Arent Fox Welcomes Standout White Collar Team in New York

NEW YORK – Arent Fox LLP is pleased to announce the expansion of its nationally recognized Government Enforcement & White Collar practice with the addition of Partners Glenn C. Colton and Michelle J. Shapiro.

The Government Enforcement & White Collar team is joining the firm just a few months after the arrival of former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Robert L. Capers.

“Glenn and Michelle have distinguished themselves as one of the top white collar teams in the country,” said M. Scott Peeler, who co-leads the Government Enforcement & White Collar practice. “We are a destination for companies and individuals in need of representation in connection with government and internal investigations, compliance, and white collar litigation. Glenn and Michelle’s incredible insight and nearly 50 years of combined experience will bolster Arent Fox’s already impressive bench of counselors and litigators.”

Mr. Colton and Ms. Shapiro are also joining a thriving Business Compliance & Integrity Monitorships team that provides practical solutions for some of the world’s largest and most profitable companies. The group regularly advises major corporations on governance best-practices; conducts internal investigations; counsels Boards of Directors; creates world-class compliance programs; and represents individuals and corporations in high-profile matters before Main Justice, US Attorney’s Offices, and state prosecutors’ offices around the country.

“Glenn and Michelle are highly regarded by their peers,” said Mr. Capers, who co-leads the Government Enforcement & White Collar group. “Enforcement is on the rise and our clients need guidance on these increasingly complex issues. Glenn’s and Michelle’s wealth of experience is a great addition.”

Mr. Colton, a former Federal Prosecutor in New York City, counsels companies and individuals through all phases of government and internal investigations. During his career, he has advised on investigations conducted and actions brought by the US Department of Justice, US Attorneys’ offices, State Attorneys General, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service.

Drawing on his nearly 10-year tenure as an Assistant US attorney in both the criminal and civil divisions of the Southern District of New York, Mr. Colton focuses on white collar criminal and complex civil litigation. In his white collar criminal practice, Mr. Colton advises Fortune 500 companies, small and midsize companies, and individuals on investigations ranging from insider trading, health care fraud, the foreign corrupt practices act, insurance fraud, and tax fraud. In civil litigation, Mr. Colton represents clients in constitutional, commercial, intellectual property, employment, and tort cases. Additionally, he has represented numerous clients in high-stakes securities, consumer, and privacy class actions.

Mr. Colton has handled numerous appeals in criminal, regulatory enforcement, and civil cases, as well as in an amicus capacity, in cases before the US Court of Appeals for the Second and Eighth Circuits, and state level appellate courts.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Colton regularly advises companies in the burgeoning fantasy sports industry on a wide variety of issues including gambling law, compliance, and intellectual property. For his work on the successful landmark “bet the industry” litigation over the right to use player names in fantasy sports games, Mr. Colton was inducted as one of fewer than 20 members of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association Hall of Fame.

Ms. Shapiro is a career white collar criminal defense attorney. She has spent nearly 20 years representing individuals and companies through all phases of investigations and criminal proceedings by federal and state prosecutors and regulators, related to myriad high-stakes issues, such as alleged corruption; insider trading; money laundering; tax, health care, securities and accounting fraud; anti-trust violations; and cyber and other crimes. She also conducts internal investigations of potential misconduct by corporate officers, employees, and agents, including multifaceted transnational investigations for Fortune 500 companies.

Recently recognized by Crain's New York Business as one of 2017’s “Leading Women Lawyers in New York City,” Ms. Shapiro counsels global companies on how to prevent and detect violations of the FCPA and other applicable anti-corruption laws. She helps organizations design, enhance and implement customized compliance programs to address their particular risk profiles, conducts compliance trainings, assists with third-party screenings, conducts pre- and post- acquisition anti-corruption due diligence and advises on remediation efforts and other ongoing compliance obligations.

Ms. Shapiro’s international experience is extensive, and has involved issues in more than 20 countries. She frequently tackles complex and often conflicting data privacy and attorney-client privilege regimes. Ms. Shapiro is a frequent speaker and author on white collar criminal issues, and serves as the Co-Chair of the Development Committee of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association.

Arent Fox is the only law firm to carry out multiple compliance monitorships for the World Bank and is routinely selected for monitorships by the Department of Justice and the New York State Department of Financial Services. In 2016, DFS selected Mr. Peeler to serve as the Independent Consultant for Crédit Agricole, one of the world’s largest financial institutions.

About Arent Fox
Founded in 1942, Arent Fox is internationally recognized in core practice areas where business and the law intersect. With more than 400 lawyers, the firm provides strategic legal counsel and multidisciplinary solutions to a global roster of corporations, governments, and trade associations. The firm has offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

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