With a practice that covers a unique combination of business litigation, government affairs, and criminal defense, Mr. Walsh oversees a wide range of matters for clients facing critical, cutting-edge challenges and opportunities. He co-chairs the firm’s Government & Regulatory Affairs Department, and also handles a variety of matters ranging from complex business litigation to internal, government, and regulatory investigations. Mr. Walsh regularly appears in state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey, and before New Jersey state agencies and government officials, as well as federal and state prosecutors.
Mr. Walsh has previously served as the Acting General Counsel of Seton Hall University, in addition to having represented Stevens Institute and Caldwell University in a variety of litigation matters over many years. In the higher education space, Mr. Walsh has overseen exceedingly complex Title IX investigations, FERPA and distance learning compliance matters, defense of employee discrimination claims, and board governance issues. Beginning in 2018, Mr. Walsh was engaged as Special Counsel to Seton Hall University to oversee allegations of clergy sex abuse involving adult victims. During that engagement, he interfaced with counsel and witnesses all around the world.
Early in his career, Mr. Walsh served in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted economic crimes and fraud cases from 2003 through 2008 in the District of New Jersey. In 2001 and 2002, he served as an elected municipal official in New Jersey. His distinct background shapes his role as Co-Chair of the Gibbons Government & Regulatory Affairs Department, the #1 lawyer-lobbying firm as ranked by the New Jersey Law Journal for eleven 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 handled 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 military contractors, real estate developers, hotels, supermarkets, and closely-held companies.
Areas of Focus
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, insurance companies, a non-traditional medical company, accounting firms, infrastructure/architecture firms, and automobile dealers. In a span of two years, Mr. Walsh recently provided legal and strategic counseling to two separate regulated utilities in the companies’ efforts to obtain approval of corporate mergers 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:
- Tax evasion and various federal tax laws
- 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.
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.
Real Estate Litigation
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.
Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D.)
- Editor-in-Chief, Seton Hall Law Review
Seton Hall University (B.A., magna cum laude)
- President, Interfraternity Council, 1994-1995
State of New Jersey
State of New York
District of Columbia
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Essex County Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association
District Ethics Committee of the Supreme Court of NJ, District VC Essex County
Supreme Court (NJ) Committee on Model Criminal Jury Charges, 2010-2011 term
Seton Hall University School of Law
Board of Visitors Member, 2016-present
Alumni Council Member, 2000-2015
Annual Red Mass Committee Chair, 2008-present
Class of 1998 10-year Reunion Committee Member
New Jersey State Bar Association
Executive Board Member, Young Lawyers Division, 2001-2002
Gibbons Government & Regulatory Affairs Alert blog (www.governmentaffairsalert.com)
Law clerk to the Honorable Joel A. Pisano, United States Magistrate Judge, 1998-1999
Law clerk to the Honorable Deborah T. Poritz, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1999-2000
Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children, Newark, NJ
Board of Trustees
St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church, Westfield, NJ
ReLeSé Volunteer Attorney, Newark, NJ
Essex County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
Pro Bono Attorney, 2000-2002
Town Council of Westfield, New Jersey
Ward 3 Representative, 2002-2003