Steve is Chair of the White Collar & Government Enforcement Practice Group. He represents businesses and individuals in criminal and complex civil litigation, with a focus on white collar criminal defense and is experienced at conducting complex internal investigations, both in the United States and overseas. He regularly represents clients before the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice. He also advises several publicly-traded companies on FCPA matters and has conducted training for those clients domestically and internationally. The Financial Times has commended Steve for his innovative legal work in defense of a client.
After 17 years as a prosecutor with the Department of Justice, Steve applies his considerable experience to assisting corporations and executives with any government inquiries or internal investigations. Before joining the firm, Steve served for four years as Chief of the Public Corruption & Special Prosecutions Unit at the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts, overseeing some of the most complex investigations in the office. He was one of the few Assistant United States Attorneys in Boston selected to work around the clock investigating the attacks of September 11. He also headed the federal inquiry into the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. Prior to becoming Chief, he was part of the Economic Crimes Unit, where he prosecuted complex tax, health care fraud and investment fraud cases.
Steve has been a frequent lecturer at programs sponsored by the Boston Bar Association, the World Law Group and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). While in the government, he lectured at the Department of Justice, IRS, and privately sponsored training seminars on the subjects of excise tax fraud, health care fraud, and financial prosecutions generally. He also has been a guest lecturer for the American Bar Association, Suffolk University Law School, Harvard Law School, the New England Institute of Law Enforcement, and the National Advocacy Center. Steve has been included in the New England Super Lawyers listing, a Thomson Reuters publication, since 2008. He has also been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America publication for his work in White Collar Criminal Defense since 2006.
•Represented hedge fund operator in SEC Enforcement investigation. No charges brought despite Wells Notices being issued.
•Represented national valuation practice in SEC investigation. No charges brought after multi-year investigation.
•Represented audit committee of public company in internal investigation into government contract accounting practices.
•Represented public company in SEC Enforcement investigation triggered by purported whistleblower. Investigation terminated with no charges brought.
•Represented former President of Stryker Biotech in indicted federal health care fraud (off-label promotion) case. All charges dismissed. Commended by Financial Times for innovative legal work in this case.
•Counsels multi-national corporations on FCPA compliance issues.
•Has conducted FCPA training in Asia, Africa, Latin and South America.
•Represented fish wholesaler in Lacey Act prosecution.
•Represented data supply company in OFAC investigation regarding trade with Iran - No Action Letter received.
•Represented national Broker-Dealers in FINRA Reg SP enforcement action.
•Represented regional Broker-Dealer in Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation Enforcement matter.
•Represented Progress Software Corporation in SEC investigation into its stock option practices. No charges were brought.
•Represented American Tower Corp. in SEC and Department of Justice investigations into stock option practices. No charges were filed.
•Represented several publicly traded companies, Board Committees and individual Directors in stock option back-dating investigations by the Department of Justice and the S.E.C.
•Conducted internal investigations in Europe, China and Japan, as well as throughout the United States.
•Advised publicly traded company regarding FCPA issues and training in China.
•Conducted internal investigation into revenue recognition practices of publicly-traded company.
•Represented multiple universities regarding Attorney General investigations into lending practices.
•Represented the former CFO of a large hospital in an indicted matter.
•Represented several wholesalers in market-timing investigation.
•Represented several brokers in gifts and gratuities investigation.
•Represented pharmaceutical executives before a federal grand jury.
•Represented targets and witnesses in criminal tax investigations.
•Advised the Board of a medical device company as to compliance issues.
•Experienced in various federal courts and before the S.E.C. and FINRA.
Included in The Best Lawyers in America publication in the field of white collar litigation.
Received the Department of Justice Award for Corporate Asset Forfeiture 2004, was the recipient of the Tax Division Outstanding Attorney Award for 1990, 1992, and 1996. He received the Attorney General letter of commendation in 1992 for work against organized crime elements in New York.
Edwards Wildman's Boston Office Hosts ACC In-House Counsel Seminar
September 16, 2014 event
Complimentary Seminar: Insights for In-House Counsel
June 12, 2014 event
Haiti Says Company Was Not a Government Instrumentality - US Court Disagrees and Affirms Convictions Anti-Corruption & Asset Recovery
June 9, 2014
AIRROC Boston Regional Education Day
April 9, 2014 event
Increased FCPA Enforcement: Stealth Sanctions Against Russia Anti-Corruption & Asset Recovery
March 26, 2014
Financial Institutions Warned to Protect Against Alleged Stolen Ukrainian Assets Anti-Corruption & Asset Recovery
February 26, 2014
Effective Anti-Money Laundering Policies: Essential for All Financial Institutions Anti-Corruption & Asset Recovery
February 19, 2014
Ukranian Seminar - Conducting Business Internationally: How to Navigate the Anti-Corruption Statutes
January 29, 2014 event
Internal Investigations Guidance Note
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Edwards Wildman's Steve Huggard Comments on Case Against Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo in the Boston Herald
July 10, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Steve Huggard Weighs In on Hostile Witnesses in White-Collar Criminal Trials in the Boston Globe
July 7, 2014
Edwards Wildman in the News: Steve Huggard Analyzes Implications of US Seeking Death Penalty for Accused Boston Marathon Bomber
January 31, 2014
Best Lawyers Recognizes 54 Edwards Wildman Attorneys
October 16, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Steve Huggard Analyzes Effects of the Government Shutdown in The Wall Street Journal
October 7, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Steve Huggard Tells the Boston Herald that Whitey Bulger Faces Long Odds in Appeal Based on Immunity Claim
August 13, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Steve Huggard Discusses How Potential Civil Charges against Zimmerman Could Take Months on NECN
July 16, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Steve Huggard Analyzes US Supreme Court's DNA Ruling in Lawyers USA
June 7, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Steve Huggard Analyzes AP Records Seizure in Law360
May 17, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Steve Huggard Analyzes Judge's Rejection of Bulger's Planned Immunity Defense in the National Law Journal
May 6, 2013