Eric L. Yaffe

Principal
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Direct: 202.295.2222

Support Staff

Kimberly Bradshaw
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Eric Yaffe is the managing officer of the Washington, DC office of Gray Plant Mooty and cochair of the White Collar and Investigations team. His practice focuses on white collar and government investigations, complex civil litigation, and franchise litigation. From 1991-2000, Eric worked for the United States Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and as a Trial Attorney for the Public Integrity Section. From 1999-2000, Eric was Deputy Chief of the Department’s Campaign Finance Task Force. He has tried over 50 cases and has handled over 30 appeals in his career.

Eric has worked on numerous white collar matters over the years, representing companies and individuals in health care fraud, financial fraud, government contract fraud, obstruction of justice, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, conflicts of interest, ethics, and other matters. He has also litigated a number of complex civil and franchise litigation cases, including shareholder disputes, employment issues, antitrust, trademark infringement, covenants not to compete, false advertising, breach of contract, and tort, among other matters.

Experience

White Collar

  • Represented individual in Senate Ethics Committee investigation of Senator John Ensign (R. Nev.)
  • Represented national health care provider in civil qui tam action brought in federal court in the State of Washington in which the Relator alleged violations of the Stark and Anti-kickback laws, and upcoding
  • Represented former President of Taylor Bean Whitaker in criminal mortgage fraud case brought in federal court in Virginia
  • Represented company and individuals who were subjects of grand jury investigation in the Southern District of New York concerning President Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich
  • Represented individual in government’s investigation of multi-national telecommunications company for alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Represented former high-level executive of a large soft drink manufacturing and distribution company in the Department of Justice’s and SEC’s parallel investigations of the company for alleged false earnings claims
  • Represented key witness in the Department of Justice’s investigation in California of the Milberg Weiss law firm for alleged improprieties in the bringing of class action lawsuits
  • Represented Washington, DC, corporation in internal investigation of potential conflicts of interest
  • Represented companies and individuals in Maryland, Virginia, and Minnesota in connection with allegations of government contract fraud
  • Represented individual in jury trial in federal court in Virginia on conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges; trial resulted in client’s acquittal on all charges

Civil/Franchise Cases

  • Represented several large national franchisors in federal courts across the country in preliminary injunctions concerning covenants not to compete, non-payment of royalties, and trademark infringement
  • Represented national franchisor in jury trial in Florida concerning dispute over development rights. Jury found in client’s favor on all counts
  • Represented minority shareholder in action brought against majority shareholder of automobile dealerships in Michigan
  • Represented shareholder of a Virginia corporation in breach of contract and employment dispute involving other shareholders
  • Represented political fundraising and compliance software company against allegations brought in federal court in Washington, DC, by competitor that it had engaged in false and deceptive advertising in violation of the Lanham Act; after 5-day trial, court found in favor of client on all counts brought against it
  • Represented national sandwich shop franchisor in antitrust case brought against it in San Diego, California by approximately 100 franchisees; prevailed on summary judgment on most counts, and then remainder of matter settled on favorable terms for client
  • Represented national ice cream shop franchisor in federal court action brought against it for breach of contract, fraud, and making false earnings claims in its FDD; prevailed on motion to dismiss all counts
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