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Harrison, New York, 10528, United States
February 08, 2018

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United States Government, New York, NY April 2017 – Present

Administrative Law Judge, Office of Hearing Operations

Appointed pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act of 1946 – enacted to ensure independence, fairness and due process in executive agency actions or proceedings involving rulemaking and adjudications.

Preside at formal adjudicatory and rulemaking proceedings conducted by executive branch agencies.

Regulate the course of the hearing, issue subpoenas, rule on offers of proof and receive relevant evidence, order depositions taken, hold settlement conferences, rule on procedural requests, question witnesses (including lay and expert), and make findings of fact and conclusions of law.

Schedule approximately 700 and decide 500 matters per year, both in person and via video-tele conference.

Manage, direct and provide guidance to a support staff of dozens of administrators, senior attorney advisors, attorney writers (law clerks), and IT and HR staff (including dozens of off-site staff via video-tele conference).

Responsible for managerial staff development and training, including providing regular mentorship, maintaining and enhancing performance measurement standards, and identifying and implementing specific training needs.

Exercise judicial economy in an effort to control cost and other hands-on methods to increase judicial efficiency.

Youngest appointed federal administrative law judge in the country.

HSBC Bank, New York, NY February 2016 – April 2017

Vice President, Senior Legal Counsel, Global Internal Investigations/Regulatory & Law Enforcement Investigations

Managed significant internal investigations across the Bank on matters with potential for serious negative reputational impact, potential for regulatory or law enforcement action, potential implication of senior management, and potential or actual negative media comment.

Provided counsel to HSBC-wide businesses in connection with subpoenas, government inquiries, law enforcement investigations from entities such as the DOJ, SEC, Treasury, CFPB, CFTC, FINRA, etc.

Identified, conducted and oversaw global and cross-border regulatory, law enforcement and internal investigations, including whistleblower inquiries, for the third largest financial institution in the world.

Worked hand-in-hand with FCC and FIU components with e-discovery support to conduct global investigations.

Prepared reports of internal investigations and recommend as appropriate, mitigation and control. Referred and escalated matters, as appropriate, to the highest levels of the organization.

Provided support for global legal function in managing all material legal and regulatory issues including internal and public filings to banking regulators such as the OCC, FinCEN, Federal Reserve, etc.

Served as a legal subject matter expert in Anti-Money Laundering, including Bank Secrecy and US Patriot Act.

Participated in financial crimes related consortiums, working groups, and conferences including AML and fraud.

Ensured senior management is fully briefed on major issues arising in relevant business area and major legislative changes in the area of Anti-Money Laundering compliance.

Provided legal oversight of and directly responded to requests from the Office of Foreign Asset Control.

Recommended and oversaw panel law firms and other appropriate external vendors as needed.

Managed a team of internal support including paralegals and administrative staff.

Preserved the Bank’s legal privilege and the confidentiality and privacy of client data.

Provided leadership through legal guidance over regulatory matters and mitigate operational risk for the Bank.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, New York, NY January 2011 – January 2016

In-House Counsel, Homeland Security Investigations Office of the Special Agent in Charge

Embedded attorney responsible for providing general counsel to hundreds of agents assigned to the office of the Special Agent in Charge, the El Dorado Financial Crimes Task Force (including HIFCA and HIDTA personnel), and in attaché offices world-wide.

Provide legal oversight of investigative matters including civil and criminal forfeitures, undercover operations, subpoenas, search warrants, wiretaps, confidential informants, disclosure and information sharing, visas, worksite enforcement, and BSA/AML/OFAC enforcement through review of SARs, CTRs and CMIRs.

Provide litigation support on matters including commercial fraud, money laundering, FCPA and Bribery Act violations, intellectual property violations, customs enforcement, drug and human trafficking, border search, cultural property theft, cybercrime, counter proliferation of weapons, terrorist support and financing and others within HSI’s portfolio.

Provide legal review on MOUs and MOAs, contracts, suspensions and debarments.

Serve as a liaison with the SEC, Treasury, State Department, OFAC, FinCEN, AFMLS, USAO, FBI, CBP, private and non-profit agencies, elevating matters to regulators as necessary.

Provide legal training on federal regulatory policy and procedure to domestic and foreign law enforcement entities, public, non-profit and private entities. Active member of the New York External Fraud Committee

Special Achievement Award

Assistant Chief Counsel, Office of the Principal Legal Advisor

Trial attorney responsible for representing DHS in exclusion, deportation, removal, and asylum proceedings in US Administrative Courts. Responsible for drafting appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals and provide litigation support for matters before US Circuit Court.

Member of the National Security Team and Fraud Team. Possessed “Secret” clearance, pending “SCI Top Secret” clearance at the time of my resignation. Litigated cases involving national security, human rights abuses, asylum and fraud, including Tier I-III terrorist organizations.

Provided compliance and regulatory counsel to DHS personnel and Joint Terrorism Task Force Agents.

Constructed department-wide legal compliance protocol for analysis of violations of the United States Penal Code for removal enforcement. Provided Continuing Legal Education training to attorneys.

Special Achievement Award

Bronx County District Attorney’s Office, Bronx, NY September 2006 – January 2011

Assistant District Attorney, Investigations Division, Economic Crimes Bureau

Investigated and prosecuted matters including embezzlement, money laundering, tax offenses, counterfeiting, piracy, mortgage/housing fraud, police misconduct and corruption, arson, environmental, economic and cybercrimes. Conducted depositions, hearings, solo jury trials, surety examinations, civil forfeiture, sentencing and sex offender registry hearings. Drafted motions, briefs, and appeals and obtained hundreds of indictments.

Handled complex litigation involving grand juries, subpoenas, confidential sources, search warrants, financial, scientific and medical records and preparation of fact and expert witnesses.

Worked closely with financial institutions and regulators including JP Morgan, Citibank, Bank of America, Secret Service, FBI, HUD and Postal Inspectors. Reviewed transactions with potential AML implications through financial investigations. Member of the NYS Environmental Affairs Legislative Sub Committee.

Prosecuted high-profile cases including the prosecution of an NYPD officer, a public authority official, an LLC and its agent in the death of NYC Firemen in “Black Sunday” trial. Top-ranked in felony convictions.

New York County District Attorney’s Office, New York, NY June 2004 – June 2006

U.S. Army: Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, West Point, NY May 2005 – August 2005


Dirty Laundry: Analyzing The Global Laundromat Case - ACAMS National Conference Presenter: April 2018

What is BlockChain?: Regulatory and LE Updates on Crypto-Currency – Presenter – Pace University: 2017

Mayer Brown’s 2016 Year in Review: Banking and Financial Services Litigation: 2017

Goodwin Proctor’s CFPB Roundup: Recent Decisions and Implications: 2017

White Collar Crime 2016: Prosecutors and Regulators Speak: Ethical Issues White Collar Investigations: 2016

Katten's Annual Financial Services Litigation Symposium: 2016

Financial Services Industry Regulatory Compliance & Ethics Forum: The Lawyer’s Duty to Upjohn: 2016

Managing Anti Money Laundering Risks for Financial Institutions: 2015

Assorted in house training – Volcker Rule, Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes Oxley, Regulation W, and ACHA: 2016-2017

Combating Financial Crimes – Presenter - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Financial Investigations Unit: 2015

Financial Crimes Enforcement and its Impact on National Security – Presenter - Pace University: 2015

In-House Federal Law Enforcement Training – Presenter – Homeland Security Investigations: 2014-2015

NY HIFCA Symposium on Financial Crimes at the Federal Reserve of New York: 2015

FinCEN Advisory to US Financial Institutions: Create a Culture of Compliance: 2014

Coercion of Foreign FIs: Enforcement by US Authorities and Over-Compliance Creates Uncertainty: 2014

Bank Regulator Crackdown: Compliance, Higher Stakes and Greater Consequences for Banks and FIs: 2014

FCPA and Financial Accounting Fraud: Top SEC Enforcement Priorities: 2014

The ABC’s of AML: Refresher to Anti-Money Laundering Law and Policy: 2014

Misc. training on Asset Forfeiture, AML/BSA/OFAC Sanctions, FTCA, FCPA & UK Bribery Act: 2014-2015

Prosecuting Tax Cheats, Prosecuting Financial and Computer Crimes, Investigating Cybercrimes: 2007-2011

Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights at the USPTO, National Security Training, Felony Trial Training Program, Protecting Children Online at NCMEC, Arsons and Explosives Training at the NAC: 2009- 2011


Pace University School of Law, White Plains, NY August 2003 – May 2006

Juris Doctor, Cum Laude,

Class Rank: Top 33%

Honors & Activities: Pace Law Merit Scholarship; Dean’s List, Spring 2004-Spring 2006, Semi-Finalist Pace Grand Moot Court Competition – Winner “Best Brief”; Trial Advocacy; Pace/Gorton High School Mentor Program; Middle Eastern Law Students Society; Paper: “Shari’a Punishment;” Advanced coursework in Prosecutor’s Clinic and Professional Responsibility and Ethics.

Columbia University, Columbia College, New York, NY August 1999 – May 2003

Bachelor of Arts,

Class Rank: Top 15% Major: Political Science (American/Int’l) Concentration: Economics

Honors & Activities: Hubert Grant Larson Presidential Scholarship (Columbia U.); Eagle Foundation Scholarship; 1199 SEIU Scholarship; Golden Key International Honor Society; Dean’s List; Research Assistant at Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia, Columbia Community Outreach, University Event Planning, Students United for Victory, Intramural Sports. Attended school of Engineering and Applied Science from August 1999 - January 2001, 3.01 GPA, Dean’s List


Licensed attorney: Connecticut (2006), New York (2007). Certifications: ACAMS Presenter

Dual Citizen: U.S.A., Jordan Languages: English, Arabic speaker, Italian proficient.

Charitable Causes: SUDC Foundation, Eagle Foundation Scholarship, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Walk Now for Autism, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Board of Director: Harrison Emergency Medical Services (Ambulance Corp), Founder: The Zaido Foundation Advisor: Christ the Savior Church, Valedictorian: Charles E. Gorton H.S. (1999). Wedding Officiant.

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