With a practice that covers a unique combination of government affairs, criminal defense, and business litigation issues, Mr. Walsh oversees a wide range of matters for clients facing critical, cutting-edge challenges and opportunities. Each of these distinct but often intersecting areas of practice requires Mr. Walsh to employ the following approach in his lobbying, litigation, and criminal defense work: learn the facts, marshal the evidence, sharpen the arguments, and deliver a cogent, well-reasoned, and persuasive presentation. He deploys these methods across a wide variety of matters that range from state government relations to complex business litigation to internal, government, and regulatory investigations, appearing before New Jersey state agencies and government officials, as well as federal and state prosecutors and jurists in New York and New Jersey.
Mr. Walsh honed this approach as a Criminal Division lawyer at the U.S. Attorney's Office, where he prosecuted economic crimes and fraud cases from 2003 through 2008 in the District of New Jersey, and, prior to that, as an elected local government official in New Jersey. His distinctive background shapes his role as Co-Chair of the Gibbons Government Affairs Department, the #1 lawyer-lobbying firm as ranked by the New Jersey Law Journal for eight consecutive years, as he advocates for his clients’ business interests before state agencies and executive branch officials in Trenton, New Jersey.
As a trusted business litigation attorney, Mr. Walsh has tried cases to verdict and handles litigation and arbitration in connection with the federal Commodities Exchange Act, the rights of minority shareholders, pharmaceutical licensing disputes, and the scope of employment restrictive covenants, including non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. He has also sought and defended against temporary restraining orders and preliminary and permanent injunctions on behalf of a diverse set of clients, including real estate developers, hotels, supermarkets, and closely held companies.
Mr. Walsh represents clients in a wide variety of government affairs issues before state agencies and executive branch officials in Trenton, New Jersey. His clients include hospitals, electric utilities, telecommunications companies, cable television providers, a non-traditional medical company, accounting firms, infrastructure/architecture firms, and automobile dealers. Mr. Walsh recently provided legal and strategic counseling to a regulated utility in the company’s effort to obtain approval of a corporate merger by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. He also represents Verizon in a variety of lobbying and legal matters. His clients call on him regularly to solve their most troublesome issues in front of the New Jersey Departments of Environmental Protection, Health, Community Affairs, and Labor.
Calling on his experience as a former federal prosecutor, Mr. Walsh regularly assists corporations, individuals, and higher education institutions in responding to grand jury subpoenas received from the Department of Justice and various federal and state investigators, such as the Federal Trade Commission as well as Congressional Committees. He has also represented individuals in a wide range of federal and state criminal inquiries, often convincing prosecutors not to file charges. When necessary, Mr. Walsh has tried criminal matters to verdict and defended his clients in prosecutions and investigations alleging violations of:
- Healthcare laws, such as the federal Anti-Kickback Statute
- Laws proscribing mortgage fraud, including the federal wire and mail fraud statutes
- Criminal anti-trust laws
- Federal prescription drug laws
- Campaign finance laws proscribing straw donors
- Federal criminal intellectual property laws
- Federal laws regulating online internet gambling
- State assault, drug, and narcotics laws
- New Jersey attorney ethics investigations
From 2003 through 2008, Mr. Walsh served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, where he prosecuted criminal cases involving money laundering, wire and mail fraud, mortgage fraud, identity theft, and income tax evasion. For one year prior to leaving government service, Mr. Walsh was one of New Jersey's two "CHIP" prosecutors, specifically designated to prosecute computer hacking and intellectual property crimes. He has also represented clients in connection with the IRS's Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative, which is a U.S. government program enabling noncompliant American taxpayers (many of whom possessed Swiss bank accounts or other foreign, undisclosed accounts) to resolve their U.S. tax liabilities and minimize their exposure to criminal prosecution.
Real Estate Litigation
Mr. Walsh also has represented clients in securities regulatory and enforcement matters, including investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the New Jersey Bureau of Securities.
In real estate litigation matters specifically, Mr. Walsh has obtained summary judgment on numerous occasions, defending against claims relating to restrictive covenants (a/k/a "area restrictions"), breaches of contract, fraud, and the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.