Michael Padula, a seasoned trial attorney, defends companies and individuals in matters involving white collar crime, government investigations, and civil litigation. His practice focus includes the Bank Secrecy Act, accounting fraud, anti-money laundering, OFAC compliance, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
As a trial attorney in the Money Laundering and Bank Integrity Unit of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section of the Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, he prosecuted white collar domestic and international criminal cases, and conducted investigations against financial institutions and their officers, managers and employees for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act. Michael investigated and prosecuted high-end international money laundering cases, including those involving virtual currencies, government-issued bonds, and the Black Market Peso Exchange.
He also handled numerous cases involving the FCPA and securities fraud, and conducted parallel investigations with FINRA, OFAC, and other regulatory agencies. Michael’s insider perspective and understanding of the DOJ’s operations are an asset to clients on matters related to compliance, regulatory issues, investigations, and high-stakes litigation.
Before joining the firm, Michael investigated and prosecuted large-scale Ponzi, bank and wire fraud, and health care fraud cases as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida. He was instrumental in the investigation and conviction of a former CEO who defrauded multiple banks and 1,400 investors in a $300 million Ponzi scheme.
Michael also investigated and prosecuted Medicare fraud cases, indicting numerous defendants in a multistate sting operation involving over $16 million in fraudulent Medicare billings related to home health care claims.
In addition to his public service, Michael has extensive civil litigation experience, including matters involving high-profile antitrust filings and litigation, complex insurance recovery litigation, and price fixing.
- Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D., 1999)
- University of Hartford (B.A. in Political Science, 1996)
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