August 12, 2013 Articles

Just the Facts on White-Collar Litigation

A practitioner of criminal litigation discusses interviewing witnesses, the FCPA, and where the SEC and DOJ are headed.

By Young Advocates Committee

An Interview with Sean Haran


How did you choose to practice in white-collar law? Is there anything that or anyone who drew you into this area?
It has never really occurred to me that I would practice any other type of law. I went to law school to practice in the field, and the criminal-justice courses and clinics I participated in, along with the summer I spent after my first year as an intern at a district attorney’s office (sneaking away at times to watch federal criminal trials) only served to cement it for me. Finally, as a young law-firm associate, I was blessed with the opportunity to work in the courtroom with and take lessons from three fantastic trial lawyers: Peter Fleming Jr., Charlie Stillman, and Paul Shechtman.

It may sound corny, but perhaps much like many others, the person who drew me into the practice the most was probably Atticus Finch, who is the lead character in To Kill a Mockingbird. He is still one of my favorite characters and to this day I cannot watch that movie without getting worked up!

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