Solomon L. Wisenberg is a partner who leads the White Collar Defense Group at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, located in Washington, D.C. Focusing his practice entirely on white collar criminal defense, he represents businesses and individuals throughout the country who have been accused of white collar offenses including health care fraud, securities fraud, public corruption, mail and wire fraud, theft of federal property and tax fraud. Highly regarded by his peers, Mr. Wisenberg has received an AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
A 1980 recipient of a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law, Mr. Wisenberg soon thereafter entered government service. He held several positions with the U.S. Department of Justice and the United States Office of the Independent Counsel before entering private practice in 1999. Mr. Wisenberg then served as a partner at several Washington, D.C., law firms before joining Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in 2013. Admitted to practice in Texas, Illinois and the District of Columbia, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas; the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado; the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida; the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan; and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd, 4th, 5th and District of Columbia Circuits.
A recognized authority on criminal defense issues, Mr. Wisenberg has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, and has written articles and essays for several publications, including the Washington Post, the National Law Journal, and the Wilson Quarterly. He is the author of a leading treatise on securities fraud and is a member of several professional organizations, including the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers where he served on the Board of Directors.
*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.
About Solomon Wisenberg
Law School: The University of Texas School of Law
Admitted: 1980, Washington D.C.
Professional Webpage: www.nelsonmullins.com/attorneys/sol-wisenberg
Honors and Awards:
- Recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice Director's Award, 1994
- College of the State Bar of Texas, 2011-2012
- The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2003-2012
- AVVO Rated 10 Superb, 2009-2012
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated, 2003-2012
- Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2009 - Present
- Member, White Collar Crime Committee, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2009 - Present
- Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2009 - Present
- Member, Global Anti-Corruption Committee, American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
- Member, White Collar Crime Committee, American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
- Chairman, Criminal Practice Management/Solo and Small Firm Committee, American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section 2006 - 2008
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Western Districts of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern Districts of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- U.S. District Courts for the Western Districts of Texas
- U.S. District Courts for the Southern Districts of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- District of Columbia
Scholarly Lectures and Writings:
- Published by West/Thomson Reuters, the book offers a concise review of relevant statutes and case law and real world guidance on how to survive securities fraud (and related white collar) criminal investigations., White Collar Crime: Securities Fraud, West/Thomson Reuters, 2009
- A review of Former President Bill Clinton's "My Life.", Sins of Omission, Texas Review of Law and Politics, 2005
- Mr. Wisenberg spoke on Downward Departures and Variances on May 5, 2011, at the 20th Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, sponsored by NACDL, ABA's Criminal Justice Section, and the Tampa Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
- Mr. Wisenberg took part in a panel discussion on Parallel Proceedings at the White Collar Crime Symposium held Feb. 5, 2010 at the University of Texas School of Law. The event was sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law's Review of Litigation.
- Mr. Wisenberg lectured on "A Return to Brady Basics" at the February 24, 2010, NACDL Midwinter Meeting in Austin, TX.
- A primer on surviving a white collar crime investigation., White Collar Crime: The Crash Course, Findlaw.com
- A summary examination of essential needed to understand federal grand juries and how to respond to a federal grand jury subpoena., Federal Grand Jury Crash Course, Findlaw.com
- An examination of the dangers involved for white collar witnesses, subjects, and targets entering into proffer agreements., Queen For A Day: The Dangerous Game of Proffers, Proffer Agreements, and Proffer Letters, Findlaw.com
Verdicts and Settlements:
- An insurance executive hired Mr. Wisenberg to represent him midway through the sentencing process in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, after a conflict developed with prior counsel. The recommended Guidelines range was 121-151 months, 24 of which were mandatory pursuant to statute. Defendant was sentenced to a total of 36 months and one day. , 2011
- A civil attorney hired Mr. Wisenberg to represent him at sentencing in a securities fraud case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The recommended Sentencing Guidelines range was 108-135 months. Mr. Wisenberg argued for a downward variance. After an all-day hearing in 2010, the variance was granted and the client was sentenced to probation with six months house arrest., 2010
- A Florida businesswoman pled guilty to bid-rigging on a government contract in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She hired Mr. Wisenberg to represent her at sentencing. The government recommended that the client receive a downward departure from her recommended Sentencing Guidelines range, but wanted her to serve 18 to 24 months in prison. Mr. Wisenberg argued for a Booker downward variance, which the court granted. The client served 6 months in prison., 2009
- A thoroughbred industry entrepreneur was named as a target in a federal honest services fraud investigation. The investigation was ultimately closed in 2009 with no charges being filed., 2009
- A client was indicted for felony securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud in the Southern District of New York. After two years of discovery and motions practice, all charges were dropped by the Government., 2009
- A Florida insurance executive was indicted for felony wire fraud in connection with an alleged scheme to steal client premiums. All charges were dropped approximately 10 days before trial., 2008
- A California businessman was indicted on two felony counts charging Aggravated Identity Theft and False Statements to SEC Officials. Mr.Wisenberg was hired after the Indictment was returned. He assisted his client in negotiating a misdemeanor plea agreement and both felony counts were dismissed. The client was sentenced to three years probation., 2008
- A corporation’s president was investigated and questioned as part of a major federal white collar investigation into corruption among securities class action law firms. Mr. Wisenberg assisted his client in negotiating an immunity agreement. No charges were filed., 2007
- A Delaware federal grand jury indicted an elected official on multiple Hobbs Act felony counts, which could have resulted in several years of federal prison time. The Government offered a misdemeanor tax plea 10 days before trial. The client pled guilty to the tax misdemeanor and the Court sentenced him to three years probation. The Government dismissed all felony charges., 2006
- A senior bank official in Connecticut was named as a felony target in a federal bank fraud investigation. Mr. Wisenberg assisted his client in negotiating a misdemeanor plea and the client was sentenced to three years probation., 2006