Doug Grover is a former federal and state prosecutor who investigated and tried numerous criminal matters ranging from complicated financial schemes to mafia-related crimes before obtaining many trial acquittals and no-prosecution deals as a defense lawyer. Doug currently practices white-collar criminal law and related litigation as well as civil litigation, where he has successfully tried many civil jury, bench, and arbitration cases. Doug has represented businesses and individuals, including politicians, corporate officers, attorneys, doctors, architects, financial advisers, accountants, securities analysts and traders, investment bankers, and government agents. Doug has defended clients facing allegations of campaign-finance violations; government corruption (including bribery and foreign corrupt practices); securities, environmental, tax, and antitrust crimes; fraud; and false statements to government officials and investigators.
Doug has represented companies and corporate executives in both civil and criminal investigations involving workplace deaths; bribery of government officials (in the U.S. and internationally); theft from federally funded entities, undocumented employees; theft of trade secrets and other corporate espionage; re-sale of misbranded pharmaceuticals over the Internet; unfair student loan practices; government contract fraud; and environmental violations involving asbestos remediation, the Clean Water Act, and illegal oil discharges on oceangoing vessels.
“I’ve handled every kind of problem that can happen in a courtroom,, from the last minute discovery of an exculpatory recoding to the disappearance of the defendant in the middle of the trial.”
Doug also has extensive experience overseeing and conducting internal investigations.
Recent examples involve:
- Worldwide shipping company accused of illegal discharges of oily waste from a cargo ship
- Fortune 500 manufacturer accused of corporate espionage
- Fortune 500 manufacturer victimized by an employee who stole 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
- Government contractor investigated for improper billing practices.
In addition, Doug’s practice has included litigating federal forfeiture issues on behalf of banks, foreign businesses, and individuals, including allegations involving illegal structuring and money laundering.
Doug 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 related to homicides and other serious felonies. He then spent ten years as Special Counsel and Deputy Chief of the U.S. Department of Justice, Organized Crime Strike Force for the Eastern District of New York. He convicted the heads of the Gambino and Colombo organized crime families, as well as numerous officials in the New York City Carpenters’ Union, on labor racketeering charges.
Doug has been ranked on the highly coveted U.S. News & World Report “Best Lawyers in America®" list for the past 15 years. He has also been selected for the New York Metro Area list of Super Lawyers® for Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Business Litigation, and holds an AV 5/5 rating from Martindale Hubbell. He has been a guest lecturer at Fordham Law School and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office Trial Advocacy Program. He also serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Eastern District Civil Litigation Fund, a court-established, not-for-profit entity providing support to pro-se litigants.
- Led trial-team acquittal of a senior executive of a multinational corporation accused of bribing a public official in the Midwest;
- Obtained midtrial dismissal of a retired FBI supervisor indicted by state prosecutors on four counts of murder;
- Obtained pretrial 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;
- Won eparate 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;
- Obtained dismissal of forfeiture action seizing assets of a prominent Russian businessman;
- Obtained pretrial 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.
- Secured non-prosecution of auditor investigated following the bankruptcy of a significant not-for-profit organization
- Negotiated no action resolutions of threatened state and federal civil actions against the former COO of The Weinstein Company
Guest Lecturer, Fordham Law School and Kings Country District Attorney’s Office Trial Advocacy Program.
- Selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers® list for Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2006 - 2022
- Selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers® list for Business Litigation, 2006 - 2022
- Selected to the Best Lawyers in America® list for Criminal Defense: White-Collar 2006 - 2023
- Holds AV 5/5 rating by Martindale Hubbell
- Board of Trustees of the Eastern District Civil Litigation Fund
“I know how to navigate the ship and keep it on an even keel, making sure the client understands the decision-making process at every stage of litigation.”