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John R. Wing

John “Rusty” Wing

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John “Rusty” Wing is a nationally recognized criminal trial lawyer who has been actively involved in criminal trial and appellate work for more than 25 years.  A former chief of the Securities and Business Fraud Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Mr. Wing has represented individuals and entities in a wide variety of complex criminal matters involving allegations of securities fraud, insider trading, tax fraud, antitrust violations, labor violations, RICO violations, mail and wire fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, bribery, environmental law violations, and bank fraud, among many others.  His clients have included Fortune 500 corporations, law firms, business executives, lawyers, political figures, media figures, accountants, doctors, small business owners, and individuals from many other walks of life. 

Mr. Wing is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a past president and director of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers.  He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for 25 years and routinely appears in Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers, Chambers USAAmerica’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Super Lawyers, and other similar publications.  He was the recipient of the 2004 Norman Ostrow Award for excellence in criminal defense and was featured in a cover article of the magazine 7 Days-New York entitled “Courtroom Killers:  The Lawyers Other Lawyers Most Admire, Fear and Talk About.” 

Mr. Wing has been involved in some of the most challenging white collar cases of our time.  Many grand jury investigations of institutional and individual clients have been successfully resolved without any criminal charges.  He also has secured the dismissal of indictments, often after mistrials, for a number of clients in matters involving serious felonies, including a partner in one of London’s largest law firms charged with suppressing evidence in the BCCI bank fraud case, a chairman of three small cap companies charged with stock manipulation, a partner in a major accounting firm charged with tax shelter fraud, an owner of several premier New York hotels charged with tax fraud, an owner of a multimillion dollar automobile dealership charged with a cocaine distribution conspiracy, and a printing company executive charged with insurance fraud. 

In addition, Mr. Wing has won acquittals in jury trials in both federal and state courts for, among other clients, the president of a Virginia furniture company charged with defrauding a major brokerage firm, a former partner of a prominent Washington law firm charged with two RICO conspiracies and related tax fraud, bank fraud and investment company act fraud charges, the president of a customs brokerage firm charged with stealing customs duties from the United States, the president of a major concrete company charged with grand larceny involving a $23 million check kite scheme, and, most recently in January 2013, an executive vice president of a major construction company charged with enterprise corruption and related fraud and larceny charges.

Mr. Wing has published and lectured extensively on jury trial work and criminal law topics.  He has taught trial advocacy courses at the Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, Fordham Law School, Cardozo Law School and the New York District Attorney’s Trial Advocacy Program and has chaired programs for the Practicing Law Institute and the Law Journal Seminars Press on Jury Trials, RICO Litigation, and State of Mind Defenses in Criminal and Civil Fraud Cases.  Mr. Wing also has served as a member of the Board of Editors of the Business Crimes Bulletin and the Advisory Board of the BNA Criminal Practice Manual.

Mr. Wing’s publications include:  the “Grand Jury Practice” chapter in the multi-volume treatise White Collar Crime:  Business & Regulatory Offenses (Law Journal Seminars Press 1996); “Cross Examining Lawyers – And Other Professionals – In Criminal Cases”; “Curbing Conspiracy Charges:  Effective Legal Arguments for White Collar Defendants”; “Prosecutorial Encroachment on Judicial Sentencing”; “A Viable Criminal Defense for Criminal Regulatory Violations, A Look at Recent Cases”; “War or Peace – Trial or Settlement of a Corporate Criminal Case”; “Grand Jury Practice”; “The Corporation and its Management as Criminal Defendants – The Investigatory Phase”; “Pretrial Jury Motions”; “Defending Criminal Insider Trading Cases”; and “Defending Criminal Securities Cases in the Grand Jury.”  A full listing of more than 25 articles and book chapters and more than 45 lectures and teaching engagements is set forth in Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Wing received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review