Specifically, as a means of providing insight concerning my trial experience,  the internationally covered case of United States v. Derrick Mosley provides perspective. The Washington Executive Office of the Department of Justice recused the Chicago United States Attorneys Office and  districtly transferred the case ultimately resulting in my appointment as  Special Assistant to the Attorney General, as the sole trial prosecutor assigned to indict and ultimately convict Mosley. On Monday, November 14, 2005 a Chicago federal jury returned extortion and wire fraud convictions on all counts in United States vs. Derrick Mosley. This was a internationally highly publicized trial involving Mosley’s extortion of  New York Yankee baseball star Gary Sheffield and his Grammy nominated gospel performing artist wife,  DeLeon Richards-Sheffield. Mosley communicated threats to the New York Yankees organization and the Sheffields’ Chicago business manager and sports agent, Rufus Williams, threatening to expose two videos in his possession allegedly depicting DeLeon engaging in sexual activity with  multi Grammy awarded R&B artist R. Kelly and another women.   This was a challenging case involving numerous  pre-trial issues and interlocutory appeals presented to both the United States District Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Throughout the prosecution Mosley  received  eight retained and appointed counsel changes..  Mosley’s numerous pre-trial issues were rejected twice by the District Court and twice by the Seventh Circuit Court Of Appeals denying his interlocutory appeals. A third pre-sentence interlocutory appellate challenge was also denied. As sole trial counsel I exclusively successfully litigated all  pre-trial motions and interlocutory appeals.

The Mosley case was intensely followed by the media given the parties and their respective corporate interest such as Major League Baseball due to the presence    of the New York Yankees baseball organization. The Major League Baseball Players Association and union affiliates closely monitored the events due to the presence   of Gary Sheffield.  Accordingly, various alliances of sports agents and managers closely monitored the proceedings due to the presence of the Sheffields’ business manager, sports agent and CPA Rufus Williams.  The recording industry, alliance   of performing artist guild and union representatives all scrutinized the hearings and court filings due to the presence of Grammy nominated artist DeLeon Richards Sheffield and Grammy awardee R. Kelly.  Furthermore, the national media in covering  the case also highlighted that President Bush as a former owner of the Texas Rangers baseball organization was a colleague of longtime New York Yankee owner George Steinbrenner. The totality of these circumstances demonstrates that I can handle enormous pressure and will be an asset as a litigation attorney and advocate for clients as manifested by Mosley’s conviction on all counts.

My civil experience includes my tenure as an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the Torts Division of the Chicago Department of Law, defending Chicago in multi-million dollar .complex media intensive litigation involving wrongful death, catastrophic injury, emergency medical services malpractice and construction negligence. The experience also included malicious prosecutions, defamation, vehicular and premises negligence liability litigation.  Extensive motion practice involving comprehensive expert deposition examinations, voluminous discovery coordination, conducting settlement negotiation conferences and participation in arbitrations
My defense litigation experience includes  private practice, as well as prior positions as a Public Defender in Chicago and as private counsel in Washington. This private and public federal and state sector defense litigation experience is a significant client benefit and resource as it relates to providing a balanced litigation perspective.

During my 26 year career as an attorney I  have  argued  approximately 30 cases before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.