Justin C. Danilewitz

Justin C. Danilewitz

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (215) 972-1977
Fax: (215) 972-1843

Primary Office

Philadelphia
Centre Square West
1500 Market Street, 38th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102-2186

Justin C. Danilewitz

The storm clouds of a looming enforcement action, however the clouds take shape -- by search warrant, subpoena, "target letter," or an early morning knock on the door from agents -- must be taken seriously, and require the guidance and navigation of experienced and able counsel. Justin C. Danilewitz draws upon his experience as a former federal prosecutor, as well as his defense of individuals and entities, to conduct internal investigations, zealously defend against civil and criminal enforcement actions, and respond to whistleblower complaints and false claims ("qui tam") suits.

Justin has extensive experience appearing before judges and juries, both at trial as well as in sentencings, plea hearings, bail hearings, and other proceedings in federal court. He has also written a wide range of trial and appellate briefs on both criminal and civil issues, some of them before the U.S. Supreme Court. Justin and his partner Chris Hall (along with other leading criminal defense counsel) successfully led the briefing (see here and here) and oral argument in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court relating to a matter of international interest -- the Pennsylvania Attorney General's grand jury investigation into the Catholic Church --  which resulted in two landmark precedential opinions (here and here) in favor of their clients, protecting the constitutional right to reputation in Pennsylvania.  The Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers recognized Justin and Chris for their successful efforts in this matter with the prestigious Alan Jay Josel Award for Advocacy.  Justin was also named to The Legal Intelligencer's 2019 Power Players list.

Experience

Internal investigations experience across diverse industries
Internal investigation for private equity firm in response to Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA") inquiry into possible front-running by firm's employee.
Internal investigation for public company into allegations of self-dealing by senior employees in acquired division.
Internal investigation for hedge fund arising from U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") investigation into insider trading on information derived from "expert networks."
Defense of criminal and civil investigations
Investigation by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") into private equity firm's portfolio company investment.
Investigation by New York Attorney General ("NYAG") into due diligence performed by bank in residential mortgage-backed securitizations.
Investigation by DOJ, SEC, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and U.K. Financial Services Authority into possible role of bank's employees in improper submission of rates to London Interbank Offered Rate ("LIBOR") panel.
Investigation by SEC and NYAG into alleged involvement of Chairman of private equity firm in corrupt "pay-to-play" practices in Office of the New York State Comptroller.
Investigation by SEC into allegations of insider trading at private equity firm.
Anticorruption counseling
Preparation of policies, procedures, and training materials for companies in financial services, mining, and manufacturing sectors seeking to comply with international anticorruption laws, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA").
Federal prosecution experience

During the course of his five years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Department of Justice, Justin prosecuted white collar fraudsters, conmen, violent drug dealers, and the victimizers of children.  Among his many cases are the following:

Justin led the successful prosecution and conviction of a defendant pharmacist, following a five-week jury trial, who was charged with maintaining a pharmacy as a premises for the illegal distribution of oxycodone. Justin and his trial team, including agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, presented the testimony of physicians, pharmacists, expert witnesses, company employees, and law enforcement and cooperating witnesses, to prove that the pharmacist knowingly distributed and dispensed oxycodone to addicts and dealers, contrary to written commitments the pharmacist had undertaken in due diligence questionnaires he had signed with his supplier.
Justin and his colleagues charged multiple inmates of Federal Correctional Institution Fort Dix with distributing and conspiring to distribute images and videos of child pornography, which the inmates - who were all already serving lengthy sentences for prior child pornography offenses - viewed on contraband micro SD cards and smuggled cell phones within the prison.
Justin led the successful prosecution and conviction, following trial, on charges of Hobbs Act Robbery conspiracy, drug trafficking conspiracy, and firearms offenses, of a career offender who had conspired with others to rob a drug stash house and kill its occupants in a sting investigation led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives ("ATF"). Justin and his trial team, including the ATF agents, presented evidence of conspiratorial text messages forensically extracted from the defendant's cell phone, along with highly incriminating statements made in a covert video recording.
Justin led the successful indictment and extradition from Bogota, Colombia, of a drug trafficker who ultimately pleaded guilty in the United States to conspiring to import heroin into the United States through Newark Liberty International Airport.
Justin led the successful prosecution, resulting in a guilty plea, of the owner of a water filtration company who had failed to pay state taxes in various jurisdictions where he conducted business.
Justin led the successful prosecution of a career con artist and fraudster who ultimately pleaded guilty to charges of travelling across state lines to have sex with a minor, defrauding retirees out of more than $100,000 in savings, and using a false identity to commit his wire fraud. After cross-examination by Justin at a hearing on the defendant's subsequent motion to withdraw his guilty plea, the defendant decided to proceed with his guilty plea and was sentenced to a term of 25 years' imprisonment.
Justin presented the testimony of dozens of witnesses, including numerous experts, at two six-week jury trials, following charges against more than two dozen defendants, in the prosecution of a violent Atlantic City, New Jersey drug gang which followed a six-month wiretap investigation. The investigation succeeded in recording evidence of a homicide committed in real time during the course of wiretap interception. It also, ironically, resulted in interception of discussions of two members of the conspiracy regarding watching the famed HBO series, "The Wire," which was itself about a wiretap investigation.
Justin led the prosecution of a business owner who ultimately pleaded guilty to charges of immigration fraud and money laundering.

Thought Leadership

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Alan Jay Josel Award for Advocacy presented by the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for advocating for constitutional rights in a statewide investigative grand jury (April 25, 2019)

Named to The Legal Intelligencer's 2019 Power Players list

Certificates of appreciation from the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey, for "outstanding contribution to the successful prosecution of" United States v. Joseph Caracciolo and United States v. Bryan Jacobs.

FBI certificate of commendation:  "In recognition of your outstanding prosecutive skills and the assistance you provided to the FBI.  Your actions were in the highest traditions of the Department of Justice and bring honor to your Office and to the entire Department."

Alfred P. Rubin Prize in International Law, The Fletcher School (2004)

David L. Boren Fellowship (2003)

Dorot Fellowship in Israel (1999-2000)

Harvard-Hebrew University Fellowship (1999-2000)

Eric Firth Prize, Harvard Government Department award for outstanding thesis on the ideals of democracy (1999)

Memberships and Affiliations

Lankenau Medical Center Foundation, Board Member

Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Federal Criminal Law Committee for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Member, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics

American Bar Association

Education

M.A.L.D., Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, 2010

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2007

  • Editor-in-Chief, University of Pennsylvania Law Review

A.B., Harvard University, magna cum laude, 1999

 

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Certifications

Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP)

Clerkships

Honorable Richard C. Wesley, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2007-2008)

Foreign Law Clark, President Aharon Barak, Israel Supreme Court (Summer 2005)

The storm clouds of a looming enforcement action, however the clouds take shape -- by search warrant, subpoena, "target letter," or an early morning knock on the door from agents -- must be taken seriously, and require the guidance and navigation of experienced and able counsel. Justin C. Danilewitz draws upon his experience as a former federal prosecutor, as well as his defense of individuals and entities, to conduct internal investigations, zealously defend against civil and criminal enforcement actions, and respond to whistleblower complaints and false claims ("qui tam") suits.

Justin has extensive experience appearing before judges and juries, both at trial as well as in sentencings, plea hearings, bail hearings, and other proceedings in federal court. He has also written a wide range of trial and appellate briefs on both criminal and civil issues, some of them before the U.S. Supreme Court. Justin and his partner Chris Hall (along with other leading criminal defense counsel) successfully led the briefing (see here and here) and oral argument in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court relating to a matter of international interest -- the Pennsylvania Attorney General's grand jury investigation into the Catholic Church --  which resulted in two landmark precedential opinions (here and here) in favor of their clients, protecting the constitutional right to reputation in Pennsylvania.  The Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers recognized Justin and Chris for their successful efforts in this matter with the prestigious Alan Jay Josel Award for Advocacy.  Justin was also named to The Legal Intelligencer's 2019 Power Players list.