Lewis Brisbois Boosts Commercial Litigation, White Collar Defense Practices in Florida With New Partner Hire From U.S. Attorney’s Office
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (October 13, 2020) - Lewis Brisbois is pleased to welcome Sean P. Shecter, a former federal prosecutor, to its Fort Lauderdale office as a partner in the firm's Complex Business & Commercial Litigation and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Practices.
Mr. Shecter joins Lewis Brisbois from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, where he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for four years. While working as a federal prosecutor in the second most populous district in the country, Mr. Shecter tried nine jury trials, six as first chair, and conducted investigations into federal crimes, including procurement, mail and wire fraud, domestic and international drug trafficking, and money laundering. He also conducted several parallel investigations, including with the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division, involving alleged violations of the False Claims Act, and the U.S. Commodities Future and Trading Commission, regarding fraudulent transactions on the foreign exchange market.
Prior to working as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Shecter practiced at two prominent law firms in New York City, where he handled white collar crime and general litigation matters, including high stakes investigations for prominent multinational corporations and financial institutions.
"Lewis Brisbois is a rapidly growing AmLaw top 100 firm with a strong, entrepreneurial spirit," said Mr. Shecter about why he made the move back to private practice. "Its nationwide network and breadth of practice areas will provide many opportunities for me to chart my own path, while also joining the firm's complex commercial litigation group and its expanding national White Collar and Investigations Practice. I'm looking forward to being a part of that journey and working with [Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Co-Chair] Ken Joyce and the team in Fort Lauderdale."
In addition to having extensive experience in criminal law and litigation, Mr. Shecter is proficient in advising clients on compliance policies and programs regarding the regulations of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-money laundering laws, federal and state banking laws, U.S. tax and securities laws, data privacy laws, and regulations concerning cryptocurrencies. He has authored articles related to commercial bribery, invoking the Fifth Amendment privilege in parallel investigations, bribery in the UK and China, and cross-border tax investigations.
“Adding Sean, with his unique expertise and deep experience, to our South Florida group builds real local strength in the state for serving clients resolving some of their most complex and important controversies,” said Fort Lauderdale Managing Partner Michael G. Platner, who chairs the firm's Corporate Practice and is a co-chair of its Securities & Corporate Finance Practice.
Mr. Shecter graduated from the American University Washington College of Law, cum laude, and received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He is currently admitted to practice in Illinois and New York, and will be sitting for the Florida Bar exam in February 2021.