New York, NY: DOAR is delighted for Raoul Weil and congratulates Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer attorneys Aaron Marcu, Kimberly Zelnick, Charline Yim and Charlie Jacobs, Kobre & Kim attorneys Matthew Menchel and Adriana Rivere-Badell, and their trial teams on the acquittal of Raoul Weil, the Swiss banking executive from UBS charged in a conspiracy to defraud the IRS. After a trial in Federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that lasted more than two weeks, jurors deliberated for only about an hour before returning their not guilty verdict.
DOAR supported Mr. Weil’s defense with trial strategy consulting services, including pre-trial research, jury selection consulting, the development of graphics, and daily observations of the trial as it unfolded. This combination of pre-trial research and daily trial observations by an observer as new to the case as the jurors offers attorneys insight with strategic implications throughout the process of trial preparation and the trial itself.
Aaron Marcu states “Julie Blackman and her team at DOAR should be an essential part of every trial team. They managed extensive jury research, focus groups and mock trials under tremendous time pressure and in a highly complicated criminal tax case without breaking a sweat and delivered priceless value as we considered both our target jury composition and sophisticated issues concerning messaging our theory of the case. And Julie’s assistance in assessing an out-of-town venire and advice in the selection process was in seamless partnership with the trial team. The acquittal we won was just as much due to DOAR’s guidance in shaping our messages and selecting our jury as it was our lawyering.”
Matthew Menchel added “Julie Blackman and her team at DOAR are spectacular. I have been trying cases for over 28 years and the perspective and insight that Julie and her team provided were extremely valuable and played an essential role in our overall trial strategy and in the examinations and arguments that we made before the jury. They are also an absolute pleasure to work with. She and her team get my highest recommendation.”
Julie Blackman, DOAR’s Senior Vice President, says “The DOAR team included Ellen Brickman, Gene Klimov, Maria Obregon, David Greenwood, Danis Brito, Seong Yang and Adam Shrier, all of whom showed a level of creativity and wisdom that is emblematic of DOAR’s work. I am proud to supervise the work of such professional and talented people.”