Douglas Grover joined the firm as a partner in 2014. Since leaving the Justice Department in 1990, he has focused on white-collar criminal matters and related litigation. He has represented and tried cases for businesses and individuals, including politicians, corporate officers, attorneys, doctors, accountants, securities analysts and traders, investment bankers, and government agents in all types of matters including campaign finance violations, government corruption (including bribery and foreign corrupt practices), environmental crimes, tax crimes, antitrust crimes, securities violations, insider trading, and all forms of fraud, including securities fraud, mail and telemarketing fraud, government procurement fraud, bank fraud, insurance fraud, and false statements to government officials and investigators.
Mr. Grover has also represented corporations in administrative and criminal investigations involving workplace deaths, bribery of government officials both inside and outside the United States, theft of funds from federally funded organizations, including not-for-profit organizations, undocumented alien employees, theft of trade secrets and corporate espionage, the sale of misbranded pharmaceuticals over the Internet, student loan lending practices, and environmental violations involving asbestos remediation, the Clean Water Act, and the illegal discharges of oil by vessels on the high seas and the Great Lakes, and allegations of fraud by government contractors. In many of these matters he has supervised internal investigations. He also has litigated federal forfeiture issues on behalf of banks, foreign businesses, and individuals, including allegations involving illegal structuring and money laundering.
HIS REPRESENTATIONS HAVE INCLUDED:
- Leading trial team acquittal of a senior executive of a multinational corporation accused of bribing a public official in the Midwest;
- Mid-trial dismissal of a retired FBI supervisor indicted by state prosecutors on four counts of murder;
- Pre-trial dismissal of a federal wire fraud indictment brought against a hedge fund analyst charged with mail and wire fraud;
- Negotiated non-prosecution of an elected state public official in a federal campaign finance investigation;
- Separate acquittals for an owner of tugboats and barges in two federal criminal prosecutions alleging illegal discharges of municipal waste and illegal storage of PCB contaminated oil;
- Dismissal of forfeiture action seizing assets of a prominent Russian businessman;
- Pre-trial dismissal of all federal charges against waste-hauling company indicted for conspiracy and extortion;
- Negotiated non-prosecution of international aeronautical manufacturer for alleged violations of federal conflict of interest statutes;
- Negotiated non-jail dispositions in various tax prosecutions involving tax evasion, false returns and failure to file; and
- Represented witnesses and targets before the SEC and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division.
HIS INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS HAVE INCLUDED:
- Worldwide shipping company accused of illegal discharges of oily waste from cargo ship;
- Fortune 500 manufacturer accused of corporate espionage;
- Fortune 500 manufacturer victimized by employee theft of formulas;
- Regional bank accused of improper lending practices;
- Accounting firm accused of altering audit conclusions;
- Clothing importer and manufacturer accused of hiring undocumented aliens;
- Government contractor investigated for thefts of “government inventory” in contractor’s control; and
- Government contractor investigated for improper billing practices.
Mr. Grover has been designated a Super Lawyer for the New York Metro Area from 2006 through 2018 in the area of Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Business Litigation. He has been included in The Best Lawyers in America from 2006 through 2018 in the area of White-Collar Crime, and he has been designated as one of American Lawyer’s Top Lawyers for 2016. Martindale Hubbell has assigned him an AV 5/5 rating. He has published and lectured on a range of legal topics including crisis management, sentencing, securities litigation, obstruction of justice, and trial advocacy; he has been a guest lecturer at Fordham Law School and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office Trial Advocacy Program; and he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Eastern District Civil Litigation Fund.
Mr. Grover received his B.A. from Colgate University in 1972 and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1975. He began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s office where he handled jury trials and criminal appeals in matters involving homicides and other serious felonies. From 1980 until 1989, Mr. Grover served as a federal prosecutor, eventually becoming Deputy Chief of the U.S. Department of Justice, Organized Crime Strike Force for the Eastern District of New York. There, he convicted the heads of the Gambino and Columbo organized crime families, as well as a number of officials in the New York City Carpenters’ Union on charges of labor racketeering. After leaving the Justice Department, Mr. Grover practiced with his own firm, Grover & Bloch, P.C., and with Thompson Hine LLP.