David J. Stander
David J. Stander has extensive experience in RICO litigation and consulting and is uniquely qualified as he has experience in criminal RICO prosecutions, government civil RICOs involving international labor unions, and private civil RICO litigation.
Mr. Stander was a trial attorney for 20 years in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section (OCRS), in which he assisted with the prosecution of literally hundreds of proposed criminal RICO prosecutions. Mr. Stander reported directly to the Principal Deputy Chief of OCRS and provided recommendations on whether criminal RICO prosecutions should be approved, and if so, which defendants and specific predicate charges should be approved. Once a RICO (or VICAR) indictment was returned, Mr. Stander would closely work with Assistant U.S. Attorneys and assist in the prosecution by writing motions and appeals involving the RICO charges. Mr. Stander specialized in the review and litigation of complex fraud and public corruption prosecutions. These cases required detailed and thorough knowledge of not only RICO case law, but the case law involving mail and wire frauds, extortion, and bribery. The former OCRS has since become the Organized Crime and Gang Section (OCGS) as part of a late 2010 merger of OCRS, the Gang Unit, and the National Gang Targeting, Enforcement & Coordination Center (GangTECC). The new, combined OCGS pursues a multi-faceted approach to combating all forms of organized crime targets. For more information, visit the USDOJ website here.
Mr. Stander also worked with prosecutors in RICO cases involving organized crime groups and violent organizations, such as drug rings and street gangs. RICO has been used as a tool by prosecutors to charge the entire hierarchy of a violent organization in one indictment. Because the strength of proof varies significantly by defendant, Mr. Stander is able to identify those accused of criminal RICO charges who may have a strong defense.
In private practice, Mr. Stander worked on a multi-district civil RICO class action fraud case which alleged as predicates mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering. Mr. Stander is skilled at working with complex civil RICO fraud, and understands which cases have the potential to be a civil RICO case as opposed to a “garden-variety” business dispute. Mr. Stander has extensive knowledge of the case law involving civil RICO, including issues which are particular to civil RICO, such as the “injury to business and property” requirement, and the RICO statute of limitations.
Prior to embarking on his legal career, Mr. Stander was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maryland and earned his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. He is licensed in both Maryland and the District of Columbia.