Norman A. Bloch
Chair, White Collar Subgroup
Norman chairs the White-Collar subgroup of the firm's Business Litigation practice group. He focuses his practice primarily on white-collar criminal matters. He represents companies and individuals in FCPA, antitrust export controls, fraud (including mortgage fraud, health care fraud, customs fraud, insider trading and securities fraud, government contract fraud, student loan fraud and bank fraud), LIBOR, FIRREA, public corruption, environmental, labor racketeering, perjury, and RICO investigations and prosecutions conducted by federal, state and foreign authorities. Norman has represented FCPA and other clients in Australia, China, India, Hong Kong and Europe, including France. Norman also conducts internal investigations on behalf of public and private companies, and represents parties in internal investigations and in proceedings initiated by various federal and state enforcement agencies, including the SEC, the CFTC and the New York State Attorney General's Office. In civil cases, he represents parties and defendants in civil RICO, false claims and forfeiture proceedings.
Norman entered private practice in 1989 after serving for seven years as special counsel and as a special attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Organized Crime Strike Force for the Eastern District of New York. He successfully prosecuted Lucchese family members and Teamsters union officials involved in labor racketeering and extortion in the air freight industry at JFK International Airport. He also handled fraud, perjury and tax evasion cases in the Strike Force.
Before joining the Strike Force in 1982, Norman served as assistant district attorney for five years in the trials, appeals and rackets bureaus of the New York County District Attorney's Office. There, he prosecuted and handled appeals in homicides and other serious cases.
- Representation of corporate executives and companies in FCPA and export controls investigations.
- Representation of chemical company and chemical, advertising and shipping executives in antitrust price-fixing investigations.
- Representation of a defendant in the Galleon SEC insider trading case.
- Representation of construction firms in labor payoff and government procurement fraud cases.
- Representation of a bank executive in a LIBOR fraud investigation.
- Representation of board of directors of a publicly held bank holding company in internal investigations.
- Representation of board of directors of publicly held company in backdated stock options cases.
- Representation of former FBI special agents in state felony prosecutions.
- Representation of importers in customs fraud cases.
- Representation of a maritime broker in an international arms export case.
- Representation of accountants and lawyers in fraud investigations.
- “SEC’s Enforcement Focus on Pandemic-Related Misconduct,” Thompson Hine COVID-19 Update, May 2020
- Co-author, "Justice Department Emphasizes Antitrust Enforcement Through Creation of Multi-Agency and Bid-Rigging Strike Force," Thompson Hine Antitrust & Government Contracts Update, November 2019
- “Yates Memo Revised to Provide DOJ Greater Flexibility in Corporate Investigations,” Thompson Hine White-Collar/FCPA Update, December 2018
- “Recent FCPA Developments,” Thompson Hine White-Collar Update, October 2018
- “DOJ Officials Signal Expansion of Voluntary Self-Disclosure Incentives Beyond the FCPA,” Thompson Hine White-Collar Update, March 2018
- “U.S. Department of Justice Provides New FCPA Voluntary Self-Disclosure Incentives,” Thompson Hine White-Collar Update, December 2017
- “The FCPA Pilot Program One Year Later: What Have We Learned?” Thompson Hine White-Collar Update, April 2017
- “DOJ Launches FCPA Self-Disclosure Pilot Program,” Thompson Hine White-Collar Crime Update, April 2016
- “Revisions to New York’s Proposed BitLicense Regulations,” Thompson Hine Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency Update, February 2015
- “New York Issues Digital Currency Transaction Tax Policy,” Thompson Hine Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency Update, January 2015
- “New York Proposes Issuing BitLicenses,” Thompson Hine Bitcoin & Cybercurrency Update, July 2014
- “Court Clarifies Foreign Government ‘Instrumentality’ Under FCPA,” Thompson Hine FCPA/Antibribery Update, May 21, 2014
- “SEC Issues Alert on Bitcoin Investments,” Thompson Hine Bitcoin & Cybercurrency Update, May 2014
- "Second Circuit Further Defines 'Honest Services,'" Thompson Hine White-Collar Criminal Practice, Internal Investigations & Government Enforcement Update, February 2014
- “Bitcoin: A Primer,” Thompson Hine Cybercurrency Update, February 2014
- Co-author, "Should The Prosecutor Be the Judge of a Defendant's Cooperation?" New York Law Journal, February 1992
- Co-author, "Can Lawyers Be Prosecuted for the Advice They Give?" New York Law Journal, July 1991
- "Gagging Bankers: Grand Jury Nondisclosure Statutes and the First Amendment," 107 Banking L.J. 441, September/October 1990
- Comment, Roe v. Ingraham and the Right to Privacy, 50 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1149, 1975
- Presenter, “Bitcoin 101, Understanding the Real Value,” Ohio, May 2015
- Presenter, “What is Bitcoin and Why Should You Care?” Ohio; May 2014
- Panel Participant, “Preparing Your Business to Accept Payments in Bitcoin” at INSIDE BITCOINS: the future of virtual currency; New York, New York, April 2014
- AV® Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Selected for inclusion in New York Metro Super Lawyers for Criminal Defense, White-Collar, 2006 to 2019
- Listed in The Best Lawyers of America, 2010 to 2020
- New York County District Attorney's Office, Trial Advocacy Program, guest faculty member, 1991 to 2010, 2012 to 2018
- Southern District of New York, Criminal Justice Act Panel, member, 1990 to 1992