Bird Marella Attorneys Selected for Inclusion on the 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers List

Vincent Marella is a founding partner of the firm, and has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in federal criminal prosecutions and related complex civil litigation.

A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Vince represents corporations and individuals in grand jury investigations and post-indictment proceedings with a particular emphasis on representing high-level corporate officers and executives in criminal prosecutions, and parallel administrative and civil actions. Vince formerly was the National Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Committee on White Collar Crime, and founded and served as chair of its west coast subcommittee. He also served on the council of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section (1997 – 2000).

Vince has been recognized as being one of the foremost white-collar criminal defense lawyers in the nation. He has been named one of the best criminal defense lawyers in the country in the publication The Best Lawyers In America every year since the inception of that publication in 1984. Vince has also been recognized as one of America’s leading lawyers in the publication Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers in Business and, in 2011 was honored by Chambers as a “Senior Statesman” and trial lawyer. Vince was also named one of California’s leading business lawyers by California Lawyer Magazine in an article entitled “Best in the West” (August 2004) as well as recognized in the Guide to the World’s Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers, published by Euromoney Publications, Plc, London.

Among his numerous notable cases, Vince tried the largest federal tax case in the District of Hawaii, and represented an international corporation and its chief executive officer in the largest federal criminal tax case in the nation. In addition, Vince has successfully represented chief executive officers, general counsel, chief financial officers and employees of major corporations in cases involving allegations of securities fraud, antitrust, health care fraud, customs fraud, embargo violations, as well as tax, mail and wire fraud. Vince has also conducted internal investigations, both in the U.S. and abroad, for many publicly held corporations as well as represented companies and their boards of directors in civil, criminal and regulatory actions.

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  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, ACTL Attorney-Client Relationships Committee, 1996-2001, ACTL Southern California State Committee, 1995 – 2000
  • Deputy General Counsel to Judge William Webster, Special Advisor to the Board of Police Commissioners, City of Los Angeles, 1992
  • Deputy General Counsel to Los Angeles Police Commission – Rampart Independent Review Panel, May 2000
  • Member, Los Angeles District Attorney’s Advisory Committee, 1994
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Federal Appointments Evaluation Committee, 1989 – 1992
  • Member Magistrate Judge Selection Committee, Central District of California, 2001 – 2005
  • Member of Advisory Board, Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) American Corporate Counsel Association Corporate Compliance Manual
  • Member of Temple Law School Board of Visitors, 1996 – present
  • Professor of Law, Temple University Rome Program (International Criminal Law), Summer 1999
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, 1985 – 1987
  • Faculty of the American Bar Association National White Collar Crime Institute, 1991 – present
  • Lecturer, NYU Tax Institute, 1988
  • Instructor, U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Hearing Examiner – State Bar of California Disciplinary Board

Bird Marella Again Ranked in “Best Law Firms” and Best Lawyers in America®

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has ranked Bird Marella among the 2018 “Best Law Firms” in Los Angeles with a Tier 1 ranking in the practice areas of White Collar Criminal Defense, Commercial Litigation, and Trust & Estates. The firm also achieved a Tier 3 ranking in Environmental Law. The U.S. ...

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2017 Chambers and Partners USA Rankings

We are proud to announce our 2017 Chambers & Partners USA rankings. Chambers is a primary arbiter of achievement in the legal profession, and this year Bird Marella maintained its status as a top litigation firm nationwide with a Band 2 ranking in “Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations,” ...

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12 Bird Marella Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers List

Bird Marella is proud to recognize the attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers list: Terry W. Bird - Criminal Defense: White Collar, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer - Business Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar Joel E. Boxer ...

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12 Bird Marella Attorneys Selected to 2017 Best Lawyers in America®

12 Bird Marella principals have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of the Best Lawyers in America.  Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly 5 million votes on the legal abilities of ...

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Bird Marella Recognized by Chambers and Partners USA

Chambers & Partners USA (Chambers), widely recognized as one of the primary arbiters of achievement in the legal profession, has named Bird Marella among the top litigation firms nationwide, with a Band 2 ranking in “Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations," and a Band 5 ranking in “Litigation: General Commercial.” Principals ...

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Published Cases

  • Author, The Department of Justice Prosecutive Guidelines in Environmental Cases Involving Voluntary Disclosure — a Leap Forward or a Leap of Faith? 29 Am. Cr. L. Rev. 1179 (1992)

  • Author, The Defense of Environmental Cases, ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime, March 1991

  • Author, Administrative and Grand Jury Criminal Tax Investigations, NYU School of Continuing Education, Symposium on Tax Practice & Procedures, Spring 1989

  • Author, Introduction to Ninth Circuit Review of Criminal Cases, 9 Loyola Law Review 419 (1976)

  • Co-Author, Tougher Standards for Changing Times: Sarbanes-Oxley, The SEC and The NYSE Create Significant Requirements for Audit Committees, ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime 2005

  • Co-Author, The Prosecution’s Obligations To Disclose Witness Proffers, ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime 2001

  • Co-Author, Issues & Strategies in Defending Criminal Environmental Cases, ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime 1995

  • Co-Author, West’s California Criminal Law (West Publishing Co.) (1995)

  • Co-Author, Rough Remedial Justice: Implications of Halper and Austin in Civil Forfeiture Actions, ABA National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud and Money Laundering, December 1993

  • Co-Author, Motions to Disqualify, ABA Symposium on Criminal Prosecutions in the 90s, August 1993

  • Co-Author, A Primer On Federal Environmental Crimes, Criminal Law News, Winter 1993

  • Co-Author, The Joint Defense Privilege and White Collar Criminal Representation, ABA Publication, White Collar Crime National Institute 1991

  • Co-Author, Preserving Confidentiality in Corporate Criminal Internal Investigations, Corporate Criminal Liability Reporter, Spring 1987

  • Co-Author, The Corporate Criminal Investigation, Corporate Criminal Liability Reporter, September 1986