George D. Niespolo
Partner

Duane Morris LLP
Spear Tower
One Market Plaza, Suite 2200
San Francisco, CA 94105-1127
USA

Phone: +1 415 957 3013
Fax: +1 415 358 4394
Email: GDNiespolo@duanemorris.com

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George D. Niespolo is the head of the White-Collar Criminal Defense, Corporate Investigations and Regulatory Compliance division of Duane Morris' Trial Practice Group, concentrating his practice in the areas of white-collar criminal and government regulatory investigations and cases. Over the past 22 years, Mr. Niespolo also has been responsible for complex civil litigation cases in the areas of civil RICO, securities, healthcare, general fraud, antitrust and intellectual property. In addition, he has handled numerous false claims and class action cases on the federal and state levels.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Niespolo was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of California, where he served on the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Organized Crime and Racketeering Strike Force. He also served as a Deputy District Attorney for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

He was a member of the Standing Committee on Professional Conduct, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, from 1999 to 2006. He is also a member of the White Collar Crime Committee of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association and a member of the Litigation Section of The State Bar of California.

Mr. Niespolo is a 1976 graduate of the University of California--Hastings College of Law and a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Representative Matters

    Antitrust/Anti-competitive Practices

  • Counsel to international corporation and four of its subsidiaries in U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, investigation and the parallel class action multi-district litigation regarding alleged global price-fixing in liquid crystal display ("LCD") market
  • Counsel to subsidiary of an international corporation in a national investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, regarding bid rigging and collusion in a federally funded program
  • Counsel to several executives from two separate international corporations in investigation by U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, and the parallel class action multi-district litigation regarding alleged global price-fixing in the dynamic random access memory (DRAM) market
  • Counsel to a management employee of major airline in connection with U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, investigation regarding alleged global price-fixing in the air cargo industry
  • Counsel to executive in investigation by U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, regarding alleged price-fixing in the national packaged ice industry
  • Counsel to employees of a domestic energy company in investigation by members of the Enron Task Force of the U.S. Department of Justice, regarding trading activities in the natural gas market
  • Counsel to executive at the California Independent Systems Operator regarding investigation of trading activities in the California electricity market
  • Counsel to executive in investigation by U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, regarding alleged price-fixing and market manipulation in the international after-market auto light industry.
  • Securities

  • Counsel to former chairman of the board in lawsuit by corporation regarding alleged insider trading and breaches of fiduciary obligations
  • Counsel to executive at private equity firm in investigation by Securities and Exchange Commission regarding alleged insider trading
  • Counsel to executive at medical device company in parallel investigations by the United States Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and civil lawsuits following restatement due to revenue recognition issues
  • Counsel to auditor at public accounting firm in parallel investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission regarding audit of public company following restatement due to revenue recognition issues
  • Counsel to employee of technology company in investigation by the Department of Justice regarding the backdating of stock options
  • Counsel to international corporation in internal investigation regarding overseas payments implicating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA")
  • Counsel to executive at financial institution in investigation and litigation by Securities and Exchange Commission regarding alleged securities fraud
  • Counsel to several Arthur Andersen LLP audit partners in connection with investigation by the Department of Justice and obstruction of justice trial following the Enron collapse
  • Government Contracts

  • Counsel to U.S. subsidiary of international corporation in an internal investigation and negotiations responding to allegations by multiple law-enforcement agencies of overbilling and fraud in the sale of software
  • Counsel to joint venture in major municipal project in investigation by Department of Justice into government contracting abuses
  • Counsel to subsidiary of an international corporation in investigation by the United States House of Representatives, Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, regarding federally funded program
  • Counsel to construction firm in internal investigation regarding products submitted in connection with public works project
  • Counsel to special committee of board of directors of a medical device company in an internal investigation relating to over billing in government grants
  • Counsel to former founder and CEO of corporation in false claims and class action litigation
  • Counsel to former CEO and president of international corporation in connection with false claims and Medicare fraud investigation by U.S. Department of Justice
  • Environmental

  • Counsel to employees of energy company in investigation by Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency regarding alleged Clean Air Act violations
  • Counsel to national construction firm in investigation by Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency regarding alleged Clean Water Act violations
  • Food and Drug

  • Counsel to senior executives at biotechnology company in investigation of Food & Drug Act violations by the Department of Justice and Veterans Administration
  • Counsel to numerous employees at biotechnology company in investigation of Food & Drug Act violations by the Department of Justice
  • Counsel to numerous individuals at medical device manufacturer in investigation of Food & Drug Act violations by the Department of Justice and FDA Office of Criminal Investigation
  • Counsel to dairy producer in investigation by the Department of Justice and FDA Office of Criminal Investigation regarding contaminated milk supply
  • Counsel to employees and executives at agricultural producer in investigation of Food & Drug Act violations by the Department of Justice
  • Tax

  • Counsel to former partner of KPMG LLP indicted by the United States Department of Justice regarding tax shelters designed and marketed by KPMG LLP
  • Counsel to employees of domestic subsidiary of international corporation regarding alleged failure to report income

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1976
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1972

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 1998-present
  • Sideman & Bancroft, San Francisco, California
    - Partner, 1994-1998
  • Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, San Francisco, California
    - Partner, 1989-1994
  • United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of California
    - Assistant United States Attorney, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, 1985-1989
    - Trial Attorney, Organized Crime and Racketeering Strike Force, 1983-1985
  • Alameda County District Attorney's Office, San Francisco, California
    - Deputy District Attorney, 1976-1982

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
    - Section of Litigation
    -- White Collar Crime Committee
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
    - Standing Committee on Professional Conduct, 1999-2006
  • The State Bar of California
    - Litigation Section

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2015
  • Listed in Northern California Super Lawyers, 2006-2014
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2009 and 2010
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Selected Publications