United States Attorney, Michael Garcia indicted David Stockman and three others on March 21, 2007 for securities fraud, obstruction of justice, and charges of conspiracy. The lead prosecutor on the case is Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen Cantwell. Ms. Cantwell is the sole prosecutor responsible for investigating this matter; the Government intends to have additional prosecutors appointed to the case. This case will be heard before the Honorable Barbara S. Jones in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Before Judge Jones joined the bench in 1996 she was the Chief Assistant United States Attorney to Robert M. Morgenthau.
The defendants have enlisted the help of several prominent attorneys: Elkan Abramowitz, Gandolfo DiBlasi, Craig Stewart, and Soloman Wisenberg.
Stockman’s attorney Elkan Abramowitz is a leading white-collar criminal defense attorney. According to New Yorker Magazine Mr. Abramowitz’s firm, Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason, Anello & Bohrer, P.C., is “the crème de la crème of white-collar criminal defense.” Mr. Abramowitz entered private practice in 1979. Prior to entering private practice he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Assistant Deputy Mayor for the City of New York, Special Counsel to the Select Committee on Crimes for the U.S. House of Representatives and Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
In addition to Abramowitz Stockman’s team of attorneys includes Jodi Peikin, and James Stovall, both are attorneys of Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason, Anello & Bohrer, P.C.
Gandolfo DiBlasi is a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. Mr. DiBlasi has experience as lead counsel for cases involving: securities investigations of the Salomon Brothers treasury auction scandal, pay-to-play investigations in the municipal securities market, back dated options, and various Enron-related matters.
Craig Stewart is a litigation partner at Arnold & Porter LLP in New York. Mr. Stewart has extensive experience defending regulatory prosecutions. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Stewart spent eleven years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.
Solomon Wisenberg is equally familiar with white-collar litigation. Prior to starting his own firm, Mr. Wisenberg was the chair of the White Collar Crime Practice Group at Rossi, Dixon & Bell, a Washington D.C. firm. Mr. Wisenberg was also an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Texas and North Carolina. During his time as an Assistant U.S. Attorney he received the Directors Award from Attorney General Janet Reno for his work on a $200 million Victoria Savings Scandal. During the 1980’s Mr. Wisenberg was Acting Special Counsel for Judicial Selection and Attorney Advisor in the U.S. Department of Justice under Attorney General Edwin Meese. The defendants have already moved to disqualify Ms. Cantwell for her involvement in earlier discussions with the defendants regarding pleas and related matters.
The primary materials for the Stockman Case including a summary of the indictment may be found on the DU Corporate Governance website.