Blank Rome

Blank Rome has a medium-sized, US-based FCPA practice with four partners working on foreign bribery matters in its Washington, DC, office. The firm recently acquired lawyers from Dickstein Shapiro.

Henry Schuelke and Larry Wechsler joined Blank Rome in 2012 after three decades at their DC boutique, Janis, Schuelke & Wechsler. Schuelke, who in 1979 left a top position in the District of Columbia US Attorney’s Office, went on to become one of the best known criminal defence lawyers in Washington. In 2012, at the request of US District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington, he produced a report examining how the Justice Department bungled a high-profile public corruption case against former Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska.

Steven Roman is a new partner at Blank Rome, having joined from Dickstein Shapiro. The firm has a group of government contracts lawyers in DC, and Roman works closely with them on FCPA-related issues. Shawn Wright, who joined the firm in 2004, works on FCPA internal investigations, compliance and merger due diligence.

Carlos Ortiz is a former federal prosecutor who spent five years in the DOJ’s tax division, and 10 years at the US Attorney’s Office in New Jersey.

The firm represented safety technology manufacturer Rae Systems in an FCPA case that the company settled with the Justice Department for US$1.7m in 2010. The firm is currently representing a Buenos Aires-based company involved in the corruption investigation tied to world soccer governing body Fifa.

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