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Richard S. Glaser Jr.

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Rick Glaser focuses his practice in the areas of white collar criminal defense and internal investigations. He works with public and private corporations to understand the foundation of the charge, build an investigative strategy, conduct a full inspection and then provide conclusions and recommended actions. He works on investigations involving grand juries, federal and state courts, regulatory agencies and auditors, congressional inquiries and civil disputes.

Prior to joining the firm, Rick served as First Assistant and Executive Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, responsible for oversight and operational review of the Civil, Administrative and Criminal Divisions of the district. Since joining the firm to help create the White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigation team, he has been responsible for overseeing antitrust, health care, accounting and general fraud internal investigations, as well as representing individuals in major antitrust, accounting, securities, general fraud and health care criminal investigations.

As a lead evaluator and former director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Evaluation and Review Staff, the DOJ’s self-evaluating body, Rick gained a deep understanding of how the U.S. Attorneys' Offices operate throughout the nation. He is able to focus on the challenges that businesspeople may face when encountering a federal lawsuit. In addition, he frequently lectures and makes presentations in both white collar and criminal investigations areas to clients and special outside groups.

Rick served as the chair of the 2011 Parker Poe Board of Elections Nominations Committee and is a member of the Parker Poe Diversity Committee.

Results By the Numbers

  • 0 Attorneys in Chambers USA 2015: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 0 Parker Poe Attorneys Named 2015 NC Super Lawyers

Featured Experience

  • More than 20 years of experience in grand jury investigations, including major health care fraud, insurance fraud, public corruption, bankruptcy fraud and Securities and Exchange Commission-related cases
  • More than 90 criminal jury trials in federal court and has handled health care qui tam (whistleblower) cases in federal court
  • Internal investigations, audits and compliance matters have included health care providers ranging from international to regional companies, HHS-OIG defense, import/export control, EAR, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters, addressing specific situations and scenarios for companies to be aware of and to enable companies to evaluate potential risks
  • Successfully supervised and coordinated internal investigations of seven independent subsidiaries of an international company being investigated by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Achieved appropriate outcome in the defense of a shipping lines official in major prosecution by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice

Representative Matters

In addition to successful prosecution of numerous white collar cases, including major health care fraud, he has obtained major verdicts in the following cases over the years:

  • United States v. ArthroCare Corp. – A $400 million fraud case in which he assisted the company in securing a dramatically reduced fine and a shorter deferred prosecution agreement than is typical
  • United States v. Caldwell – Key-man insurance fraud involving a double homicide
  • United States v. Musgrove – Bankruptcy fraud of more than $6 million
  • United States v. Lanier – Securities and Exchange Commission-related insider trading
  • United States v. Wade – The seminal case regarding a prosecutor's sole right to file a substantial assistance motion in a federal case, which was handled by Rick at both the district and circuit court levels and affirmed by the United States Supreme Court in a published opinion
  • Major medical laboratory – Investigation and prosecution

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Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers in Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2009-2017
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Band 1), 2012-2016
  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2008-2017
  • Business North Carolina magazine's "Legal Elite" in Criminal Law, 2009-2010 & 2012

Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Co-Chair, Southeast Region White Collar Crime Committee
  • WDNC Local Rules Committee, Vice-Chair, 2015
  • Temple Beth El Congregation, Charlotte, NC, President, 2012-2014; Board of Directors
  • Foundation for the Charlotte Jewish Community (FCJC), Board of Directors
  • CONEXX (American-Israel SE Chamber of Commerce), Board of Directors