Arent Fox Hires Alums of Central District of Calif.
By Christopher M. Matthews | March 16, 2010 6:05 pm

Arent Fox LLP announced Tuesday that it had brought in four new partners to the firm’s white collar defense practice, including former U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California Terree Bowers and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Carter Andrues, who headed the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section in California’s Central District.

The other two additions are Andrew Kaizer, and Peter Unger, according to the firm’s news release. Kaizer was a partner at Michelman & Robinson LLP in New York while Andrues, Bowers, and Unger were previously with Howrey. Bowers and Andrues will work out of the firm’s Los Angeles office, Unger out of the Washington, D.C. office, while Kaizer will be based in New York City.

According to the Blog of Legal Times, the additions come less than a week after three white-collar defense lawyers, including practice chair John Nassikas III, departed Arent Fox for Arnold & Porter LLP.

The full news release is below:

WASHINGTON, LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK — March 16 , 2010 — Arent Fox LLP announced today a major expansion of its white collar defense practice with the addition of four new partners to the firm’s Washington, DC, New York and Los Angeles offices, including the former US Attorney for the Central District of California and a former Assistant US Attorney who headed the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section in California’s Central District. Terree Bowers, Mary Carter Andrues, Peter Unger and Andrew D. Kaizer all join Arent Fox as partners. Bowers and Andrues will be residents at the firm’s Los Angeles office, Unger in its Washington, DC, office and Kaizer in the firm’s New York City office.

“The addition of these lawyers is a significant step forward to our strategic goal of expanding a national white collar criminal defense and financial fraud practice. This is just the first of a series of moves we will be making in this practice area,” said firm chairman Mark M. Katz in Washington, DC. “Terree Bowers, Mary Carter Andrues, Peter Unger and Andrew Kaizer are four of the most respected and accomplished trial attorneys in the United States, adding remarkable strength to our white collar defense and litigation practices. They bring to our firm a unique and highly coveted blend of courtroom experience, talent, skill and knowledge encompassing a broad spectrum of white collar defense litigation, including securities and commodities enforcement, health care fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, RICO and export control cases.”

Terree Bowers is the former US Attorney for the Central District of California. He received the prestigious Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service and has been honored by three United States Attorneys General and one Canadian for his outstanding work in a variety of fields. During his tenure, he established and chaired the first Telemarketing/Investment Fraud Task Force in the country. He also created and led the Financial Institutions Fraud Task Force for the Los Angeles area. He later served as the Chief Deputy City Attorney for Los Angeles, supervising more than 525 attorneys. In 1994, the Department of Justice selected Mr. Bowers to serve as a US representative on the Yugoslavia War Crimes Tribunal (ICTY). He traveled to Bosnia at the height of the Yugoslav conflict to investigate allegations of genocide and helped present the international arrest warrant case against Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic. He is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer with over 30 years of experience in supervising and litigating complex commercial, white collar and regulatory cases in the areas of securities fraud, banking and financial institutions, civil rights actions, political corruption issues, government contracting, health care fraud, pharmaceutical testing issues, environmental criminal and regulatory matters, false claims, customs, tax fraud, antitrust issues, insurance coverage and a variety of other complex litigation matters.

Mary Carter Andrues focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, international and domestic regulatory compliance and enforcement and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Andrues was an Assistant US Attorney in the Central District of California, where she served as the Chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section; Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption and Government Fraud Section; and as Health Care Fraud Coordinator. She served on the US Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and Health Care Fraud Subcommittee. Ms. Andrues received the Attorney General’s Director’s Award for her role as the lead federal prosecutor in the LAPD Rampart Investigation. Ms. Andrues has over 20 years of trial experience and handles matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, including investigations by the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Her practice also focuses on areas of government contract and procurement fraud, improper gifts, gratuities and kickbacks, violations of federal export control laws, including the Arms Export Control Act, International Traffic in Arms Regulations, International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Export Administration Act. She regularly served as an instructor to federal law enforcement agencies and at the US Department of Justice, National Advocacy Training Center.

Peter Unger’s practice focuses on representing parties in investigations and litigations conducted primarily by the Securities and Exchange Commission, self-regulatory organizations and state securities regulators; conducting internal investigations; providing crisis management; and counseling advice to public and private companies on their obligations under federal securities laws. Mr. Unger provides compliance counsel and advice on the Foreign Corrupt Compliance Act (FCPA), defending FCPA investigations and conducting FCPA due diligence of potential agents or business partners worldwide. His client base includes oil service companies, the financial services industry and pharmaceutical companies. Prior to entering private practice, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Norman C. Roettger Jr., former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and as an attorney in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. Mr. Unger served on the Global Litigation Section’s Securities Litigation, Government Enforcement and White Collar Defense practice management group at his former firm.

Andrew D. Kaizer’s practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, securities and commodities enforcement, investigations by federal, state, and private-sector regulators and law enforcement officials in the United States and abroad, internal investigations, hedge fund and broker-dealer regulatory compliance, and complex commercial civil litigation, including class action and RICO matters. At Arent Fox, Mr. Kaizer will continue to provide counseling and trial representation in criminal, complex commercial disputes, regulatory, and corporate governance matters, to individuals, corporate board members, and organizations in a variety of industries, with an emphasis on the financial sector, including private, investment, and commercial banks, investment advisors and hedge funds, investment companies, broker-dealers and Big Four accounting firms. Prior to joining Arent Fox on February 25, Mr. Kaiser was with a national law firm in New York and served as co-chair of that firm’s commercial and business litigation department.

The arrival of the four new partners is the latest development in a major expansion of Arent Fox’s national litigation practice in 2010. In February, the firm announced a highly respected six attorney team from Venable LLP, including partners Aaron Jacoby, John Bronstein and Richard Buckley, and lateral hire Harry Johnson from Jones Day had joined the firm’s Los Angeles office. Earlier in the month, Thor Hearne, the former managing partner of Lathrop & Gage in St. Louis, joined Arent Fox’s litigation practice in Washington, DC.

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