Thomas E. Engel
J.D. Columbia University
A.B. Harvard College
Other Professional Experience
McKool Smith, P.C.
United States Attorney’s Office — Southern District of New York
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
“My practice over the years has been a very lucky thing. I’ve had a great mix of international cases—from virtually every major country in Europe and many in Latin America and Asia—to matters homegrown in my native New York City. These cases have many times been white collar criminal matters, on both the federal and state sides, but also a wide and varied diet of fascinating civil matters in commercial, securities, estate and real estate, banking—you name it.
“I think the reason I’ve had so many different, and so many interesting, cases is that the clients have been so different and interesting, and their problems so challenging. From getting an injunction against the federal government—twice—in a white collar grand jury matter in federal court in the District of Columbia on behalf of Mexican clients to trying an estate matter off a red dirt road in Louisiana for a Venezuelan client—the experiences sometimes defy the imagination.
“I’ve represented clients in insider trading cases around the world and whistleblowers, from both here and abroad, in huge cases where my experience as a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York made all the difference to those I had the privilege to represent.
“In sum, the rich work of my practice is its own satisfaction and reward. It’s what I became a lawyer for more decades ago than I care to count.”