Susrut A. Carpenter

Associate

New York
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Overview

A former prosecutor, Sonny Carpenter has tried several complex jury trials and has led numerous investigations while in the government and as a defense attorney. Recognized as a New York Metro "Rising Star" in the areas of white collar and business defense and commercial litigation, Sonny regularly defends individuals and corporations in federal and state investigations, complex business litigation and government contract compliance matters. While in the government, he worked closely with the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense. Sonny uses that experience to support clients by advising and defending them in matters involving FCPA compliance, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement, procurement fraud investigations, and various other issues pertaining to compliance measures and enforcement by regulators. He has worked with companies and individuals in the aerospace, defense, environmental services, construction, railroad and financial services industries.

Sonny has been involved in anticorruption and government contracting seminars, and has published articles on avoiding FCPA violations, compliance best practices and investigations.

Select Experience

  • Represented a publicly traded multinational corporation in an FCPA investigation related to Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Conducted interviews, reviewed financials and advised on compliance programs, policies and the corporation's strategy going forward.
  • Represented a high-level executive at a large corporation in a public contracting fraud and corruption investigation initiated by the government.
Federal Prosecution
  • Served as lead prosecutor during a four-month investigation into violations of the FCA involving complex discovery and interviews of various financial agencies. Managed discovery of bank records, property records, military financial records and records of military moves for 10 years prior to the charges being levied. Interviewed bank representatives and financial representatives of the Army who were responsible for issuing the paychecks and other allowances in question. Conducted motions practice, opening statement and closing argument while coordinating the efforts of the other two parts of the trial team. Resulted in a federal felony conviction.
  • Worked on a team prosecuting a group of individuals for identity theft and defrauding federal credit unions. Interviewed witnesses and aided in assembly of a case plan on how to proceed at trial. Resulted in a federal felony conviction.
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Experience

  • Represented a publicly traded multinational corporation in an FCPA investigation related to Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Conducted interviews, reviewed financials and advised on compliance programs, policies and the corporation's strategy going forward.
  • Represented a high-level executive at a large corporation in a public contracting fraud and corruption investigation initiated by the government.
  • Represented a senior government official in a public corruption investigation spearheaded by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York and local New York City agencies. Secured full acquittal at trial.
  • Represented an individual in the first post-Newman SEC insider trading matters.
  • Served as a member of the core team in a Foreign Account Tax Compliant Act independent examinership of a Swiss Bank. 
  • Served as a member of the BakerHostetler legal team representing Irving H. Picard, Securities Investor Protection Act trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
  • Successfully represented a senior executive of a multinational public company in an internal FCPA investigation.
  • Represents a billion-dollar private equity fund in an SEC investigation relating to alleged disclosure, accounting and securities fraud in connection with a multimillion-dollar fee charged over a seven-year period.
  • Represents a physician practice in enforcement investigations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the New York State Office of the Attorney General concerning Medicare/Medicaid fraud and violations of the False Claims Act (FCA), Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute.
Federal Prosecution
  • Served as lead prosecutor during a four-month investigation into violations of the FCA involving complex discovery and interviews of various financial agencies. Managed discovery of bank records, property records, military financial records and records of military moves for 10 years prior to the charges being levied. Interviewed bank representatives and financial representatives of the Army who were responsible for issuing the paychecks and other allowances in question. Conducted motions practice, opening statement and closing argument while coordinating the efforts of the other two parts of the trial team. Resulted in a federal felony conviction.
  • Worked on a team prosecuting a group of individuals for identity theft and defrauding federal credit unions. Interviewed witnesses and aided in assembly of a case plan on how to proceed at trial. Resulted in a federal felony conviction.
  • Acted as lead prosecutor in an international drug smuggling case concerning transportation of marijuana from Mexico to the U.S. in a rental car. Coordinated the investigation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the Virginia State Police Narcotics Interdiction Team; and Army Criminal investigators. Supervised requests for search warrants; interviewed witnesses; found, prepped and conducted direct examination of an expert forensic psychologist witness; and cross-examined the opposing side's forensic psychologist expert. Resulted in a federal felony conviction.
Appeals
  • Successfully overturned a client's conviction by arguing at a circuit-level court that the charge failed to provide adequate notice that the conduct was subject to criminal sanction.
  • Defended a client under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) before the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, the Army's intermediate appellate court, in a Germany-based case. Article 134 of the UCMJ, which allows a prosecutor to create an offense where one does not exist, was initially utilized to convict the client. Countered that the charge should have been under Article 92 of the UCMJ due to the nature of the client's crime. Briefed and orally argued that a preemption doctrine invalidates the military court's subject matter jurisdiction in the case.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2015 to 2017)

Memberships

  • North American South Asian Bar Association
  • Financial Intelligence and Information Sharing Working Group

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Prior Positions

  • U.S. Army JAG Corps
  • U.S. Department of Justice: Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section

Military Service

  • U.S. Army (2009 to 2013)
    • Final Rank: Captain
    • Army Commendation Medal (two-time recipient)

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law, 2008; Managing Editor, Business Law Review
  • M.A., American University, 2008, International Affairs-Transnational Crime, Corruption & Terrorism
  • B.A., Boston University, 2005, Economics, cum laude, Dean's Scholar

Languages

  • Gujarati