Marjorie J. Peerce, a white collar defense litigator at Ballard Spahr Stillman & Friedman, has been appointed co-chair of the Sentencing Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

The NACDL is a professional bar association with more than 10,000 members. Its sentencing committee examines sentencing policies and practices and focuses on revisions to the federal sentencing guidelines.

“I’m honored to take leadership of the Sentencing Committee during this exciting time in criminal law sentencing,” said Ms. Peerce. “Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced that the Department of Justice will no longer pursue mandatory minimum sentences for certain low-level offenders. My new co-chair and I see this as an opening to re-examine federal sentencing and the federal sentencing guidelines for other crimes.”

Ms. Peerce represents clients in New York State and federal courts, as well as in federal districts throughout the country. She handles criminal and regulatory investigations involving securities regulation, the Internal Revenue Code, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, and government contract procurement and subsidy fraud.

Ms. Peerce is past president of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, the largest regional organization of white collar defense lawyers in the country, and was that organization’s first female officer and president. She has served as the chair of its Federal Sentencing Guidelines Committee. While chair of this committee, she made regular submissions to and testified before the United States Sentencing Guidelines Commission. Ms. Peerce is an NACDL representative on an American Bar Association task force to propose sentencing reforms for economic crimes. She also chaired the Criminal Law Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

“This appointment is recognition of Margie’s vast knowledge of sentencing practices and procedures,” said Henry E. Hockeimer, Jr., Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr’s White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations Group. “With 97 percent of federal cases resulting in guilty pleas, it’s essential to have a thorough understanding of sentencing practices and an exceptional advantage to have a say in the reexamining and restructuring of them.”

Ballard Spahr opened its New York office in July when it joined forces with Stillman & Friedman, a Manhattan litigation boutique. Lawyers in that office, known as Ballard Spahr Stillman & Friedman, focus on white collar criminal defense, municipal securities litigation and enforcement, civil litigation, appellate work, and consumer financial services regulation and litigation.

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