Richards Kibbe & Orbe partner David B. Massey was named a 2015 White Collar Crime Trailblazer by The National Law Journal. The list recognizes 50 outstanding attorneys, selected from hundreds of nominees, who have acted as pioneers and achieved remarkable success in the area of White Collar Criminal Justice.
As a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, Mr. Massey obtained the first guilty plea of a foreign bank for tax fraud. His historic prosecution of the Swiss bank Wegelin & Co. demonstrated the U.S.’s resolve to pursue Swiss banks and helped lead the Swiss government to encourage Swiss bank participation in a U.S. disclosure program through which banks can resolve their liability for tax fraud. Approximately 100 banks have entered the program to date, and Mr. Massey—now in private practice—plays a role in it as an adviser to an Independent Examiner under the program.
Mr. Massey’s trailblazing work on Swiss bank secrecy reflects his broader talent for assembling cases—both offensive and defensive—in cross-border matters. While working as a prosecutor, he was extensively involved in the criminal investigation of tabloid figure Benjamin Wey for his manipulation of Chinese reverse mergers. Currently, Mr. Massey is representing a South American corporation in relation to the Brooklyn federal prosecution of FIFA officials and others for bribery. Also in 2015, Mr. Massey represented several lawyers and lobbyists in connection with the Manhattan federal prosecution of New York State Senator Dean Skelos.