Victor J Rocco is a nationally recognised white collar litigator with extensive trial and appellate experience in federal and state courts. He regularly represents US and foreign-based corporations in connection with internal corporate investigations, criminal and civil regulatory matters, arbitrations, complex commercial disputes, derivative lawsuits, civil antitrust matters and RICO actions. He also has extensive experience in cross-border investigations and prosecutions, extradition matters, bankruptcy litigation, insurance coverage disputes and complex commercial litigation.
Victor has represented a broad spectrum of clients including public and private companies, corporate officers, boards of directors, audit committees, issuers of securities, broker-dealers, investment advisers, mortgage banks, art dealers and collectors, healthcare companies, accounting and construction firms, public officials, political figures, real estate developers, unions, pension funds, trade associations, sports people and business entrepreneurs in matters involving alleged violations of the securities laws, mail, wire and bank fraud statutes, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, federal tax and money laundering statutes, False Claims Act and ERISA.
Before entering private practice, Victor was chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. Most recently he was a shareholder in the New York office of Heller Ehrman, where he was chairman of the litigation department. Before that, he was co-chair of the litigation department of Gordon Altman Butowsky Weitzen Shalov & Wein. He founded the white collar defence practice at Botein Hays & Sklar in 1983.
Victor is the former president of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers and member of its board of directors. He was a member of the board of directors of the Legal Aid Society of New York and routinely appears in NY Super Lawyers as one of the outstanding white collar criminal defence lawyers in New York. He has been a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's Criminal Law Committee, Criminal Advocacy Committee and Professional Responsibility Committee, as well as a special Ad Hoc Committee on Pretrial Publicity. He is a former member of the Sub-Committee of The Local Rules of Civil Litigation Committee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Victor has lectured widely on RICO, complex litigation tactics, legal ethics, and trial strategies and techniques at symposia, before professional organisations and at law schools. He has taught trial advocacy at the Attorney General's Advocacy Institute, The National Institute for Trial Advocacy, The Practicing Law Institute and before a number of professional groups.
He received his BA, cum laude, and JD from St John's University, where he was the Notes and Comments Editor for the St John's Law Review. He was law clerk for Honorable John F Scleppi, an Associate Judge in the New York Court of Appeals.