Brian Esser focuses his practice on complex and general civil litigation and corporate investigations. Mr. Esser primarily works in the area of electronic discovery and has extensive experience with large data sets, forensic analysis of electronic data, legacy systems and SQL databases. Mr. Esser currently coordinates discovery in conjunction with BakerHostetler’s role as court-appointed counsel to the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. He regularly deals with issues concerning case management, protective orders, data privacy, bank secrecy, data rooms and expert witnesses.
Mr. Esser has worked on a range of investigations on subjects as diverse as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, export controls, channel stuffing, New York State ethics laws and Medicare fraud and abuse. He served as an integral part of the team that monitored a leading financial institution’s compliance with nonprosecution agreements, as well as worked with the third-party examiner of several broker dealers that entered into agreements with FINRA to resolve allegations of improper mutual fund sales practices. Mr. Esser has also worked on litigation matters that include civil RICO claims brought against insurance companies, foreign sovereigns and government contractors, as well as breach of contract, noncompete clauses and unfair competition cases.
In April 2006, BakerHostetler was appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice to serve a three-year term as Independent Examiner of the Bank of New York and subsequently to monitor a nonprosecution agreement with the Western District of Pennsylvania following the merger of Mellon Bank and Bank of New York. Mr. Esser’s responsibilities focused on overseeing the monitoring and testing of the bank’s anti-money-laundering and OFAC programs, SAR filing process and subpoena response.
Mr. Esser’s other representative experiences include:
Mr. Esser maintains an active pro bono practice that encompasses litigation, appellate and legislative work in the areas of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and HIV status, reproductive rights, asylum and the death penalty. His pro bono clients have included NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. Mr. Esser also served as a “loaned associate” to the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, where he represented low-income tenants in matters before the D.C. Superior Court and in administrative hearings before the D.C. Housing Authority.
Mr. Esser is an At-Large Board Member for National LGBT Bar Foundation and a 2011 Super Lawyers “Rising Star.”
2/25/2013 - “What to Expect When Applying for Cyberinsurance”: Judy Selby and Brian Esser Publish Article in Corporate Counsel
12/7/2012 - 173 BakerHostetler Attorneys Named 2012 Super Lawyers; 55 Named Rising Stars
12/3/2012 - Selby, Esser and Rog Publish “Courts allowing expedited discovery in emergencies” in National Law Journal