Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad Expands Legal Team in Fight for Victim's Rights in Alcatel-Lucent, S.A.'s Criminal Settlement

May 16, 2011, 13:37 ET from Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Burton W. Wiand, Chair of the law firm representing Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad ("ICE") in connection with the assertion of the company's rights as a victim of the international bribery and corruption scheme conducted by Alcatel-Lucent, S.A. currently pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, announced today the addition to ICE's legal team of Professor Paul G. Cassell.  Professor Cassell currently teaches law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, and is widely recognized for his advocacy of criminal victims' rights.  "Wiand Guerra King is delighted to have the support of Professor Cassell," said Mr. Wiand.  "Professor Cassell is supporting ICE's efforts on a pro bono basis as part of his ongoing commitment to the support of victims' rights."

Professor Cassell is currently the Ronald N. Boyce Presidential Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.  Prior to this position, Professor Cassell served as a Federal Judge in the District of Utah, and has previously clerked for former Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and current Justice Antonin Scalia.  In addition to spending a number of years with the United States Department of Justice, Professor Cassell has extensive experience litigating victims' judicial rights and has authored and testified extensively in such matters, including before Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission.  

"The international significance of victims' rights in relation to government prosecutions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act merits the inclusion of leading experts on the subject," said Mr. Wiand.  "Professor Cassell's knowledge and extensive experience as an advocate of victims' rights clearly qualifies him as such an expert."

ICE is represented in the matter by Burton W. Wiand, George L. Guerra, Gianluca Morello, Dominique H. Pearlman, and Jordan D. Maglich of Wiand Guerra King P.L. in Tampa, Florida.  For further information regarding this matter, contact Burton W. Wiand at Wiand Guerra King P.L., 813.347.5100 or

SOURCE Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad