The courage to challenge conventional wisdom

Unlike other leading firms engaged in complex commercial and white-collar criminal litigation, MTB always seeks the most efficient and effective path to attaining its clients’ goals. MTB eschews the legal industry’s pervasive model of leveraging attorney hours and always questions whether the standard playbook will serve its client’s interests in a particular case. The firm’s courage to challenge conventional wisdom has led to some of its most extraordinary results. On July 8, 2014, federal law-enforcement agents arrested James Quinn, a U.K. trans-shipper and supplier of pharmaceuticals, when he entered the United States on a business trip. The Government charged Mr. Quinn and his companies in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia with conspiring to violate the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act by knowingly importing into the United States pharmaceutical drugs and devices that had been manufactured for sale in Europe. Sensing that the Government had arrested Mr. Quinn opportunistically and was not ready to go to trial, the firm made the strategic decision to forego the standard course of pretrial motions and drawn-out discovery. Instead, it counseled Mr. Quinn to invoke his statutory right to go to trial in seventy days. MTB devoted the full resources of the firm to mastering the voluminous and complex record and preparing to cross-examine the Government’s witnesses and agents. The strategy paid off. The firm won a rare judgment of acquittal for Mr. Quinn at the close of the Government’s case, and he returned to the United Kingdom a free man—fewer than four months after his arrest.

United States v. Quinn, No. 1:14-cr-00277-LG (E.D. Va. Oct. 24, 2014)