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Harry A. Chernoff

U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York
Assistant U.S. Attorney/ Senior Litigation Counsel, Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force
New York, NY, USA

Harry Chernoff has been an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, Criminal Division, since 2002. He currently serves as Senior Litigation Counsel in the Office’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. He has investigated and prosecuted offenses that include securities fraud, money laundering, racketeering, tax evasion, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (AFCPA@), violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (AIEEPA@), terrorism, and murder.

Among the cases Mr. Chernoff has tried to verdict for the Government are the following: in 2013, United States v. Michael Steinberg, in which the defendant, a portfolio manager at the hedge fund SAC Capital, was convicted of insider trading; in 2012, United States v. Joseph Collins, in which the defendant, a partner at an international law firm and outside counsel to Refco, Inc., was convicted of securities fraud in a re-trial; in 2010, United States v. Ahmed Ghailani, in which the defendant, the only Guantanamo Bay detainee to be tried in an Article III court to date, was sentenced to life in prison for his participation in Al Qaeda=s 1998 bombing of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. In 2011, Mr. Chernoff received the Attorney General=s Distinguished Service Award, the Justice Department’s second-highest annual award.

Mr. Chernoff’s work in the FCPA area includes the 2013 prosecution of several employees of a Wall Street brokerage who pled guilty in connection with the payment of kickbacks to a Venezuelan development bank official who directed trading business to the defendants. In 2009, Mr. Chernoff was selected by the American Lawyer as a A Litigator of the Week@ for his representation of the Government in United States v. Frederic Bourke, in which the defendant, an investor in Azerbaijani privatization, was convicted at trial of conspiracy to violate the FCPA. Mr. Chernoff also argued the subsequent appeal for the Government, United States v. Viktor Kozeny.

Mr. Chernoff previously practiced at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and was a law clerk to the Honorable Amalya L. Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Chernoff served as a legislative assistant to then-U.S. Representative Charles Schumer of New York and was an Urban Fellow in the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York. Mr. Chernoff is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College, and he was a visiting student at the University of Delhi, India. He has lectured around the United States and abroad on the FCPA, securities fraud, terrorism, and other criminal law topics.

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