Steven J. McCool

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Washington, DC

Mallon & McCool, LLC
 | 1776 K St NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-393-7088
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (20%),
  • Criminal Defense (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

 

Steven McCool, a former Federal prosecutor, has served as lead counsel in more than 75 criminal and civil jury and bench trials.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The National Law Journal has named him as one of 50 lawyers in the United States who has made his mark in white-collar litigation.  In Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, his peers describe him as an “exceptionally gifted” trial lawyer and a “tenacious” advocate for his clients.  Mr. McCool is identified as one of the Best Lawyers in America® by U.S. News & World Report (Tier 1 – Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation).  He is also recognized as one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers” by Washingtonian Magazine, and in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Mr. McCool was voted as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in Washington, DC” by Super Lawyers®.  

In 2003, after founding Mallon & McCool, Mr. McCool completed the longest federal criminal trial in the history of the District of Columbia.  A Federal judge appointed Mr. McCool to represent a client charged with leading a racketeering and continuing criminal enterprise that was alleged to have been responsible for 31 murders.  The government vehemently sought the death penalty.  Following a 12-month trial, Mr. McCool obtained acquittals on a number of murder charges and convinced jurors not to impose a death sentence for his client.

This year, Mr. McCool was lead counsel for a former telephone company executive charged with defrauding the Federal Lifeline telephone program out of more than $32 million in United States v. Leonard I. Solt, 14-CR-2014 (M.D. Fla.).  On the eve of what was expected to be an eight-week trial, the U.S. Department of Justice dismissed all charges against Mr. Solt.

In 2012, Mr. Mr. McCool was Lead counsel for a former Allied Defense Group executive charged alongside 21 other individuals in the first large-scale, FCPA-related FBI sting case.  After an 18-week jury trial, in what was called the U.S. Department of Justice’s “Flagship FCPA prosecution,” the presiding Federal judge granted the government’s motion to dismiss all charges after the jury deadlocked in overwhelming favor for acquittal of Mr. McCool’s client.  United States v. Marc Frederick Morales, 09-CR-349 (D.D.C.).

Last year, Mr. McCool was appointed by a Federal Judge as lead counsel for indigent client charged with Conspiracy to Distribute One Kilogram or More of Phencyclidine, Possessing a Firearm During a Federal Drug Trafficking Offense, Armed Extortion, Armed Robbery, First Degree Burglary While Armed, Obstruction of Justice, Cruelty to Children, Unlawful Possession with the Intent to Distribute Phencyclidine and Possession of an Unregistered Firearm in United States v. Dawayne Brown, Criminal Case No. 13-CR-00203.  On March 24, 2015, following a 12-week trial, a jury acquitted Mr. McCool’s client on all charges, except a lesser burglary offense and Unlawful Possession with the Intent to Distribute Phencyclidine and Possession of an Unregistered Firearm.  

Recently, Mr. McCool was lead counsel for NSA Station Chief for Korea who pled guilty to child abuse resulting in death in Montgomery County, Maryland.  Prosecutor sought a 40-year term of imprisonment.  Mr. O’Callaghan was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment, and he will be eligible for release in four years.  State of Maryland v. Brian O’Callaghan, Case No. 124572C (Mont. Co. Cir. Ct.).

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Civil Litigation (20%)

Criminal Defense (20%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Expungement, Misdemeanor, Murder, Criminal Domestic Violence

Civil Litigation (10%)

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: White Collar: White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Criminal Defense: Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Expungement, Misdemeanor, Murder, Criminal Domestic Violence

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 10 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2017

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About Steven McCool

Admitted 1991, Washington D.C.

Professional Webpage: http://www.mallonandmccool.com/attorney-profiles/steven-j-mc...

Honors and Awards:

  • The National Law Journal has named Mr. McCool as one of 50 lawyers in the United States who has made his mark in white-collar litigation. 
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Washington, DC for 2014, 2015 and 2016, Super Lawyers Magazine
  • "Rising Star" in the area of Corporate Compliance, The Ethisphere Institute - Attorneys Who Matter list
  • Best Lawyers in America - (Tier 1 – Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation)., U.S. News & World Report
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Recognized as one of "Washington's Top Lawyers", Washingtonian Magazine

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Virginia
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Representative Clients:

  • Lead counsel for officer and executive of a national healthcare provider at depositions pursuant to civil investigative demands issued by the U.S. Department of Justice in a multi-state False Claims Act investigation.
  • Lead counsel for a government contracting firm executive charged in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia with conspiring to commit major fraud against the U.S. Small Business Administration.  United States v. Joseph P. Richards, 13-CR-076 (EDVA).
  • Lead counsel for the President/COO of PurchasePro.com in parallel proceedings before the SEC and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in securities fraud prosecution. United States v. Shawn P. McGhee, 04-CR-495 (E.D. Va.).
  • Lead counsel for employees of a military ammunitions dealer investigated by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland for potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and ITAR.
  • Lead counsel for an aviation maintenance director charged in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon with conspiracy to defraud the United States Forest Service.
  • Lead counsel for a vice-president of a Government Sponsored Enterprise in an internal investigation of allegations of accounting irregularities.
  • Lead counsel for a Public Information Officer in a U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Crimes Section Clean Water Act investigation of the Washington Area Sewer Authority.
  • Lead counsel for a high-level official of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting relating to an Inspector General investigation.
  • Lead counsel for employees of a security contracting firm in Afghanistan investigated for fraud by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Co-lead counsel for an attorney charged in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia with immigration fraud and conspiracy. Client received a non-fraud plea that resulted in a 30-day jail sentence and no disbarment. United States v. Gloria Calonge, 07-CR-380 (EDVA).
  • Lead counsel for a managing director of a telecommunications company, who received a sentence of probation in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, after pleading guilty to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. United States v. Roger Michael Young, 07-CR-609 (DNJ).
  • Lead counsel for lobbyists and Congressional staffers in the Abramoff investigation.
  • Lead counsel for an individual investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland for potential violations of Arms Export Control Act.
  • Lead counsel for an executive of a multi-national freight forwarding company investigated for price-fixing by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Lead counsel for a telecommunications executive in connection with the World-Com accounting fraud prosecution by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.
  • Lead counsel for a Canadian company investigated by the United States Postal Services for allegedly using promotional activities and representations for obtaining money or property through the mails in violation of Federal law.
  • Lead counsel for the Board of Directors of an Illinois bank in a matter brought by the Office of the Comptroller of Currency.
  • Lead counsel for a former U.S. Foodservice, Inc. vice-president, in connection with accounting fraud prosecution by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.
  • Lead counsel for an owner of a well-known nightclub, who was arrested for murder in the District of Columbia. Prosecutors dismissed all charges, after the Metropolitan Police Chief announced on television that Mr. McCool’s client would be convicted. United States v. William Spieler, 2010 CF2 019482 (DC Super. Ct.).
  • Appointed as co-lead counsel by a Federal judge for a client facing the death penalty for 31 homicides, CCE, RICO and related charges.  After the jury refused to impose the death penalty, the court sentenced the client to a life sentence following a 13-month jury trial.  United States v. Rodney Moore, et al., 00-CR-157 (DDC). 
  • Lead counsel for foreign national whose funds were seized for forfeiture by the United States as substitute assets, following the conviction of other foreign nationals in United States v. Alexandre De Basseville et al., Criminal Case No. 06-CR-235 (E.D.Va.).  The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted counsel’s petition asserting a third-party interest in the money seized under 21 U.S.C. § 853 and ordered the United States to return the funds.  United States v. D’Esclavelles, 541 F. Supp. 2d 793 (E.D. Va. 2008).  Following a reversal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (United States v. Buk, 314 F. App’x 565 (4th Cir. 2009)), the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section of the U.S. Department of Justice granted counsel’s petition for remission of forfeiture and returned the seized funds.
  • Lead counsel for Donald Ball, a former Blackwater security contractor, who was indicted for a shooting incident in Baghdad, Iraq. Following a three-week Kastigar hearing, a Federal judge dismissed all charges. United States v. Slough, 677 F. Supp. 112 (D.D.C. 2009).  Following reversal in United States v. Slough, 641 F.3d 544 (D.C. Cir. 2011), the United States dismissed all charges against Mr. Ball with prejudice.
  • Lead counsel for a vice president of a national transportation consulting firm, who was charged with giving an illegal gratuity to a public official and prosecuted by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Following a week-long trial, the jury returned a not guilty verdict. United States v. Kenneth Keitt, 07-CR-041 (DDC).
  • Lead counsel for Patton Boggs in a discrimination lawsuit brought by a former employee.  Following extensive discovery, Plaintiff dismissed her case with prejudice just prior to her scheduled deposition.  She received no remuneration.  Colombo v. Patton Boggs, LLP, et al., 2012 CA 00321B (DC Super. Ct.).
  • Lead counsel for a former Allied Defense Group executive charged alongside 21 other individuals in the first large-scale, FCPA-related FBI sting case.  After an 18-week long jury trial in what was called the U.S. Department of Justice’s “Flagship FCPA prosecution,” the presiding Federal judge granted the government’s motion to dismiss all charges after the jury deadlocked in overwhelming favor of acquittal of Mr. McCool’s client in United States v. Marc Frederick Morales, 09-CR-349 (DDC).
  • Lead counsel for an individual investigated by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland for potential violations of Arms Export Control Act

Educational Background:

  • Dickinson College
Office Location for Steven J. McCool

1776 K St NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

Phone: 202-393-7088

 

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Last Updated: 3/23/2017

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