Greenberg Traurig bolstered its criminal defense ranks with the addition of Adam Hoffinger, the co-chair of the white collar defense and government investigations group at Schulte Roth & Zabel and a former federal prosecutor.
Hoffinger’s hire in Greenberg Traurig’s Washington office is part of the firm’s white-collar practice expansion in anticipation of stepped-up government scrutiny of corporate activity. The Biden administration is expected to crack down more on white collar prosecutions where the previous administration had not, and the coronavirus pandemic could spur enforcement as well.
“The government typically investigates where the money is, in areas like health care and fraud, but because of the pandemic there is the expectation of new Covid-related activity with the CARES Act,” Hoffinger said, in an interview. “Companies that received payments under the CARES Act will be closely scrutinized.”
Hoffinger also noted that with a new team being assembled at the Justice Department, there will be an uptick in enforcement activity.
In addition to Hoffinger, Greenberg Traurig recently expanded its white collar practice in Washington with the hires of Kyle Freeny, a former federal prosecutor, and Daniel Pulecio Boek, an international litigator who previously worked at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
Hoffinger said, in a statement, that “Greenberg Traurig’s roster of highly experienced and regarded litigators and former prosecutors across the country and across the globe is compelling, and to have the opportunity to expand its formidable footprint in litigation, white collar defense, and government investigations with likeminded leaders, was hard to pass up.”
Prior to joining Schulte, Hoffinger was a partner at Morrison & Foerster and at DLA Piper. He also spent five years an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.
At Schulte, he represented the Agricultural Bank of China, defeating a motion to hold the bank in contempt and impose $150 million in fines for allegedly resisting enforcement of a third-party subpoena. The case, which involved claims that six Chinese banks enabled the sale of counterfeit Nike and Converse products, is now on appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
In the criminal area, he represented the former chairman and CEO of a government contracting and procurement company who was charged with violating sanctions laws in connection with a contract to provide food to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. After extensive litigation, the indictment was dropped.
Hoffinger’s experience, including defending corporate executives and government officials, will bolster the firm’s capabilities, said Richard Rosenbaum, Greenberg Traurig’s executive chairman.
“It is rare to find such an approachable individual so well thought of in so many areas clients require today, such as complex civil and white collar criminal matters — including securities, health care — the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, export sanctions, criminal tax, money laundering, antitrust, and bankruptcy,” Rosenbaum said, in a statement.
Greenberg Traurig reported $1.73 billion in revenue last year, a 5.48% increase over 2019. The firm has around 2,200 attorneys in roughly 40 locations worldwide.