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Bernard G. Segal helped to found Schnader upon the premise that lawyers have an ongoing “obligation to assume an active role in the pursuit of a just and ordered society, in helping to solve the emerging problems of social, economic, and political importance.” The Criminal Defense practice group furthers this important mission by ensuring that our clients are afforded all applicable constitutional and statutory protections and are defended with the utmost of integrity.

We routinely counsel companies, boards, directors, and individuals in all types of governmental investigations, including complex federal and state criminal matters. We frequently advise clients regarding inquiries from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Office of Attorney General, District Attorney’s Offices, Offices of Inspector General, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and other local and federal law enforcement agencies. Our team includes former government prosecutors and experienced litigators who have vast experience appearing before grand juries, liaising with the Courts, handling crisis communications, and representing clients in high-profile and sensitive matters. The hallmark of our practice is mitigating risk, navigating the complexities of high-stakes litigations, and recommending reforms and implementing best practices.

We are poised to defend our clients during the course of an investigation through trial, plea, and sentencing; conduct comprehensive appellate advocacy including briefing and arguing criminal appeals; and post-conviction motions; represent in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the country; provide counsel during statewide investigating and federal grand jury matters; and capably defend individual and organizational interests.

The members of our Criminal Defense practice group are nationally recognized trial and appellate lawyers. They have been elected to prestigious groups such as the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and the American Law Institute. We hold leadership positions in the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, and bar association groups devoted to appellate practice; we serve on criminal court rules committees; we teach appellate practice courses and lecture on criminal procedure at law schools; we write and lecture frequently on criminal defense and internal investigations best practices; and are contacted by the media for explanation of criminal and appellate issues in the news.

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