George A. Stamboulidis

Partner

New York
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Sources praise his experience as a former member of the DOJ, and comment that he is "very effective in court." He is considered "the complete package."
— Chambers USA 2013

A seasoned litigator, George Stamboulidis has tried dozens of complex federal jury trials as prosecutor and as defense attorney. Recognized for his experience in the areas of white collar and business defense, George is regularly engaged by corporations, directors, and officers to advise and defend in complex federal grand jury and regulatory investigations. George is trusted for his integrity and sound judgment in corporate monitorship positions and has been appointed a federal monitor an unprecedented four times by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

George is co-leader of BakerHostetler’s national White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations practice, which is ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He is a nationally recognized lecturer on corporate criminal liability and the use of proactive defense tactics, has conducted a continuing legal education program for members of the New York External Bank Fraud Committee, and annually lectures on financial responsibility and financial fraud prevention at the Major League Baseball Rookie Career Development Program.

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Monitorships
  • As part of its investigation into the collapse of Enron, the DOJ selected George to serve as the outside independent monitor of Merrill Lynch, at the time the largest firm in the world by capital. Leading a team of attorneys and auditors, George reviewed Merrill Lynch’s implementation of policies and procedures governing the integrity of complex structured finance transactions and, in close consultation with both senior management, the Board of Directors and DOJ, made recommendations to optimize policies, controls, and training firm wide.
  • The DOJ appointed BakerHostetler to serve as Independent Examiner of the Bank of New York, with George as the principal responsible for the engagement. He led a team of attorneys and forensic auditors in monitoring the bank’s suspicious activity, reporting practices and anti-money-laundering procedures, as well as its compliance with related laws and regulations. In addition to the bank, George reported directly to the United States Attorneys’ Offices for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the New York State Banking Department.
White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Secured complete dismissal of all charges against CEO of a half-billion-dollar nationwide commercial real estate conglomerate charged in a 73-count fraud and money laundering indictment. George’s unwavering commitment to establishing his client’s innocence resulted in his filing a compelling pretrial dismissal motion, which established that the indictment was obtained through a defective grand jury process. As part of a multi-pronged defense strategy, following the pretrial hearing, the entire indictment was dismissed by the court.
  • Obtained full dismissal of a multi-count felony indictment against the president of one of New York City’s largest HVAC contractors. George used his extensive knowledge of the New York construction industry to persuade prosecutors that his client was not the proper target of a wide-ranging criminal investigation into corrupt billing practices of general contractors, who exploited subcontractors to overcharge high-end construction clients.
Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Obtained federal jury victory for the defense in alleged antitrust price-fixing in the autoparts market.
  • Represented corporate entity in a trademark infringement case in which a competing brand filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction barring George’s client from using four logos on licensed goods. George worked to level the playing field for his client during the trial, which resulted in a jury unanimously finding three of the four trademarks adopted by the client did not infringe on the opposition’s trademark rights.
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Experience

Monitorships
  • As part of its investigation into the collapse of Enron, the DOJ selected George to serve as the outside independent monitor of Merrill Lynch, at the time the largest firm in the world by capital. Leading a team of attorneys and auditors, George reviewed Merrill Lynch’s implementation of policies and procedures governing the integrity of complex structured finance transactions and, in close consultation with both senior management, the Board of Directors and DOJ, made recommendations to optimize policies, controls, and training firm wide.
  • The DOJ appointed BakerHostetler to serve as Independent Examiner of the Bank of New York, with George as the principal responsible for the engagement. He led a team of attorneys and forensic auditors in monitoring the bank’s suspicious activity, reporting practices and anti-money-laundering procedures, as well as its compliance with related laws and regulations. In addition to the bank, George reported directly to the United States Attorneys’ Offices for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the New York State Banking Department.
  • Served as the outside independent monitor of Mellon Bank, N.A. (Mellon), by the United States Attorney’s Office. George and his team were responsible for oversight of Mellon’s compliance with the terms and conditions of a settlement agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. This monitorship continued after Mellon’s subsequent merger with the Bank of New York.
  • As the former prosecutor who convicted corrupt politicians exercising improper influence on the operations of the Town of Brookhaven, when he entered private practice, George was selected by the Town Board to investigate the operation of Brookhaven’s landfill and continues to serve as the Monitor for the Town of Brookhaven’s Waste Management Department. He reviews applications for access to the landfill and approves haulers and vendors to mitigate the risk of corruption or illegal dumping and prevent fraud.
  • In an effort to eradicate organized crime’s decades-long infiltration and control of Local 14-14B of the International Union of Operating Engineers, George was appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York to serve as the Ethical Practices Attorney for the Local. George investigates allegations of misconduct by union officers, members, and employers, commences disciplinary actions to eliminate corruption and the influence of organized crime from the Local, reviews and revises job referrals and other union protocols, and supervises voting procedures and elections for union officers.
  • As monitor to one of the world’s largest engineering and electronics conglomerates, George and his team provided an independent report to the New York State Comptroller’s Office regarding the corporation’s internal controls with regard to compliance, government contracting, and procurement systems. The team provided reports and recommendations for action after conducting interviews and testing systems of the organization’s medical business.
White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Secured complete dismissal of all charges against CEO of a half-billion-dollar nationwide commercial real estate conglomerate charged in a 73-count fraud and money laundering indictment. George’s unwavering commitment to establishing his client’s innocence resulted in his filing a compelling pretrial dismissal motion, which established that the indictment was obtained through a defective grand jury process. As part of a multi-pronged defense strategy, following the pretrial hearing, the entire indictment was dismissed by the court.
  • Obtained full dismissal of a multi-count felony indictment against the president of one of New York City’s largest HVAC contractors. George used his extensive knowledge of the New York construction industry to persuade prosecutors that his client was not the proper target of a wide-ranging criminal investigation into corrupt billing practices of general contractors, who exploited subcontractors to overcharge high-end construction clients.
Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Obtained federal jury victory for the defense in alleged antitrust price-fixing in the autoparts market.
  • Represented corporate entity in a trademark infringement case in which a competing brand filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction barring George’s client from using four logos on licensed goods. George worked to level the playing field for his client during the trial, which resulted in a jury unanimously finding three of the four trademarks adopted by the client did not infringe on the opposition’s trademark rights.
  • Serves as court-appointed counsel to the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.

Recognitions

  • Stamboulidis, George A.Chambers USA: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations in New York (2013, 2014)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2010 to 2015)
    Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC
    • New York: Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • New York "Super Lawyer" (2006 to present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent
  • United States Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance (three-time recipient)

Memberships

  • Litigation Counsel of America: Fellow
    • Thomas A. Mesereau Cup Selection Committee: Member
  • The Trial Law Institute: Member
  • Diversity Law Institute: Member
  • Federal Bar Council
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association: Advisory Panel
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA)

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Prior Positions

  • United States Department of Justice
    • Chief of Long Island Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York (1995 to 2001)
      • Selected as the new lead prosecutor in United States v. Wen Ho Lee, a case involving mishandling of U.S. classified nuclear weapons secrets. Case was resolved with a felony guilty plea and the defendant’s cooperation in September 2000.
      • Prosecuted public corruption trial of most powerful Suffolk County political leader.
      • Trial and conviction of United States v. Vincent “the Chin” Gigante (Genonese crime family boss).
      • Trial and conviction of the boss of the Colombo crime family.
      • Conviction of underboss of the Lucchese crime family.
      • Three-time recipient of DOJ Director’s Award for Superior Performance
    • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Brooklyn, NY (1990 to 1995)
      • Organized Crime Section: Deputy Chief and Acting Chief
    • Attorney General’s Honor Program; detailed to the Newark Organized Crime Strike Force (1988 to 1990)
  • Vera Institute of Justice: Consultant to the South African government on complex criminal justice issues
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Louis C. Bechtle of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1986 to 1988)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Steven F. Lefelt, the Chief Administrative Law Judge, New Jersey (1985 to 1986)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1990
  • New York, 1986
  • New Jersey, 1986

Education

  • Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2000, Strategies of Persuasion Executive Education Program
  • J.D., Temple University School of Law, 1985
  • B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1982, Phi Beta Kappa