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Levy Firestone Muse Announces New Partner

Former DOJ trial attorney deepens the bench at Washington, DC litigation boutique

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Levy Firestone Muse is pleased to announce the addition of Monique T. Abrishami to their high-stakes civil litigation and white-collar criminal law practice as a partner. The Washington, DC-based boutique law firm represents companies, executives, and government officials in federal and state criminal matters, investigations by Congressional Committees and other federal government enforcement agencies, complex commercial litigation, as well as plaintiffs in personal injury/medical malpractice and whistleblower cases.

Ms. Abrishami brings with her a strong track record as a trial attorney who has tried over a dozen cases to judgment while serving as a Trial Attorney at the Public Integrity Section of the United States Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, where she investigated and prosecuted public officials – including U.S. Senator Robert Menendez – and others in corruption and fraud cases, in federal districts around the country.

In private practice, Ms. Abrishami excelled in handling complex civil litigation matters, including the representation of state and tribal entities in opioid lawsuits; recovering insurance proceeds for mass tort liability in complex bankruptcies; and the representation of national construction companies in a multi-million dollar dispute with a supplier. Ms. Abrishami clerked for Judge Diana Gribbon Motz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. She is admitted to the Florida, Maryland, and DC bars, and she is fluent in Spanish.

“Monique is a valuable addition to the firm, and to our current and future clients,” said managing partner Joshua A. Levy. “Her experience at the DOJ and in complex litigation matters aligns perfectly with our practice, not to mention, she is brilliant and a pleasure to work with. We are very pleased that our successes have allowed us to continue expanding our firm with such incredible talent.”

Levy Firestone Muse attorneys are particularly adept at navigating political and media storms and have participated in the Watergate, Benghazi, Enron, Fast and Furious, Iran Contra, Solyndra, Filegate, Anita Hill, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2016 election investigations.

About Levy Firestone Muse

Levy Firestone Muse is a Washington, DC-based boutique litigation firm specializing in white-collar criminal defense, investigations, complex civil matters, malpractice/personal injury, healthcare fraud, and whistleblower representation. Our attorneys have tried and won “bet-the-company” litigation, and amassed decades of experience defending and prosecuting commercial litigation throughout the United States. www.levyfirestone.com

LFM Partner Daren H. Firestone on how Trump’s tax activities may be criminal

Levy Firestone Muse partner Daren H. Firestone‘s recent opinion in Law360 offers an overview of the myriad problems with President Trump’s tax returns, and outlines how the tactics used by the president to minimize his tax payments may, in fact, be criminal:

Until the president agrees to prove his claim by releasing his returns, the most logical conclusion — in light of the over 20,000 false or misleading claims he has made while in office — is that the president is lying. But lying on a tax return is a felony. So is tax evasion — where a taxpayer knows he is breaking the law when he takes steps to prevent the Internal Revenue Service from collecting the taxes he owes. Did Trump commit these crimes? Maybe.

Read the full article, “Trump’s Tax Tactics May Be Criminal,” at Law360.

LFM Partner Joshua A. Levy on reforming police use of deadly force to arrest

Levy Firestone Muse partner Joshua A. Levy and criminal and civil litigation lawyer Steven M. Salky have authored an article for the June 2020 issue of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ journal The Champion that reviews and proposes reforms for the majority of state laws allowing police use of deadly force.

In the article, Levy and Salky advocate that “state laws could instead help make clear that allowing suspects to escape immediate apprehension for almost every crime is a more reasonable alternative than killing them,” and review the recent killings of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks to formulate a model for reform and “to focus attention on creating alternatives to the use and escalation of force and different incentives for police interaction.” After all, per Levy and Salky:

If the police are to regain the respect of the public they serve, the use of deadly force must be limited to only those arrests where the use of such force is objectively necessary to prevent imminent loss of life or serious bodily injury to the police or third parties.

Read the full article, “Reforming Policy Use of Deadly Force to Arrest,” on The Champion’s website (for NACDL members only) or download a PDF here.

LFM partner Joshua A. Levy represents Liz Zentos in Senate Republican probe of Hunter Biden and Ukraine

Levy Firestone Muse partner Joshua A. Levy‘s representation of Foreign Service officer and former National Security Council director for Eastern Europe Liz Zentos has been featured in a recent Washington Post overview of Senator Ron Johnson’s investigation into Hunter Biden’s role with the Ukrainian gas company Burisma.

Despite Johnson’s decision to interview Zentos regarding the White House’s potential dealings with Burisma during the final months of the Obama administration, Levy shared with the Washington Post that:

“…In all of the government meetings in which [Zentos] participated, she has no recollection of Burisma or Hunter Biden coming up in any of them… [including] the January 2016 meeting with Ukrainian and U.S. officials she recalls attending.”

Read the full article, “Senate Republicans advance Ukraine probe aimed at Biden despite foreign interference concerns,” at the Washington Post.

LFM wins victory for Fusion GPS in dismissal of Devin Nunes suit

Levy Firestone Muse clients Fusion GPS and CEO Glenn Simpson won a substantial victory against House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on Friday, after US District Court Judge Liam O’Grady dismissed Nunes’ suit for $9.9 million in damages.

Fusion GPS is the firm whose leaked intelligence report came to be known as the “Steele dossier,” which helped prove Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Nunes later filed a complaint against Fusion GPS, claiming civil violations under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. In dismissing the complaint, O’Grady wrote that it included “many rote statements of law and conclusory allegations which fall short of satisfying the pleading standard.”

To learn more the case, read the full overview, “Court dumps Nunes’ suit against Trump dossier firm,” at Politico.

LFM Partner Daren Firestone comments on President Trump’s pardons for tax crimes

Levy Firestone Muse partner Daren Firestone is quoted in Tax Notes on President Trump’s pardoning of Bernard Kerik and Paul Pogue, both of whom were granted clemency for tax crimes. Firestone told Tax Notes:

A president who has reportedly flouted tax laws and continues to cite ever-changing and entirely bogus reasons for refusing to release his tax returns cannot and will not ever understand that tax enforcement is necessary to ensuring that we all share the cost of a thriving republic based on the rule of law.

Read the full article, “Trump Pardons Ex-NYPD Commissioner, Texas CEO for Tax Crimes,” at Tax Notes.

Levy Firestone Muse Partner Daren Firestone’s Editorial on Julian Assange’s Indictment

Levy Firestone Muse partner Daren H. Firestone shares his thoughts on Julian Assange’s recent indictment, including its relation to the Espionage Act and Supreme Court precedent in a detailed editorial for Bloomberg Law:

The Department of Justice has not used the 1917 Espionage Act to indict a member of the media for publishing classified information since the 1940s. Recent charges against Julian Assange may put this practice to the test.

Read Daren’s full post, “Will Assange’s Indictment Erode Freedom of the Press?,” on Bloomberg Law.

Levy Firestone Muse Partner Joshua Levy comments on President Trump’s challenge to a congressional subpoena served on his accountant

Levy Firestone Muse partner Joshua Levy is quoted in a detailed look at House Democrat subpoenas served on the Trump administration and its affiliates, including Donald Trump’s personal accounting firm, Mazars USA:

Joshua Levy, a lawyer for Fusion who argued the case, said Trump faces an uphill battle to block the Mazars subpoena. “Courts defer to Congress’ representation of what lies within the legitimate legislative sphere and are reluctant to interfere in a congressional investigation,” Levy said.

Read the full post, “Democrats look to courts as White House stonewalls on subpoenas,” on CNN.com.

Levy Firestone Muse Partner Joshua Levy offers comments on the Mueller Report and the Steele dossier

In a fact-checking analysis by Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post, Levy Firestone Muse partner Joshua A. Levy offers comments on the Mueller Report’s substantiation of the Steele dossier, which was prepared by British intelligence officer Christopher Steele in 2016:

The Mueller Report substantiates the core reporting and many of the specifics in Christopher Steele’s 2016 memoranda, including that Trump campaign figures were secretly meeting Kremlin figures, that Russia was conducting a covert operation to elect Donald Trump, and that the aim of the Russian operation was to sow discord and disunity in the U.S. and within the Transatlantic Alliance… To our knowledge, nothing in the Steele memoranda has been disproven.

Read the full Washington Post analysis, “What the Steele dossier said vs. what the Mueller report said,” for a detailed breakdown of how the two documents compare.

Joshua Levy is featured on The Rachel Maddow Show discussing the Steele dossier

In representing Glenn Simpson, the CEO of Fusion GPS (the organization that commissioned the Christopher Steele dossier), Levy Firestone Muse partner Joshua A. Levy was featured on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show.

Mr. Levy’s comments after Mr. Simpson had already testified to three Senate intelligence committees were broadcast and discussed by Rachel Maddow on Wednesday, October 17:

In 2016, our clients, Glenn Simpson, and Fusion GPS, did their civic duty by providing credible information to the Justice Department that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election here. . . Since that time, the US intelligence community under this administration and the bipartisan Senate Select Committee agreed and found that Russia not only interfered with our 2016 presidential election, but that Vladimir Putin led an effort to help elect Donald J. Trump president.

This committee has shown no interest in the fact that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Rather than do its duty, consistent with its traditional and constitutional role, the House Judiciary Committee has looked the other way at White House efforts to influence and interfere with the Justice Department’s investigation of this administration. . .

The Russians tried to elect Donald Trump president—it’s been proven. . . The big picture is that a foreign hostile power was trying to interfere in our democracy, in our presidential election.

Visit MSNBC.com to watch the full clip, “Dossier nit-pickers miss the big picture,” complete with Rachel Maddow’s commentary.