In my career in government, then at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, where I was a partner for 30 years and, since January 1, 2012, in my own practice, I have had the opportunity to be involved in numerous complex and difficult issues.
While serving in the United States Attorneys’ Office for the Southern District of New York, among other areas I served in the Corruption Unit. Later, as a Task Force Leader in the Watergate Special Prosecutor’s office, I was the Chief Trial Counsel in two Watergate trials and took the lead in organizing testimony from former President Nixon. While serving as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (Enforcement and Operations), in addition to overseeing Customs, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Secret Service, I was involved with the Iranian hostage crisis and its resolution, working as part of the group that crafted the Iran-U.S. Hostage Release Agreement.
As a partner at Weil I served as Weil’s General Counsel; represented numerous corporations, senior executives and Boards of Directors in investigations; was involved in significant bankruptcies (including Drexel, Olympia & York and Lehman); and served as an arbitrator and court-appointed Special Master/Mediator in a number of matters. During the international debt crisis of the 1980s, I represented the government of Argentina in restructuring tens of billions of dollars of loans. During the Drexel Burnham bankruptcy, as de facto Special Master I worked with Judge Milton Pollack to help craft and negotiate the $1.3 billion Drexel Global Settlement. And in the years after 9/11, I served as counsel to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.
Since beginning my own practice I have continued to be involved in difficult complex situations, serving as the court-appointed Examiner in the Caesars Bankruptcy (Executive Summary); being the court-appointed Trustee of a bankrupt hedge fund; serving as a mediator in hotly contested disputes; serving as an arbitrator; counselling a public company Board; being involved in internal investigations; and serving as special counsel in a variety of circumstances.
Throughout my years in private practice I have also been active in the civic life of New York City. For six years under Mayor Giuliani I served as Chair of the Mayor’s Commission to Combat Police Corruption, monitoring and reporting on anti-corruption activities of the New York Police Department. Among other things I also have served as Chair of the Legal Aid Society, Chair of Citizen Union, Chair of the Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Chair of the City Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Council, as a member of the New York City Campaign Finance Board and as a member of the boards of various charities. I also was called upon by former President Clinton to testify as an expert in the House of Representatives impeachment proceedings and by the Departments of Justice and Treasury to provide advice on dealing with hostage/barricade and similar situations.