John Lauro

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Partner

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Georgetown University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1982

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Georgetown University, A.B., magna cum laude, 1979

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JOHN F. LAURO

JOHN F. LAURO is an experienced and accomplished trial lawyer with over 25 years of experience, who specializes in complex criminal and commercial litigation. He has concluded several high-profile matters that have generated considerable public attention. Mr. Lauro obtained a Rule 29 acquittal in a criminal case on behalf of the former president of Medical Manager (now WebMD), who had been accused of violating the federal securities and conspiracy laws. Also, he represented the former NBA referee who had been accused of violating the federal wire fraud statute in connection with gambling activities. Mr. Lauro was able to resolve this matter on behalf of the client with a very favorable result. In addition, Mr. Lauro obtained dismissal of all civil claims against a Middle Eastern banking institution in connection with the 9/11 litigation pending in New York. Finally, Mr. Lauro won a multimillion dollar judgment against a New York investment advisor for defrauding an international jewelry manufacturer in connection with an investment account.

Mr. Lauro grew up in New York and later graduated from Georgetown University in 1979, magna cum laude. While a college student, Mr. Lauro was elected to a position as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the District of Columbia.  As an elected official, he focused most of his attention on the development of the Georgetown waterfront and other constituent issues. He then attended Georgetown University Law Center and graduated in 1982, magna cum laude. While a law student, Mr. Lauro was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.

Following graduation from law school, Mr. Lauro returned to New York and began practicing with the international law firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius. He later joined the criminal division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. After government service, Mr. Lauro established a practice in Florida, and became a partner with a national law firm. In 1994, he founded Lauro Law Firm, which now has offices in New York and Florida. Mr. Lauro is a frequent writer and speaker about environmental compliance, healthcare enforcement, trial evidence, Sarbanes-Oxley, securities compliance, federal sentencing, and other criminal and civil issues. He also appears as a commentator on legal issues for television and cable stations.

LITIGATED MATTERS

Over the years, Mr. Lauro has:

  • Obtained an acquittal of the lead defendant in the first "dot-com" criminal securities fraud case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice in New York City;
  • Successfully represented an investment advisor in connection with felony criminal charges brought by the Manhattan district attorney's office in connection with the Evergreen Securities prosecution;
  • Obtained an acquittal of racketeering and conspiracy charges filed against an entertainment industry executive by the state attorney's office in Tampa, Florida;
  • Obtained a verdict in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in excess of a million dollars against an airline in connection with an injury sustained by a passenger in a forced landing;
  • Obtained the dismissal of all charges against a healthcare professional accused of practicing medicine without a license;
  • Obtained injunctive relief in federal court in Tampa, Florida on behalf of a national securities broker-dealer in connection with litigation with a former employee;
  • Successfully represented a major healthcare provider in the Tampa Bay area and obtained a dismissal of the qui tam case filed by a former physician employee;
  • Obtained dismissal of charges brought by the State of Florida against an eye surgeon practicing in Naples, Florida for alleged substandard medical practices;
  • Assisted an attorney who was acquitted of federal racketeering and conspiracy charges relating to a failed insurance company in Orlando, Florida;
  • Obtained injunctive relief in federal court in Manhattan under the Lanham Act against a competitor of a national jewelry manufacturer for unfair and deceptive trade practices;
  • Obtained dismissal of all civil racketeering and securities claims brought against a financial executive in connection with a class-action suit filed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and
  • Assisted in the successful defense of a contractor employee accused of lying to federal agents.

INVESTIGATIONS AND RESOLVED MATTERS

Mr. Lauro has represented:

  • Major hospitals in connection with a resolution of a federal OIG investigation and qui tam case relating to billing and coding practices;
  • A high-ranking employee of a national hospital chain with regard to an investigation concerning the filing of hospital cost reports;
  • Employees of an insurance brokerage firm in a fraud investigation conducted by the New York Attorney General;
  • The University of South Florida in a theft of trade secrets case involving a former student-employee;
  • A hospital in connection with an alleged violation of a biohazardous waste statute;
  • The owner of psychiatric facilities throughout Florida in connection with a federal anti-kickback investigation;
  • An executive employed by a national healthcare company under investigation for alleged kickback activities relating to physician contracts;
  • A regional securities brokerage firm in class-action litigation brought in federal court in Manhattan;
  • A national engineering firm in connection with an employee kickback investigation in Southwest Florida;
  • A circuit board manufacturer in connection with criminal environmental charges under the Clean Water Act brought by the Department of Justice;
  • A soil-remediation company with respect to alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act;
  • A key financial adviser of a publicly-traded company accused of securities and fraud violations;
  • A physician accused of racketeering by insurance companies as a result of the use of an innovative surgical procedure;
  • The chief executive officer of a national education company in connection with alleged securities law violations;
  • A national bank in connection with a Florida Attorney General's Office investigation of lending practices;
  • A national automobile financing company in connection with a fraud investigation and subsequent litigation against an insurance carrier;
  • A controller of a publicly traded company accused of securities violations by the Securities and Exchange Commission;
  • A chief financial officer of a major hospital under investigation by the Department of Justice for alleged financial irregularities;
  • A telemarketing firm in connection with a fraud investigation conducted by the U.S. Postal Service;
  • The owner of a marketing firm under investigation for fraud and extortion charges;
  • A real-estate developer in Naples, Florida in connection with fraud charges related to HUD projects;
  • A securities executive in connection with an alleged "pump and dump" scheme charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission;
  • A national securities firm in connection with a tax and fraud investigation conducted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Orlando, Florida;
  • A high-ranking employee of a national pharmacy chain in connection with an investigation concerning corporate billing practices;
  • Employees of the Church of Scientology in connection with a homicide investigation conducted by the Clearwater, Florida police department;
  • A national telecommunications company based in Sarasota, Florida in connection with a complex fraud investigation and securities fraud allegations;
  • A healthcare executive in connection with fraud litigation brought by national insurance companies;
  • A computer software company under investigation for alleged kickback violations;
  • A national defense contractor firm in connection with qui tam litigation filed in federal court in Tampa, Florida;
  • The chief financial officer of a major hospital regarding a criminal antitrust investigation conducted by the Department of Justice;
  • A police department in connection with a federal investigation of alleged police misconduct;
  • A high-ranking sales employee of a national healthcare provider in connection with alleged violations of the federal anti-kickback statutes;
  • Employees of a healthcare practice under investigation for tax and kickback violations;
  • A CEO of a public company in connection with an internal investigation conducted by the audit committee under Sarbanes-Oxley;
  • A regional securities brokerage firm in connection with claims brought by customers for fraud and churning accounts;
  • A national bank with respect to allegations of fraudulent mortgage practices, including an appearance before a regulatory agency in Washington, D.C.;
  • A high-ranking international bank executive before the Senate Committee, chaired by U.S. Sen. John Kerry, investigating international money laundering issues;
  • A major defense contractor in connection with a Department of Defense fraud investigation;
  • Owners of a national car rental firm accused of fraud and tax evasion; and
  • A high-ranking executive of a non-profit organization in a political corruption investigation.

PROSECUTORIAL EXPERIENCE

As a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of New York, Mr. Lauro was responsible for a wide array of cases. He prosecuted numerous international drug conspiracy cases, and was a member of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. In addition, Mr. Lauro was the lead prosecutor responsible for the conviction of numerous individuals involved in an international car theft ring operating in New York City. He was a member of the national prosecution team that investigated Pentagon corruption and defense contractor fraud, which culminated in numerous convictions as part of the "Ill-Winds" case. While a federal prosecutor, Mr. Lauro also investigated and prosecuted bank robbery, bank fraud, tax, money-laundering, racketeering, defense contractor fraud, and securities fraud matters.

MR. LAURO HAS RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING AWARDS

Florida's Lawyers of the Year — for White Collar Criminal Defense; Tampa's Best White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney; James H. Kynes Memorial "In The Trenches Award"; Award for Highest Score on Florida Bar Examination in D.C.A.; AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards; Selected “Super Lawyer” for White Collar Criminal Defense.

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