Richard L. Scheff
is the chairman of Montgomery McCracken and former chair of the firm’s
Litigation Department. With a special emphasis on pharmaceutical and medical
device companies and the financial services industry, Scheff’s government and
corporate investigations practice focuses on False Claims Act matters,
off-label promotion, pricing issues, compliance programs, securities fraud,
inside trading and civil fraud and other white collar criminal and fraud
matters. His representations involving colleges and universities include FERPA,
Clery Act compliance and campus safety and security, government issues involving
student aid, and matters relating to disciplinary or criminal conduct by
students. Scheff’s representative clients include Schering-Plough, Johnson
& Johnson, Pfizer and AHP Settlement Trust.
In 1995, Scheff was designated by President Clinton to serve
as the assistant secretary of the treasury for law enforcement. As a consultant
to the Department of the Treasury, he had supervisory authority over the Secret
Service, Custom Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Criminal
Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Presidential
Security, as well as the other law enforcement functions of the Department. He
consulted with the Department regarding the incidents at Waco, Texas and Ruby
Ridge, Idaho, White House Security, and efforts to combat international money
laundering, as well as other issues.
Prior to joining Montgomery McCracken, Scheff had a
distinguished career as the chief of the Corruption/Labor Section of the U.S.
Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he had
supervisory responsibility for more than 10 trial attorneys and all public
corruption and labor racketeering prosecutions. As a member of the U.S.
Attorney’s Office since 1983, he supervised cases such as the Five Squad police
corruption case and the prosecution of the president of District Council 33.
Scheff was the lead attorney and trial counsel in the
investigation of Roofers Union Locals 30/30B. He served as prosecution of the
Roofers Union officials, the organized crime associates and the subsequent
wide-ranging judicial corruption investigation, which led to the Supreme Court
of Pennsylvania’s removal from office of approximately 12 Philadelphia judges.
Scheff prosecuted and supervised many significant fraud
matters including defense contractor fraud cases, the Guiffre Hospital cases
and the Guerin/Ferrante fraud matter involving illegal arms sales to Iraq and
Scheff speaks on various topics including responding to
government investigations and search warrants, criminal investigative
techniques, health care compliance, compliance programs, the attack on Miranda
Warnings, labor racketeering laws and charging professionals with crimes. His
audiences have included industry groups, the International Association of
Defense Counsel, the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society. He has
served as a lecturer at area law schools including Villanova, Temple, Widener
and Rutgers University.
Partnership in After School Education (PASE), a
child-focused organization that promotes and supports quality afterschool
programs, particularly those serving young people from underserved communities
- Board of directors
Scheff graduated, cum
laude, from Gettysburg College in 1977. He received his law degree, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law
School in Boston in 1981. While at Suffolk, he was editor-in-chief of the Suffolk Transnational Law Journal and
appeared on the dean’s list each year.
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