Washingtonian magazine names David Schertler, Danny Onorato, and Pamela Satterfield to its "Best Lawyers" list for 2013. Mr. Schertler and Mr. Onorato were identified as two of Washington’s top lawyers in both white–collar and non–white–collar criminal defense, and Ms. Satterfield received recognition in the area of non–white–collar criminal defense. To formulate its biannual list, Washingtonian surveyed thousands of lawyers about "whom they deemed the best among their peers" and conducted independent research on the candidates and their recent successes and accomplishments.
David Schertler will be a panelist at the 1st Annual Midwest Regional Anti–Corruption Seminar, which has drawn prominent members of the white–collar bar to address current issues relating to government investigations and compliance, public integrity, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Schertler & Onorato is also a chair of the event, which will take place in January 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.
For a third consecutive year, Best Law Firms, a joint publication of U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, has ranked Schertler & Onorato a first–tier law firm in Washington for white–collar and non–white–collar criminal defense. Firms included in the 2014 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
Schertler & Onorato announces its support of the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys. The Bishop Walker School is a tuition–free Episcopal school for boys from low–income families that opened in the Southeast quadrant of Washington, D.C. in 2008. Its mission is to provide boys from underprivileged urban backgrounds a quality education, moral guidance, and the opportunity to reach their full potential as students and citizens.
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David Schertler and Danny Onorato have again been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer–review publication in the legal profession. For 2014, Mr. Schertler has been named a top lawyer in the nation in both white–collar and non–white collar criminal defense. Mr. Onorato’s 2014 Best Lawyers recognition is in the practice area of non–white collar criminal defense. The prestigious Best Lawyers guide was first published in 1983 and is universally regarded as the most reliable source of legal referrals available anywhere due to its rigorous, exhaustive, and unbiased selection process.
The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a press release announcing its decision to intervene in a civil lawsuit brought by a client of Schertler & Onorato against several health care entities under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. The action is pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama and alleges that the defendant medical entities violated federal anti–kickback statutes through their Medicare billing and physician referral practices. Schertler & Onorato attorneys David Schertler, David Dickieson, and Habib Ilahi are co–counsel, along with Coumanis & York, to the whistleblower/relator, a cardiologist who became aware of the challenged practices during his previous employment with the defendant health care entities.
Schertler & Onorato attorneys David Schertler, Danny Onorato, David Dickieson, and Stuart Sears are recognized in the 2013 Super Lawyers list of outstanding attorneys in Washington, D.C. Mr. Schertler was named to the elite list of the "Top 100" attorneys in Washington and was rated a leading practitioner in the area of white collar criminal defense. Mr. Onorato received Super Lawyer recognition in the area of criminal defense, and Mr. Sears was named a "Rising Star" in the same field. Mr. Dickieson was named a Super Lawyer in tax matters. The rigorous selection process utilized by Super Lawyers includes both peer evaluation and independent research. The results of the rating process appeared in the Washington Post Magazine.
Schertler & Onorato obtains a significant appellate victory in a criminal trademark counterfeiting case in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The Court vacated several of our client’s convictions and concluded, on an important matter of first impression, that the government had pursued an overly–aggressive theory of trademark counterfeiting that was unsupported by the federal criminal statute. The firm’s appellate specialist, Lisa H. Schertler, briefed and argued the case.
Schertler & Onorato proves its client’s "actual innocence" in a contested proceeding to seal criminal records. The evidentiary hearing took place in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and involved a client who was initially arrested for a felony offense and then was charged by the United States Attorney’s Office with multiple misdemeanor offenses in 2011. The charges were dismissed pursuant to a Deferred Prosecution Agreement, and Schertler & Onorato counsel Lisa Manning subsequently moved to seal all records of the arrest and court proceedings, including the pertinent records in the FBI’s national arrest database, on grounds of the client’s actual innocence. The Superior Court granted the motion over the government’s opposition, finding that the client did not commit any of the offenses with which he had been charged. Ms. Manning has extensive experience in criminal record mitigation matters in multiple jurisdictions.
The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers names David Schertler to its elite list of leading lawyers in the field of Business Crime Defense for 2013. Only 535 practitioners worldwide received this recognition. Attorneys were selected for the list based on a survey of law firm clients and business crime defense lawyers from around the world.
Best Law Firms, a joint publication of U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, again ranks Schertler & Onorato among the top "Tier 1"law firms in Washington for white-collar and non-white-collar criminal defense. This prestigious recognition of the firm’s white-collar criminal practice covers both litigation matters and governmental investigations. Best Law Firms rankings are the result of a rigorous evaluation process involving both client evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in the applicable practice areas. Schertler & Onorato is pleased to be named a Best Law Firm for a second consecutive year.
A Washington Post Editorial endorses the Confirmation of Robert Spagnoletti to Chair the District of Columbia Board of Ethics and Government Accountability. The Editorial opines that "[t]here is no doubting Mr. Spagnoletti’s qualitifications; he is a highly regarded lawyer who knows the District and its issues, and he has the experience and energy to manage organizations."
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Robert Spagnoletti has been nominated by Mayor Vincent Gray to serve as chairperson of the newly-formed Board of Ethics and Government Accountability. The three-person Board will be responsible for investigating alleged ethics violations by local elected officials and public employees. In announcing the nomination of Mr. Spagnoletti and the other Board members, Mayor Gray emphasized the candidates' extensive experience and their "sterling professional and personal reputations."
After two years of intense litigation, the Department of Justice dismisses all charges against Schertler & Onorato’s client in the massive and highly publicized Foreign Corrupt Practices Act "Africa Sting" case. The dismissal with prejudice applied to all the defendants who were pending trial (or retrial) and followed two lengthy trials in which the government failed to obtain any convictions. David Schertler, Danny Onorato, and Veronica Jennings handled the proceedings for the firm’s client, a British citizen.
U.S. News & World Report ranks Schertler & Onorato among the best law firms in Washington in both white-collar and non-white-collar criminal defense. The "Best Law Firms" rankings for 2011- 2012 were based on "a rigorous evaluation process" that included client evaluations of the firm’s expertise and cost-effectiveness, peer review from leading attorneys in the field, and the significance of legal matters handled by the firm.
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Lisa Fishberg has been selected to become a member of the D.C. Bar Family Law Section Steering Committee. Ms. Fishberg’s tenure as a section leader will continue through June 2013.