Jeffrey Alberts has joined Pryor Cashman LLP as a partner and the leader of its White Collar Defense and Investigations practice. He joined Pryor Cashman from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he served for six years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division.
“As result of increased government oversight, there is a thorny brier of regulations that require deft skill to understand and navigate. Jeff brings to our clients an insider’s perspective that is a perfect complement to our current capabilities. We are thrilled to have him on board,” said Ronald H. Shechtman, Pryor Cashman’s managing partner.
Alberts’ practice will focus on government investigations, prosecutions, related regulatory proceedings, asset forfeiture litigation, victims’ rights representation, and complex civil litigation.
“Pryor Cashman allows me to transfer my white collar government experience into the private practice and build a practice that focuses on my interest in asset forfeiture matters and international art,” said Alberts (pictured).
The firm said that Alberts also will support the firm’s Art Law practice, which represents galleries, dealers, lenders, collectors, heirs, and artists as they navigate the challenges to ownership, provenance, and authenticity of their collections.
While in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Alberts was involved in several high profile cases for which he received a number of awards, including the asset forfeiture proceedings against Marc Dreier, for which Alberts was awarded the 2010 Department of Justice John Marshall Award, the Department’s highest honor for legal excellence. Alberts also was the recipient of the 2009 Department of Justice National Asset Forfeiture Award for his role in the forfeiture of over $500 million in proceeds of the fraud at Refco, Inc., which was once the largest independent U.S. futures trader. He also received international recognition for successfully representing the U.S. government in an asset forfeiture jury trial concerning a stolen artwork created by the renowned artist Camille Pissarro and returning the artwork to the French government.
Alberts is a 2001 cum laude graduate of New York University School of Law, where he was the Associate Editor of the Law Review. He has a masters degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from the University of Washington, where he was awarded the Arts and Sciences Dean’s Medal as the top scholar in the college.
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