We regularly handle complex, high-value business-related disputes for plaintiffs and defendants, individuals and businesses, across a wide range of industries. Our excellent record of results is well known, a reputation which often facilitates the resolution of cases before trial.
From the outset, our approach to every case is to prepare the case on the premise that the matter will go to trial. Cases prepared to be tried have a stronger likelihood of a positive result either because the case settles favorably or because success is achieved at trial. We work with the top forensic experts to assist in crafting a clear and understandable presentation. The goal is to persuade the judge, arbitrator, or jury, which demands clarity in presenting factual and expert opinion evidence.
As appropriate, the firm will work with you on our fee arrangement, including hybrid fees (a reduced standard hourly rate plus an “upside” contingent fee).
THE CASPER LAW FIRM’S APPROACH TO COMMERCIAL LITIGATION
The Casper Firm takes a unique approach to commercial litigation by preparing your case for trial from the outset. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Casper focused on business fraud cases, in which he regularly prosecuted cases involving millions of dollars, and convicted one defendant of attempting to steal over a billion dollars in United States Treasury bills. Mr. Casper tried a series of high-profile cases that resulted in convictions. He will approach your case as if it is a federal prosecution.
Mr. Casper, an experienced commercial litigation attorney, has represented both plaintiff and defendant corporations, and individuals, in high-stakes commercial litigation matters involving hundreds of millions of dollars. We work with the top forensic accountants in the nation to craft an easily understandable presentation even in the most sophisticated business cases. Mr. Casper recognizes that the presentation is only as good as a jury is able to comprehend.
Because legal fees should not be an obstacle to litigation, the firm may work with you on alternative fee arrangements, such as hybrid fees (a combination of a reduced hourly rate and contingent fee) or contingent fees to ensure that you get your day in court.
AREAS OF BUSINESS LITIGATION
Our attorneys will help your business resolve issues that arise from disputes involving:
- Breach of Contract
- Interference with Contractual Relations
- Breach of Fiduciary Duties
- Criminal and Civil Conspiracy
THE CASPER FIRM, COMMERCIAL LITIGATION ATTORNEY – BIG FIRM CREDENTIALS, SMALL FIRM ATTENTION
While The Casper Firm offers clients the experience, knowledge, and resources of a big firm, we take pride on our ability to do so with the care and dedication of a small firm. Your business needs aggressive representation by a seasoned commercial litigation attorney. We offer alternative fee arrangements to accommodate your needs. To discuss your case with us, call The Casper Firm at (410) 989-5097 and make an appointment for an initial consultation. The sooner you seek legal counsel, the more options you may have for resolving your dispute.
White Collar Defense, Regulatory Advice, and Investigations
The firm defends individuals and corporations subject to a government investigation. Our experienced attorneys have defended individuals and corporations in areas including government contracts, health care, securities, tax, false claims, and fraud. We advise clients at all stages of the process to avoid civil and criminal charges and have substantial experience trying criminal cases. The firm also represents clients before local, state, and federal agencies concerning licensing and regulatory issues.
Unlike most criminal defense attorneys, The Casper Firm has a distinct advantage in representing our clients in white collar criminal defense cases. Mr. Casper spent years as a federal prosecutor trying public corruption and white collar criminal cases involving millions of dollars. In this capacity, he brought a series of high-profile cases to trial, resulting in convictions. This experience not only provides The Casper Firm with a deep understanding and insight into the intricacies of criminal law, but it allows us to offer our clients a window into the office of the prosecutor so they can better understand its position, strategy and overall plan in preparing and trying their case. With this unique and thorough knowledge, our team offers our criminal defense clients exceptional counsel and advocacy.
CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS
The Casper Firm’s criminal defense lawyers take an aggressive approach to white collar criminal defense. We begin preparing your case for trial from the outset, all the while communicating with the office of the prosecutor to provide you with as many options as possible for your case. We take the time and effort to get to know you and nuances of your case. From the moment we take your case and up through trial, we are in constant communication with you to advise you in this process and to address any thoughts or concerns that you may have about your case. We work tirelessly and aggressively to get our clients the best possible results.
We handle all types of high stakes white collar defense cases, explained below, including:
- Federal Conspiracy
- Tax crimes
- Money laundering
One may be convicted of criminal fraud for using false or fraudulent pretenses, either a false statement or promise, misrepresentation, deception, or some other kind of falsehood with the intent to deprive a victim of money or property. There are many types of criminal fraud, including securities fraud, healthcare fraud, employment fraud, and bankruptcy fraud.
A defendant may be charged with fraud at the state or federal level, as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the value of the property loss. This charge carries with it potential fines and prison sentences.
Possible defenses to fraud include the absence of intent to defraud or deceive, and the assertion that the fraudulent statement was not one of fact, but was merely a future promise or opinion.
Defendants charged with criminal fraud are often charged with wire and mail fraud as well.
A defendant may be charged with wire fraud if interstate use of electronic communication or phone lines have been used in furtherance of the fraud scheme. This includes the use of telephones, fax machines, internet, television or radio. Some types of wire fraud are telemarketing fraud, phishing, and spam schemes.
To convict a defendant of wire fraud, the fraud scheme does not have to be achieved through the wire communications, the prosecutor need only show that these devices were used in furtherance of the scheme. Additionally, the prosecutor does not have to prove that the victim suffered any loss by the defendant, only that the defendant attempted to commit fraud. The ease of proving wire fraud makes this crime one that prosecutors often rely upon when they realize that they lack sufficient evidence to prove the elements of other crimes with which they intend to charge the defendant.
A conviction of wire fraud can result in fines and up to 20 years in prison. Wire fraud schemes affecting a financial institution can carry fines of up to a million dollars and up to 30 years in prison.
A defendant who commits fraud and uses the U.S. mail to further the fraudulent scheme can be charged with mail fraud. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service describes the most common fraudulent activities using U.S. mail as:
• Employment fraud, including distributor/franchise fraud, phony job opportunities, pyramid schemes, work at home schemes, mystery shopper scams
• Financial fraud, including advance- fee loan schemes, charity fraud, credit card fraud, schemes charging money for services the government provides for free, investment fraud, solicitations disguised as invoices
• Fraud against older Americans
• Sweepstakes and lottery fraud, including chain letters, free prize schemes, free vacation scams
As with wire fraud, to convict a defendant of mail fraud, the prosecutor need not show that the device sent via U.S. mail achieved the goal of the fraudulent scheme, nor that the victim suffered any actual loss, making it a favored catchall charge by prosecutors. Penalties for mail fraud include fines and imprisonment.
Embezzlement is the misuse or misappropriation of funds or property by one legally entrusted with it. A conviction of embezzlement may stand regardless of if funds or property were for the defendant’s personal use or if it was transferred to a third party.
To be found guilty of embezzlement, the defendant must have had the intent to defraud the owner of the funds or property at the time it was misappropriated. Additionally, the defendant must have owed the owner a fiduciary duty, meaning a legal duty to act in the money or property owners’ interest.
Each state defines embezzlement differently; as such, the punishment for embezzlement varies in each jurisdiction. Generally, though, a charge of embezzlement can result in fines, imprisonment, or both, often dependent upon the amount of property lost.
Tax crimes include filing a false tax return, tax evasion, filing false documents, overestimating deductions, failure to collect employment taxes, failure to pay taxes, and failure to file a tax return. Generally, the IRS does not prosecute for a tax crime where failure to properly pay taxes was merely negligence or a mistake. However, one may be criminally charged in instances that evidence an intent to defraud. Conviction for a tax crime can result in hefty fines, orders to pay for the cost of prosecution, and up to 5 years of imprisonment for each count of tax fraud.
Money laundering is the means through which defendants transfer funds garnered from illegal activities in order to conceal the illegitimate source of these funds. Most often, money laundering is accomplished by transferring the proceeds of illegal ventures to shell companies or banks in other countries. To combat money laundering, Congress has passed acts and statutes, federally criminalizing money laundering. Conviction of a money laundering charge may result in forfeiture of assets as well as imprisonment.
Defendants may find themselves charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, though they may have had little or no participation in the commission of that crime. A conspiracy occurs when there has been an agreement between two or more people to commit a crime, and an overt act has been done to further the conspiracy. Thus, a defendant who did nothing more than agree to accomplish an illegal activity may be held criminally liable for the entirety of that crime.
For a conspiracy charge to be upheld, the prosecutor need not show that the scheme to commit the illegal act was successful. The defendant does not have to be aware of all of the details or elements of the illegal activity, or even of all of its participants. Furthermore, conspirators are liable for any activities reasonably foreseeable by their co-conspirators, though these acts were not necessarily agreed upon.
Let The Casper Firm Help You
Many criminal defendants make the mistake of waiting to hire their attorney. What they fail to realize is that in the realm of criminal defense, every minute matters and can drastically impact your case. If you or your company are the target of a government investigation, or already have been charged criminally, please contact The Casper Firm for a free consultation with our experienced white collar criminal defense attorneys.
Product Liability and Personal Injury
Whether representing plaintiffs who have suffered severe injuries due to defective products or negligent conduct, the firm has achieved record-setting verdicts and settlements by preparing each case for trial. We recognize the importance of your case and do not resolve cases for less than full value. We have successfully litigated cases against major automotive companies, Uber, Amtrak, physicians, hospitals, and other defendants.
HOW A PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM CAN HELP YOU
Too many people who have sustained personal injuries believe they do not need a personal injury lawyer to receive compensation. While there is no requirement to have legal representation, an attorney can help you in many different ways, including:
Investigate the circumstances of your injuries to determine whether you have a viable claim;
Review any settlement offers from insurance companies to determine whether they are adequate to cover your past and future losses;
Negotiate with the insurance company to try to obtain a higher settlement;
File a personal injury lawsuit if a favorable insurance settlement was never offered;
Represent you throughout the legal process to obtain a favorable settlement or an award at trial.
No matter what type of accident occurred, we can help to identify whether negligence was involved. Negligent parties can include drivers, property owners, companies, government entities, and more. Identifying the correct party and providing sufficient evidence of their negligence is essential to recovery in a personal injury case.
NEGLIGENCE COMMONLY LEADS TO PERSONAL INJURY
Injuries can occur in many different kinds of accidents, many of which happen because another person or party acted in a negligent manner. In such situations, the negligent party may be held liable for the financial and intangible losses of anyone who suffered injuries.
Serious personal injuries can occur when you least expect it and can have a profound effect on your life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 31 million people in the United States visit the E.R. due to accidental injuries in a single year. Many of these injury victims require hospitalization and long-lasting treatment while more than 130,000 people do not survive their injuries, making accidental personal injury the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S.
In many situations, victims of accidental personal injury have the right to seek substantial financial recovery. While seeking the necessary medical attention for your injuries should be your first priority, you should always discuss your rights and options with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following an injury. The Casper Firm has obtained millions of dollars in recovery for our clients who sustained personal injuries.
Contact a Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Case
When you have been injured, your first priority is your physical recovery. At the Casper Firm, our highly skilled and experienced personal injury lawyers handle your insurance and legal cases so that you can focus on your treatment and your health. We will always fight to ensure you receive the highest amount possible in your case and will explore every avenue for your financial recovery. We offer free consultations, so please call 410-989-5097 today for more information on how we can help.