Howard Bruce Klein - Law Offices of Howard Bruce Klein, PC

Howard Bruce Klein

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005
Phone: 215-972-1411

Howard practices in the areas of White Collar criminal defense, civil litigation and False Claims Act representations, primarily in federal court. He has successfully represented individuals, corporations, chief executive officers and employees of corporations both publicly and closely held, in the full range of economic and White Collar cases. He has over 30 years of experience in the White Collar field.The practice areas in which Howard has concentrated include:

  • Health care (Medicare and Medicaid fraud)
  • Pharmaceutical litigation
  • Securities
  • Antitrust
  • Tax
  • Financial institution fraud
  • Procurement fraud
  • Defense contracting
  • Public corruption

Our practice also includes parallel civil representations in the areas of Medicare/Medicaid fraud, Securities (SEC), Antitrust Enforcement and False Claims Act representations. Additionally, administrative proceedings arising out of criminal investigations and civil enforcement actions are also part of our full service White Collar practice.

APPROACH TO HANDLING REPRESENTATIONS

Our cases are handled from an initial subpoena or search warrant, through to a grand jury investigation, ending in the case either being dropped — our first goal, either for lack of evidence or prosecutive merit, or handled through to trial or to plea and sentencing. Civil litigation is also part of our White Collar practice and handling civil matters in the above practice areas is part of what we do on a regular basis. We also conduct internal investigations for clients. We believe in individualized attention to our clients and focus on a quality practice, with a select member of clients given full personal attention. Our small setting allows for the utmost discretion and client confidentiality in the sensitive area of White Collar litigation. We pride ourselves in giving individual attention to each client and assisting them in getting through a very trying time in their lives.

COMMENDATIONS (MOST RECENT)

LISTED IN FOLLOWING FOR YEAR 2013
:

  • Chambers, USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for White Collar Crime and Government Investigations
  • Pennsylvania Superlawyers (White Collar Crime)
  • Best Lawyers in America (White Collar Crime)
  • U.S. News and World Report, Tier One Lawyer in Criminal Defense, White Collar, for Philadelphia Region
  • AV Rated in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Federal Bar Association Criminal Law Committee - Certificate of Recognition as Co-Chairman for seven years

SAMPLE OF CURRENT AND PAST REPRESENTATIONS

  • CEO of Manufacturing Company 
  • Philadelphia U.S. Attorney dismissed all charges after Federal Jury Trial in which client was tried on bank fraud charges.
  • Numerous health care companies and health care professionals in Medicare and Medicaid Fraud cases and False Claims Act case
  • CEO of Pharmaceutical Company in government investigation and parallel civil proceeding
  • CEO of Defense Contracting Firm in Fraud Investigation
  • Numerous executives employees of Pharmaceutical Companies in Criminal Investigation and parallel civil matters
  • Individuals in tax evasion investigations
  • Individual in Federal and State Corruption Investigations
  • Company and Owner of a Company in Antitrust Criminal Investigation with Price Fixing and Bid Rigging
  • Executive in SEC Insider Trading Investigation
  • Executives of Environmental Energy Company

PRIOR EXPERIENCE

Prior to opening his own practice, Howard was a partner in the Litigation Department of the Philadelphia law firm Blank Rome, LLP, and served as Chairman of the Litigation Department and as a member of the firm’s Management Committee during his tenure at the firm.Prior to that, Howard had a distinguished career as a federal prosecutor in the Philadelphia U.S. Attorney’s Office, serving as Chief of the Criminal Division — in which position he supervised all attorneys in the Criminal Division during his tenure. As a prosecutor he also served as lead trial counsel in many significant criminal prosecutions and jury trials in the areas of White Collar Crime and Police and Political Corruption. He also served as a Law Clerk to Justice Robert W. Hansen of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.A graduate of Georgetown Law School, Howard serves as an adjunct Professor of Evidence and Trial Advocacy at Temple University Law School, and conducts training programs at law firms and government agencies for ALI-ABA in trial advocacy, deposition practice, motions and oral advocacy and evidence.Howard is a frequent lecturer on topics relating to the criminal justice system and litigation practice. He is the author of the Deposition Guidebook (ALI-ABA 2007), as well as numerous articles relating to the field of litigation, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Practical Litigator.

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • Wisconsin, 1976
  • District of Columbia, 1976
  • Pennsylvania, 1981

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
LAW:

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 1976
  • Editor Law & Policy in International Business, the Georgetown International Law Review

UNDERGRADUATE:

  • Northwestern University and University of Wisconsin, B.A. 1972 (With High Honors)

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Former Co-Chairman, Criminal Law Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors, Citizens Crime Commission of the Delaware Valley
  • Member, Philadelphia Bar Association Criminal Justice Section
  • Federal Courts Committee
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, Editorial Board, The Practical Litigator

Howard Bruce Klein, formerly with Blank, Rome, LLP, carries the highest legal ability rating in Martindale-Hubbell.

Georgetown UniversityJ.D. 1976University of Wisconsin–MadisonBA 1972Northwestern University
ALI-ABAThe Practical Litigator (Litigation Magazine)Philadelphia Bar AssociationCitizen''s Crime Commission, PhiladelphiaFederal Bar Association, Criminal Law CommitteeTemple University Law SchoolALI-ABA In-House

Case History

us v DePeri,et al — While I was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia, I was the lead prosecutor in a series of corruption prosecutions which led to the convictions of 35 Philadelphia Police officers, including the Deputy Commissioner of police, James Martin (sentenced to 18 years), two Chief Inspectors, and numerous other ranking officers. The case involved the prosection of long standing bribery and extortion, in which police officers were taking payoffs from vice figures to not enforce the vice laws. Payoffs were picked up regularly and passed up the chain of command, reaching as high as Martin, who had been designated by then Mayor Wilson Goode to head up the police anti-corruption efforts. Unknown to the Mayor, Martin was spearheading the payoff scheme.

 These cases resulted in numerous jury trials, including the lead case in which Martin, Chief Inspector Joseph DePeri and others were convicted by a jury of racketeering and Hobbs Act Extortion. We used the RICO statute to indict the citywide conspiracy and pull different aspects of the case into a unitary indictment. These cases also resulted in exposing and ending, for some period of time, the so called "conspiracy of silence" in which police officers had historically refused to testify against other officers they knew to be engaged in illegal activity. This series of cases had at least 10 officers cooperating with the prosecution, many of whom testified at the trial of fellow officers. It was the ending of the "conspiracy of silence" which served as a real deterrent toward similar conduct in the future.
This case also featured one law enforcement organization investigating another-FBI v. Philadelphia Police, and involved many unprecedented law enforcement decisions.
Representation Of Ferranti International, Plc — Ferranti was the third largest defense contractor in the UK and merged with a defense contractor in Lancaster, Pa--International Signal Corp, headed by a CEO named James Guerin. Guerin defrauded Ferranti in the merger and it was subsequently discovered that the fraud was one of the largest in defense contracting history in the U.S, at the time it occurred. Guerin was sentenced to 12 years in prison. I represented the victim Ferranti in numerous actions, including both trial and non trial dispositions directed against Guerin and his co-conspiratos to recover the vast sums by which Ferranti was defrauded. This representation spanned over a decade and involved the recovery of millions of dollars from various defendants and entities. There were complex issues involving jurisdiction, foreign entities, offshore bank accounts, and legal issues of first impression.

Antitrust Investigation into Alleged Bid Rigging — I represented a company and its CEO in an Antitrust Division investigation into alleged bid rigging among competitors. The case resulted in no charges being brought by the Antitrust Division after the cooperating witness was discredited and his allegations refuted. The Company and its CEO were at risk for being put out of business and into jail(for the CEO), but the Response to the allegations convinced the Division that its cooperating witness was trying to lower his own sentence and was not a credible witness. The case was declined.
Investigation of CEO of Pharmaceutical firm — Representation of Fortune 500 CEO. Investigation resulted in no charges against the CEO and a Corporate resolution. The career of the executive was saved by the successful response to the criminal and civil investigations. The case was extremly challenging because of the possible threat overhanging the case that a "Responsible Corporate Officer" charge could be brought--basically a strict liability criminal theory sometimes used against top executives. Fortunately, the Government was persuaded to not bring his particular charge.
Representation Of US Congressman — Congressman accused of financial improprieties. This was a full scale investigation, threatening the Representative''''s career and reputation. We were successful in refuting the allegations and heading off any criminal charges or disciplinary actions. The allegations were proven to be unfounded and based on unreliable information from a disgruntled former staffer.

Office Location

1700 Market Street, Suite 3025
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States


Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: White-Collar (Civil and Criminal, Federal, Government Investigations, Qui Tam/False Claims Act, Securities Fraud, Tax-Evasion Defense)
Qui Tam Law (Qui Tam/False Claims Act)

Other Information

Gender: Male