Justin Paperny graduated from the University of Southern California and then built a career as a successful stockbroker. His practice at notable firms that included Bear Stearns and UBS, specialized in representing professional athletes and hedge funds. Some bad decisions led Justin into problems with the criminal justice system, including a felony conviction for violating securities laws. A federal judge sentenced Justin to serve an 18-month prison term. In prison he grew determined to make amends—not through talk, but through daily, incremental action. Believing others could benefit from his experience, he began documenting his journey through his daily prison blog, then through his book, Lessons From Prison.
Justin concluded his obligation to the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 2009. Preparations that he made while serving his sentence empowered Justin to build a thriving career, despite the loss of his licenses to sell securities and real estate. While incarcerated, Justin practiced the lessons available through White Collar Advice. As a result of those preparations, income opportunities opened for him upon his release. He lectured in universities across the United States; he published his second book, Ethics in Motion; he became a nationally recognized public speaker for corporate America; he did work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Pre-Trial Service Offices; and he has guided countless others who were about to embark upon their own journey through the challenges that accompany criminal charges.
Justin’s story has been featured by ABC News, CNBC, NBC News, Forbes, Fox News and Radio America, amongst others. And in June 2015, NBC Universal aired, My Deal With The Devil, a 60-minute show on Justin’s story.
Shon Hopwood’s unusual legal journey began not at law school, but federal prison, where he learned to write briefs for other prisoners while serving a 12-year sentence for bank robberies. Two petitions for certiorari he prepared were later granted review by the United States Supreme Court, and he won cases for other prisoners in federal courts across the country. Since he became a licensed attorney, Shon’s record of success has continued. In 2016 alone, he won three federal habeas appeals before the Fourth and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Michael Santos served 26 years in federal prisons of every security level. While incarcerated he earned a bachelor’s degree from Mercer University and a master’s degree from Hofstra University. Michael’s commitment to success during his first decade prepared him to write several books (including Earning Freedom and Inside: Life Behind Bars in America) that university professors use to educate students about the prison system.
Prison Professors teaches lessons that empower people to live a life of relevance before, during, and after confinement.
David M. Rosenfield, a member of Herrick’s Litigation Department, concentrates his practice in white-collar criminal defense, corporate internal investigations, securities regulation and litigation, bank regulation, and food and drug industry investigations. David represents and defends individuals and corporations before federal agencies such as the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, the SEC, the FDIC, Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services, including the FDA; state agencies such as the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice; and self-regulatory agencies, such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
My name is Joshua Boyer. On February 8, 2001, I was arrested by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) after becoming involved in a sting operation in Tampa, Florida. In July, I proceeded to a jury trial and was convicted of numerous drug and firearm violations. While my criminal history was limited, conviction on these counts exposed me to a significant sentence. Due to mandatory minimum penalties associated with federal conspiracy offenses and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, I faced a minimum sentence of 20 years. Several months after the guilty verdict, the United States District Court imposed a 24-year term.
Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University followed by graduate studies at Christie’s Education in London and the Gemological Institute of America which led to a successful career in jewelry at a luxury goods firm in New York City. In 2013, upon being made redundant at her firm, Ingrid made a life altering mistake which led to a felony conviction and a prison sentence.