invited to make presentations on terrorist financing and money laundering issues by other organizations. His academic work has also been published in the Journal of Homeland Security, and George Mason’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Report. Dr. Kumar spent a number of years advising the Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Regimes at the United Nations on assets freeze and terrorist financing issues. Dr. Kumar earned a Doctorate in Public Administration from American University in Washington D.C; a Masters in Philosophy in American Studies from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; and a Masters in International Business from the University of Delhi.