Harry Sandick: Lawyer with Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Harry Sandick


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Practice Areas

  • White Collar Defense and Investigations
  • Structured Finance Litigation
  • Complex Commercial Actions
  • Litigation
  • Financial Services
  • Securities and Derivatives Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Class Action Litigation
University University of Pennsylvania, B.A., magna cum laude, 1992 Phi Beta Kappa, Benjamin Franklin Scholar, University Scholar
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1995 Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Human Rights Journal, Research Director, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
Admitted1996, New York; U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; Fourth Circuit

Professional Activities

MEMBERSHIPS: New York City Bar Association (Secretary, Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services, 1997-2000), Professional Responsibility Committee (2008-present); New York State Bar Association (Section on Federal and Commercial Litigation, 2006-present), (Committee on White Collar Criminal Litigation, 2006-present), (Chair, Subcommittee on Sentencing, 2008-present); New York American Inn of Court (2004-present), (Program Chair, 2014-present), (White Collar Crime Team Co-Leader, 2007-2013)


Harry Sandick is a member of the firm's White Collar Defense and Investigations Team, the Structured Finance Litigation Team, and Complex Commercial Actions Team. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mr. Sandick focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, securities fraud, internal investigations, complex civil litigation and appellate litigation.

Mr. Sandick represents organizations and individuals in internal investigations and prosecutions brought by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He has significant experience in matters related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the regulations promulgated by the Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC). His recent work also includes the representation of several individuals in connection with the ongoing investigation into LIBOR and other benchmark rates, the representation of a taxpayer who was prosecuted in federal and state court for having an undisclosed offshore bank account, the representation of claimants in a multi-million dollar civil forfeiture action, and the representation of a major investor in Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC in the recent investigation conducted by prosecutors and regulators.

Mr. Sandick also represents clients, both as plaintiffs and defendants, in complex securities and business fraud litigation, including matters involving residential mortgage-backed securities transactions.

For almost six years, Mr. Sandick served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted a wide range of federal crimes, including financial fraud cases, acting as lead counsel in 12 trials and more than 20 appeals. He served as Deputy Chief for Criminal Appeals, supervising more than 80 appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and as Acting Chief of the Violent Crimes Unit. Mr. Sandick oversaw matters involving securities fraud, business crimes, obstruction of justice, RICO, drug trafficking and terrorism issues. He successfully argued 19 appeals before the Second Circuit.

A frequent speaker and writer on white collar and financial fraud topics, Mr. Sandick has contributed articles to Forbes.com, New York Law Journal and industry publications. He is also co-author of a chapter on pretrial representation in a leading treatise, “Defending Federal Criminal Cases.” Mr. Sandick is often called on for commentary in high-profile white collar cases and his quotes have appeared in the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, ESPN and BNA White Collar Crime Report, among others.

Following law school graduation, Mr. Sandick clerked for the Hon. Richard J. Cardamone of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


• 2nd Circ. Lays Out New Rules For Restitution , Law360, February 23, 2015 (co-author)
• 2015 Proposed Amendments to Fraud Sentencing Guidelines: A Good Start, New York Law Journal, January 29, 2015 (co-author)
• A 1st Look At Potential Reach Of 2nd Circ. Newman Decision , Law360, January 28, 2015 (co-author)
• Search Warrants in White-Collar Crime Cases, The Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation, June 20, 2012
• The Statutory Background,” Insider Trading Law and Compliance Answer Book (Practising Law Institute, forthcoming in 2011)
•“Representation Prior to Indictment,” Defending Federal Criminal Cases: Attacking the Government's Proof (Law Journal Press, 2009) (co-author)
•“Divided Supreme Court Extends Reach of Confrontation Clause,” New York Law Journal, July 20, 2009 (co-author)
•“'Amato': Second Circuit Recognizes Costs of Being Victim,” New York Law Journal, Sept. 18, 2008
•“Ninth Circuit OKs Coordinated Civil/Criminal Probes,” New York Law Journal, April 16, 2008 (co-author)
•“Gall and Kimbrough and Their Relevance to Sentencing in White-Collar Cases,” Federal Sentencing Reporter, February 2008
•“Decisions in Gall, Kimbrough Signal Enhanced Judicial Discretion in Sentencing,” BNA White Collar Crime Report, Jan. 4, 2008


September 11, 2015
The DOJ's New Policy of Prosecuting Individuals

February 2015
Supreme Court Rejects the Government's “Fishy” Interpretation of Sarbanes-Oxley Obstruction Statute

February 2015
Internal Investigations and the Risk of Defamation Lawsuits

February 2015
Second Circuit Lays Out New Rules for Restitution

January 2015
2015 Proposed Amendments to Fraud Sentencing Guidelines: A Good Start

January 2015
District Court Vacates Insider Trading Guilty Pleas in Misappropriation Case in Light of Landmark Newman Decision

January 2015
Supreme Court Permits Appeal to Go Forward In LIBOR Antitrust Lawsuit

December 2014
Major Reversal of Insider Trading Convictions after Trial: Second Circuit Sets High Bar for Tippee Liability

July 2014
Appeals Court Confirms that Results of Internal Investigation are Privileged

June 2014
FDA Promises Guidance on Lawful Off-Label Promotion

May 2014
FCPA Update: Eleventh Circuit Defines Instrumentalities of Foreign Governments

March 2014
U.S. District Court Rules that Results of Internal Investigations Conducted in the Ordinary Course of Business are Not Privileged and Must be Produced to Whistleblower

January 2013
Second Circuit Declares Off-Label Promotion Ban Unconstitutional: Implications for False Claims Act Defendants

November 2012
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Guide Issued by DOJ and SEC

August 2012
Inside Counsel Article Series

June 2012
Search Warrants in White-Collar Crime Cases The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation

January 2012
Proposed Bill to Allow Private Enforcement of the FCPA


March 5, 2014
Firm Secures Settlement for Syncora in Mortgage-Backed Securities Suit

January 22, 2013
PBS's ”Frontline” Notes Firm's Leading Role in Financial Litigation

December 11, 2012
Firm Elects Three New Partners and One Counsel

February 7, 2011
Harry Sandick, Former Assistant United States Attorney, Joins Patterson Belknap

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Moderator, A Judicial Panel Discussion on Commercial Litigation: 'What Makes a Great Commercial Court?' New York American Inn of Court (May 27, 2015); Presenter, Insider Trading Liability After United States v. Newman, West LegalEdcenter Webcast (February 10, 2015); Presenter, The ABC's of AML: An Introduction to the Law of Anti-Money Laundering, Association of Corporate Counsel Webcast (February 14, 2014)


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The DOJ’s New Policy of Prosecuting Individuals
Harry Sandick,Julia Stepanova, September 15, 2015
On September 9, 2015, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates of the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ” or the “Department”) issued a new policy memorandum (the “Yates Memo”) entitled “Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing.” This...

District Court Vacates Insider Trading Guilty Pleas in Misappropriation Case in Light of Landmark Newman Decision
Jared S. Buszin,Daniel S. Ruzumna,Harry Sandick, March 23, 2015
On January 22, 2015, a district judge in the Southern District of New York vacated previously accepted guilty pleas in an insider trading prosecution brought under the “misappropriation” theory. The district court’s short order provides an initial look at the potential reach of...

Second Circuit Lays Out New Rules for Restitution
Deirdre A. McEvoy,Joseph R. Richie,Harry Sandick, March 23, 2015
On February 6, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decided an appeal, United States v. Cuti, which interpreted the restitution provisions of the Victims and Witnesses Protection Act (VWPA). The decision is significant because it seems to place a notable limitation on the...

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Harry Sandick

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New YorkNY 10036-6710


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