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Mr. Solano, a well-known, highly regarded leader in the white collar defense space in New Jersey, co-chairs the firm’s White Collar & Investigations Group, spun off from Gibbons’s Commercial & Criminal Litigation Group to better support and grow what is currently one of the firm’s most vibrant practices.
Mr. Solano represents companies and individuals in the healthcare, financial services, and other industries in both criminal and complex civil matters. These matters often concern allegations of fraud, bribery, False Claims Act, public corruption, tax evasion, and money laundering and involve federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities, as well as civil and regulatory proceedings.
An experienced trial and appellate attorney in white collar criminal and complex commercial litigation matters, Mr. Solano is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, serving from 2001-2006 in the Terrorism Unit, Special Prosecutions Division, and Appeals Division. There, he conducted grand jury investigations and prosecuted cases concerning federal anti-corruption and bribery statute offenses; accounting, financial, mail, and wire fraud; tax evasion; and FDA and export control violations. He also argued criminal appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In 2008, Mr. Solano was appointed as New Jersey’s First Assistant Attorney General under then-Attorney General Anne Milgram, who is now Administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. In that role, he oversaw the Divisions of Criminal Justice, Law, Consumer Affairs, and Gaming Enforcement, participating in case reviews, developing litigation strategy for criminal investigations, affirmative civil litigation, and civil defense matters, and handling various administrative and management responsibilities for the office.
Before returning to Gibbons, Mr. Solano was most recently General Counsel for The Straus Group, a private investment family firm in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for CareOne, a nationwide healthcare continuum with annual revenues in excess of $1 billion that operates more than 60 post-acute nursing and assisted living facilities, long-term acute care hospitals, hospice providers, and a long-term care pharmacy company. Prior to joining CareOne, Mr. Solano was a partner in a well-regarded, boutique litigation firm in New York and New Jersey.
Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude)
Editor, Seton Hall Law Review
New York University (B.A.)
State of New Jersey
State of New York
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
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States
President, Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
Seton Hall University School of Law Board of Visitors
Lawyers Advisory Committee for the District of New Jersey
Third Circuit Lawyers Advisory Committee
Law clerk to the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, September 1999 – August 2000
Law clerk to the Honorable Deborah T. Poritz, New Jersey Supreme Court, September 1998 – August 1999
Executive Vice President/Chief Legal Officer, CareOne, January 2022 – May 2023
General Counsel, The Straus Group, January 2022 – May 2023
Member, Friedman Kaplan Seiler Adelman & Robbins LLP, January 2010 – January 2022
First Assistant Attorney General of the State of New Jersey, October 2008 – January 2010
Director, Gibbons P.C., October 2006 – September 2008
Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey, Appeals Division, Terrorism Unit of the Criminal Division, and Special Prosecutions Division, August 2001 – October 2006
Associate, Gibbons P.C., October 2000 – August 2001