Sharon L. McCarthy has broad experience representing
individuals and corporations in white collar criminal matters, and
civil and criminal tax controversies. Her cases have included government
investigations of tax fraud, securities fraud, including insider
trading and market manipulation, bank fraud, accounting fraud,
violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, failure to file tax
returns, antitrust violations, and attorney misconduct. Ms. McCarthy
also conducts sensitive internal investigations for institutional
clients facing potential criminal charges, and assists clients in
voluntarily disclosing off-shore assets.
Ms. McCarthy also serves on the Criminal Justice Act panel for the
Southern District of New York, representing indigent defendants in
federal criminal proceedings.
Background and Experience
Special Counsel to the Attorney General for the New York
State Police Investigation, Office of the New York State Attorney
General (May 2008 – March 2009)
Served as lead counsel in an investigation
into whether there had been political interference with the New York
State Police. Supervised a team of attorneys and investigators.
Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (1994 – 2006)
Extensive experience as lead counsel and
supervisor of numerous federal criminal jury trials, hearings,
evidentiary hearings, oral arguments, plea proceedings, and sentencings. Briefed and argued numerous appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Chief, Violent Crimes Unit
(July 2002 to September 2006)
Deputy Chief, Criminal Division
(January 2001 to July 2002)
Honors: Recipient, Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney (1996 and 1999)
Associate, Lankler Siffert & Wohl (1991-1994)
Law Clerk, Honorable John F. Keenan
United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York (1989 - 1991)
Representation of former CEO of BDO Seidman in a major tax shelter trial. — Representation of former CEO of BDO Seidman in a major tax shelter trial in the Southern District of New York.
Representation of garment industry manufacturer in connection with federal investigation into payroll — Representation of garment industry manufacturer in connection with
federal investigation into payroll, corporate, and personal tax evasion
involving millions of dollars in unpaid taxes. Successfully obtained a
Representation of sole shareholder of Subchapter S corporation — Representation of sole shareholder of Subchapter S corporation in
fraud investigation, resulting in corporate plea with no
charges against the