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Federal White Collar Criminal Appeals

Federal Appellate and Defense Lawyers Handling All Types of White Collar Criminal Appeals

Linda Julin McNamara
Attorney Linda Julin McNamara
Federal White Collar Criminal Appeals Team Lead
Former Deputy Chief, Appellate Division
Elizabeth Stepp
Attorney Elizabeth K. Stepp
Federal White Collar Criminal Appeals Team Lead
Partner & Yale Graduate
Nick Oberheiden
Attorney Nick Oberheiden
Federal White Collar Criminal Appeals Team Lead
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Under federal law, most white collar crimes carry a decade or more of federal prison time and a six or seven-figure fine. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regularly files complaints with multiple counts for multiple offenses—exposing defendants to the possibility of crippling financial penalties and an effective life sentence.

But, whether you are facing months or decades of prison time, and whether you can afford to pay your criminal fines or not, you should not have to face any unjust penalties. While the federal criminal justice system is intended to ensure that the innocent walk free and the guilty are fairly punished, wrongful convictions and excessive sentences are not at all uncommon.

Experienced Federal Counsel for White Collar Criminal Appeals

Our team of lawyers relies on extensive experience to provide effective representation for federal white collar criminal appeals. When you need to appeal a federal white collar conviction or sentence, you need experience on your side. At Oberheiden P.C., our lawyers’ experience includes:

  • Experience as U.S. Attorneys, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and DOJ lawyers who prosecuted high-value white collar criminal cases
  • Experience as federal white collar defense lawyers who have protected clients against charges, convictions, and excessive sentences for all types of alleged crimes
  • Experience as federal appellate counsel for clients who have been convicted of white collar crimes in federal district courts across the country

When you contact us about your federal white collar crime appeal, you will sit down with members of our team (in person or over the phone) to discuss the circumstances of your case and begin formulating an appellate strategy. Next, our lawyers will preserve your federal appellate rights and begin meticulously examining the trial record. We will then identify all viable grounds for appeal, finalize your appellate strategy with your involvement, and then brief and prepare to argue your case in the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden



Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former DOJ Trial Attorney


Brian J. Kuester
Brian J. Kuester

Former U.S. Attorney

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior DOJ Trial Attorney

Linda Julin McNamara
Linda Julin McNamara

Federal Appeals Attorney

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former DOJ attorney

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (DOJ)

Chris Quick
Chris J. Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Michael S. Koslow
Michael S. Koslow

Former Supervisory Special Agent (DOD-OIG)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

We Handle All Types of Federal White Collar Appeals Nationwide

As a result of our lawyers’ experience as federal prosecutors, defense lawyers, and appellate counsel, we are able to effectively handle all types of federal white collar appeals. With a network of senior-level federal lawyers located in major cities across the country, we are also able to handle federal white collar appeals nationwide. Our federal appellate practice includes (but is not limited to) representing clients who have been convicted of white collar offenses including:

  • Antitrust Violations – While the DOJ and other federal authorities predominantly pursue civil enforcement in antitrust cases, criminal charges are also possible. Criminal cases typically involve allegations of significant and wide-reaching anti-competitive activity; and, as a result, substantial penalties are usually on the table.
  • Bankruptcy Fraud – Bankruptcy fraud can take many different forms, and allegations of fraud at various stages of the bankruptcy process are not all that uncommon. However, criminal bankruptcy fraud prosecutions are relatively rare; and, here too, the DOJ typically chooses to prosecute when there are substantial allegations involved.
  • Bank Fraud and Mortgage Fraud – Many people are surprised to learn that bank fraud and mortgage fraud are federal crimes, as lying on a credit card or mortgage application may seem like a relatively harmless offense. But, convictions under the federal bank fraud and wire fraud statutes carry severe penalties, including up to a $1 million fine and 30 years of federal imprisonment in many cases.
  • Bribery and Public Corruption – Bribery and public corruption are top federal law enforcement priorities. To preserve confidence in the U.S. political, judicial, and government contracting systems, the DOJ aggressively targets individuals and entities suspected of offering, paying, soliciting, and receiving bribes.
  • Computer and Internet Fraud – Computer and internet fraud are top federal law enforcement priorities as well. As protecting companies, consumers, and the government’s data becomes more and more challenging, the DOJ is relying on aggressive enforcement as a means of deterrence.
  • Embezzlement and Other Financial Crimes – Embezzlement and other financial crimes carry substantial penalties under federal law. These charges are also fairly common, and many defendants find themselves needing to file an appeal.
  • Government Fraud – We handle all types of government fraud cases, from government contract fraud to embezzling funds from government agencies. These, too, are complex cases that will often present grounds for appeal.
  • Healthcare Fraud – A significant portion of our practice involves representing healthcare providers in criminal enforcement matters. This includes representing providers during audits, investigations, criminal trials, and appeals.
  • Insurance Fraud – Insurance fraud is another crime that many people are surprised to learn can lead to federal prosecution. But, insurance fraud prosecutions are fairly common as well—and, here too, defendants may have various grounds to challenge the substantial penalties imposed at trial.
  • Intellectual Property Crimes – Similar to antitrust violations, intellectual property violations will lead to civil litigation in most cases. But, criminal charges are also possible, and anyone who has been convicted of criminal copyright infringement or any similar type of crime should consult with experienced federal appellate counsel promptly.
  • Securities Fraud – Federal securities fraud prosecutions are becoming increasingly common. While convictions for insider trading and other securities-related crimes can lead to substantial sentences, the complexity of these cases gives rise to several potential grounds for appeal.
  • Tax Fraud and Tax Evasion – Tax fraud and tax evasion are also complex crimes that require extensive evidence. If you have been convicted of a federal tax crime unjustly, our lawyers will aggressively pursue a federal appeal on your behalf.
  • Wire Fraud and Mail Fraud – The federal wire fraud and mail fraud statutes are extremely broad, and they allow the DOJ to pursue charges when a federal investigation has not uncovered sufficient evidence of another substantive federal offense. While these statutes are potent weapons in the DOJ’s arsenal, defendants will still have grounds to appeal their convictions in some cases.

What to Expect When You Chose Us for Your Federal White Collar Crime Appeal

When we represent clients in federal white collar criminal appeals, we take a comprehensive, structured, and strategic approach focused on protecting our clients’ finances and freedom by all means available. With this in mind, here is what you can expect when you choose Oberheiden P.C:

1. Our Federal Appellate Lawyers Will Evaluate All Possible Grounds for Appeal

As your federal appellate counsel, we will not leave any options on the table. We will evaluate all possible grounds for appeal as well as all viable alternatives (i.e., filing a motion for judgment of acquittal or a petition for post-conviction relief).

2. We Will Work as a Team to Leverage Our Prosecutorial, Trial, and Appellate Experience

We will leverage our lawyers’ collective experience as prosecutors, trial lawyers, and appellate advocates to build an appellate strategy designed to give the appellate court no option but to overturn your conviction.

3. Your Protection Will Be Our Sole Priority

When you choose Oberheiden P.C., your protection is our sole priority. We will call upon our experience and work efficiently to seek a favorable result in light of the circumstances presented, and we will make sure you remain updated and informed about all aspects of your case every step of the way.

FAQs: Appealing a Federal White Collar Criminal Conviction or Sentence

What are the grounds for appealing a federal white collar criminal conviction?


One of the most important things to understand about the federal appellate process is that an appeal is not a retrial. Rather than looking at the facts of your case, the appellate court will examine your case itself to determine if any flaws justify a reversal. Some examples of flaws that can support a federal appeal include flaws during jury selection (voir dire), improper admission or exclusion of evidence, and reaching a decision against the weight of the evidence.

How long do I have to appeal a conviction for a federal white collar crime?


When you get convicted of a white collar crime in federal district court, you have 14 days to file a notice of appeal. This preserves your appellate rights, and then the appeals court will set the schedule for the subsequent steps in your case.

Can (and should) I file a notice of appeal on my own?


While individuals have the option of filing a federal notice of appeal on their own, we do not recommend it. You only get one chance to do it correctly; and, if you fail to effectively preserve your appellate rights, you can lose the opportunity to challenge your conviction or sentence.

If I have been convicted of a federal white collar crime, can I appeal my sentence?


Potentially, yes. Along with grounds to appeal a conviction, there are also grounds to appeal criminal sentences under federal law. If appealing your conviction is not a viable appellate strategy, our lawyers can examine the possibility of challenging your sentence on appeal.

What are my next steps if I have been convicted of a federal white collar crime?


If you have been convicted of a federal white collar crime, your next step is to speak with a federal appellate lawyer as soon as possible. At Oberheiden P.C., we handle federal white collar criminal appeals nationwide, and we can file your notice of appeal immediately if necessary.

Speak with a Federal White Collar Appellate Lawyer at Oberheiden P.C.

To discuss your federal white collar criminal appeal with a senior lawyer at Oberheiden P.C., contact us today. Call 888-680-1745 or send us a message online to schedule a complimentary consultation as soon as possible.

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