Franklin B. Velie - Sullivan & Worcester LLP
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Franklin B. Velie

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2001

Franklin B. Velie is a partner in the Litigation Group of Sullivan & Worcester's New York office. His practice encompasses a broad range of commercial matters, including securities, products liability, white-collar criminal defense, domestic and international arbitration, employment law, accountants' and auditors' liability, insurance and bankruptcy. Mr. Velie has tried over 50 jury and non-jury trials and arbitrations in jurisdictions throughout the United States. He has served as an arbitrator and mediator. He previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and was Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division of that office.

Additional Information

Court Admissions — U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Experience — Represents a European bank in Madoff litigation and obtained dismissal of a $60 billion RICO claim, a $6 billion fraud claim, and on behalf of all of the foreign banks and service providers sued by the Madoff Trustee, obtained dismissal (at the District Court level) of clawbacks of payments made to these parties outside the United States
  • As a federal prosecutor, tried the National Student Marketing Case (U.S. v. Natelli), a leading case involving issues of accounting and auditing fraud
  • Represented a major pharmaceutical company in a successful international arbitration involving a distribution agreement and in litigation involving ownership of a drug in development
  • Represented a major New York bank in connection with litigation involving a construction delay with respect to its office tower in Manhattan
  • Represented Owens Corning and was on its national trial team in connection with asbestos litigation
  • Represented Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company in litigation challenging a statute outlawing cigarette sales through the internet
  • Represented an employee benefits consultancy in a dispute with a big four accounting firm over entitlement to rights to sales proceeds upon sale of the consultancy by the accounting firm
  • Regularly represents persons in investigations by the U.S. Attorney's Office, the New York State Attorney General, and the SEC
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    Client Comments

    "Mr. Velie has an excellent knowledge of handling litigation, and he provides me - as a foreigner - with a feeling of perfect representation in the U.S. He is able to "translate" specific U.S. features to a foreigner, and makes useful and realistic statements without exaggerating issues (like many other lawyers do to pretend more value of their work). I am also quite surprised about the quick response time."

    -Herbert Pichler
    Bank Austria - Member of UniCredit Group

    Office Location

    1633 Broadway
    New York, NY 10019
    United States

    Practice Areas

    Commercial Litigation (White-Collar Criminal Defense)
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
    Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
    Litigation - Securities