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When you are charged or being investigated for a serious crime you need the very best criminal defense attorney out there. Dennis Boyle has been ranked among the top ten criminal defense attorneys nationally and is the recipient of numerous awards, including an American Bar Association award for Professional Merit. He also has the highest ranking available—AV—from Martindale Hubble and has been recognized multiple times as a Super Lawyer in both Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.

Like many top defense attorneys, Dennis began his career as a prosecutor. He began his career as a Navy Judge Advocate, where he served in a variety of positions before retiring as a Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was a Commissioner with the Navy-Marine Court of Criminal Appeals at the time of his retirement. As a civilian, he has been a First Assistant District Attorney, Special Assistant United States Attorney and, most recently, a partner with a national AmLaw 100 law firm.

For the past twenty years, however, he has dedicated his practice to criminal defense, particularly white collar criminal defense. Unlike other white-collar attorneys who have not tried a case in years or decades, Dennis believes in defending the case even if it means going to trial. Over the past 30 years, he has tried more than 200 jury trials and has won numerous acquittals. He was won four out of five homicide cases that he took to trial and has won acquittals in mortgage fraud and criminal RICO cases. In fact, since becoming a criminal defense counsel in 1996, he has only lost four jury trials in state court.

The successful defense of a case, however, does not begin at trial. A successful defense begins with proper investigation and preparation. Avoiding charges in the first place is frequently the best outcome for a client. The government can frequently be convinced not to file charges if defense counsel understands that facts and the government’s allegations. This opportunity can be lost, however, if the client does not retain the right legal counsel early in the investigation. If another law firm is conducting an “internal investigation,” executives and senior employees should understand that although the company’s counsel are not government attorneys, they may be agents of the government and that they too need their own independent counsel.

The same skills that make Dennis an outstanding criminal defense attorney also make him an excellent advocate for the victims of fraud or other business torts. He is an active member of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) and represents individuals who have been the victims of securities frauds by stock brokers and investment advisors. With more than 30 years investigating, prosecuting and representing people charged with fraud or fraud-type conduct, he understands complex financial transactions and what conduct does or does not constitute fraud.

Representative Matters

 

  • Represented Panamanian company in action for removal from OFAC SDN List. Company was removed from the SDN List.
  • Presented President of major corporation in sexual assault charges. On the eve of trial, all felony charges against defendant were dropped.
  • Represented a Russian employee of an international company in internal investigation undertaken by the corporation’s outside law firm and U.S. Department of Justice for violations of FCPA. No charges were filed.
  • Represented University of Maryland basketball player in sexual assault investigation. At conclusion of investigation, police detectives determined that no assault had occurred.
  • Retained as an Expert Witness by a Russian law firm to analyze OFAC sanctions as they apply to a substantial transfer of assets from one Russian bank to another.
  • Successfully represented college student at top tier liberal arts college accused of sexual assault on college campus. All charges were dismissed by prosecutor and the college abandoned efforts to discipline student.
  • Represented a Chinese national in an alleged industrial espionage case. Obtained dismissal of count related to Interstate theft of intellectual property.
  • Represented a NASA engineer in alleged software piracy case involving millions of dollars of loss. Case resulted in a probationary sentence.
  • Represented a financial institution accused of money laundering resulting from a weak compliance program. After extensive modifications to the company’s compliance program, he negotiated a non-prosecution agreement with Department of Justice.
  • Represented a chiropractic practice alleged to have committed Medicare fraud, resulting in a Department of Justice decision not to prosecute the practice.
  • Represented a president of a mortgage company in multi-count indictment alleging money laundering. After three-week trial, the client was acquitted of all substantive counts of money laundering.
  • Represented a European company alleged to have violated consumer fraud statutes. After extensive negotiations and changes to their compliance program, the state decided not to pursue criminal charges.
  • Represented a Fortune 100 company suspected of violating state environmental criminal statutes. After extensive investigation, state decided not to bring criminal charges.
  • Represented an ambulance company accused of perpetrating a $7million fraud against the United States. On the eve of trial, the case was resolved with a plea to a single count of making a false statement. All fraud related charges were dismissed.
  • Represented a Middle Eastern company in a civil fraud suit against an American company that failed to deliver a significant quantity of agricultural products. Trial resulted in a verdict in excess of $2 million for the Middle Eastern company.
  • Represented Community Foundation in action against national bank to recover $40 million in investment assets held by the bank. After a week of trial testimony, the bank agreed to turn over all assets to the Community Foundation.
  • Represented Navy Captain on allegations of sexual assault/conduct unbecoming an officer stemming from an alleged relationship with a subordinate. Following an Article 32 investigation, all charges were dropped.
  • Represented a government contractor accused of diverting sensitive military equipment to the Taliban in Afghanistan. At the time of the engagement, the contractor was detained at a military facility in Kabul. Following retention, the contractor was promptly released. Eventually, all allegations were dropped and the contractor was restored to their former position.
Practice Areas
  • Civil and Criminal Fraud
  • Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud
  • Securities Fraud
  • Banking Fraud
  • Healthcare and Medicare Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”)
  • Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”)
  • U.S. Tax and Tax Fraud
  • International Tax & Foreign Account Reporting (“FATCA”)
  • Transnational Crimes
  • International Human Rights Law
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • Maryland
  • Alaska
Court Admissions
  • U. S. Supreme Court
  • International Criminal Court (Hague, Netherlands)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Armed Forces
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Alaska
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Tax Court
Education
  • University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1987)
  • Elizabethtown College (B.A., 1983)