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  • September 24, 2019
    New York Law Journal
  • September 23, 2019

    A New York-based law firm that has focused on insurance litigation matters allegedly pocketed $1 million that was meant as a settlement payment in another case, a New Jersey-based insurance carrier has contended in New York state court.

  • September 19, 2019

    Jeffrey Tenenbaum, head of the nonprofit practice at the DC-based law firm Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC, was quoted in this article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy on the steps nonprofit organizations can take to mitigate risk associated with fundraising.

    The Chronicle of Philanthopy
  • September 3, 2019

    LBKM partner Waleed Nassar has been recognized as a 2019 “Equality Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal in its inaugural list of top lawyers who serve as “agents of change” and have made an impact on equality through new legal strategies or innovative court cases.

  • August 29, 2019

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Capozzolo — who headed a tax fraud case against former U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm and other high-profile investigations — was retained by the city when Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas launched an investigation last year, in conjunction with an audit into the city’s payout practices by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office. 

    LI Herald
  • August 23, 2019

    Partner Cristián Francos* was highlighted by Global Investigations Review as a lawyer of note and a member of Argentina's investigations bar.

    *Mr. Francos is admitted to practice only in Buenos Aires; not engaged in the practice of law in the District of Columbia.

  • August 8, 2019

    Jeffrey Tenenbaum, head of the nonprofit practice at the DC-based law firm Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC, appeared on NPR Affiliate WOSU Public Media to discuss the steps nonprofits can take to prevent the type of misappropriation alleged in the Jeffrey Epstein case.

  • August 6, 2019

    Law360 asked Eric Lewis and other law firm leaders about the most common career blunders they see new attorneys make.

  • July 31, 2019

    CBS2's Marcia Kramer interviewed former NYPD chiefs Diana Pizzuti and Joanne Jaffe regarding their discrimination lawsuit against the City of New York and NYPD officials.

  • July 24, 2019

    John Moscow spoke to Law360 regarding the investigation of Tyco International by the Manhattan district attorney's office under Robert Morgenthau.
  • July 24, 2019
    Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
  • July 23, 2019

    Adam Kaufmann, Art Middlemiss and John Moscow remember "The Boss," longtime Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau.

    New York Law Journal
  • July 22, 2019

    John Moscow shares a memory of Robert Morgenthau in the Washington Post's obituary.

    www.washingtonpost.comThe Washington Post
  • July 19, 2019
    www.bloomberglaw.comBloomberg Law
  • July 16, 2019

    Founding partner Eric Lewis was asked, as part of Law360's ongoing interview series, “What one trait is most important for a law firm partner?”

  • July 3, 2019

    An amended complaint filed in Miami-Dade County alleges that Amicorp, an international trust services company, actively participated in a multi-million-dollar real estate fraud which victimized many Latin American families.
  • June 17, 2019

    Citing “egregious” misconduct by state prison officials in trying to evade a court order to produce public records concerning its efforts to obtain lethal-injection drugs, an Indiana judge has directed the state’s Department of Correction to pay more than a half million dollars in plaintiffs’ attorney fees. 

    www.deathpenaltyinfo.orgDeath Penalty Information Center
  • June 13, 2019

    Marion Circuit Judge Sheryl Lynch awarded $538,000 in attorney fees to plaintiffs who sued the DOC to obtain records pertaining to the lethal injection protocols that would be used at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City in the event an execution was carried out. Lynch’s order was issued Wednesday.

    www.theindianalawyer.comThe Indiana Lawyer
  • May 30, 2019

    Jeff Tenenbaum, chair of the nonprofit practice at the DC-based law firm Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC, was interviewed by Ernesto Gluecksmann – host of the Through the Noise podcast – about his nonprofit organizations practice at the firm. The podcast debuted on May 30, 2019. Through the Noise is a podcast that explores hurdles, solutions and the process of cultivating success for nonprofits through conversations with executive directors, CEOs and other nonprofit professionals.

    Through the Noise podcast
  • May 28, 2019
  • May 13, 2019
    New York Law Journal
  • May 6, 2019
    Support for capital punishment is diminishing among the American public, but Trump’s Supreme Court shows no sign of abolishing executions, writes Eric Lewis
  • April 26, 2019

    “The new government of Tamaulipas is committed to taking all measures to stamp out corruption and return the proceeds of corruption to the people from whom they have been stolen,” Kaufmann said in a press release. “There are many ways that the United States courts can be used in a proactive way to trace and seize ill-gotten assets.”

    www.brownsvilleherald.comThe Brownsville Herald
  • April 1, 2019
    www.complianceweek.comCompliance Week
  • March 29, 2019

    Colleges and universities must recognize the risk of potential corruption in their admissions process, and build intelligent controls to guard against fraud. Lewis Baach’s Arthur D. Middlemiss explains that schools should employ cost-efficient compliance measures and warns of the dangers in failing to do so.

    www.bloomberglaw.comBloomberg Law Insight
  • March 18, 2019

    “This action should be a wake-up call to advisory firms who deliberately make false material assertions on a Form ADV,” said Lewis Baach partner Jason Berland. “This is particularly true when a firm blatantly fails to designate an appropriate individual to be responsible for administering compliance programs. “In a situation, such as the one here, where one of the chief compliance officer designees was allegedly unaware he was designated, civil money penalties should be a real concern.”

    ©2019 ACA Insight and ACA Compliance Group. All rights reserved. Reproduced with written permission of the publisher.

    ACA Insight
  • December 26, 2018
    10. Judge strikes down DOC lethal injection secrecy statute
    www.theindianalawyer.comThe Indiana Lawyer
  • December 12, 2018

    Art Middlemiss heads a team of attorneys representing Good Morning America Co-Anchor, Lara Spencer against the fraudulent use of her name and likeness in skincare ads. “If I tell you that I'm selling you one thing, but I really sell you another thing, that's fraud,” Middlemiss told GMA. “I'm telling you that I'm selling you a product that's endorsed by a celebrity, when it hasn't been endorsed by a celebrity. That's a fraud.”
  • November 30, 2018
    www.instar.comThe Indy Star
  • November 30, 2018
    www.theindianalawyer.comThe Indiana Lawyer
  • November 28, 2018

    Mr. Lewis reflecting on what he looks forward to each day in his job:  "One of the things I like about our firm and a firm our size is the continuity and trust of the people I work with, most of whom I've worked with for a long time. I think all of us buy into the concept we have here, which is being very public spirited, very flexible, very supportive, and trying to use our skills not only on commercial matters but also trying to do some good as well.”

  • November 28, 2018

    Anthony Capozzolo and John Moscow are quoted in ABC News about the recent Manafort cooperation agreement and sentencing issues.

  • November 19, 2018
    El evento contó con la participación de expertos en temas de cumplimiento, manejo de riesgos y buenas prácticas

    "Puerto Rico es un centro financiero sofisticado que forma un centro natural entre América Latina y los Estados Unidos", dijo Art Middlemiss, un profesional de cumplimiento y socio de Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss. "La conferencia mostró el compromiso de la comunidad bancaria internacional de Puerto Rico con las mejores prácticas internacionales de cumplimiento y su reconocimiento de sus responsabilidades como miembros del sistema financiero global".

  • November 14, 2018
    www.sun-sentinel.comSun Sentinel
  • November 12, 2018
    www.naplesnews.comNaples Daily News
  • November 4, 2018

    Partners Manuel Varela and Cristián Francos* authored a paper on the Argentine Notebooks investigation which was quoted in Argentina’s La Nación.

    *Mr. Francos is admitted to practice only in Buenos Aires; not engaged in the practice of law in the District of Columbia. Nación
  • November 2, 2018
    On a human level, it is a place of misery and despair. And on a larger level, it is a monument to the death of the rule of law
  • November 1, 2018

    Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP must turn over documents relating to its former representation of two failed Platinum Partners hedge funds to the Cayman Islands-based liquidators who are now winding the funds down, a New York bankruptcy judge said Thursday over the firm's objections. The liquidators are represented by Jack Gordon and Bruce Grace.

  • October 29, 2018

    “A fundamental issue arises when an advisory firm’s financial interests are in direct conflict with the financial interests of its clients,” said Lewis Baach partner Jason Berland. “Although a conflict is not always fatal, where there is no disclosure or where it appears that a
    firm is placing its own financial interests over that of its clients, such as wrongly using fund money to benefit a parent company at the expense of the fund, the conflict becomes a breach of a fiduciary duty and exposes an advisor to significant penalties.”

    ©2018 ACA Insight and ACA Compliance Group. All rights reserved. Reproduced with written permission of the publisher.

    ACA Insight
  • October 4, 2018

    « Au cours de l’enquête, BNP Paribas ne s’est pas révélée très coopérative, beaucoup moins que d’autres banques », se souvient le procureur en chef de la division des enquêtes financières, Adam Kaufmann. 

    www.lemonde.frLe Monde
  • October 2, 2018

    “All of this smells like a crime,” said Adam S. Kaufmann, a former chief of investigations for the Manhattan district attorney’s office who is now a partner at the law firm Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss. While the statute of limitations has long since lapsed, Mr. Kaufmann said the Trumps’ use of All County would have warranted investigation for defrauding tenants, tax fraud and filing false documents."

    www.thenewyorktimes.comThe New York Times
  • October 1, 2018

    “These recent comments by SEC leaders suggest a potential shifting of the Division of Enforcement priorities,” said Lewis Baach partner Jason Berland. “While it can be argued that statistics do not always provide the truest measure of effective policy, there could be
    a few underlying factors which led to these remarks.  First, under President Donald Trump, the number of completed enforcement actions against corporations has appeared to drop significantly, as have corporate penalties. Second, a 2017 ruling by the Supreme Court,
    Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission, shortened the SEC’s statute of limitations for bringing lawsuits against wrongdoers to five years. Third, the SEC has faced a reduction in enforcement resources, cuts which could be affecting enforcement activity.”

    ©2018 ACA Insight and ACA Compliance Group. All rights reserved. Reproduced with written permission of the publisher.

    ACA Insight
  • September 25, 2018
    www.indystar.comIndy Star
  • August 16, 2018
    Federal prosecutors investigating former Trump lawyer view October 2016 tape as trigger for burying potentially damaging information, people familiar with the matter say

    Mr. Cohen’s apparent change of heart on buying Ms. Clifford’s silence, after the “Access Hollywood” tape surfaced and nearly capsized Mr. Trump’s campaign, could help investigators make the link, said Anthony Capozzolo, a defense lawyer and former federal prosecutor in Brooklyn who handled corruption cases. [...] “Access Hollywood” tape “is exactly the kind of evidence that beats that argument,” by helping prosecutors frame the Clifford payment as a response to the damage the tape inflicted on Mr. Trump’s campaign, said Mr. Capozzolo.

    www.wsj.comThe Wall Street Journal
  • August 6, 2018

    The IRS can take action in cases of exorbitant compensation, but it rarely does.

    Jeff Tenenbaum, head of the nonprofit practice at the DC-based law firm of Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC, said for 501(c)(3)s, the IRS can levy penalty taxes on those receiving excessive compensation as well as those who approved it.

    He said for 501(c)(6)s such as the CPA institute, “revocation of tax-exempt status is the IRS’ only remedy — and one rarely utilized.”

    www.newsobserver.comThe Charlotte Observer
  • August 2, 2018

    American Law Institute's Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance incorporates a number of 'black letter' provisions that are more favourable to assureds

    www.insuranceday.comInsurance Day
  • July 27, 2018

    Other practitioners aren't so sure about the APA argument. “You can't generalize about the procedural propriety of revenue procedures,” Jeffrey Tenenbaum, a nonprofit attorney at Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC in Washington, told Bloomberg Tax. “It depends on the substance of the revenue procedure.”

    Tenenbaum said Montana's APA position “may be a bit of a stretch.” The lawsuit, filed July 24 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, “certainly highlights the fact this seems to be a political dispute dressed up in procedural arguments—on both sides,” he said.

    Still, Tenenbaum said, states “absolutely” have a legitimate argument for the IRS to provide them with information they need to enforce their own standards for entities’ tax-exempt status.

    Bloomberg Law
  • July 19, 2018
    When a U.S. citizen heard he was on his own country’s drone target list, he wasn’t sure he believed it. After five near-misses, he does – and is suing the United States to contest his own execution

    Ms. Plochocki is quoted in the article as addressing the court saying, “We’re not asking for the court to revisit drone policy, we’re not taking a run at the drone program,” she says. “Plaintiffs [just] want an opportunity to be meaningfully heard, just as… if they were designated for economic sanctions or told that they couldn’t board a flight to Cleveland.”

  • June 27, 2018
    The New York Times
  • June 27, 2018
    Courthouse News Service