Brad Gershel

Tel 646.346.8034
Fax 212.223.1942
New York

Brad Gershel focuses his practice on advising corporate and individual clients in white collar civil and criminal matters, including government investigations, internal investigations and regulatory compliance. He regularly appears in New York state and federal courts, and has handled criminal and regulatory investigations concerning, for example, alleged violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, wire fraud and mail fraud, money laundering, the federal securities laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and misconduct surrounding government contract procurement.

In addition, Brad is a frequent contributor to Money Laundering Watch, Ballard Spahr's blog focused exclusively on money laundering issues, and a member of the firm's Virtual Currency Team.

Brad began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, New York.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of a former federation president of FIFA in a six-week federal criminal trial concerning conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, honest-services fraud and money laundering.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for an international professional service company relating to alleged New York State lobbying and procurement law violations.
  • Representation of an investment manager charged in the Eastern District of New York with securities fraud and commodities fraud.
  • Representation of a doctor accused of perpetrating a scheme to submit false claims to the federal government.
  • Representation of multiple companies and individuals as recipients of third-party and grand jury subpoenas.

Professional Activities

Federal Bar Council, Member, Committee on Sentencing and Alternatives to Incarceration

New York City Bar Association, Member, Criminal Advocacy Committee


Co-author, "The Growing Risk of Providing Oral Summaries: Preserving Privilege in the Wake of SEC v. Herrera and the Government's Increasing Leverage to Obtain Such Disclosures" Business Crimes Bulletin, May 2018 

Co-author, "The SEC's New Enforcement Tool?" Law360, July 12, 2017 

Co-author, "SEC Embraces its New Enforcement Weapon: Anti-Money Laundering and Reporting Requirements Under the Bank Secrecy Act," The Temple 10-Q, July 10, 2017 

Author, "Sentencing Synthetic Cannabinoid Offenders: No Cognizable Basis," 54 American Criminal Law Review Online 50, 2017 

Co-author, "2016 Year in Review: Money Laundering (Part Two)," Money Laundering Watch, February 6, 2017

Co-author, "2016 Year in Review: Money Laundering (Part One)," Money Laundering Watch, February 1, 2017

Author, "Applying Double Effect in Armed Conflicts: A Crisis of Legitimacy," 27 Emory International Law Review 741, 2013

Emory University School of Law (J.D., 2013)

Michigan State University (B.A., 2010)

New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit