Umberg Zipser LLP’s attorneys have deep experience in defending and investigating allegations of white collar criminal conduct. Tom Umberg is a former federal prosecutor who knows the U.S. Attorney’s Office inside out. He has also served as the Deputy Drug Czar in the Clinton Administration, as well as a military war crimes prosecutor.
Our most significant successes are the many cases in which our attorneys have persuaded prosecutors not to file, or which have been disposed of pre- or post-indictment on favorable terms. The key to achieving these outcomes is thorough investigation and meticulous preparation, early intervention, along with knowledge of the internal workings of the various prosecuting offices. Other indispensable elements are the superior reputations and credibility we bring to the table when arguing for a no-filing decision or negotiating a reduced penalty. Tom has a TOP SECRET/SCI security clearance — which allows him to investigate and defend the most sensitive government and national security matters.
- Represented insurance company executive on 32 counts of mail and wire fraud. The executive was charged with providing kickbacks to others in the industry, insurance brokers and agents in exchange for preferential sales treatment. After a nine week trial in federal court for the District of Arizona, the jury acquitted our client on all counts.
- Represented a mining company accused of killing birds and other wildlife as a consequence of the mining operation. There were no criminal charges filed.
Medical and health care fraud
- Represented a major hospital chain in a whistle-blower action regarding fraud and discrimination based on race. No criminal charges were filed and the civil suit resulted in the plaintiffs paying the costs of the law suit.
- Retained by a defense contractor in connection with an allegation of making illegal payments to foreign officials. The DOJ prosecuted several individuals, but exonerated our client.
Bribery and Kickbacks
- Represented a major travel agency group investigated by the Attorneys General of California and Arizona for a pattern and practice of selling airline tickets to undocumented workers for illegal entry into the US. The matter was resolved without any criminal filing.