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.