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Chief of the Securities & Commodities Fraud Task Force at the USAO-SDNY to Join Weil

(February 8, 2012, Weil News)

International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP today announced that Christopher L. Garcia, Chief of the Securities & Commodities Fraud Task Force at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO), will join the firm as Litigation partner and member of the Securities Litigation and White Collar Defense & Investigations practices. Mr. Garcia will be based in New York.

“Chris is highly skilled as an attorney and is well respected within the USAO and the New York legal community,” said Weil’s Executive Partner Barry M. Wolf. “He is a welcome addition to Weil’s premier litigation department.”

“We have observed Chris’s work on various criminal prosecutions – including complex criminal cases and trials against top-tier defense counsel – and have been extremely impressed with his insight and ability,” said Jim Quinn, Co-Chair of Weil’s 500-lawyer Litigation Department. “Chris further enhances our efforts in the important and growing practice of securities litigation and white collar defense and investigations.”

As Chief of the Securities & Commodities Fraud Task Force, Mr. Garcia led a unit of prosecutors, law enforcement agents, and staff in all aspects of securities fraud investigations, trials, appeals, and other litigations. During his tenure, Mr. Garcia supervised the investigation and prosecution of more than 300 cases, including matters arising out of the 2008 financial crisis and in areas of corporate fraud (Refco, Doral Financial, Duane Reade, Vitesse), insider trading (cases relating to Galleon Group, expert networks, and hedge fund insider trading), and fraudulent investment schemes (criminal and civil forfeiture actions relating to the Bernard Madoff fraud). He personally brought nine cases to trial and successfully litigated numerous appeals. He has received numerous awards, including the DOJ’s Director's Award for Superior Performance.

Mr. Garcia said, “I had the unique opportunity at the United States Attorney's Office to observe some of the finest lawyers in the country and was able to see Weil lawyers at work. I selected Weil because I know first-hand that they are truly exceptional, top-flight lawyers and, as important, good and decent people. It was an honor and privilege to serve as Chief, and I know that I am leaving behind a unit chock-full of some of the finest fraud prosecutors in the country.”

Mr. Garcia received his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he served as Senior Editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy, and his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College.

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