A. John Pappalardo: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

A. John Pappalardo

Boston Chair; Co-Chair, White Collar Criminal Defense Practice
Boston,  MA  U.S.A.

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Global Recovery
  • Subprime & Mortgage Markets
Contact InfoTelephone: 617.310.6072
Fax: 617.279.8472
University Bowdoin College, B.A., Government, 1971 Lancaster Scholarship
Law SchoolSuffolk University Law School, J.D., 1974
Admitted1974, Massachusetts; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Memberships Boston Bar Association; Massachusetts Bar Association.


A. John Pappalardo focuses his international practice on federal white collar criminal defense, representing individuals and corporations in federal and state investigations. John has conducted many significant representations, including the landmark case in which he represented former YUKOS Oil Company CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was on trial for fraud and tax evasion. Additionally, John's clients include numerous businesses and corporations, medical doctors, attorneys, a U.S. Congressman and a federal judge

Prior to joining the firm, John was a U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts and a Commissioner of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission.

Areas of Concentration

· White collar criminal defense

· Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

· Securities fraud

· Health care fraud

· Internal investigations

· Corruption

· Campaign finance

· Financial institution fraud

· Medical ethics

· Commercial bribery

· Defense procurement fraud

· Bankruptcy fraud

· Computer fraud

· Criminal tax

· Regulatory matters

Professional & Community Involvement

· Member, Boston Bar Association

· Member, Massachusetts Bar Association

· Past Director, Bowdoin Club of Boston

· Adjunct Professor, Suffolk University Law School, Advanced Topics in Criminal Law, 1990-2002

Awards & Recognition

· Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Litigation - Securities, 2006-2014

· Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2004-2012
- "Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts," 2004-2005

· Awarded, "Best of Class," The Best of the U.S. LLC, 2007

· Listed, Who's Who in America

· Received, "Law & Justice" Award, Massachusetts Sons of Italy

· Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

Professional Experience

Significant Representations

· Represented large international pharmaceutical company relating to FCPA matters arising out of South American and European sales.

· Represented former head of state in connection with a multicountry fraud investigation focused on treaty violations and the FCPA.

· Represented prominent international company in the arms industry relating to a highly publicized FCPA undercover "sting" conducted by the DOJ and the SEC collateral investigation.

· Represented multinational medical device company in connection with a federal fraud investigation resulting in charges brought against all investigated, except this company and its employees.

· Represented major investment company relating to a high profile "pay-to-play" fraud investigation resulting in no action taken against the company or its employees.

· Represented CEO and president of a company with international scope relating to a comprehensive SEC investigation, including insider trading.

· Represented president of a defense contractor who was under investigation for kickbacks to subcontractors resulting in no charges being brought.

· Obtained dismissal with prejudice of an action brought by the SEC against the president of a fund relating to market timing and fraud.

· Defended businessman charged in a multi-defendant federal corruption case resulting in a one-month jury trial. The businessman was the only defendant found not guilty on all counts.

· Represented Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his associated companies in case involving the Russian government's takeover of YUKOS Oil Company and prosecution of its former CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev on charges of fraud and tax evasion.

· Defended four year criminal investigation by the Department of Justice against large pipeline operator which experienced a rupture involving multiple deaths. Criminal prosecution was declined.

· Represented private company that was the object of a freezing order by Switzerland pursuant to a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty. The order was ruled improper by the Swiss court and in addition to releasing several billion dollars, the prosecutor was fined.

· Acted as lead counsel on an internal investigation for an international privately held company resulting in the filing of a civil RICO action in federal court which recovered more than six-million dollars, including that from a former high level employee who was also criminally prosecuted and served significant prison time.

· Represented high level executive targeted in a fraud scheme which resulted in several indictments and convictions after a three-year federal investigation. No action was taken, civil or criminal, against this Fortune 500 executive and member of its board of directors.

· Represented sitting congressman who was targeted in a long term federal investigation resulting in the indictments of his former chief of staff and a Washington lobbyist. No civil or criminal action was taken.

· Represented medical doctor targeted for fraud relating to a federal grant. No action taken by the government or the institution.

· Represented optometrist charged with fraud and larceny relating to the operation of several offices. His and his wife's case dismissed.

· Represented businessman and his company charged with violations of the Fraud and Kickback Statutes after a two-year criminal investigation. His case was never prosecuted.

· Represented public agency, which was the subject of a two-year federal criminal investigation concerning its practices, which resulted in indictments of two past board members for kickbacks and extortion. No action was taken against the agency in any forum.

Noteworthy Experience

· Lecturer, Introduction to Advocacy, Harvard Law School, 1993-1997

· Lecturer, Government Lawyer Course, Harvard Law School, 1989

Previous Employment

· U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts, 1981-1987, 1989-1993
- U.S. Attorney, 1992-1993
- Chief, Criminal Division; First Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1989-1992
- Chief, Public Corruption Unit, 1986-1987
- Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1981-1986

· Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1978-1981, 1987-1989
- Deputy Attorney General; Chief of the Criminal Bureau, 1987-1989
- Chief, Public Integrity Unit,1981
- Special Commission Concerning State and County Buildings, 1978-1981

· Assistant District Attorney, Office of the District Attorney, Norfolk County, 1975-1978

Publications & Presentations

Articles, Lectures & Publications

John has authored numerous articles for publications such as the Boston Globe's OP-ED section, Boston Business Journal and Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers. John has also conducted seminars involving public corruption and economic crimes for the DOJ; been a panelist and lecturer for the Massachusetts Bar and Boston Bar

Associations on numerous subjects pertaining to criminal law; given numerous presentations to corporate counsel on many topics, including ethics, environmental crimes, the Economic Espionage Act, health care fraud and corporate compliance programs; and given a presentation to the Massachusetts Medical Society on Health Care Fraud.


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