SRZ Announces the Addition of Leading Litigators Barry Bohrer and Lisa Prager
January 31, 2013
SRZ is pleased to announce that Barry A. Bohrer and Lisa A. Prager will join the firm as partners and Lara Covington as special counsel in the litigation practice. The group’s arrival from Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason, Anello & Bohrer, P.C. brings further depth to SRZ’s 100-person litigation and enforcement practice.
“We are very excited to welcome this outstanding group of lawyers to the firm,” said Alan S. Waldenberg, chair of the firm’s executive committee and chair of the tax group. “Expansion of the firm’s litigation and enforcement practice continues to be a key strategy for the firm in response to the increased needs of our clients and today’s regulatory climate.”
Mr. Bohrer, well known for his experience in handling white collar, complex civil and securities enforcement matters, will reside in the New York office. Ms. Prager, who has extensive expertise in government investigations and enforcement actions relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), anti-money laundering laws and export controls, served as head of the Morvillo Abramowitz D.C. office. At SRZ, she will split her time between D.C. and New York. Ms. Covington, who practices in the areas of FCPA, export controls and government contract issues will be based in the D.C. office.
“The opportunity to bring on board partners with the established reputations of Barry and Lisa is thrilling for our firm,” said Robert M. Abrahams, co-chair of the litigation practice. “With their extensive years of experience and litigation successes, they will be a great resource for our clients and mentors to our younger attorneys.”
Commenting on their move, Mr. Bohrer said, “We are delighted at the prospect of joining a firm of such depth, breadth and resources. We look forward to joining old friends, with new platforms for our practices and new challenges to meet on behalf of clients.”
Barry A. Bohrer, Partner
Mr. Bohrer’s practice focuses on the areas of white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation in federal and state courts for individual and corporate clients. He also maintains an active trial and appellate practice. He has successfully defended clients, including major corporations, financial institutions, political figures, corporate executives and individuals, professionals and prominent law firms, in a wide variety of high-profile and complex cases, jury trials, regulatory actions and investigations. Mr. Bohrer regularly represents clients in matters pertaining to securities and commodities litigation and regulatory enforcement; other forms of financial fraud; antitrust litigation; and allegations of environmental offenses. He frequently represents clients in parallel enforcement proceedings involving the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Mr. Bohrer’s experience includes positions as Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York; Chief Appellate Attorney, Southern District of New York; and Chief of the Major Crimes Unit, Southern District of New York. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, former President of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, and Chair of the Executive Committees of The Fund for Modern Courts and Committee for Modern Courts, non-profit organizations dedicated to judicial reform in New York State. He served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society and received awards in 2005 and 2006 for Outstanding Pro Bono Service for his advocacy. Mr. Bohrer is also a member of the New York City Bar Association (past member of the Criminal Law Committee) and the New York State and American Bar Associations (Criminal Justice and Litigation Sections). He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Duke University.
Lisa A. Prager, Partner
Ms. Prager focuses her practice on the areas of government investigations and enforcement actions relating to the FCPA, U.S. export controls and economic sanctions laws, anti-money laundering laws, the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower provisions and government contracts matters. She represents clients before multiple U.S. enforcement agencies and bodies, such as the Department of Justice, Department of Commerce, Department of State, Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
She conducts extensive internal investigations on behalf of multinational corporations and has represented them and their boards in FCPA and export control matters involving international issues. In connection with these investigations, she provides advice to general counsels and senior management regarding company practices, remedial measures such as compliance program enhancements and disciplinary action for company employees, and settlement options.
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Prager was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security. She graduated, magna cum laude, from Western New England College School of Law and holds a B.A. from Yale University.
Lara Covington, Special Counsel
Ms. Covington’s practice focuses on the representation of individuals and corporations in connection with investigations and enforcement actions involving the FCPA, U.S. export controls and government contract issues. She has considerable experience handling FCPA investigations on behalf of multinational corporations and has conducted investigations involving issues in China, India, Poland, Nigeria, Russia, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam. She also creates and enhances corporate anti-corruption compliance programs and conducts third-party and M&A due diligence.
Ms. Covington graduated, cum laude, from George Washington University Law School and has a B.A. from the University of Virginia.