Solomon Shinerock focuses on achieving favorable outcomes for clients who face challenges involving white-collar crime and regulatory investigations, and also handles enforcement of foreign judgments, asset tracing and recovery matters, and complex commercial fraud cases. He has extensive experience investigating complex, multi-jurisdictional commercial transactions and tax matters, and has litigated criminal and civil cases at the trial and appellate level in federal and state courts across the country.
Mr. Shinerock spent over seven years in public service, as both a federal prosecutor in the Northern District of New York and an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Major Economic Crimes Bureau. In those roles, he coordinated with multiple law enforcement agencies, regulatory bodies, and prosecuting offices to investigate complex fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering cases arising from domestic and cross-border transactions. He played a lead role in several high-profile matters, including as lead line prosecutor in the investigation and indictment of the Trump Organization, and the successful enforcement of a grand jury subpoena for President Trump’s tax records through multiple rounds of federal appellate litigation. In recognition of his work prosecuting an international bank fraud and $35 million money laundering case involving the parent company of Newsweek, he was awarded the 2021 FinCEN Director’s Law Enforcement Award in the Significant Fraud Investigation category.
Mr. Shinerock also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Harold Baer, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and spent four years as an associate at an international law firm in New York. He has argued and briefed appeals in the U.S. Courts of Appeal in civil and criminal matters and served as lead- and co-counsel at trials and evidentiary hearings in federal and state courts. He has also negotiated criminal dispositions involving significant fines, forfeiture, and restitution amounts, and civil resolutions involving tens of millions of dollars.
- New York City Bar Association, Professional Ethics Committee, 2023
- New York City Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee, 2014
- Federal Bar Council, 2014
- Assistant District Attorney, Major Economic Crimes Bureau, Manhattan D.A.
- Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of New York
- Associate, Cadwalader, Wickersham, & Taft
- Law Clerk, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Hon. Harold Baer, Jr.
- Research Assistant, U.N. Committee Against Torture
- Brought tax fraud and related charges against an international real estate development firm and its Chief Financial Officer.
- Represented the New York County District Attorney’s Office in federal litigation through the U.S. Supreme Court concerning constitutional questions of a U.S. President’s immunity from criminal process.
- Brought money laundering and bank fraud charges against 8 individual and corporate defendants in connection with misrepresentations to equipment lenders and the laundering of $35 million of proceeds through international and domestic financial institutions.
- Brought federal international money laundering charges against 10 members of a criminal organization engaged in the distribution and sale of illegal pharmaceutical products and the laundering of proceeds in the United States and China.
- Investigated international money laundering conspiracy based on cross-border wire fraud and tax evasion scheme perpetrated by tobacco farmers.
- Investigated international financial institutions in connection with hundreds of millions of dollars in potential violations of U.S. sanctions in partnership with the U.S. Office of Foreign Asset Control, U.S. Federal Reserve Board of Governors, U.S. Department of Justice, and the New York City Department of Finance.
- Represented CEO of major insurer in federal criminal proceedings.
Civil and pro bono matters:
- Represented group of institutional and individual investors in successful civil securities fraud claims against private equity firm.
- Represented creditors of Dynegy Holdings in connection with fraudulent transfer claims concerning Dynegy’s transfer to shareholders of coal-powered generation assets in advance of its planned Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition.
- Defended asset manager through trial against contract and fiduciary duty claims by oil and gas company in connection with shale development rights in Texas.
- Represented religious institution in contract dispute concerning historical real property and religious artifacts.
- Represented victims of terror attacks and their family members in federal court proceeding to enforce foreign discovery order arising from civil claims against financial institution implicated in financing of terror attacks.
Publications & Events
- Author, Samantar v. Yousuf: Recent Development in the Laws Governing Civil Torture Claims in U.S. CourtsBUFFALO HUMAN RIGHTS LAW REVIEW, September 1, 2011
- Co-author, Morrison: Judicial Running in PlaceTHE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL, July 5, 2010
In the News
Investigations into the protests and acts of violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, have breathed new life into laws passed during the Reconstruction era, the period between 1865-1877 when significant reforms were passed in the wake of the Civil War.Law360, October 24, 2023
- Abu Zubaydah was the first prisoner waterboarded by the C.I.A. He has never faced charges at Guantánamo Bay.
Lawyers for the longest-held prisoner in the U.S. war against terrorism have begun a new legal offensive in multiple courts aimed at securing his release from Guantánamo Bay.The New York Times, October 4, 2023
In Turkiye Halk Bankasi A.S. v. U.S., the Supreme Court held that the FSIA did not provide immunity to a Turkish state-owned bank, Halkbank, for criminal charges, and that the bank could be prosecuted for evading U.S.-imposed economic sanctions against Iran.Law360, June 30, 2023
The United States Supreme Court decided for the first time that foreign sovereigns and foreign-owned entities are subject to criminal prosecution in United States courts, rejecting the contentions of a Turkish state-owned bank that it was immune from prosecution under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (“FSIA”).April 20, 2023
According to recent policy announcements, the U.S. Department of Justice is increasing incentives for corporate cooperation to further its goal of prosecuting individuals rather than the corporations where they work.
While the DOJ has long pursued this goal, the recent changes create firm new incentives for corporations to report wrongdoing by their officers and employees.Law360, April 12, 2023
Solomon Shinerock joins LBKM from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, where he worked in the Major Economic Crimes Bureau. Before that, he was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of New York.Law360, October 13, 2022
A senior prosecutor who played a key role in New York’s investigations into former President Donald Trump has moved into private practice.
Solomon Shinerock, who left the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on Sept. 30, joined litigation boutique Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss on Tuesday as a partner.New York Law Journal, October 12, 2022
- American University (J.D., magna cum laude, 2009), Order of the Coif, Gillet-Mussey Fellow, Dean’s Fellow
- Oberlin College (B.A., high honors, 2002), Phi Beta Kappa
- New York
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, and Northern District of New York