J. W. Carney Jr.

J. W. Carney, Jr. is a criminal defense attorney who practices in all State and Federal Courts of Massachusetts. He has been voted by his peers as one of The Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts (out of over 50,000 attorneys), and Boston magazine identified him as one of The Five Best Private Criminal Defense Attorneys in the state. The preeminent legal publication in Massachusetts called him one of The Most Influential Lawyers in Massachusetts, a list that included the Governor and the Chief Justice of the courts. He also has been included in the annual publication The Best Lawyers in America since 1998.

Mr. Carney is skilled in all aspects of criminal defense, including pre-indictment investigations, arraignments, bail hearings, motion practice, plea bargain negotiations, jury trials, sentencing hearings, and appeals. He has handled thousands of cases over his career in the District, Superior, and Federal Courts, including over one hundred and seventy-five jury trials of major felonies.

After graduating from Holy Cross College (1975) and Boston College Law School (1978), he began his career as a full-time public defender in Boston from 1978 to 1983. Mr. Carney was appointed an Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County in 1983, where he remained until 1988. The District Attorney named him the team leader of a group of prosecutors who handled the most serious cases, including murder and manslaughter, sexual abuse of children and adults, domestic violence, major motor vehicle offenses, drug trafficking, and white collar prosecutions.

Mr. Carney currently represents clients at every stage of the criminal justice system. Many individuals are under investigation by the police or the grand jury, and Mr. Carney ensures that their rights are protected zealously. The majority of these clients are never formally charged with a crime.

A typical client of Mr. Carney has had minimal or no prior contact with the Courts, and is an adult or juvenile facing the most serious situation he or she has ever encountered. Mr. Carney prides himself on giving each one his personal attention, and limits his caseload to meet this goal. Moreover, he is able to employ a team of lawyers and support staff for each case, and draw on skilled investigators and experts to ensure that the client receives the very best defense. If a conviction to some of the charges is inevitable, Mr. Carney presents creative sentencing proposals to the Court which emphasize treatment, not incarceration.

Mr. Carney’s typical caseload includes allegations of homicide; white collar crimes; domestic violence; Federal mail and wire fraud; drug offenses; serious crimes of violence; bank, regulatory agency or government fraud; sexual abuse of children and adults; juveniles; arson; and major motor vehicle violations, including operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs and motor vehicle homicide. His practice before Regulatory Boards focuses on the suspension of professional licenses and other disciplinary proceedings against lawyers and doctors, among others. Mr. Carney puts a special emphasis in his criminal cases on mental health defenses, expert witnesses, creative sentencing proposals, and the representation of professionals.

He has handled many high-profile cases, including the first trial presented in its entirety in New England on cable television. He has been asked by courts to represent defendants in some of the most challenging criminal cases, including James “Whitey” Bulger, Tarek Mehanna (a terrorism case), and John Salvi (the murders at Brookline abortion clinics). Based on these experiences, Mr. Carney has been invited to address various legal groups on how to use enhanced media attention for the client’s benefit if publicity is a foregone conclusion, although his preference is to keep the client out of the spotlight.

J. W. Carney, Jr. is a contributing author to Massachusetts Criminal Practice, which is the leading authority on the defense of criminal cases in Massachusetts. Among the chapters he was asked to write are Opening Statements at trial, Closing Arguments, and Sentencing Advocacy. In addition, Mr. Carney is the editor of the treatise Massachusetts Evidence: A Courtroom Reference, which is relied upon by countless trial lawyers and judges. He also has contributed to Take the Witness: The Experts Speak On Cross-Examination. Mr. Carney frequently is asked to address continuing legal education programs for criminal defense lawyers, and has been the co-chairperson of the Annual Criminal Law Conference in Massachusetts on numerous occasions. In addition, he has made presentations to the annual educational conferences of the judges of the Superior Court and the Juvenile Court.

Mr. Carney has been a Fellow since 1996 of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is the most prestigious invitation-only bar association in the United States. He is a past President of the Boston College Law School Alumni Association, has been appointed to the oversight Criminal Justice Act Board by the Federal judges of Massachusetts, and is a past officer of the Boston Bar Association. He has served for seventeen years on the Judicial Nominating Commission, under five governors. The commission is a twenty-member group that advises Governors on the appointment of judges in Massachusetts.

When an individual is accused of a crime, his freedom, reputation, and career are at stake. The single most important factor in determining the outcome is often the expertise of the lawyer who represents him or her. Experience, commitment to the client, and a 36-year record of success ensures that J. W. Carney, Jr. will provide the very best defense.

Janice T. Jackson

Janice Jackson has earned a stellar reputation in the courtroom and legal community as a fierce advocate for her clients and for the empathy and skill she and her talented staff bring to the practice of Family Law. After graduation from University of Southern Mississippi, she worked as a stockbroker (Series 7 License) and then co-owned and operated a family business for eight years prior to entering law school. Since graduation from Mississippi College School of Law, Janice has practiced Family Law for the past seventeen years. Her success and talent for negotiation and litigation spring from the depths of personal experiences in her education, life and work. She achieves practical results for her clients. Most importantly, her clients can live and, ultimately, prevail with her results, an issue often overlooked in heated domestic cases when emotions are raw. Janice, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, is a wife, mother, friend, step-mother, grandmother and a sister who has three brothers living in the tri-county area. A large, extended family life allows her to be attuned to her client’s unique circumstances, needs and feelings. Her experience allows her to understand the needs of her clients’ family, financial and business considerations. And, most importantly – the needs of their children in the long term.

Firm Overview:

Janice Jackson has almost twenty years experienced practicing family law in the Jackson, Mississippi area. From divorce cases, to estate probate, to visitation issues involving military deployment, Attorney Jackson has helped families through difficult times with care and compassion.

Family Law Practice Areas:

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support Collection
  • Guardianship
  • Paternity
  • No-Fault Divorce
  • Grandparents Rights
  • Military Deployment
  • Alimony
  • Conservatorship
  • Modification of Child Custody
  • Modification of Child Support
  • Contempt
  • Mediation
  • Estate Probate and Wills

If you are facing a divorce, or need help with estate probate or a will, contact Janice Jackson from Jackson Law Firm, PLLC at 601-982-9797.

Previn Waas

Previn Waas is a partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP and the leader of Deloitte’s IPO Center of Excellence. He has more than 18 years of experience providing assurance, accounting, and other professional services to public and private companies in the technology, telecommunications, and media industries, with a specific focus on software and internet media companies. He has extensive experience leading IPO engagements as well as consulting on revenue recognition policies, share-based compensation, equity transactions, business combinations, and SEC pre-clearance filings and registration statements.

Prior to joining Deloitte’s Silicon Valley office, Previn was part of Deloitte’s National Office Technical Accounting Consultations group. He is a certified public accountant in California and has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Baylor University.

Firm Overview:

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We believe that we’re only as good as the good we do.

All the facts and figures that talk to our size and diversity and years of history, as notable and important as they may be, are secondary to the truest measure of Deloitte: The impact we make in the world.

So, when people ask, “What’s different about Deloitte?” the answer resides in the many specific examples of where we have helped Deloitte member firm clients, our people, and sections of society to achieve remarkable goals, solve complex problems, or make meaningful progress. Deeper still, it’s in the beliefs, behaviors, and fundamental sense of purpose that underpin all that we do.

With more than 150 years of hard work and commitment to making a real difference, our organization has grown in scale and diversity—approximately 245,000 people in 150 countries and territories, providing audit & assurance, tax, legal, risk and financial advisory and consulting services—yet our shared culture remains the same.

For us, good isn’t good enough. We aim to be the best at all that we do—to help clients realize their ambitions, to make a positive difference in society, and to maximize the success of our people. This drive fuels the commitment and humanity that run deep through our every action.

That’s what makes us truly different at Deloitte. Not how big we are, where we are, nor what services we offer. What really defines us is our drive to make an impact that matters in the world.

Gerald B. Lefcourt

Gerald B. Lefcourt has spent his legal career practicing principally in the areas of criminal law and complex civil litigation. He is recognized as one of the country’s foremost trial attorneys and is frequently called upon to represent individuals and corporations charged with the most serious crimes. In his forty years practicing law, his clients have spanned the spectrum, from Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman and Black Panther Party leaders to Drexel Burnham Lambert securities trader Bruce Newberg, real estate mogul Harry Helmsley, actor Russell Crowe, New York State Assembly Speaker Mel Miller, New York State Assemblyman and Brooklyn Democratic Leader Vito Lopez and hip hop music promoter and Murder Inc. record label head Irv Gotti. Among his current clients are the campaign treasurer of former New York mayoral candidate John Liu as well as the former wife of a noted hedge fund manager who has accused her former husband of defrauding her in their divorce.

Mr. Lefcourt recently completed over 20 years of service as the Speaker of the N.Y.S. Assembly’s designee to the statewide Commission on Judicial Nomination, which committee recommends to the Governor a slate of candidates for the New York Court of Appeals. He currently serves on the Magistrate Selection Committee of the Southern District of New York. In the past he has been a member of numerous other governmental committees, as well.

He is currently President of the Foundation for Criminal Justice of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, with which organization he has long been associated. Mr. Lefcourt has been program co-chair of the annual White Collar Crime Conference sponsored by the NACDL since the conference’s inception in 2004, and has served each year on the program faculty, as well.

Mr. Lefcourt served for several years as the Chair of the Criminal Advocacy Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and other committees. He is past president of the National Association of Criminal Lawyers; a founder of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; and founder and past president of the New York Criminal Bar Association. He has been recognized in New York Magazine’s survey of Outstanding Practitioners and in both Who’s Who in the Criminal Defense Bar and in the International Who’s Who of Business Crime Defense. He is AV rated.

Mr. Lefcourt also serves on the Board of Editors of the White Collar Crime Litigation Reporter.

Mr. Lefcourt has also been recognized by fellow practitioners as an outstanding lawyer, including by receipt of the Robert C. Heeney Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; New York State Bar Association’s Outstanding Practitioner Award; and New York University School of Law’s Milton S. Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy. He was recently the Guest of Honor at a luncheon sponsored by the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, where he received the Norman Ostrow Award in recognition of “the distinction and commitment [he has] brought as an advocate for the rights of criminal defendants.”

He has also been recognized by Super Lawyers every year since 2006 as among New York City’s Best Criminal Lawyers.

He has been named as one of the New York Area’s Best Lawyers in the categories of both Criminal Defense: White-Collar, and Criminal Defense: Non White-Collar.

Mr. Lefcourt is a graduate of New York University (B.A. Political Science 1964); Brooklyn Law School (J.D. 1967); and New York University School of Law (L.L.M. Tax 1968). He is admitted to practice in New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and numerous Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Firm Overview:

Gerald B. Lefcourt, P.C., is a law firm headed by Gerald Lefcourt, a criminal lawyer recognized nationally for his advocacy on behalf of high-profile clients. The Firm is on the cutting edge of white collar criminal defense, in the New York area and beyond. It is equipped to handle complex cases, ranging from the fraud trial of mayoral candidate John Liu’s campaign treasurer to the driving while impaired trial of Kerry Kennedy; the KPMG tax shelter fraud prosecution; the trial of hip hop mogul Irv Gotti; the defense against charges of other tax and securities frauds, money laundering, customs fraud, regulatory violations and large drug importation and distribution cases.

Gerald B. Lefcourt, P.C., named a Tier 1 ranking in both the 2013 and 2014 editions of U.S. News Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”, strives to protect the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution. The impact of Mr. Lefcourt’s career reaches beyond individual clients, serving the law itself. Mr. Lefcourt’s frequent lectures and publications focus on criminal law in general and issues in the defense of white collar cases in particular.

Mr. Lefcourt’s legacy includes past service as President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York Criminal Bar Association, and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Through frequent lectures and articles, as well as television, radio and print media interviews, Mr. Lefcourt (sometimes misspelled as “Leftcourt”) shares his knowledge of subjects of interest to both practitioners and the public.

John DeHaan Ph.D., FABC, CFI, FCSFS, FIRireE

Fire-Ex Forensics, Inc. is a private consultancy that offers its services to police, fire and prosecutive agencies, public defenders, and to private attorneys and insurers in cases where fires or explosions are involved. Both criminal and civil cases are accepted; however, the bulk of casework involves criminal investigations. Cases have been accepted from across the U.S. and Canada, as well as from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Dr. John DeHaan is the president and sole professional consultant of Fire-Ex Forensics Inc. since its founding in 1998. In addition to casework, DeHaan presents lectures and teaches classes on topics of forensic investigation, reconstruction or laboratory analysis and evidence interpretation to an average of twenty different organizations per year.

With over 40 years’ experience in fire- and explosion-related forensic science, Dr. DeHaan has been involved in many national and international efforts to improve fire investigation. He has authored six editions of Kirk’s Fire Investigation since 1982. As the most widely used textbook in the field, it has promulgated the scientific investigation of fire and explosion events. That work, and its companion text Forensic Fire Scene Reconstruction (co-authored with Dr. David Icove in 2004), are frequently cited as authoritative sources to help disprove many of the misconceptions once relied upon in the discipline.

Dr. DeHaan has been active in research, having participated in all manner of fire tests from lab-scale to full-scale (building) fires and published the results widely in fire and forensic publications. (Several of the more frequently requested research papers are available on this website.) He has authored chapters on fire scene investigation in three other textbooks and on lab analysis in a fourth. (He was an active member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Investigation (921) from 1991 to 1999.)

He has been active in training through lectures and live burn demonstrations across the U.S., Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Ireland, and Western Europe. He is a 30-year member of the IAAI (and an honorary member of the U.K., New South Wales (Australia), and Eire (Ireland) Chapters of the IAAI), and is a member of the Forensic Science and Engineering Committees. He is a life member of the California Conference of Arson Investigators, and a member and past-president of the California Association of Criminalists (CAC). He received the CAC’s Achievement Award for his contributions to the discipline in 1994. He was presented with the Section’s Paul Kirk Award for his contributions to Criminalistics in 2002. He was the first person to earn the Forensic Science Society’s Diploma in Fire Investigation (in 1993). He won the Society’s P. W. Allen Award for best published paper (1999) and was recently elected to be a Fellow of the Forensic Science Society.

He has been a member of the U.S. National Technical Working Group on Fires and Explosions (TWGFEX) since its inception in 1997 as a joint effort between the U.S. National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the University of Central Florida. He served on its Training Committee (Fire Debris). TWGFEX has generated professional guidelines for both fire and explosion scene investigations and laboratory analysis. It sponsors the only major national conference on forensic fire and explosion investigations that include both field investigators and laboratory scientists.

Fire-Ex Forensics, Inc. maintains valuable professional affiliations with Gardiner Associates (U.K.), Malooly & Associates (U.S.), and J. W. Munday (Australia) to provide clients with access to a wide variety of top-level expertise around the world.

DeHaan was recently elected associate member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI) and the Institute of Explosives Engineers (U.K).

Brian S. Cousin

Brian S. Cousin is leader of Dentons’ legacy global Employment and Labor practice, with more than 450 lawyers, as well as the leader of the Firm’s legacy Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and Benefits Litigation practice and a member of the Firm’s Commercial Litigation group. He focuses on employment litigation and counseling, ERISA and benefits litigation, commercial and financial litigation, executive contract negotiations and international arbitration.

Brian has extensive experience in class action and complex commercial litigation, employment litigation, close corporation and partnership disputes, real estate litigation, workouts and arbitration matters throughout the country. These matters have involved such claims as theft of trade secrets, fraud, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, defamation, violation of noncompetition agreements and other restrictive covenants, unfair competition, discrimination and retaliation and securities law violations, as well as violations of ERISA, the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), whistleblower provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Acts, civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act statutes and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Brian advises US and multinational companies and executives on all aspects of employment, labor and corporate compliance, including drafting and negotiating employment and separation agreements, corporate restructurings and reductions in force, corporate transactions, internal corporate investigations, handbooks and policy manuals, sexual harassment and other sensitivity training, protecting against employee raiding and theft of trade secrets and other confidential information, and compliance with all federal, state and local discrimination laws. Brian has successfully litigated just about every type of employment-related case possible, including cases involving claims under Title VII, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and state leave laws, the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine, state discrimination and retaliation statutes, the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws.

Brian is also an experienced ERISA and benefits litigator, having successfully handled numerous class action and single plaintiff cases over the last 30+ years. Brian’s ERISA litigation experience includes class action cases involving claims for breaches of fiduciary duty related to excessive fees and precipitous stock drops, as well as many cases in the health care industry. Brian has also represented a number of ERISA plan fiduciaries and trustees in connection with ERISA- and benefits-related investigations conducted by the US Department of Labor.

Brian has extensive experience advising both corporations and executives with respect to rights of indemnification and advancement of legal fees and costs.

With respect to alternative dispute resolution, Brian regularly represents clients in arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association (AAA), JAMS and FINRA, and in mediations before the AAA, JAMS, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the courts.

Firm Overview:

Challenging the status quo to serve clients better

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