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.

Education

  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1972
  • Temple University, B.A., 1968

Honors & Awards

  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Los Angeles Magazine, 2004-present

  • Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers, Los Angeles Magazine, 2005, 2007, 2009

  • California’s Leading Business Lawyers, White Collar Defense, “Best in the West,” California Magazine, 2004

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1984-present

  • America’s Leading Lawyers, Chambers USA

  • Senior Statesman, Chambers and Partners USA, 2011, 2014-2016, 2017-2019

  • Listed, “Guide to the World’s Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers,” International Financial Law Review, 1998

Affiliations

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

Recent News & Events

  • 15 Bird Marella Attorneys Recognized as 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers

    Bird Marella is honored to recognize the attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers list:  Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer Terry W. Bird Joel E. Boxer Paul S. Chan Mark T. Drooks Thomas R. Freeman Benjamin N. Gluck  (Top 100) Gary S. Lincenberg Vincent J. Marella Ronald ...

  • 18 Bird Marella Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers in America®

    Bird Marella is proud to announce that 18 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer – Criminal Defense: White-Collar Terry W. Bird – Commercial Litigation, ...

  • 14 Bird Marella Attorneys Named Among 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers

    Bird Marella is honored to recognize the attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers list: Terry W. Bird Joel E. Boxer Paul S. Chan Mark T. Drooks Thomas R. Freeman Benjamin N. Gluck Gary S. Lincenberg – Criminal Defense: White Collar (Top 100) Vincent J. ...

  • 14 Bird Marella Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers in America®

    Bird Marella is proud to announce that 14 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America. In addition, principals Joel Boxer and Paul Chan were honored with the “Lawyer of the Year” award for their ...

  • Bird Marella Top-Ranked in 2019 Chambers and Partners

    Chambers and Partners, widely regarded as one of the primary arbiters of achievement in the legal profession, has named Bird Marella among the top litigation firms in the nation with a ranking in “Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations” and a ranking in “Litigation: General Commercial.” Eight Bird Marella principals ...

  • 13 Bird Marella Attorneys Honored as 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers

    Bird Marella is proud to recognize the attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers list: Terry W. Bird – Criminal Defense: White Collar, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation Joel E. Boxer – Business Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation Paul S. Chan – Business Litigation, ...

  • 14 Bird Marella Attorneys Selected to 2019 Best Lawyers in America®

    14 Bird Marella principals have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of 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 other ...

  • 2018 Chambers & Partners USA Rankings

    Bird Marella is proud to announce the firm’s 2018 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. The firm and lawyers are ranked in: * Litigation: White-Collar Crime ...

  • 14 Bird Marella Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers

    Bird Marella congratulates Thomas Reichert and Ariel Neuman as Southern California Super Lawyers. In total, 14 Bird Marella attorneys were selected as Super Lawyers for 2018: Terry W. Bird – Criminal Defense: White Collar, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation (Top 100) Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer – Business Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar Joel E. Boxer – Business ...

Publications

  • 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, 1993

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

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

  • 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, 1991

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

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

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

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

  • Author, “Ninth Circuit Review—The Defense of Discriminatory Prosecution: United States v. Scott and United States v. Oaks,” 9 Loyola Law Review 419, 1976

  • Author, “Ninth Circuit Review—The Insanity Defense: United States v. Hartfield and United States v. McGraw,” 9 Loyola Law Review 419, 1976

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

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.

Affiliations

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

News & Events

15 Bird Marella Attorneys Recognized as 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers

Bird Marella is honored to recognize the attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers list:  Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer Terry W. Bird Joel E. Boxer Paul S. Chan Mark T. Drooks Thomas R. Freeman Benjamin N. Gluck  (Top 100) Gary S. Lincenberg Vincent J. Marella Ronald ...

18 Bird Marella Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers in America®

Bird Marella is proud to announce that 18 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer – Criminal Defense: White-Collar Terry W. Bird – Commercial Litigation, ...

14 Bird Marella Attorneys Named Among 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers

Bird Marella is honored to recognize the attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers list: Terry W. Bird Joel E. Boxer Paul S. Chan Mark T. Drooks Thomas R. Freeman Benjamin N. Gluck Gary S. Lincenberg – Criminal Defense: White Collar (Top 100) Vincent J. ...

14 Bird Marella Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers in America®

Bird Marella is proud to announce that 14 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America. In addition, principals Joel Boxer and Paul Chan were honored with the “Lawyer of the Year” award for their ...

Bird Marella Top-Ranked in 2019 Chambers and Partners

Chambers and Partners, widely regarded as one of the primary arbiters of achievement in the legal profession, has named Bird Marella among the top litigation firms in the nation with a ranking in “Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations” and a ranking in “Litigation: General Commercial.” Eight Bird Marella principals ...

13 Bird Marella Attorneys Honored as 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers

Bird Marella is proud to recognize the attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers list: Terry W. Bird – Criminal Defense: White Collar, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation Joel E. Boxer – Business Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation Paul S. Chan – Business Litigation, ...

14 Bird Marella Attorneys Selected to 2019 Best Lawyers in America®

14 Bird Marella principals have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of 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 other ...

2018 Chambers & Partners USA Rankings

Bird Marella is proud to announce the firm’s 2018 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. The firm and lawyers are ranked in: * Litigation: White-Collar Crime ...

14 Bird Marella Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers

Bird Marella congratulates Thomas Reichert and Ariel Neuman as Southern California Super Lawyers. In total, 14 Bird Marella attorneys were selected as Super Lawyers for 2018: Terry W. Bird – Criminal Defense: White Collar, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation (Top 100) Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer – Business Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar Joel E. Boxer – Business ...

Publications

  • 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, 1993

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

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

  • 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, 1991

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

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

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

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

  • Author, “Ninth Circuit Review—The Defense of Discriminatory Prosecution: United States v. Scott and United States v. Oaks,” 9 Loyola Law Review 419, 1976

  • Author, “Ninth Circuit Review—The Insanity Defense: United States v. Hartfield and United States v. McGraw,” 9 Loyola Law Review 419, 1976

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