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.

Julio J. Hernandez

Julio J. Hernandez has over 20 years of management consulting experience focused on strategy formulation; marketing, sales and service strategy and transformation; and enterprise analytics. During his career, Julio has served clients across multiple industries including consumer goods, retail, health care, telecommunications and energy. As the U.S. Customer Advisory leader and Global Customer Center of Excellence lead, Julio focuses on helping clients think about how to engage the marketplace, attract, convert and keep customers to fuel profitable growth. He also works with clients to help them design and deliver relevant customer experience that drive engagement and result in sustainable customer relationships. He helps his clients develop and deliver leading Front Office programs that provide Sales, Service, Marketing capabilities which harness digital and analytics to large, often complex organisations that are increasingly faced with market and technology disruptions. Julio has worked with clients across the globe including North America, Europe and Asia. He has multiple patents and patents pending for both customer experience and analytics. He has also been cited in multiple periodicals including the Financial Times and Forbes. Julio has a BBA from Emory University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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.

Daniel N. Marx

Before launching the boutique law firm, Fick & Marx LLP, Daniel Marx worked as a litigator in three preeminent large law firms: Foley Hoag LLP in Boston; Williams & Connolly in Washington D.C., and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York. Most recently, Dan was a partner in the Litigation Department at Foley Hoag, where he worked primarily in the White Collar Crimes and Government Investigations Practice Group.

Throughout his career, Dan has aggressively and effectively represented a wide range of companies, non-profit institutions, senior executives and other individuals in criminal, regulatory and civil matters. He has substantial experience in the financial services, health care, pharmaceutical and technology industries as well as with public and private academic institutions. Dan has obtained jury verdicts in state and federal court for clients as both defendants and plaintiffs. He has successfully represented clients on appeal, including reversing federal and state convictions. Dan has also assisted clients with confidential internal investigations and provided strategic advice concerning compliance matters.

During nearly two decades in private law firms, Dan has maintained an active pro bono practice, defending indigent criminal defendants and civil rights plaintiffs. Over the past four years, along with the ACLU of Massachusetts, Dan represented petitioners who were wrongfully convicted of state drug offences due to the criminal misconduct of two ex-chemists in state drug labs. That litigation culminated in an order by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court vacating approximately 40,000 tainted drug convictions, the largest mass dismissal of wrongful convictions in U.S. legal history.

Dan served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Reena Raggi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to the Honorable Allyne Ross on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Dan earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was awarded the Massey Prize for best client advocacy in the clinical legal program. He also won top prizes in the moot court and mock trial competitions. At YLS, Dan studied federal criminal law with the Honorable Nancy Gertner (Ret.), who is now of counsel to Fick & Marx LLP. Dan graduated from Yale College with a B.A., summa cum laude, in Ethics, Politics and Economics. For several years, he interned in New Haven City Hall, focusing on innovative drug policy and urban redevelopment initiatives. Dan was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar for his commitment to public service, leadership potential, and academic excellence.

Dan serves on the Board of Directors for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice in Boston and formely served on the Board of Directors for Temple Beth Zion in Brookline.

Why Choose Us?

We combine the exacting quality and distinguished pedigree of elite “big firm” lawyers with the personal service and consistent value of a flexible, efficient “boutique” practice.

We founded Fick & Marx LLP to pursue our shared commitment to law practice as a vocation or “calling,” not just a job or business. We passionately represent our clients while striving to change the world for the better, in ways big and small, one client at a time.

We start by listening. We may have seen the issue you face before, but we need to understand your circumstances, your business, your needs, your concerns, and your objectives in order to represent you effectively. When you contact Fick & Marx LLP, you talk directly with us, the founding partners, and we give you our personal commitment to work closely together to achieve your goals.

We have handled myriad types of cases and feel comfortable in any courtroom. That experience is invaluable. But we treat every problem and challenge that clients bring to us as unique, and we strive to confront every new matter with a “fresh set of eyes.” Potential clients often want to know whether lawyers have handled exactly the same kind of case or issue before. As we look back on our careers, however, we have done some of our best and most successful work the first time we ever faced a particular issue. For that reason, even when we have experience in a particular area, we approach every new matter creatively and with open minds.

We never give up. We are committed to helping our clients achieve their goals, and we pride ourselves on delivering hope in cases that other lawyers might consider hopeless. At the same time, we will always give you our honest assessment, even if that entails difficult or unwelcome news. If it matters to our clients, it matters to us. In the end, we just love to win — however our clients define victory.