Benjamin E. Rosenberg Returns to Dechert’s White Collar Team in New York

January 30, 2017

Dechert LLP announced today that Benjamin E. Rosenberg has rejoined the firm as a partner in the White Collar & Securities Litigation group. Rosenberg left Dechert in February 2014 to serve as the General Counsel for the New York County District Attorney's Office. He held that position until December 30, 2016.

“We are delighted that Ben has returned to Dechert. He was a valuable colleague here for many years, and certainly his experience working for the New York District Attorney’s Office makes him even more valuable,” said Dechert Chairman Andrew J. Levander.

Rosenberg first joined Dechert as a partner in 2005 with a group of lawyers from Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman. He focused his practice on white collar criminal defense and securities litigation, with a specific emphasis on defending executives and corporations in connection with governmental investigations and proceedings of federal grand juries and offices of the United States Attorney, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Attorney General of New York, and the New York District Attorney. He appeared in federal and state appellate and trial courts, and before administrative tribunals, in civil, regulatory, and criminal matters. His clients came from the fields of investment banking, mutual fund management, private equity investing (principally hedge funds), commodities trading, stock lending, industrial manufacturing, academia, music recording, radio broadcasting, and pollution control, among others.

Rosenberg took an eighteen-month leave of absence beginning in 2007 to serve as the Chief Litigation Counsel of the New York State Attorney General. While at the Attorney General’s Office, he was in charge of the Office’s most high-profile investigation, and led the AG’s team investigating unlawful student lending practices. He also represented the Attorney General in defending the constitutionality of New York’s lis pendens statute. He returned to Dechert in 2008, and remained there until taking his position as the General Counsel to the New York District Attorney.

While at the District Attorney’s Office, Rosenberg was deeply involved in the Office’s cyber-related initiatives, as well as its forfeiture and conviction integrity programs, among others. He represented the District Attorney in both trial-level and appellate courts. He was twice-nominated (in 2015 and 2016) to serve on New York’s Court of Appeals.

“Dechert has been my professional home for many years, and in the three years that I have been away it has added to its already-deep roster of talented attorneys,” said Rosenberg. “I am excited to return to work with such a wonderful group of colleagues.”

From 1990 to 1994, Rosenberg was an assistant U.S attorney in the criminal division in the Southern District of New York, where he tried and investigated cases involving narcotics trafficking, identification theft, perjury and obstruction of justice, and gang violence.

Rosenberg is a graduate of Harvard University (A.B., magna cum laude, 1981) and Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1985), where he was editor and treasurer of the Harvard Law Review. Following graduation from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Judge Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In addition to his above-referenced positions with the New York Attorney General and the New York District Attorney, from 1990 to 1994, Ben was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York in the criminal division prosecuting violent and white collar crimes.