NEW YORK, June 13 (Reuters) - The former top civil
prosecutor at the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office will join law
firm BuckleySandler, which specializes in advising financial
Andrew Schilling, 45, said on Wednesday he will be a partner
at the firm's New York office starting next week. He is expected
to focus on government enforcement actions.
Schilling returns to private practice after two stints as a
civil prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern
District of New York, one of the busiest offices of the Justice
He helped create the office's Civil Frauds unit, which goes
after civil wrongdoing, most of it stemming from the 2008
financial crisis. Since its creation in March 2010, the unit has
filed 25 lawsuits resulting in over $600 million in settlements,
A spokeswoman for the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office said
a replacement for Schilling had not yet been named. Even in an
office known for high turnover, several prosecutors have
departed for private practice in the past year, such as former
Deputy U.S. Attorney Boyd Johnson and prosecutors Christopher
Garcia, David Leibowitz, Avi Weitzman, Jonathan Streeter, David
Raskin and William Harrington.
Schilling joined the office in 1997 and eventually led its
civil rights unit. In 2005, under his leadership, civil rights
prosecutors launched the Hotels Initiative, a review of the
compliance of 50 hotels in the Times Square area with the
Americans with Disabilities Act.
After a spell at New York law firm Friedman Kaplan Seiler &
Adelman, he returned to the office in March 2010 to become civil
division chief under U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
BuckleySandler was founded in 2009 with 40 attorneys and has
since grown into a 150-lawyer firm with offices in New York,
Washington and Los Angeles.
(Reporting By Basil Katz)
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