Former Assistant U.S. Attorney David Massey, Who Prosecuted Swiss Bank, Joins Richards Kibbe & Orbe

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney David Massey, Who Prosecuted Swiss Bank, Joins Richards Kibbe & Orbe

 David B. Massey, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, has joined the New York office of Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP as a partner.

Massey worked in the U.S. Attorney’s criminal division in Manhattan from 2004 to 2013.  As a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, he represented the U.S. in numerous criminal cases, including the insider trading prosecutions of Joseph Skowron, Rengan Rajaratnam, and John Kinnucan.  Massey also led the prosecution of the Swiss bank Wegelin & Co., the first-ever indictment and guilty plea of a foreign bank for tax fraud, and he led the negotiation of a non-prosecution agreement with Liechtensteinische Landesbank, an agreement that included a change in Liechtenstein law that effectively ended bank secrecy there for U.S. taxpayers. 

In 2010-2011 and 2013, as Acting Tax Coordinator, Massey managed the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s criminal tax program and authorized indictments and plea dispositions in criminal tax cases.  

Lee Richards, a founding partner of Richards Kibbe & Orbe said, “David has done extraordinary work in prosecuting securities and tax fraud cases, and he understands these issues as well as anyone in New York.  We’re very pleased to add an attorney with such deep expertise, exceptional trial experience, and proven leadership abilities. David will play an important role in delivering results for clients that look to us for advice and representation in complex securities, tax, and white collar matters and investigations on both the criminal and civil side.”

“I’m thrilled to join a firm that is so highly regarded for its work in securities enforcement and white collar defense work,” said Massey. “I was drawn to RK&O in part because the litigation work they do is a great fit with my experience as Assistant U.S. Attorney.  It’s also an opportunity to work with a group of highly skilled and entrepreneurial attorneys, a number of whom share my background as a former prosecutor.”

At RK&O, Massey will focus on securities enforcement, white collar criminal defense, government and internal investigations, and civil litigation. He will counsel individual and corporate clients in a range of complex issues, including SEC enforcement actions and grand jury investigations.

Massey was formerly an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and a law clerk for Judge Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.   He received a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was Symposium Editor of the Yale Law Journal, an M. Phil. in International Relations from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale College (Phi Beta Kappa)

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