(February 21, 2012, New York) – Reed Smith LLP announced today that Pablo Quiñones, formerly an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, is joining the firm’s Global Regulatory Enforcement Group as a partner in the New York office.
As an Assistant U.S. Attorney for eight years, Mr. Quiñones was responsible for numerous grand jury investigations and prosecutions of major cases involving securities fraud, public corruption, narcoterrorism, money laundering, and RICO crimes. He prosecuted numerous jury trials to verdict, as well as briefed and argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Most recently, Mr. Quiñones served as a member of the SDNY’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, where he prosecuted high-profile securities fraud cases, such as the insider trading scheme involving former hedge fund portfolio manager Joseph F. Skowron III and French doctor Yves Benhamou, and the investment fraud and market manipulation scheme involving former Wall Street executives Ross H. Mandell and Adam Harrington. His securities fraud cases involved coordination with parallel investigations and litigation brought by the SEC, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, FINRA, the London Stock Exchange, and the United Kingdom’s Financial Services Authority.
As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Quiñones also developed broad experience investigating and prosecuting public corruption and various mail, wire, and tax fraud crimes. Mr. Quiñones prosecuted former New York State Senator Efrain Gonzalez, Jr., and participated in the investigation of former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard B. Kerik. His high-profile international cases included investigating and prosecuting corruption in the Middle East and Europe and narcotics and money laundering crimes in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain. Mr. Quiñones also concurrently served for five years as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C., co-leading the largest prosecution in U.S. history of the 50 leaders of the FARC, a foreign terrorist organization in Colombia.
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2004, Mr. Quiñones represented businesses in complex commercial litigation at Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C., and served as an Associate General Counsel at AmeriChoice Health Services, Inc., now a UnitedHealth Group company. Reed Smith added 55 attorneys from Anderson Kill in 2008, including many attorneys who worked with Mr. Quiñones. Mr. Quiñones received his B.A. from Cornell University in 1991 and graduated in 1995 from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as a Note Editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law.
“Pablo brings an unusual blend of private practice, in-house and government experience in civil and criminal trial and appellate practice in two of Reed Smith’s major industry sectors – health care and finance,” said Jim Gallatin, head of Reed Smith’s firmwide Global Regulatory Enforcement Group. “His recent high-level involvement and leadership in criminal investigations and prosecutions in banking, financial services and securities markets, his international expertise, especially in Latin America, as well as his strong capability in trial and appellate law, make him a solid fit for the firm and its multinational clients.”
“I am enthusiastic about joining Reed Smith’s Global Regulatory Enforcement Group. The firm’s international platform is an exceptionally good match for the broad legal experience and diverse skills I have developed over my career,” said Mr. Quiñones. "I expect to have many opportunities here to build on the experiences I gained at the Department of Justice, in my former private practice life, and as in-house counsel. It will also be a pleasure to rejoin many of my former colleagues who are now at Reed Smith while also working with new colleagues at an exceptional global law firm.”
“We are looking forward to working with Pablo,” said Reed Smith’s New York Office Managing Partner Jordan Siev. “He brings a great deal of practical experience, a stellar national reputation and broad international connections that will be of great benefit to the firm's clients.”
With more than 225 attorneys firmwide, Reed Smith’s Global Regulatory Enforcement Group handles enforcement and regulatory issues for global clients who increasingly encounter parallel regulatory enforcement regimes and proceedings with cross-border impacts. The Group provides services to clients in numerous industries and in dealing with the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. Its members advise clients on regulatory compliance issues and defend clients in all aspects of enforcement proceedings, including antitrust and competition, exports and customs, government contracts, securities, or civil or criminal fraud investigations or prosecutions.
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