Former Assistant U.S. Attorney David Massey Joins Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP

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December 12, 2013

Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP  is pleased to announce that David B. Massey, former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner.

Mr. Massey joins the firm following a distinguished career in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan from 2004 to 2013.  As a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, he represented the United States in numerous high profile criminal cases, including the insider trading prosecutions of Joseph Skowron, Rengan Rajaratnam, and John Kinnucan.  Mr. Massey also led the prosecution of the Swiss bank Wegelin & Co., the first-ever indictment and guilty plea of a foreign bank for tax fraud, and he led the negotiation of a non-prosecution agreement with Liechtensteinische Landesbank, an agreement that included a change in Liechtenstein law that effectively ended bank secrecy there for U.S. taxpayers.  In 2010-2011 and 2013, as Acting Tax Coordinator, Mr. Massey managed the Office’s criminal tax program and authorized indictments and plea dispositions in criminal tax cases.  

Lee Richards, a founding partner of Richards Kibbe & Orbe said “David has done extraordinary work in prosecuting securities and tax fraud cases, and he understands these issues as well as anyone in New York.  We’re very pleased to add an attorney with such deep expertise, exceptional trial experience, and proven leadership abilities. David will play an important role in delivering results for clients that look to us for advice and representation in complex securities, tax, and white collar matters and investigations on both the criminal and civil side.”

“I’m thrilled to join a firm that is so highly regarded for its work in securities enforcement and white collar defense work,” said Mr. Massey. “I was drawn to RK&O in part because the litigation work they do is a great fit with my experience as Assistant U.S. Attorney.  It’s also an opportunity to work with a group of highly skilled and entrepreneurial attorneys, a number of whom share my background as a former prosecutor.”

At RK&O, Mr. Massey will focus on securities enforcement, white collar criminal defense, government and internal investigations and civil litigation. He will counsel individual and corporate clients in a range of complex issues, including SEC enforcement actions and grand jury investigations.

Mr. Massey was also formerly an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and a law clerk for the Honorable Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.   He received a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was Symposium Editor of the Yale Law Journal, an M. Phil in International Relations from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale College (Phi Beta Kappa).