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Practice Description

Tai H. Park's practice focuses on white collar criminal and regulatory defense, related securities class action litigation and other complex litigation. Mr. Park's extensive experience stems from his ten years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he served in various positions, including Senior Trial Counsel in the Securities Fraud Unit and Chief of the Narcotics Unit, and ten years spent thereafter as a Partner at a major, New York-based international law firm, where he represented individual executives and companies, including commercial and investment banks, three of the Big Four accounting firms, and investment funds and their advisers, in a wide variety of criminal, regulatory and civil matters. Mr. Park is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of numerous executives at banks and hedge funds in connection with array of ongoing criminal and SEC investigations into subprime related fraud and trading in the CDS and CDO markets;
  • Led independent investigation on behalf of Board of Trustees of a university reviewing complex facts relating to a student occupation of university facilities.
  • Representation of CEO and CFO of major technology company in securities class action lawsuit alleging fraud;
  • Representation of Fortune 500 company in connection with civil RICO action filed by government of Iraq alleging fraud in Oil for Food program administered by the UN.
  • Successfully defended at trial former CFO of a technology company accused in 22 counts of securities and tax fraud. Jury was hung on all charges, and government was subsequently persuaded to offer client non-incarceratory plea.
  • Successfully defended alleged tippee regarding Imclone stock; government persuaded to offer client deferred prosecution.
  • Led numerous internal investigations into allegations of: accounting and/or disclosure misrepresentations in financial statements, FCPA violations, insider trading, Reg FD violations and improper asset allocation and self-dealing by portfolio managers.
  • Represented three of the Big Four accounting firms in DOJ-SEC investigations into financial statement fraud by issuer clients. Advised an accounting firm in separate investigations involving foreign bribery by firm's clients.
  • Represented prominent hedge fund in connection with Senate investigation into off-shore tax shelter practices.
  • Defense of numerous firms and companies in securities class action, derivative litigation, or other fraud and contract-based claims in state and federal courts, including Nortel Networks; two Big Four accounting firms; Morgan Stanley Asset Management, Merrill Lynch, Societe Generale, and Credit Suisse.

Education

  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1986
  • Columbia College, B.A., 1983

Bar Admission

  • New York State
  • U.S. District Court (Southern and Eastern Districts of New York)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Professional Affiliations and Business Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member of select panel that recommends Magistrate Judges of the Southern District of N.Y.
  • Member, Criminal Justice Act Panel (2000-2006)
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member, Federal Bar Council

Other Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors of Appleseed, a national not-for-profit organization
  • Second Circuit Judicial Conference, Planning Committee Member
  • Fellow, David Rockefeller Fellowship (2005)
  • Commissioner, Civilian Complaint Review Board (2002-2004)

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Author
  • "Inside the Minds: Managing White Collar Legal Issues," Aspatore Books, October 2008
  • "Asset forfeiture hits the suites," The National Law Journal, July 21, 2008
  • "Are the Sentencing Guidelines More Than 'Advisory'?," Business Crimes Bulletin, May 2008
  • "Does Cooperation Obscure the Truth," Business Crimes Bulletin, June 2004
  • "The 'Inherently Wrongful' Doctrine in Federal Law," New York Law Journal, March 7, 2000
Panelist
  • ACI Conference on FCPA - "Screening Third Parties: Due Diligence Procedures for Freight Forwarders, Agents, consultants and Joint-Venture Partners," May 29, 2008, Chicago
  • Panelist, on the topic of corporate self-disclosures at PLI Conference on "FCPA 2008: Coping with Heightened Enforcement Risks," New York, April 23, 2008