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, insider 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.
Most recently, Scheff lead the winning defense team in the 2014 high-profile court-martial of U.S. Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair. The successful defense averted jail time and allowed our client to remain in the military. BG Jeffrey Sinclair, a 27-year military veteran, was ordered to forfeit $5,000 a month in pay for four months and given a letter of reprimand for his actions in the case during his sentencing at Fort Bragg, N.C.
"General Sinclair and his family are deeply grateful that the Army they served for 27 years ultimately did the right thing. This has been an extremely challenging two years," said Richard Scheff, Gen. Sinclair's lead defense attorney. "It's important to remember that Gen. Sinclair took personal responsibility for his shortcomings, because he is a man of tremendous personal integrity. We are grateful that the system worked and he has been exonerated of crimes that he did not commit."
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 South Africa.
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 New York University, 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
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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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