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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
Lewis D. Schiliro
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.)


Larry Byrne   [Download VCard]
Of Counsel

Larry Byrne returned to the Freeh Group in September 2018. Larry previously was a Managing Director at FGIS from 2013 to 2014.

From 2014 to 2018 Larry served as the Deputy Police Commissioner and Chief Legal Officer for the NYPD. Larry managed approximately 100 lawyers in the Legal Bureau who handled all of legal matters and issues for the NYPD and its 56,000 employees. Larry also established the Risk Management Bureau for the NYPD which had over 200 personnel and oversaw the full range of risk issues for the NYPD. He also created the Police Action Litigation Section and devised litigation strategies and initiatives to help the NYPD fight meritless lawsuits – resulting in more than a twenty percent drop in new lawsuits and new notices of claims against the NYPD during the past two years. Larry also represented the Police Commissioner on the advisory board of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Global Cyber Alliance which develops tools and strategies to combat all forms of cybercrime and cyberterrorism. Larry was the primary point of contact for various external oversight and legislative bodies overseeing the NYPD. During his tenure the Legal Bureau received a Unit Citation for exceptional service to the NYPD.

For twenty years prior to joining the NYPD Larry was in private practice as a partner at several international law firms. Larry conducted corporate internal investigations for a wide range of clients and represented clients in the full range of complex white-collar criminal, government regulatory and civil litigation matters including FCPA, OFAC, financial fraud, securities, antitrust, bankruptcy, and other commercial and international litigation matters. During those twenty years Larry represented a wide range of companies and institutions, and their Boards and Audit Committees and senior management, in the financial, insurance, technology, energy, retail, defense contracting, construction, real estate, hospitality, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, media, entertainment and professional service sectors. Larry represented clients in matters involving the full range of federal, state and local U.S. prosecutors and regulators and legislative bodies as well as a broad array of foreign prosecutors and financial and antitrust regulators including the UK Serious Fraud Office.

Among the representations described above are the following:

  • lead counsel for a leading credit rating agency in a major DOJ investigation into their ratings practices.
  • lead counsel for Takeda Pharmaceutical, the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan, in the largest set of criminal and civil antitrust price-fixing cases involving the vitamins industry.
  • lead counsel for Royal Ahold in their accounting scandal where they settled with the DOJ and SEC without paying any monetary penalty.
  • lead counsel for Deutsche Bank in all of its Enron-related litigations involving class actions and opt-out lawsuits and regulatory matters. Deutsche Bank was dismissed from the main securities class action without making any settlement payment. Enron-related litigations were the largest set of securities fraud litigations in US history.
  • lead counsel for Lloyds in their OFAC settlements with the DOJ, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the US Treasury Department.
  • lead counsel for a leading European defense contractor in their settlements with the DOJ and the Serious Fraud Office over allegations of FCPA violations.
  • lead counsel for LendLease in their prosecution by the EDNY US Attorney’s Office over an alleged billing fraud scheme.
  • served as a monitor for the NYC Department of Investigation in the massive Hurricane Sandy “Build It Back” construction program to rebuild thousands of homes damaged or destroyed in the storm.

In 2012 Larry received the Robert M. Morgenthau Award for a Distinguished Legal Career from the NYC Police Athletic League for his work in the private and public sectors. Larry has also been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, NY Super Lawyers, and The Legal 500 US, The Irish America, and The Irish Voice’s Top Legal 100, The Irish Echo’s Irish Law, and Order Top 50.

From 1988 to 1992 Larry served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and from 1992 to 1994 he served as the Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime & Racketeering Section of the Criminal Division of U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Larry is the 2018 recipient of the Lumbard Bowl which is awarded by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York to an alumnus of that Office who served with distinction and then went on to serve the public in other significant ways. During his service at the U.S. DOJ Larry received the Director’s Award for Superior Performance for prosecuting the Pizza Connection II international organized crime case and the Special Achievement Award for his work with the FBI and the Italian authorities in the investigation of the assassinations of Italian Mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.

Larry is a member of the Global Cyber Alliance, the NYPD’s Shield counter-terrorism program and the National Law Enforcement Associates.

Larry is a graduate of Hofstra University and the New York University School of law.