July 19, 2018
Because of his work as a federal prosecutor and now a high stakes defense attorney, Chris Georgalis was interviewed and quoted by cleveland.com reporter Evan MacDonald in a piece about terrorism stings and the delicate balance between entrapment and public safety. Read the full article here. The article provides:
"From authorities' perspective, it's critical to investigate suspicious online posts because the internet represents 'a means of surreptitious communications and ready access to like-minded individuals,' said Cleveland attorney Chris Georgalis, a former federal prosecutor who has worked on terrorism cases. 'It's certainly facilitated these types of attacks, but from the government's perspective, it's also a means of accessing a treasure trove of evidence,' Georgalis said after [the recent terrorism arrest in Cleveland]."
July 2, 2018
Chris Georgalis was interviewed by cleveland.com reporter Evan MacDonald to provide insight on the recent federal arrest of a man accused of plotting a terrorist attack on the Fourth of July fireworks celebration in Cleveland. The article provides:
"'What made the case unique is that it presented investigators with a deadline to make their case, the Fourth of July holiday,' said Cleveland attorney Chris Georgalis, a former federal prosecutor who has worked on terrorism cases. 'There will always be a sense of urgency if you're dealing with an attack that could happen in days or weeks,' Georgalis said. 'You don't have the luxury of waiting around to build a case. You're on a separate timeline.'"
"Investigators consider a suspect's criminal history, their potential access to weapons and the nature of the rhetoric they use to determine if a suspect is a legitimate threat.
"'It's more of an art than a science,' Georgalis said. 'You want to make sure you have access to enough admissible evidence that you can use against the individual in court. That's obviously key.'"
"Both [U.S. Attorney] Herdman and Georgalis said investigators take careful steps to make sure they are collecting evidence in a careful way, so as to ensure a conviction. But they acknowledged that, if a threat becomes too prominent, investigators will move in to make an arrest before an attack can be carried out." Read the full article here.
June 30, 2018
A few months shy of the one-year anniversary of Flannery | Georgalis, LLC, Cleveland Crain's sat down with Paul Flannery to talk about his and Chris's experience so far, the challenges they've faced in getting a new firm up and running and how having niche expertise has helped them along their path to building a boutique practice. The article provides, in part:
"Paul Flannery and Christos Georgalis, former assistant U.S. attorneys in the Northern District of Ohio who have worked on some of the office's largest securities fraud cases ever, recently left the comfort of government jobs in the U.S. Department of Justice to hang their own shingle. They could've easily stayed with the Justice Department, or landed lucrative jobs at any number of large firms as federal prosecutors tend to do. But they had an entrepreneurial itch. They felt they could meet a need in the market for work in complex white-collar criminal defense and corporate investigations. So rather than further their careers in the government sector, they opened Flannery | Georgalis LLC last fall in downtown Cleveland." Read the full article here.
June 15, 2018
Chris was presented with the Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney - Criminal Division, for his work as a former federal prosecutor. The Director's Award was presented at the Great Hall in the Robert F. Kennedy Main Justice building in Washington, DC, by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Justin Herdman, and Director of the Executive Offices for United States Attorneys James A. Crowell IV.
May 26, 2018
Paul was interviewed by Crain's Cleveland Business Magazine regarding the threat that cyberattacks pose to businesses, especially small and mid-size businesses. "A lot of these people should've never been victimized," Flannery said. "But the overwhelming theme among all the victims was that they had no idea this was out there." Read the full article here.
February 16, 2018
January 24, 2018
Chris was awarded one of the highest honors in the Department of Justice, the Director's Award for Superior Performance in Criminal Matters, for his work as lead prosecutor in the national security matter United States v. Terrence McNeil. This case involved novel issues related to McNeil's use of social media in support of a terrorist organization and it has served as a model for several successful prosecutions of national security threats since it was charged.
December 7, 2017
Chris was interviewed by Fox News Report Matt Wright and News Channel 19 anchors Ramona Robinson and Mark Nolan as well as newscaster Harry Boomer regarding the December 6, 2017 night time raid of Cleveland City Hall by the FBI, IRS, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. An article written about one of the interviews was published on News Channel 19's website. Read the full article here.
November 2, 2017
Paul Flannery was invited to participate on a panel to provide his insights on the topic of Everyday Antitrust Issues: Protecting Your Business From Criminal and Civil Liability. Paul's topics included (1) antitrust basics, and some of the most common and easily avoidable ways that even the smallest companies can run afoul of the competition laws; (2) Antitrust implications of participation in trade associations, and tips for conducting association business in compliance with the law; and (3) New Department of Justice/Federal Trade Commission antitrust guidance for human resource professionals, including potential criminal risks for the unwary in hiring and compensation decisions. The full webcast is available here.
October 12, 2017
Paul and Chris were featured in a cleveland.com article. Read the full article here. The article provides, in part:
"Their plan for the coming years is to build up their criminal defense and civil practice -- and eventually hire more staff -- by trading on the reputations they built in the federal prosecutor's office. Flannery worked there for three years and most recently handled white-collar prosecutions. Georgalis spent seven years there and most recently worked in the office's national security unit."
"Flannery and Georgalis' route -- creating a small firm with low overhead -- is in line with a national trend. While many who work for the Justice Department stay there for their entire careers, those who leave often make the jump to larger law firms, where their wealth of experience in the courtroom often proves to be a marketable and lucrative asset."
"Flannery and Georgalis, who both worked at larger firms before becoming federal prosecutors, are also banking on the idea that a small firm can also prove attractive to clients who may prefer more a more personalized experience than a large firm can offer, while also getting referrals from larger firms for cases they cannot handle."
October 11, 2017
Chris was recognized by the United States Department of Justice, United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio for his exemplary and dedicated service to the nation and to the community through the presentation of a Public Service Award.
October 1, 2017
Paul and Chris were featured in Crain's Cleveland Business Magazine. Read the full article here. Crain's writes:
"Prior to landing their DOJ jobs, Georgalis, a native of Independence, worked at Jones Day, largely focusing on corporate internal investigations, while Flannery, who grew up in the Copley/Fairlawn area, cut his teeth at a midsize Maryland law firm, mostly representing individuals in white-collar criminal cases."
"With résumés like that, punctuated by several years of combined experience as federal prosecutors, each could've pursued jobs at big firms. But the entrepreneurial duo of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law grads was motivated by an opportunity to do criminal defense work in a small-firm setting, where they believe they can fill an unmet need in the legal market."
September 15, 2017
Paul and Chris resigned as federal prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio and were presented with plaques to recognize their distinguished years of federal service.