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Judson A. Aaron

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One of Philadelphia’s leading white collar lawyers, Jud chairs the firm’s White Collar Defense and Government Investigations Group.  Jud is widely recognized as a skillful litigator, an effective negotiator, and a superb trial lawyer.  Jud has represented clients faced with virtually every type of white-collar investigation, including allegations of financial fraud, public corruption, antitrust violations, fraud on U.S. Government agencies, and off-label marketing of pharmaceuticals.  His clients include physicians, attorneys, accountants, business owners, executives of public companies, elected officials, as well as corporations and non-profits. 

One of Philadelphia’s leading white collar lawyers, Jud chairs the firm’s White Collar Defense and Government Investigations Group.  Jud is widely recognized as a skillful litigator, an effective negotiator, and a superb trial lawyer.  Jud has represented clients faced with virtually every type of white-collar investigation, including allegations of financial fraud, public corruption, antitrust violations, fraud on U.S. Government agencies, and off-label marketing of pharmaceuticals.  His clients include physicians, attorneys, accountants, business owners, executives of public companies, elected officials, as well as corporations and non-profits. 

Jud's legal career spans over 25 years both as a federal prosecutor and a defense trial lawyer.

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

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

  • Jud was appointed as a Special Prosecutor to investigate a controversial and high-profile police shooting in Wilmington, Delaware.
  • Jud was appointed as Special Prosecutor to investigate suspected fraud and public corruption on a Native American reservation in Montana.
  • At a hard-fought pretrial hearing, Jud challenged the government’s evidence, resulting in the dismissal of public corruption charges against an elected official.
  • Jud’s pre-indictment presentations to U.S. Attorney’s Offices have resulted in the Government declining to prosecute an attorney who was the target of a bankruptcy fraud investigation, a business owner who was the target of a military contracting fraud investigation by the Department of Defense, and an FBI agent who was accused of grand jury misconduct.
  • As counsel to numerous employees in investigations of the health care industry, Jud has shielded his clients from civil exposure and criminal liability.
  • Jud’s skill in the courtroom yields results for his clients. 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 business owner charged with bid-rigging and price-fixing.
  • Jud represents clients 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; employees of a national mortgage lender in a $25 billion civil investigation by state and federal authorities; several employees of an international logistics company in debarment actions by the Department of Defense.

Jud has been a speaker, lecturer, instructor, and panelist before many professional groups, including the following:

  • Presenter at the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL) Annual White Collar Practice Seminar
  • CLE Presenter to the Philadelphia Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association white-collar crime committee, including: The Yates Memo: Its Implementation and Implications and When Bad Things Happen to Good Lawyers: Discovery Obligations, Social Media and the Modern Pitfalls of Criminal Litigation
  • Presenter to Fulbright Scholars at Drexel University regarding their Constitutional an legal rights while visiting students in the United States
  • Instructor on examination of expert witnesses at Temple University Beasley School of Law, LLM Program in Trial Advocacy
  • Trial Advocacy Instructor at 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 national conference of the Institute of Internal Auditors, including: The Role of the Internal Audit in Preventing and Detecting Corporate Fraud and Effectively Managing Corporate Investigations
  • 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 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.