Skadden Hires Meister to Head Crime Group

, New York Law Journal

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has hired David Meister, who served as enforcement director at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, as a partner to head its government enforcement and white-collar crime group in New York.

Meister, 51, will take on a role previously held by David Zornow, who will remain head of Skadden's litigation practice.

Meister left Skadden in 2010 to become CFTC enforcement director. Earlier in his career, he was an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District, serving in its Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force.

Meister led the CFTC staff in bringing record numbers of enforcement actions, including the first-ever charges under the Dodd-Frank Act, Skadden said. The firm noted he led prosecution of LIBOR and the development of Dodd-Frank rule making. He left the government in October 2013.

"With government investigations increasingly global in scope, David's experience with both domestic and foreign investigatory agencies will be an incredible asset to our clients facing exposure in multiple jurisdictions," Zornow said in a statement.

"I look forward to counseling clients on how to best navigate a rapidly evolving criminal and regulatory environment," Meister said.

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