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NATURE OF PRACTICE
Federal White Collar Criminal Defense: Civil, Regulatory, Grand Jury, Corporate Investigations and Representation; Health Care Fraud; Narcotics; Corporate Compliance; Money Laundering; Fraud; Federal Sentencing, PSI Objections, Booker Variances and Post-Conviction Relief; Trial or Plea Negotiations; Direct Appeals; Habeas Corpus, including Collateral Review and Conditions of Confinement; Constitutional, Civil Rights and Liberties Litigation

ACADEMIC CONCENTRATION
Federal Sentencing (Corporate/Individual) and Post-Conviction Remedies; Substantive Health Care; Pathology of White Collar Crime & Offenders; Proactive Corporate Governance and Compliance Programs. Appellate Analysis.

EMPLOYMENT
Visiting Associate Professor of Law
HOFSTRA LAW SCHOOL 
Hempstead, New York (2005)
LAW OFFICE OF BENSON B. WEINTRAUB
Federal White Collar Defense Strategies, Health Care Fraud
Fort Lauderdale and Miami, FL. (1992-present)
SONNETT, SALE & KUEHNE, PA 
Partner Miami, FL. (1988-1992)
BIERMAN, SONNETT, SHOHAT & SALE, PA 
Associate, Miami, FL. (1983-1988)

EDUCATION
Hofstra University Law School
Hempstead New York J.D. (1979)
American University School of Government & Public Administration 
Washington, DC BA Political Science (1974)
Columbia University Law School 
Symposium on Sentencing for Law Professors 
New York City (Jan. 2005)
Stanford University Law School 
Roundtable on Blakely for Law Professors 
Palo Alto, CA (September 2004)
Health Care Compliance Association
New Orleans Speaker Re: Corporate Compliance and White Collar Crime Reduction April 2008)
Georgetown Law Center-NACDL 
Institute on White Collar Crime (Corporate Compliance) Washington, DC (2007)
US District Court (S.D.Fl.) 
Pro Bono Seminar on Prisonerʼs Rights (2005)
South Florida Center for Literary Arts
Seminar on Non-Fiction Writing Miami, FL. (April 2005)
American Association of Law Schools
AALS WORKSHOP FOR NEW LAW TEACHERS Washington, DC (June 2004)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Hofstra University Law School Visiting Professor of Law (2005) 
Full-Time Faculty Legal Writing Instructor & Guest Lecturer in Sentencing
Guest Lecturer: 
Federal Sentencing and Post-Conviction Remedies in Advanced Criminal Procedure Seminar at: University
of Miami School of Law (1988-1993)
Yale Law School (Symposium on Sentencing Guideline) (1992)
Yeshiva University, Cardozo School of Law (Conference on Sentencing Guidelines)(1995) with The Aleph Institute
Emory University School of Law (1982) (Guest Lecturer in course on Prisonersʼ Rights)

PUBLIC SERVICE TO BAR 
Chairman or Faculty in Numerous CLE Programs on the Federal
Sentencing Guidelines, including:

  • The Florida Bar 
  • American Bar Association National Institute(s) on Sentencing 
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 
  • Texas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 
  • The Aleph Institute 
  • Federal Bar Association 
  • National Probation Officers Association

TRAINER FOR
  • US Bureau of Prisons, Miami, FL. 
  • US Sentencing Commission (1985-1987) 
  • Administrative Office of US Courts (Defender Services) 
  • Federal Defender, Southern District of Florida United States Probation Office,Southern District of Florida

PUBLIC SERVICE 
  • Editorial Advisory Board, FEDERAL SENTENCING REPORTER, Vera Institute of Justice-University of California Press (1990-1994) 
  • Chair and Vice-Chair, ABA Committee on Sentencing (1991-1993) (assisted USSC in drafting organizational & individual Guidelines)
  • Appointed by Chief Judge, Hon. James Lawrence King, to Southern District of Florida Sentencing Guidelines Administration Committee (1989)
  • Chair, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Committee on Sentencing (1988, 2010-2011)
  • Volunteer Lawyers of US District Court, Southern District of Florida (representation of indigent litigants) (2003-)

PUBLIC HEARINGS
United States Sentencing Commission (1987) Testimony on behalf of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Reprinted in 2 FED. SENTENCING REP. 250 (1990), cited in William S.    Lofquist, Legislating Organizational Probation: State Capacity, Business Power, and Corporate Crime Control, 27 LAW & SOCʼY REV. 741 (1993)

REPRESENTATIVE CASES
United States v. Mistretta, 488 US 361 (1989) Amicus for NACDL (constitutionality of guidelines upheld), abrogated sub nom United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220, 125 S. Ct. 738 (2005)(mandatory guidelines rejected)
Coll v. United States, 125 S. Ct. 1425 (2005)(post-Booker remand of ʻpipelineʼ case by physician convicted of health care fraud)
United States v. Simbaqueba-Bonilla, 579 F.3d 1233 (11th Cir. 2009) (aggravated identity theft conviction counts reversed on appeal)
United States v. Saran, Case No. 05-240-Cr-Solis (N.D.Tx.)(Alleged $211 Million health care conspiracy; Loss reduced to $69M for internet pharmacies)(Lead Counsel for lead defendant and 30 corporations)(departure granted);
United States v. Ana Caos, MD
(Loss amount reduced significantly according to “Special Rule”)
United States v. Rudolfo Ramirez,
(DMEʼs Loss amount reduced significantly according to “Special Rule”)
US v. Pan Aviation Co., 87-893-CV-Moreno (represented corporation accused of falsifying end user licenses to ship Bell Helicopters to Iraq prior to Gulf War).
US v. Cohen, Case Nos. 05-424-Cr-FJG (W.D.Mo.); 06-60232-Cr-Cohn (SDFL)(product substitution cases involving substandard metals installed on US Nuclear Missiles and NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis; 36 months imprisonment, no cooperation)
United States v. Soreide, 177 Fed. Appx. 31 (2006)(20 year sentence for $22 million telecom fraud, money laundering, tax offenses reversed and remanded); 461 F.3d 1351 (11th Cir. 2006)(wifeʼs forfeiture affʼd).
Byrd v. Hasty, 142 F.3d 1395 (11th Cir. 1998) (Bureau of Prisons Drug Program (RDAP) regulation declared invalid)
Ketcham v. United States, 05-13626 (11th Cir.) remanding motion for bond pending habeas corpus under §2255; District court granted relief granted § 2255 based on ineffective assistance of counsel at sentencing due to failure to advise court of defendantʼs terminal medical condition (ALS) Resentenced and released. 05-CV-21694-MGC (SDFL).
Magluta v. Samples, 162 F.3d 662 (11th Cir.1998)[PRETRIAL DETAINEE SPECIAL HOUSING UNIT (SHU) & TOTALITY OF CONDITIONS OF CONFINEMENT LITIGATION]; Appeal After Remand; Magluta v. Samples, 250 F.3d 749 (11th Cir.(Ga.) Feb 16, 2001) (TABLE, NO. 00-12540) Subsequent Determination; Magluta v. Samples, 256 F.3d 1282, (11th Cir.( 2001); Appeal After Remand; Magluta v. Samples, 375 F.3d 1269(11th Cir. 2004)); On Remand to 2006 WL 1071844 (N.D.Ga. Apr 20, 2006) (NO.CIV.A.1:94CV2700- TWT); Affirmed by Magluta v. F.P. Sam Samples, 2007 WL 1667199 (11th Cir. 2007) (Not selected for publication in the Federal Reporter, NO. 06 12870)
United States v. Garcia, Case No. 06-20583-Cr-King (represented whistleblower at sentencing with CFO of major corporation (PBS&J) who cooperated and plead guilty $36M Fraud; Client Exposed Companyʼs systematic illegal criminal activities, including political corruption, procurement fraud, government contracting fraud, etc. Sentence reduced below guidelines)
United States v. Vega, Case No. 04-20264-Cr-CMA (physician charged with health care fraud conspiracy) (Rule 35 granted)
Foersterling v. United States, ---F.3d--- 04-11117 (11th Cir. 2004)(remanding denial of 2255 ineffective assistance claim based on governmentʼs confession of error on appeal regarding courtʼs use of improper higher guideline at digital images sentencing; sentence vacated on remand and resentenced to time served. Case No. 03-61379-CV-Zloch)
United States v. Sherman, Case No. 07--Cr-Ryskamp (defendant accused of possessing and transmitting via computer unlawful images)(pending indictment)
Butler v. Ashcroft, ---F.Supp.2d--- (S.D.Fl.) (BOP statutory invalid limitation of halfway house placement in which BOP agreed to exempt 2241 habeas petitioner from pre-Dec. 2002 OLC Memo)
United States v. Dyer, --- Fed. Appx. --- (11th Cir. 2004) (sentence reversed) 
United States v. Vallejo, 297 F.3d 1154 (11th Cir. 2002)
(sentence reversed and remanded; relevant conduct limitations imposed)
United States v. Bordon, 421 F.3d 1202, 11th Cir. 2005)(upholding resentencing provision of PROTECT Act).
United States v. Mahaney, 03-Cr-60022-JIC (embezzlement by official of North Broward Hospital District)
United States v. Bogle, 689 F. Supp 1121 (S.D.Fl. 1988)(En Banc- 16 district judges) (guidelines declared unconstitutional), government motion for stay denied, 855 F.2d 707 (11th Cir. 1988)
United States v. Swapp, 695 F.Supp. 1140 (D. Ut. 1988)(En Banc) (guidelines declared unconstitutional)
United States v. Hagby, 20 Fed. Appx. 299 (6th Cir. 2001) (sentence vacated and remanded to different judge; government confessed error on violation of plea agreement)
United States v. Yamada, Case No. 95-634-Cr-FAM (Health Care Fraud conspiracy & VOP)
United States v. Hanono-Surujun, 914 F.2d 15 (1st Cir. 1990) (sentence vacated)
United States v. Botero-Gomez, 725 F.Supp 526 (S.D.Fl.) (inmate with AIDS released on bail pending habeas corpus) revʼd sub nom Gomez v. United States, 899 F.2d 1124 (11th Cir. 1990)(moot by death)
United States v. Garland Hogan, Case No. 99-8125-Cr-DTKH (attorney charged in $56 million viatical fraud)(sentence reversed on appeal; lower sentence on resentencing), 
213 Fed.Appx. 815, 2007 WL 30034 (C.A.11 (Fla.)
United States v. Garbett, 867 F.2d 1132 (8th Cir. 1989) (Remanded for resentencing)
Falcon v. US Bureau of Prisons, 852 F. Supp. 1413 (S.D.Ill. 1994)(conditions of confinement)
US v. Magluta, Case No. 99-583(s) (lead counsel at sentencing; sentence vacated on appeal)

BAR MEMBERSHIP
District of Columbia (1981) 
Florida (1985) Admitted to practice before US Supreme Court and Numerous federal courts throughout the nation 
AV Martindale Hubbell Rating of US Pre-Eminent Lawyers

PRO BONO LITIGATION
  • United States v. Mantecon, 317 Fed.Appx. 919 (11th Cir. 2009)(28 USC §2255 appeal granted; sentence vacated and defendant resentenced to time served
  • Federal Multi-District First Amendment Litigation for Protective Order from subpoena served upon Rabbis of Jewish The Aleph Institute
  • In Re The Aleph Institute, Case No. 06-61788-CV-KAM/Seltzer (S.D.Fla.)(Subpoenas by FL DOC Withdrawn)
  • Lawson v. McDonough 2007 WL 1695380 (N. D. Fla. June 7, 2007)(Protective Order Granted) State seeking information from Clergy relative to suit by orthodox Jew seeking compliance with RiLUPA


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