Freeh Sporking & Sullivan, LLP
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Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP is comprised of an extraordinary team of internationally recognized principals from the judicial, prosecutorial, and law enforcement domains. Additionally, the firm has access to a sophisticated and global network of specialty counsel and legal experts.

Partners
The Honorable Louis J. Freeh
The Honorable Eugene R. Sullivan
Thomas McC. Souther
Eugene R. Sullivan II
Benito Romano
Ronald Noble

Of Counsel
John D. Behnke
James R. Bucknam
Blake Coppotelli
Matthew Dolan
Thomas Melvin
Robert O’Neill
John Rahie
Larry Byrne

Senior Counsel
The Honorable Stanley Sporkin (Ret.)


Thomas McC. Souther   [Download VCard]
Partner

Thomas McC. Souther is a partner at Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP, resident in the New York office, having rejoined the firm in January 2018. His current practice concentrates in the areas of government and regulatory investigations, white collar criminal defense, and internal investigations. He has considerable experience in both the trial and appellate courts. He served for four years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases, including bank fraud, commodities fraud, and mail and wire fraud.

Prior to returning to the firm, Mr. Souther was a partner in the White-Collar Litigation and Investigations Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP. He previously was a partner for 15 years in the white-collar practice of a prominent US-based global law firm.

Mr. Souther recently led the team of attorneys, investigators, and data analytics experts assembled by Louis J. Freeh following Mr. Freeh’s appointment as a Special Master by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in a multidistrict litigation matter involving a major settlement program supervised by the district court. He also served as a principal adviser and strategist to Mr. Freeh in his role as the Chapter 11 Trustee of MF Global Holdings Ltd. and various of its subsidiaries.

Mr. Souther’s experience has included advising public and private corporations, boards of directors and special committees, and representing directors, corporate executives, and other individuals in connection with internal investigations, regulatory inquiries, grand jury investigations, and criminal prosecutions. Mr. Souther successfully defended at trial in federal district court in Massachusetts a former executive of a pharmaceutical company charged with violating the anti-kickback statute, and won the acquittal at trial in the Southern District of New York of a former employee of Bankers Trust Company who had been charged with misapplication of bank funds. He also advised a publishing and media company in connection with a criminal investigation in the Eastern District of New York relating to circulation fraud, and negotiated a non-prosecution agreement on behalf of the company that avoided prosecution of the company and its subsidiaries.

In addition to his experience in the white-collar defense and regulatory areas, his practice also has included work on a variety of civil matters, including general corporate and complex commercial litigation, and banking-related matters.

Mr. Souther graduated from Bucknell University in 1980 and received his law degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1984.

Representative Engagements

  • Served as the independent monitor of a fixed-income fund pursuant to a cease and desist order entered by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as part of a settlement agreement between the SEC and the fund.
  • Representation of a global compliance officer of a foreign bank in connection with a criminal and regulatory investigation of alleged violations of OFAC regulations.
  • Internal investigation of an international network solutions company in connection with allegations of accounting irregularities and the timing of income and expense recognition.
  • Representation of a compliance officer of a U.S.-based global financial institution in connection with a grand jury investigation of certain trading activity at the institution.
  • Representation of a former employee of a foreign bank in connection with a criminal and regulatory investigation of alleged violations of OFAC regulations and U.S. sanctions.
  • Representation of a former employee of a pharmaceutical company in connection with a criminal and civil investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice of alleged violations of the anti-kickback statute.
  • Representation of a developer of a luxury resort in connection with a criminal investigation related to wire fraud and money laundering, and subsequent criminal forfeiture proceedings.
  • Representation of a senior executive of a foreign bank in connection with a criminal investigation of alleged violations of OFAC regulations.
  • Representation of an individual charged with wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy in connection with a government loan program.
  • Representation of a hedge fund principal in connection with a criminal investigation of alleged insider trading.
  • Representation of several hedge funds in connection with various criminal and regulatory investigations arising out of the 2008 financial crisis.
  • Representation of several current and former employees of a pharmaceutical company in connection with a criminal and civil investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice of alleged off-label drug promotion.
  • Representation of a senior executive in the U.S. office of a foreign bank in connection with a criminal and regulatory investigation involving the bank and several of its customers.
  • Representation of several senior executives and members of the board of directors of a public company in connection with an internal investigation of related party transactions; representation of the executives and directors in subsequent shareholder derivative litigation.
  • Representation of senior management of a foreign-based global financial institution in connection with an internal and regulatory investigation relating to anti-money laundering policies and procedures.
  • Representation of a former employee of a foreign bank in connection with an internal investigation and subsequent criminal investigation of alleged violations of OFAC regulations.
  • Internal investigation of a major industrial supply company in connection with allegations of related party transactions.
  • Representation of the former controller of a major equipment leasing company in connection with an internal investigation, and subsequent SEC and criminal investigations, of alleged securities fraud.
  • Representation of a major accounting firm and its employees in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations of alleged backdating of options at a public company.
  • Representation of hedge funds in connection with various investigations by the New York Attorney General relating to alleged violations of the Martin Act.