After 28 years as a prosecutor, James (“Jim”) Trusty brings to Ifrah Law extensive experience in complex, multi-district white collar litigation, especially in matters involving RICO, The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and The Money Laundering Control Act of 1986.
As the federal government continues to apply increasingly broad interpretations of these statutes in its investigations and prosecutions of white collar defendants, corporations and individuals can face the threat of exponentially higher monetary penalties and added jail time. To clients defending against such allegations, Jim offers the insider’s view on how federal cases are built, investigations pursued and settlements negotiated.
Joining Ifrah Law after a long career in public service, most recently as Chief of the Organized Crime Section at the United States Department of Justice, Jim now focuses his practice on the litigation and resolution of complex disputes for clients in a broad array of industries facing issues ranging from cybersecurity and computer fraud, to money laundering and asset forfeiture.
For seven years, Jim served in the DOJ’s Criminal Division, where he was ultimately responsible for investigating and prosecuting regional, national, and international cases, supervising significant pleadings and providing strategic and tactical guidance in complex investigations and multi-defendant trials. In addition to running the RICO review unit, he also was in charge of establishing and promoting policies focused on immigration reform, firearms trafficking, proposed Congressional testimony for DOJ officials, and Internet gambling. Significant and sensitive matters on which he worked include the post-conviction review of Alaska corruption cases related to U.S. v. Theodore Stevens, the investigation into allegations of misconduct by a sitting U.S. Attorney and one of her Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and numerous death penalty cases.
Prior to his work at DOJ, Jim acted as Assistant U.S. Attorney in Greenbelt, Maryland, where he investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of white collar and other criminal cases, including The Washington area Sniper investigation.
Jim regularly speaks at conferences, seminars, and training sessions on topics related to complex litigation and criminal law. He has coached several Mock Trial teams at American University Washington College of Law. Jim has been awarded numerous honors over the course of his career including the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, Federal Prosecutor of the Year, Community Prosecuting Award, and the Child Abuse Protection Award, to name only a few.
Awards + Recognition
- Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, 2011
- ATF Honors Award, 2010
- Baltimore SAC Award (ICE), 2009
- Assistant Attorney General’s Award (MS-13), 2007
- Project Safe Neighborhood Gang Prosecution Award, 2007
- Project Safe Neighborhood Innovative Practices Award, 2007
- FLEOA National Award for Investigative Excellence, 2007
- Federal Prosecutor of the Year, Montgomery County Police, 2005
|Instructor, "Federal Criminal Practice Seminar “Handling Cooperating Defendants and Confidential Informants”" National Advocacy Center (NAC)||April 2012 & October 2012|
|Speaker, "RICO (Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office)" Chicago, IL||December 2012|
|Instructor, "RICO Prosecution and Indian Country" National Advocacy Center (NAC)||January 2013|
|James Trusty, Lecturer, "RICO Training (USAO)" New Orleans, LA||September 2013|
|Instructor, "Federal Criminal Practice Seminar" National Advocacy Center (NAC)||February 2014|
|Opening Statements, "Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association" Linthicum, MD||October 2014|
|James Trusty, Instructor, "RICO Training" NAC National Conference||January 2015|
|Instructor, "FBI Laboratory Moot Court (forensics)" Quantico, VA||October 2015|
|Instructor, "Maryland State Attorney’s Association" Linthicum, MD||November 2015|
|Instructor, "FBI Laboratory Moot Court (forensics)" Quanitco, VA||February 2016|
|Instructor, "Trial Advocacy Program for Pakistani prosecutors" Bangkok, Thailand||March 2016|
|Panelist, "Advantages and Disadvantages of RICO" St. Louis, MO||July 2016|
|Speaker, "Death Penalty Investigations" National Advocacy Center||July 2016|
|Opening Statements, "Department of Justice (DOJ) Attorneys" Washington, DC||August 2016|
|Instructor, "Oklahoma Supreme Court RICO Training (mandatory for all sitting judges)" Oklahoma City, OK||August 2016|
|Speaker, "Presentation on wiretap evidence Japanese delegation" Washington, DC||October 2016|
|Instructor and Opening Statements, "Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association" Linthicum, MD||October 2016|
|Speaker, "RICO prosecution; Cooperating Defendants" Honolulu, HI||November 2016|
|Instructor, "Threat Investigations (USMS deputies)" Houston, TX||November 2016|
|James M. Trusty, Speaker, "Wiretap Investigations (Philippine delegation)" Washington, DC||December 2016|