Robert L. Kardell

Robert Kardell is our exclusively recommended Cyber Security Law expert in Nebraska on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Robert directly using the contact details listed above.

Robert (Bob) is an attorney whose practice focuses on technology-based risk management solutions, technology and cyber threat prevention, remediation and response, and fraud prevention and investigation. Bob has more than 22 years of experience working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent, Supervisory Special Agent, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent, Special Agent, Program Coordinator for Public Corruption, Complex Financial Crime, Healthcare Fraud, and Domestic Terrorism.

In his career, Bob has also worked as a computer forensics examiner and accounting forensics investigator. He has testified numerous times as a fact witness, was designated as a computer expert witness in a $300,000,000 civil case, and drafted expert reports for both accounting and computer-related investigations.

Robert Kardell has been a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Heartland ACFE for 12 years. During that time, he has served as a director and a member of the editorial advisory committee for the ACFE’s Fraud Magazine. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA); Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP); Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF); Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE); and AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE).

Firm Overview:

Baird Holm LLP’s integrated team of 90 attorneys, licensed in 23 states, is committed to connecting each of its valued clients to the positive outcomes they seek. With extensive and diverse expertise, we leverage each other’s skills to respond efficiently to our clients’ local, regional, national and international legal needs. We are proud to represent public and private companies, individuals, private funds and other investors, financial institutions, governmental entities and non-profit organisations.

Rooted by the promise to constantly evolve in anticipation of our clients’ rapidly changing needs, Baird Holm has enjoyed steady and measured growth since its founding in 1873. Today, we look to the future as we carry on the legacy created by our visionary founders.

Miguel A. Zaldivar, Jr.

Miguel Zaldivar is our exclusively recommended Infrastructure Law expert in Washington, DC on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Miguel directly using the contact details listed above.

Widely recognised as a guiding light in complicated international cross-border transactions, Miguel Zaldivar is a partner and serves as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) responsible for the firm’s overall global direction and strategic leadership. He became CEO in July 2020 and is one of only a handful of Latino leaders of any major global law firm.

Before taking up the role of CEO, he served as Regional Chief Executive for the Asia, Pacific Middle East region. He had been a member of the Global Board of Directors, served as Co-leader of our Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects practice area and co-founded our Latin American Practice. Miguel’s versatility, determination and ability to rise to a challenge were evident throughout.

His leadership is focused on driving the firm’s vision to provide clients with valuable solutions and superior client service. As CEO, he puts an emphasis on delivering our vision by leveraging our global reach, industry sector knowledge, and unique capability to advice at the intersection of business and government. He is passionate about collaboration, actively listening to clients’ needs and mentoring lawyers to build deep and enduring relationships wherever they practice. Pro bono work, citizenship and the creation of a truly diverse and inclusive workplace are also among Miguel’s top priorities. He has put in place a plan to foster the development and progression of the firm’s diverse lawyers, and to increase the number of diverse lawyers the firm hires.

As a practicing lawyer he brings many years of experience in project development and finance, complex sovereign debt (including linked to commodity sales) and cross-border corporate transactions. He has facilitated multi-billion-dollar investments aimed at the development of projects across Latin America.

He has advised U.S., European, and Asian multinational corporations in business dealings in the Americas, as well as Latin American state-owned companies and governments in a wide variety of international matters. He has many years of hands-on experience with global export-credit and development banks.

Miguel brings a strategic and unique approach to solving complex transactional problems, offering clients creative solutions that not only meet their legal needs, but also take into account business considerations. Miguel’s distinct background underscores his approach to conflict resolution. Miguel is trained as a lawyer in both the common and civil law systems. Recognising that focusing on differences in law is not the single driver in negotiating cross-border deals, he appreciates the importance of culture and familiarity with each country’s unique political and legal systems.

Miguel taught the “Project Development and Finance in Latin America” course at the University of Miami School of Law from 2003 to 2010 and was a professor of law at Universidad Católica in Venezuela from 1991 to 1993. He has been a frequent lecturer at legal seminars and has published articles involving Latin American legal matters. He received the University of Miami Inter-American Law Review 2009 “Lawyer of the Americas Award.”

The Deal calls Miguel “a diplomat in a lawyer’s clothing” and Hispanic Executive praises his “legal prowess” and “innate abilities” that distinguish him from other lawyers in the field. Even among his peers, he has been acknowledged as “a very intelligent attorney and a leading cross-border corporate lawyer” in several industry publications like The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers and Partners, and The Legal 500.

Erich Ferrari

Erich Ferrari is our exclusively recommended OFAC Sanctions Law expert in Washington DC on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Erich directly using the contact details listed above.

As the Founder and Principal Attorney of Ferrari & Associates, P.C., Mr. Ferrari represents U.S. and foreign corporations, financial institutions, exporters, insurers, and private individuals in trade compliance, regulatory licensing matters, and federal investigations and prosecutions. He frequently represents clients before the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the United States Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and in federal courts around the country. With over 13 years of experience in national security law, exports control, and U.S. economic sanctions, he counsels across industry sectors and represents parties in a wide range of matters from ensuring compliance to defending against federal prosecutions and pursuing federal appeals.

Mr. Ferrari’s representations before OFAC frequently involve matters involving the Iran, Ukraine-/Russia-related, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Counter-Terrorism, and the Counter Narcotics sanctions programs. As part of these representations, he has worked to have names removed from OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List), respond to OFAC administrative subpoenas issued during the course of an OFAC investigation, procure OFAC specific licenses to engage in transactions prohibited by OFAC, draft OFAC voluntary self-disclosures, develop and implement OFAC compliance programs for financial institutions and multi-national companies, and provide general counselling on OFAC related matters to a variety of clients.

Mr. Ferrari has also served as lead trial counsel on a number of complex federal criminal matters. He is a seasoned litigator that has obtained mistrials and acquittals for his clients in various matters including prosecutions for smuggling, and International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) based export control charges. He has also successfully handled mail and wire fraud cases, tax fraud cases, money laundering cases, espionage cases, economic sanctions criminal cases, and federal criminal appeals. These representations have occurred in various courts across the United States and involved both U.S. and international clientele.

Mr. Ferrari’s litigation experience includes numerous lawsuits against OFAC arising from blocking of assets, and targeting of parties under various sanctions authorities. He has also represented clients in other litigation including, for instance, federal civil forfeiture proceedings.

Mr. Ferrari actively writes on OFAC-administered trade sanctions on his blog at sanctionlaw.com, as well as for publication. In addition, he is often called upon by media outlets to speak on U.S. trade sanctions issues and has been interviewed on OFAC-related issues by CNN, The New York Times, The Washington, Post, Forbes Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal.

Geoffrey Fieger

Geoffrey Fieger is our exclusively recommended Personal Injury Law expert in Michigan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Geoffrey directly using the contact details listed above.

Practicing for nearly 40 years, Geoffrey is a veteran of the legal battlefield. His command of the law, both as a trial litigator and as a scholar, has made him one of the most sought-after attorneys in the nation. Though he has always practiced from his firm’s home in Southfield, Michigan, he is known all over the world for his charismatic trial presence and his refusal to back down from the battles that matter. In fact, the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University named The Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute in his honour.

Geoffrey’s legal skill is uniquely well-known, even for a lawyer as renowned as him—he has been repeatedly featured on MSNBC, CNN, Fox, and various other networks to provide legal insight and commentary throughout his career. He has had his own program on CBS radio titled “Fieger Time,” and was featured on Fox’s live court program “Power of Attorney.” Geoffrey has also frequently been in the news as a subject, as he is often called upon to represent high-profile cases on behalf of those facing impossible odds.

In one of his notable cases, Attorney Fieger was able to secure acquittals for every one of Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s assisted-suicide trials in which he represented the doctor.

None of these details would matter if it weren’t for one fact: Geoffrey Fieger is a lawyer who wins. He has secured more than 165 verdicts and settlements larger than $1 million, including his very first trial case. He has secured a greater number of million-plus results than any lawyer in the country. He has set records with verdicts and settlements in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and South Carolina, in addition to his beloved home state of Michigan.

Lawyers who have faced him in court know him to be incredibly well-prepared, knowledgeable, and a force to be reckoned with—ultimately, he’s the attorney that other lawyers would want on their side.

When Geoffrey was facing his own major battle against the U.S. government, he and the legendary Attorney Gerry Spence fought against charges that Geoffrey had made illegal campaign contributions to then-Senator John Edwards. Their work ensured that he was acquitted on all counts.

S. Lee Merritt, Esq.

S. Lee Merritt is our exclusively recommended Civil Rights Law expert in Pennsylvania on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Lee directly using the contact details listed above.

Lee is emerging as a leading and influential new voice in the fight for Social Justice. A dedicated civil rights activist and trial attorney, Merritt runs a high profile national practice focusing on victims of police brutality, hate crimes and corporate discrimination. As an activist, he has championed police reform and community empowerment. His office has led the way in reform in Texas, a state notorious for its failure to prosecute police officers, advocating for the first murder indictments of officers in the state in over 40 years. In 2017 Merritt was recognised as one of the top 10 most influential African Americans in the country ages 18 to 45 by‌ The Root. The National Black Caucasus of State Legislators awarded Merritt the prestigious “Nation Builder” award, adding him to an elite list of recipients including President Barrack Obama, Shirley Chisholm and Vernon Jordan.

Mr. Merritt is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of New Jersey, federally in Eastern District of Pennsylvania and US District Court of the Northern District of Texas. Merritt is a Cum Laude graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended law school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Temple University’s James Beasley School of Law. He began his legal career with the Cochran Firm Philadelphia before going into private practice.

In 2018 Mr. Merritt joined McEldrew Young Purtell as of counsel due a strategic commitment to the pursuit of justice. By joining together our team strives to provide the necessary legal expertise wherever and whenever we are needed.

Jorgen Ericsson

Jorgen Ericsson is an Advisory principal providing strategy services in the KPMG TMT (Technology, Media & Telecommunications) sector. Jorgen advises corporate and private equity clients on strategies to accelerate growth, increase profitability and transform business models to be successful in the rapidly changing business environment fuelled by constant advances in technology. Jorgen has a passion for the business impact of Analytics/ AI/ Machine Learning and he leads the effort of building the analytics/ machine learning engagements within TMT Strategy.

Jorgen has more than 20 years’ experience from executive positions at multiple technology companies, where he has been responsible for transforming these companies in light of rapid technology-driven change. Jorgen combines industry depth, personal executive level operational experience and analytics know how based on previous roles as strategy consultant, as CEO/ Senior Executive and as Investor in Technology companies.

Firm Overview:

KPMG’s Advisory practice delivers services and creates comprehensive strategies that reflect our deep knowledge of the industries and functional priorities of our clients. With our groups organised by both industry (Financial Services, Government, Health Care & Life Sciences and Products) and service (Management Consulting, Risk Consulting, Deal Advisory and Strategy) we facilitate collaboration across the entire firm. This enables us to meet our clients’ unique needs and help them gain a competitive advantage—from revised strategies and reconsidered business models, to new products and expanded markets.

In addition to our services, we provide objective, relevant and actionable insights that can help you identify, evaluate, and successfully implement growth strategies in today’s rapidly changing markets.

Whether you are interested in working with us—or for us—we welcome you to explore what KPMG Advisory has to offer.