A decorated graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School, Jeff Marcus is a highly regarded trial and appellate lawyer and former federal prosecutor whose trial practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, government enforcement actions and complex, high-stakes civil litigation. Known as a creative and tenacious litigator whose skills shine in difficult cases, Jeff is one of a small group of lawyers ranked statewide by the prestigious Chambers USA in the top band of Florida for litigation and white collar defense. In those rankings, peers and clients described Jeff as “very smart and analytical with a keen eye for understanding the dynamics and strategy of a case. Jeff brings a high intellect and thorough and conscientious approach to all his cases.” Jeff also has been recognized by a wide range of other peer groups and publications, such as Best Lawyers of America, as a top lawyer. Just in the past year, Jeff tried three major federal white collar cases in South Florida, and in each case obtained the dismissal of a majority or more of the significant charges either from the Court through Rule 29 motions prior to jury deliberations or by jury verdict. Jeff also recently served as an expert witness in securities fraud litigation in Texas federal court on behalf of the court-appointed receiver overseeing the former Stanford Financial Group which ran one of the largest Ponzi scheme cases in U.S. history.
Jeff’s out-of-the-box approach has built a reputation for excellence in and out of the courtroom. In one recent matter, Jeff secured a full declination for a nationally-prominent physician from the Department of Justice, with no charges or penalties of any kind brought, despite his client being the target of a multi-year government investigation. In another federal case that went to trial, Jeff won an acquittal on all charges (after more than 3 months of trial) for his client who was a regional manager for a Fortune-500 pharmaceutical company. Well known for his subject matter expertise in complex areas such as antitrust, FCPA, financial services, healthcare/qui tam, pharmaceuticals, and securities, Jeff also has successfully handled civil and criminal matters involving a wide variety of industries from aviation to professional sports. Jeff regularly represents individuals and corporations of all sizes in federal and state litigation, government and internal corporate investigations and regulatory and licensing proceedings. In his civil practice, in addition to regularly defending companies and individuals, Jeff also regularly represents corporate and individual plaintiffs in a variety of fraud and tort lawsuits.
Prior to becoming a Founding Member of Marcus Neiman & Rashbaum LLP, Jeff was a shareholder at Kenny Nachwalter P.A. where he headed the firm’s White Collar Practice. Before joining private practice, Jeff was a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of Florida’s Criminal Division where he successfully tried more than 25 cases to verdict and never lost a case as lead counsel. As a prosecutor, Jeff specialized in economic crimes, with an emphasis on healthcare and pharmaceuticals, and led numerous investigations involving pharmacies, health care and managed car providers, insurers, and manufacturers and distributors of biologics, medical devices, durable medical equipment and pharmaceuticals. Many of these criminal probes worked in tandem with parallel civil False Claims Act investigations initiated by qui tam whistleblowers. Prior to joining the government, Jeff was in private practice in Boston, Massachusetts where he specialized in white collar criminal defense and complex business litigation.
Raised in Miami, Florida, Jeff earned his B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, early selection, from Yale University and his J.D. from Yale Law School where he won best oralist and was a finalist for best written brief in the Harlan Fiske Stone moot court competition presided over by a panel of federal appellate and trial judges. After law school, Jeff clerked for the Honorable Stanley Marcus of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (no relation) and the Honorable Donald M. Middlebrooks of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Jeff has taught constitutional criminal procedure and legal writing at the University of Miami and lectures nationally on litigation and white collar topics.
Outside of work, Jeff serves on the Executive Committee of Temple Beth Am and helps run the temple’s recreational basketball league, the largest such league in South Florida, where he also coaches his two sons.
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