NEW YORK, May 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Walden Macht & Haran LLP, a leading law firm for white collar defense, commercial litigation, and government investigations, today named Milton L. Williams as partner, Daniel J. Chirlin as senior counsel, and Rachel A. Brook as senior associate.
Williams, the former deputy general counsel of Time Inc. and former co-chair of the Moreland Commission, will expand Walden Macht & Haran's existing white collar team and add capabilities in management-side employment law and complex commercial litigation. He brings more than 30 years of experience to the firm, beginning as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan and later serving as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York where he was assigned to the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force.
"Milt is an exceptional trial lawyer as well as a brilliant legal strategist, and we are very excited to have him with us as we continue to grow our white collar and commercial practices," said partner Jim Walden. "We look forward to working with him to build a nationally recognized management-side-employment law practice that leverages our existing experience in federal and state investigations."
Williams previously served as deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer for Time Inc., where he oversaw compliance with federal and state statutes relating to Sarbanes Oxley, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), foreign assets control, and codes of ethics for senior financial officers. In addition, at Time Inc. he conducted more than 25 internal investigations, both domestically and internationally, on matters involving FCPA, trade secrets, accounting practices, fraudulent invoicing, circulation practices, and mail and wire fraud.
"Milt's collaborative spirit will be an important asset as we continue to grow and expand our firm," said partner Sean Haran. "His deep experience in employment-related matters will serve as the cornerstone of a multi-faceted capability for corporate litigation clients."
In 2013, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Williams as co-chair of the Moreland Commission, which was tasked with investigating politicians and political organizations in New York for violations of state laws regulating elections, campaigns, and political fundraising. Before it was disbanded, the Moreland Commission attempted to subpoena a number of state legislators, including the Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate leader Dean Skelos, both of whom were later found guilty of corruption, and also issued a lengthy report containing recommendations and proposals for improving the state political process.
"I am delighted to join the Firm," said Milt Williams. "In two short years, this Firm has taken off. I am very much looking forward to doing exciting work with my new colleagues, especially given the Firm's roster of marquee clients and high-profile matters."
Williams serves on the Grievance Committee for the Southern District of New York, the NYC Mayor's Judicial Screening Committee, the Federal Bar Council, the Fund for Modern Courts, the Civil Litigation Committee for the Eastern District of New York, the First Department Assigned Counsel Corporation, and the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity. He holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. from Amherst College.
Along with Williams, Walden Macht & Haran adds Daniel J. Chirlin, who joins as senior counsel, and Rachel A. Brook, who joins as senior associate.
Chirlin will concentrate his practice on white collar criminal defense and investigations, securities enforcement, and anti-money laundering/sanctions compliance. His matters have covered a broad range of subjects, including antitrust, FCPA, insider trading, and securities enforcement. He has regularly represented major investment banks, broker-dealers, and investment advisors in regulatory matters before the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and a number of options and futures exchanges.
Prior to joining Walden Macht & Haran, Chirlin spent more than a decade practicing law at two preeminent international law firms. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar each year, and a B.A. cum laude with honors from Cornell University.
Brook's practice will focus on commercial litigation and internal and government investigations. She has represented individuals and corporations in high stakes international disputes, including litigation in the areas of tort, employment, and contract law, and both civil and criminal investigations. She has worked with multinational clients on all aspects of civil litigation and has extensive experience with e-discovery and data privacy issues.
Brook has represented clients before the U.S. Department of Justice and prepared individuals for interviews and testimony before numerous federal agencies investigating allegations of antitrust violations, obstruction of justice, and public corruption. Before joining Walden Macht & Haran, Brook practiced law for more than six years in the award-winning litigation department of a large global law firm.
Brook received a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where she served as an editor and competitor on the Fordham Moot Court Board and a staff member on the Fordham Urban Law Journal. She holds a B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University.
"Dan and Rachel are both extremely talented lawyers with keen intellects and exceptional experience dealing with the government," said partner Brian Mogck. "Their deep understanding of the intricacies of government investigations and commercial litigation, and aplomb in high-stakes situations, make them exceptional assets to clients."
About Walden Macht & Haran LLP
Walden Macht & Haran LLP (www.wmhlaw.com) is a New York-based law firm specializing in government investigations, white-collar-criminal defense, and complex commercial litigation. The firm combines the extensive experience of former federal and state prosecutors, seasoned commercial litigators, and exceptional lawyers drawn from international firms, to deliver outstanding results for clients.
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