Securities Fraud
Areas of Practice

                  stakes could not be higher. The Department of Justice remains as focused as ever in prosecuting what it believes to be financial fraud, as evidenced by the recent creation of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, which has been tasked with “vigorously” pursuing financial fraud. In fact, the government declared that by “creating this task force, the President has elevated the fight against mortgage fraud, securities fraud and other forms of financial fraud to a cabinet-level priority.” Attorney General Holder made no mistake about the mission of the task force when announcing its formation in November 2009: “We will investigate you, we will prosecute you, and we will incarcerate you. We will be relentless in our investigation of corporate and financial wrongdoing, and will not hesitate to bring charges, where appropriate, for criminal misconduct on the part of businesses and business executives.”

Given this priority level, it is imperative that you obtain legal representation as early as possible if you or a family member is the subject of a securities fraud investigation or prosecution. Despite the Wall Street Journal’s recent observation that “bad judgment is still not illegal,” and that “prosecutors should reserve their efforts for clear cases of fraud, rather than imagining criminal behavior into mistaken business judgments,” prosecutors continue to employ these statutes to second-guess business decisions made by executives and professionals.

These matters are often factually and legally complex. A person’s good faith belief in the legality of his conduct can be a defense to securities fraud actions, and the origin of this defense lies in a comprehensive investigation of the facts and relevant legal principles. We have the resources, experience and skills to effectively defend securities fraud investigations or prosecutions, and invite you to contact us to learn more.

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Testimonials

You were the best lawyer in the courtroom.

~ Federal Prosecutor, 2008, following complex, multi-defendant criminal trial

I was one of seven lawyers participating in an 8 week trial for multiple defendants in federal court in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rob Goldstein was one of the other lawyers. His preparation, mastery of the facts and performance in the courtroom were outstanding. I have been in practice for 33 years, with 4 years as an assistant county prosecutor and the rest as a criminal defense attorney. I have had more than 250 jury trials in my career and seen many lawyers try cases. Rob Goldstein is as fine an attorney as I have ever seen.

~ Co-Counsel, multi-defendant federal trial

This has been an extraordinary case. It's not hyperbole to use that word. It raised absolutely state-of-the-art legal issues and serious factual issues as well. I think it's appropriate to recognize and commend Mr. Goldstein . . . for working so energetically and effectively on your behalf. This is in the best tradition of the legal profession and it's really made a difference. You're going to get out of prison many years earlier than you would have absent his skill and dedication.

~ Federal Judge, August 7, 2008, re-sentencing hearing

Goldstein pounced!

~ Boston Magazine, November 2003 (Describing cross-examination of federal agent)

Mr. Goldstein, I practice federal criminal defense in Oklahoma City. Last week I had the pleasure of watching you in action...I saw some of your cross examination on Thursday and your closing argument on Friday. You were absolutely phenomenal and I was very impressed with your trial skills. You are one hell of a trial lawyer!

~ Federal criminal defense attorney (in unsolicited email), February 2015

This has been an extraordinary case. It's not hyperbole to use that word. It raised absolutely state-of-the-art legal issues and serious factual issues as well. I think it's appropriate to recognize and commend Mr. Goldstein . . . for working so energetically and effectively on your behalf. This is in the best tradition of the legal profession and it's really made a difference. You're going to get out of prison many years earlier than you would have absent his skill and dedication.

~ Federal Judge, August 7, 2008, re-sentencing hearing