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Judson A. Aaron

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Jud chairs the Firm’s White Collar Defense and Government Investigations Group.  He is recognized by prosecutors, defense attorneys, courts, and clients alike as a skillful litigator, an effective negotiator, and a superb trial lawyer.  Not only does he have a deep resume of successfully defending clients, he also is adept at keeping the matter out of public scrutiny.  Jud has represented clients faced with allegations of fraud (mail, wire, securities, tax, and mortgage fraud), violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Sherman Antitrust Act, off-label marketing of pharmaceuticals, public corruption, and much more.  His clients include physicians, attorneys, accountants, business owners, executives of Fortune 500 companies, public officials, and major corporations and non-profits who are the subject of, or just witnesses in, investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, state Attorneys General, local District Attorneys, and federal agencies such as the SEC, HUD, and the Department of Defense. 

Jud chairs the Firm’s White Collar Defense and Government Investigations Group.  He is recognized by prosecutors, defense attorneys, courts, and clients alike as a skillful litigator, an effective negotiator, and a superb trial lawyer.  Not only does he have a deep resume of successfully defending clients, he also is adept at keeping the matter out of public scrutiny.  Jud has represented clients faced with allegations of fraud (mail, wire, securities, tax, and mortgage fraud), violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Sherman Antitrust Act, off-label marketing of pharmaceuticals, public corruption, and much more.  His clients include physicians, attorneys, accountants, business owners, executives of Fortune 500 companies, public officials, and major corporations and non-profits who are the subject of, or just witnesses in, investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, state Attorneys General, local District Attorneys, and federal agencies such as the SEC, HUD, and the Department of Defense. 

Jud's legal career spans over 20 years both as a federal prosecutor and a trial lawyer.

As an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2005, Jud prosecuted a broad array of offenses involving violent crime, financial fraud, health care fraud, complex white-collar crimes, public corruption, and organized crime racketeering.  Having spent a decade as a federal prosecutor, Jud is optimally positioned to defend individuals and businesses in government investigations and prosecutions. 

Since joining Conrad O’Brien, Jud has successfully represented the firm’s clients in a variety of matters, including:

  • At a hard-fought pretrial hearing, Jud challenged the government’s evidence and the credibility of its witnesses, resulting in the dismissal of felony charges against an elected official charged with public corruption.
  • Jud’s compelling pre-indictment presentations to the U.S. Attorney’s Office have resulted in the government declining to prosecute an attorney who was the target of a bankruptcy fraud investigation, as well as a business owner who was under investigation for military contracting fraud by the Department of Defense.  Similarly, where the Department of Justice sought to indict country club employees for multiple acts of immigration fraud committed over several years, Jud prevailed upon prosecutors to file a single misdemeanor charge against the club only.      
  • As counsel to numerous employees and executives of Fortune 500 companies in whistleblower lawsuits and federal investigations of the health care industry, Jud has shielded his clients from civil exposure and criminal liability.  
  • Jud’s skill in the courtroom often results in non-incarceration sentences.  For instance, in prosecutions where the government recommended jail terms, Jud’s advocacy resulted in probationary sentences for: an attorney charged with securities fraud and insider trading; a university professor charged with bank fraud in connection with his receipt of a sizable business loan; a prominent local businessman charged with bribing a public official in order to receive government stimulus money; a building contractor charged with hacking into a competitor’s computers; a public official charged with perjury.  
  • Jud represents clients not only in criminal matters, but in all manner of civil and administrative investigations by the government, including his successful representations of: a convicted public official before a state Board of Pensions; a non-profit organization in a civil debarment action involving its use of federal grant monies; a noted physician in a professional misconduct matter before the FDA; employees of a national mortgage lender in a $25 billion civil investigation by state and federal authorities; corporate executives and managerial employees in whistleblower lawsuits alleging off-label marketing and other misconduct in the pharmaceutical industry.

Since joining Conrad O’Brien in 2006, through the present, Jud has been a speaker, lecturer, instructor, and panelist before many professional groups, including the following: 

  • Instructor on examination of expert witnesses at Temple University Beasley School of Law, LLM Program on Trial Advocacy
  • Trial Advocacy Instructor at annual National Institute of Trial Advocacy (“NITA”) programs in Philadelphia
  • Presenter at DELVACCA In-House Counsel Conferences on a variety of white-collar topics, including: “What Corporate Counsel Needs to Know About the Refocused SEC” and “How to Conduct an Effective Internal Corporate Investigation”
  • Speaker at annual conference of the Institute of Internal Auditors: “The Role of the Internal Audit in Preventing and Detecting Corporate Fraud”
  • Speaker at annual conference of the Philadelphia Area Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Presenter at CLE programs sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association on trends in federal prosecutions of immigration fraud
  • Panelist at ABA conference of in-house counsel in Washington, D.C.: “Deferred Prosecution Agreements as an Alternative to Corporate and Individual Indictments”
  • CLE Presenter to numerous law firms and Inns of Court in the Philadelphia region: “When Your Corporate Client Becomes a Criminal Target"

When not performing legal services for his clients, Jud performs in the Philadelphia area as a jazz saxophone player.  As a professional musician, Jud had the pleasure of playing with Liza Minnelli, Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, and Mel Torme, among others.