Dennis Walsh is an experienced litigator and former prosecutor whose practice areas include civil, criminal, and compliance matters as well as special investigations.
Mr. Walsh was appointed in June 2010, by Senior United States District Judge Charles S. Haight, Jr. as the Review Officer in the matter of United States v. District Council of Carpenters, et al., 90 Civ. 5722 (SDNY). He completed his service on December 31, 2014. As Review Officer, Mr. Walsh was responsible for enforcing the Consent Decree and other orders of the District Court in this long-standing civil RICO matter overseen by Senior United States District Judge Richard M. Berman. Mr. Walsh was given broad authority to enforce the Court’s permanent injunction against racketeering activity and monitor, investigate and reform the administration and governance of the New York City District Council of Carpenters, its Taft-Hartley Benefit Funds (with a combined value of some five billion dollars) and its eight affiliated local unions, which have over 20,000 members. He filed nine lengthy reports with the District Court and his efforts have been the subject of articles in The New York Times, The Daily News, The New York Post and Crain’s. Mr. Walsh’s undertakings have required his application of expertise in a broad range of areas, including litigation, complex investigations, RICO and criminal law, ERISA and labor law, compliance, business administration and contracts, collective bargaining and administrative law.
In other notable matters, Mr. Walsh was retained to conduct internal investigations of corporations and provide extensive assistance in the court-ordered monitoring and improvement of an international computer manufacturer’s investigative practices and the monitoring of and detailed reporting on an international energy company’s commodity trading practices and compliance program pursuant to a federal deferred prosecution agreement. He has had extensive interaction with oil and natural gas futures traders and their operations (in Calgary and Houston) as well as in-house counsel and compliance officers and has written detailed reports presented to regulators and the Justice Department on their trading practices. Mr. Walsh has also undertaken multiple civil litigations, criminal appellate, administrative law and bankruptcy-related matters. These cases have involved a range of issues involving contracts, product liability and negligence, competitive intelligence, securities and natural gas and oil trading regulations, banking regulations and compliance, construction, labor and criminal issues.
Mr. Walsh served as an Assistant Deputy Attorney General with the New York State Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force (“OCTF”) from 1999 through 2005. He conducted large scale investigations involving labor racketeering and Cosa Nostra. Significant accomplishments included two multi-year investigations of Mafiosi and union officials and the resulting prosecutions and convictions. One investigation led to the prosecution of certain officials from the Plumbers and Steamfitters Unions, and the implementation of an independent private sector inspector general agreement which Mr. Walsh drafted, negotiated and executed with the reform administration of the Plumbers Union. In the other matter, working with the NYPD’s Organized Crime Investigation Division, and the U.S. Department of Labor, he conducted and supervised an extended wiretapping investigation, leading to the prosecutions of numerous Mafiosi and officials of the International Union of Operating Engineers in New York. He also worked in close cooperation with the FBI. Mr. Walsh was designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in both the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York in the two RICO cases that prosecuted the criminal conduct revealed by the OCTF and federal investigation of Mafiosi and the Operating Engineers - including extortion, mail fraud, bribery, kickbacks and no-show jobs at numerous public construction sites in New York City. In recognition of his work as a prosecutor in these matters, Mr. Walsh was given the Louis J. Lefkowitz Memorial Award by the New York Attorney General in 2003.
Mr. Walsh is a 1991 graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he served as the Business Editor of the Cardozo Law Review. He was formerly associated with Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon and Latham and Watkins where, among many litigation and investigative matters he assisted the ombudsman of a securities firm pursuant to a federal deferred prosecution agreement, analyzing trading records, interviewing brokers and writing segments of reports submitted to the United States Attorney. Mr. Walsh also conducted an extensive multi-city investigation of Medicare billing practices on behalf of a national hospital corporation and also litigated matters involving construction of the Shoreham nuclear plant, corporate, environmental, antitrust, health care, labor, and bankruptcy, contract, tort, and RICO issues. His litigation experience ranges from pleadings, through discovery, depositions, motion practice, court appearances and appeals in state and federal courts.
Mr. Walsh is a member of the Federal Bar Council and the New York State Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York and in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.