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Jason P.W. Halperin

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As a highly decorated former federal prosecutor, Jason focuses his practice on representing corporations and individuals in white collar investigations involving the United States Attorneys’ Offices, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and other agencies.  He is a seasoned trial lawyer with extensive experience handling white collar fraud cases, internal investigations, crisis management situations, and regulatory enforcement matters.

Jason has the unique ability to represent a variety of clients, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses and high-profile individuals to non-profit organizations. Jason’s work covers multiple industries including clients in finance, manufacturing, wholesale distribution, the defense industry, public relations, health care, and sports and entertainment, including high-profile celebrity clients.  This year, Jason achieved a rare feat – convincing the Department of Justice not to bring charges against his client after the DOJ had a years-long investigation into the client’s alleged corrupt conduct, a stunning outcome that allowed our client to avoid criminal charges and further government enforcement actions.  Jason also recently worked with a multinational firm who contracts with the government and had received a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s Office relating to a bribery and kickbacks investigation.  He conducted a thorough and complex internal investigation on behalf of the client to determine if there was any risk of legal or criminal liability.  He is a frequent contributor to major publications including Law360, New York Law Journal, and the Albany Times Union, where he comments and authors pieces on cutting edge legal issues and developments.

Jason maintains a robust pro bono practice, providing legal assistance to asylum seekers, and political refugees among others.  Most recently, he worked with a team of attorneys to secure Special Juvenile Immigrant Status (SJIS) on an expedited basis for a minor escaping gang-related violence in his home country, allowing the minor to seek lawful permanent residence in the United States.

From 2004 to 2015, Jason worked as a highly regarded federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.  During his tenure, he conducted 13 federal jury trials — including numerous high-profile cases — and never lost a trial.  His most prominent trials included the prosecution of four men who plotted to blow up synagogues in Riverdale, New York, and a public corruption case involving a Yonkers City Councilwoman and her political patron, who were convicted of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, bribery, extortion, mortgage fraud, and tax fraud.  Jason also handled many white-collar fraud cases and successfully prosecuted three New York state senators as well as political aides and developers for corruption crimes and tax fraud. Jason led a team of prosecutors and numerous law enforcement agents who won the 2013 Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Counterintelligence Award for Excellence.

After working as a federal prosecutor, Jason joined one of New York’s most prominent white-collar litigation practices.  When he left the government, Jason was profiled in The New York Times.  He has briefed and successfully argued numerous cases on appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Early in his career, Jason worked at two international law firms and clerked for Judge Ricardo M. Urbina of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.  He also worked for New York Governor Mario Cuomo for four years, serving for two years as his principal staffer — drafting remarks for the former governor, advising him daily, traveling with him across the country, managing his campaign committee’s business affairs, and handling the press. 

Jason earned his undergraduate degree at Yale University where he graduated with honors in political science, served as News Editor for the Yale Daily News, and played varsity and junior varsity tennis for parts of his college career.  At New York University School of Law, Jason was article and note editor for the Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, and received the Newman Prize for the most outstanding note. 

Education

  • New York University School of Law (JD)
  • Yale University (BA)

Experience

  • Currently representing a high-profile client in the health care space in an ongoing SEC investigation.
  • Successfully represented a Hollywood executive facing federal corruption charges and obtained a declination of prosecution for the executive.
  • Represented a business owner in a federal criminal case brought by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York related to banking and tax related charges.
  • Represented an attorney charged with securities fraud and wire fraud conspiracy in the Eastern District of New York.
  • Conducting an internal investigation for a large defense contractor in a DOJ investigation involving alleged bribery and kickbacks.
  • Representing client antiquities dealer who is being investigated by U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. and FBI for variety of federal offenses.
  • Represented various real estate investors in charges of fraud brought against parties related to properties the investors hold a stake in and simultaneous SEC investigation.
  • Represented Apple in litigation dispute.
  • Represented DraftKings in crisis-management situation involving multiple investigations from federal and state law enforcement into the daily fantasy sports industry. 
  • Conducted an internal investigation for an NBA team.
  • Representing F*ck Jerry and Jerry Media social media and influencer companies in variety of matters.
  • Represented numerous high-profile celebrity clients in extortion and other confidential matters.
  • Representing public relations firm and providing confidential counsel to client.
  • Secured a complete victory for a New York non-profit organization and related executives in a broad investigation by the Office of the New York State Attorney General’s Office’s Charities Bureau and NY state agency OASAS.
  • Representing a non-profit organization in an investigation by the NY AG’s Office and the NY Office of Medicaid Inspector General.
  • Led a full internal investigation of a professional sports team into allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct.
  • Representing a United States Ambassador in confidential matter. 
  • Represent numerous clients who receive subpoenas as part of law enforcement investigations. 
  • Defeated price gouging case brought by the NY AG's Office against national distributor and its CEO.  AG claimed our clients had charged excessive prices for cleaning products during the COVID-19 pandemic.  After an expedited proceeding and a summary hearing, our clients were fully vindicated and the case dismissed, in the only successful defense under this statute in over 40 years.
  • Representing client who was an extortion victim in referral to U.S. Attorney’s Office.
  • Representing company who was victim of a cyber-attack by a former employee in referral to U.S. Attorney’s Office.
  • Representing client plaintiff in contract dispute in upcoming trial in New York State court.
  • Representing dozens of sleepaway camps in variety of matters. 

Recognition & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Criminal Defense: White Collar (2020-2021)
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence: Counterintelligence Award for Excellence awarded for international counterproliferation investigation (2013) 

Recent Insights

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News & Press

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Price Gouging Laws — What Clients Need to Know

April 29, 2020 | Alert | By Jason P.W. Halperin, Jeffrey Moerdler, Scott Rader, Anthony J. Viola, David H. Drew

Read about how price gouging statutes and enforcement, by NY state and city, Mass., and the federal government, may affect businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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In a perspective column for the New York Law Journal, Mintz Member Jason P.W. Halperin, a former federal prosecutor, provided an overview of the death penalty in the United States and offered historical and current arguments for why it should be removed from the criminal justice system altogether. Specifically, the piece examined the federal and state death penalty dichotomy, its history before the U.S. Supreme Court and how it has been implemented in a discriminatory manner, and looked at the national movement away from capital punishment. 
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In a recent column for the New York Law Journal, Mintz Member Jason P.W. Halperin discussed New York lawmakers' passage of an automatic voter registration bill, which will make it easier for eligible voters across the state to cast their ballots.
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Mintz White Collar Defense and Government Investigations Member Jason P.W. Halperin and Law Clerk David Drew co-authored an article published by Law360 that examined the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Kelly v. United States, which reversed the federal convictions of officials with ties to Former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie that resulted from “Bridgegate.”
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Mintz Member Jason P.W. Halperin and Associate Amanda B. Asaro co-authored an article published by the New York Law Journal examining the significance of the New York Court of Appeals’  opinion in People v. Neulander, which issues a direct warning shot at jurors. Specifically, juror conduct as it relates to social media and digital communication usage.
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Mintz Members David Siegel and Jason Halperin authored this New York Law Journal article, which revisits the Autumn Jackson decision, and the subsequent 20 years of case law, for perspective on the Avenatti charges. The piece focuses on the challenges federal prosecutors face in trying to make reputational-threat based extortion charges stick.

Within 48 hours of initiating a copyright infringement suit against FJerry LLC, Elliot Tebele, Jerry Media and Tebele’s tequila venture JAJA Spirits for allegedly stealing a meme and posting it on the popular @fuckjerry Instagram, legal counsel for “content creator” Olorunfemi Coker filed to voluntarily dismiss the case without prejudice.
Mintz Member Jason Halperin quoted in this article on behalf of his client, Jerry Media, saying that Olorunfemi Coker, also known as @iamFemiFactor on Twitter, had no legal claim to the meme.
Attorney Jason Halperin addresses Coker’s lawyer filing a notice of voluntary dismissal — only two days after it was filed.
This New York Law Journal outside analysis column discusses the rapidly growing cryptocurrency space and how multiple federal and state agencies are trying to regulate these evolving markets. The column is authored by Mintz Members David Siegal and Jason Halperin. Associates Ellen Shapiro and Matthew Novian assisted in the preparation of this column.
In this op-ed for the Albany Times Union, Mintz Member Jason P.W. Halperin discusses voting reform efforts in New York state and the need to take those efforts one step further to include automatic voter registration.
Jason P.W. Halperin, a Member and former federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, authored this New York Law Journal column addresses New York State’s voter registration process and possible improvements for the future to increase turnout.
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This New York Law Journal special section column discusses some of the lurking pitfalls when the relationship between the government and the private law firms on which the government relies becomes a little too close. The column is authored by Mintz Members David Siegal and Jason P.W. Halperin, both of whom are former federal prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Associate Peter Mulcahy assisted in the preparation of the column.
This New York Times feature article looks at Shahed Hussain and his evolution throughout the years — from asylum-seeking immigrant to petty criminal to trusted ally of government prosecutors. Mr. Hussain is back in the news as his company is at the center of a deadly limousine highway crash outside Albany, NY. Jason P.W. Halperin, a Mintz Member and former federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District, is referenced in the article – his quotes pulled from a jury address in a bomb-plot case in which Mr. Hussain acted as a corroborating witness.
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This feature story notes that Mintz has further expanded its corporate investigations, enforcement and white collar practices with the arrival of trial and investigative Member Jason P.W. Halperin. Jason is a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York and focuses his practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations, regulatory enforcement and litigation matters.
This feature article notes that Mintz is adding to our strong national litigation practice, which includes a stable of former prosecutors, with the arrival of former Southern District of New York prosecutor Jason P.W. Halperin and former Boston Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley. Both Jason and Dan are quoted throughout the article discussing their moves to Mintz.
This New York Law Journal column was co-authored by Jason P.W. Halperin and discusses the ongoing problem of “how-to” terrorism guidance on the Internet. The piece discusses a potential solution: legislation aimed at barring the publication of online materials that offer instructions on how to commit mass violence.
Jason. P.W. Halperin co-authored this column discussing a potential three-part fix to reduce the incentives and opportunity for future corruption in New York State government.
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The New York Times’ “DealBook” reported that longtime Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York Jason P.W. Halperin has decamped for the private sector, joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. The article noted that during his time as a prosecutor, Mr. Halperin took 13 cases to trial and never lost one.