Donald S. Scherzer

Shareholder

Cleveland
1375 East Ninth Street
One Cleveland Center, 10th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
P 216.615.7418
F 216.623.0134
E dscherzer@ralaw.com



Donald S. Scherzer

Shareholder

Phone: (216) 615-7418
Fax: (216) 623-0134
Email: dscherzer@ralaw.com

Mr. Scherzer’s practice focuses on representative matters that involve: complex business and commercial litigation; civil and criminal antitrust enforcement, both nationally and internationally; trade regulation and distribution issues; civil and criminal Medicare and Medicaid fraud; civil and criminal securities fraud; civil and criminal bank fraud; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) civil and criminal matters; civil and criminal tax fraud; and civil and criminal environmental litigation.

He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of civil and criminal matters internationally and throughout the U.S. in state and federal courts. Mr. Scherzer also has experience with The False Claims Act.

Representative Matters

  • Served as a Prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division for seven years;  lead counsel on several major criminal and civil cases.
  • Represented several health care providers, or individuals, in numerous Medicare and Medicaid criminal investigations.
  • Represented senior officers of Fortune 250 corporations in SEC investigations.
  • Represented senior officers of Fortune 250 corporations in FCPA investigations.
  • Represented senior bank officers in Office of the Comptroller of Currency and Federal Reserve Bank investigations.
  • Represented major dairy company in a grand jury investigation and accompanying class action. No criminal charges were filed and the class action was settled for nuisance value.
  • Represented large manufacturer in a criminal case and accompanying class action. Manufacturer paid a minimal fine and settled class action for minimal amount.
  • Represented former CEO of a major foreign agricultural producer in a grand jury investigation which resulted in no criminal charges being filed against him.
  • Represented numerous other senior executives in a variety of international and domestic grand jury investigations, none of which resulted in the senior executives being indicted.
  • Served as Pool Counsel for managerial employees in several grand jury & SEC investigations, none of which resulted in charges against these employees.
  • Represented supermarket chain in a pre-merger investigation by the FTC in connection with its acquisition by a large regional supermarket chain.
  • Conducted numerous Antitrust Compliance Programs throughout the United States for Fortune 500 corporations, large manufactures and other companies.
  • Represented a chain of newspapers in a pre-merger investigation by the United States Department of Justice in connection with its acquisition by a larger newspaper chain.

Accomplishments

  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Selected by Chambers USA "Leaders in their Field" for Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, Ohio (2012-2018)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for Antitrust Law (2005-2011); Commercial Litigation (2005-2012 & 2014-2019); Litigation – Antitrust (2012-2019); Litigation – Securities (2012-2019); Criminal Defense - White Collar (2018-2019)
  • Named The Best Lawyers in America©  "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation - Antitrust (2017)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2004-2018)
  • Selected as one of "Top 100 Ohio Lawyers" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2007-2011)
  • Selected as one of "Top 50 Cleveland Lawyers" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2007-2009)
  • Recognized as a 2010 Leading Lawyer by Inside Business Magazine

Education

  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    • Law Review
  • B.S., Bowling Green State University, Economics

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Chairman, Board of Governors and Antitrust Law Section (1997-1998)
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section, Chairman (1986-1987)
    • Northern District of Ohio Chapter, President (1984-1985)
  • American Bar Association, Antitrust and Litigation Sections
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Life Member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • John M. Manos Inn of Court, Master Bencher

Community Affiliations

  • Served as trustee and officer of numerous civic and nonprofit organizations including:
    • President of The Temple-Tifereth Israel (2015-present)
    • Trustee of the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation (2014-present)
    • Former Trustee of Mt. Sinai Hospital, Cleveland
    • Former Trustee of Laurelwood Hospital
    • Chair of the Montefiore Home (2005-2008)
    • President of the Shaker Heights Youth Center (1986-1987)
    • Former Trustee of Bellefaire JCB
    • Former Trustee of American Jewish Committee, Cleveland Chapter

Presentations

  • "Advice from the Experts - Successful Strategies for Winning Commercial Cases in Federal Courts"
  • "Working With Experts - Reports and Trial Preparation" - Use of Experts in Commercial Litigation in Ohio seminar
  • "Crossing the Line - When Civil Conduct Becomes Criminal"
  • Chaired and lectured at numerous continuing legal education (CLE) programs on antitrust law, business litigation, environmental law and white collar crime
    • Representing client in international investigations
    • Corporate Compliance for international clients

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