Shamoil Shipchandler

Shamoil Shipchandler headshot 5-12-14 (457x640)Shamoil T. Shipchandler is a white collar defense partner at Bracewell & Giuliani in Dallas, where he counsels corporate and individual clients regarding statutory and regulatory compliance and advises companies and corporations who were victimized through white collar crime or cybercrime.  Previously, Shamoil was a former Deputy Criminal Chief with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas, where he served for nearly 10 years as the Attorney-in-Charge of the Plano Office and as the Asset Forfeiture Chief. During his tenure with the Department of Justice, Shamoil handled the prosecution of some of the largest and most significant complex white collar matters in North Texas, including cases involving securities fraud, mortgage fraud, tax evasion, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, computer sabotage, money laundering, public corruption, theft of trade secrets and immigration fraud.

Shamoil is a frequent nationwide instructor regarding trial techniques, professional responsibility, asset forfeiture, money laundering and substantive white collar crimes. Shamoil has developed and presented financial investigations courses to U.S. Attorney’s offices and local state and federal law enforcement, as well as to Bosnian and Macedonian prosecutors and judges. Shamoil received the 2011 Director’s Award, a Department of Justice-wide recognition, for his work in the United States v. Barry, et al. prosecution.

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