Our Federal Practice

Many people mistakenly believe that being convicted of what is traditionally known as a “white collar” crime is not serious relative to the penalties faced for a conviction of a “violent crime” charge. Nothing could be further from the truth, and operating under this assumption is a mistake that could cost a defendant his or her freedom for many years.

Our lawyers are very familiar with the substantive law, as well as the practices and procedures, involved with federal cases at every level from investigation through appeal. We handle complex investigations and trials involving federal enforcement and regulatory agencies, including the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and many others. We have experience in matters dealing with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), environmental issues, bank secrecy act, health care fraud, mail and wire fraud, anti-trust/price fixing, energy/commodities trading issues and other areas. We are often asked to represent officers or directors of public companies in internal as well as external investigations and have been successful in preventing many of our clients from being charged in the first place.

Contact the lawyers who can help with your federal case at the law firm of Zimmermann Lavine & Zimmermann, P.C. today to schedule an initial consultation.

Significant Cases

Below you will find real examples of our lawyers making a difference in people's lives. We have fought at trial, on appeal, or in a writ of habeas corpus for each individual or organization listed, among many others. Each case is different, and we cannot predict or guarantee a result in any particular case. However, below are examples of some of the most difficult cases we have handled:

  • U.S. v. Andrea Sardelli, conviction for making false statements reversed on appeal; dismissed on re-trial (Houston, Texas)
  • U.S. v. Sheriff Darrell White, acquitted at trial of perjury (Houston, Texas)
  • U.S. v. Barry Atkins, acquitted at trial of bankruptcy fraud, judge ordered acquittal (Houston, Texas)
  • U.S. v. Steve Schneider, represented during FBI siege of Branch Davidians (Waco, Texas)
  • U.S. v. Billy Pyron, bankruptcy fraud sentence reversed on appeal (Tyler, Texas)
  • U.S. v. Betty Jordan, money laundering sentence reversed on appeal (Houston, Texas)
  • U.S. v. Clemente Banuelos, cleared by federal grand jury investigation of civil rights violation (Pecos, Texas)
  • U.S. v. LTC Robert Morris, acquitted at federal trial of conspiracy to steal $7 million of government property; jury deliberated less than 45 minutes (Columbus, Georgia)
  • U.S. v. George Wilson, complex white-collar conviction and 20-year sentence reversed on appeal, charges ordered dismissed (Houston, Texas)
  • Client acquitted at trial of bank fraud, judge ordered acquittal (Houston, Texas)
  • Client's  bank fraud charge dismissed on eve of trial (Louisville, Kentucky)
  • Judge entered acquittal on two counts, hung jury mistrial on 15 counts of conspiracy, securities fraud, and wire fraud of Enron Broadband Services executive; after retrial, judge granted motion to vacate all convictions (Houston, Texas)
  • Jury acquitted on seven counts, hung jury mistrial on twelve counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, falsifying records of Duke Energy trader. Remaining charges dismissed (Houston, Texas)
  • Twelve counts of bank fraud dismissed without prejudice on eve of trial; later prosecution declined (Houston, Texas)

For further information about the criminal trial and appellate attorneys at Zimmermann Lavine & Zimmermann, P.C. please contact us today. For immediate assistance call us in Houston, Texas at 713-552-0300.