Squire Patton Bogs added two experienced team members to its global Government Investigations and White Collar practice with David Lizmi joining the firm in New York as principal and Ally Rich joining the firm in Cleveland as of counsel.
“Our team remains incredibly busy and we expect the pace to increase in the year ahead,” said Kevin McCart, leader of the firm’s global Government Investigations & White Collar Practice. “David and Ally each bring unique credentials to our practice and we are excited they have chosen to join the team.”
McCart continued, “Expanding our investigations practice is a strategic priority for the firm and we expect a continued build-out in the months ahead.”
Mr. Lizmi previously was Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY), where he served as the Office’s Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) Coordinator and was a founding member of the EDNY Cybercrime Task Force. While a federal prosecutor, he investigated, prosecuted and tried complex, sensitive and high profile cases across a broad spectrum of subject matters, including cybercrime, such as cryptocurrency-based money laundering, computer intrusions, ransomware attacks and espionage cases, as well as Bank Secrecy Act violations, securities fraud and public corruption, among other areas. While in the Office, Mr. Lizmi led the Cybercrime Task Force’s initiative into taking down fraudulent cryptocurrency exchanges, as well as numerous dark-web marketplaces.
Before becoming a federal prosecutor, Mr. Lizmi worked on large-scale securities, commercial and white-collar litigation at a large national law firm. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lizmi clerked for the Honorable Claire C. Cecchi of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Mrs. Rich joins from Flannery Georgalis, LLC and focuses her practice on government and internal investigations, regulatory compliance and governance issues. She represents individuals and corporate clients in matters before the Department of Justice, the Securities & Exchange Commission, FINRA, and numerous state Attorney General offices. She is experienced in all aspects of litigation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution.
She previously represented the City of New York in contract disputes involving the City’s capital construction projects and was responsible for litigation risk assessment and risk management issues for such projects. Mrs. Rich began her legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable William H. Walls of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and volunteers her time with the Veterans Legal Services Clinic of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, which she helped create.