Richard L. Beizer, Partner Washington, D.C.
rbeizer@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2590
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Rick Beizer is a trial lawyer with years of experience first gained in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, where he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and since then  at Crowell & Moring.  Rick is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been recognized by clients and peers as a top lawyer in Chambers USA in the area of White Collar Crime and Government Investigations. Rick has also been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Euromoney's World's Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers, Corporate Counsel magazine's Best Lawyers in Criminal Defense, and Washingtonian magazine's Top Lawyers in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense.

Rick devotes most of his time to the defense of companies and individuals involved in a broad array of white-collar criminal grand jury investigations and trials. Rick also defends companies and individuals accused of civil violations of the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3729 et seq., litigates complex commercial disputes, and conducts internal corporate compliance investigations.

With respect to his criminal practice, Rick has undertaken representation in a number of substantive areas. These have included government contract labor mischarging, product substitution, and violations of the Truth in Negotiations Act, 10 U.S.C. § 2306a; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; financial reporting; environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act; the Oil Pollution Act, and RCRA; Medicare and Medicaid; export control; mortgage fraud; and bribery, public corruption, "revolving door," and conflict of interest.  

Rick's recent representations have included clients who are subjects in investigations of FCPA violations and investigations of spot trading in the foreign exchange market. In a recent criminal investigation, Rick negotiated a non-prosecution agreement for a government contractor under investigation for allegedly aiding and abetting a violation of the conflict of interest statute and for allegedly obstructing justice during the course of that investigation. In that matter, Rick also assisted in getting the involved government agency to lift a suspension it had imposed on the company's chief executive.

On the civil side, Rick recently secured a win on summary judgment for a contractor accused by a qui tam relator of violating the False Claims Act while performing a contract to prepare technical manuals for the Army. He also assisted teams of Crowell & Moring lawyers in the trial and subsequent winning appeal in the case of United States ex rel. Purcell v. MWI Corp., D.C. Cir. No. 14-5210 (decided Nov. 24, 2015) and in the case of United States ex rel. Hooper. v. Lockheed Martin Co., C.D. Cal. No. CV-08-00561, which resulted in a complete  jury verdict in favor of Crowell & Moring's client. In addition, Rick led a team that scored a significant victory for Academi Training Center in a qui tam suit in the Eastern District of Virginia. Judge T.S. Ellis III dismissed the relators' second amended complaint on both public disclosure and first to file grounds. See United States ex rel. Beauchamp v. Academi Training Center, Inc., 933 F. Supp. 2d 825 (E.D. Va. 2013). 

Rick also represented U.S. Training Center, Inc., formerly known as Blackwater Lodge and Training Center, Inc., several other entities and their former owner, Erik Prince, in the case United States ex rel. Davis v. U.S. Training Center, Inc., 1:08-cv-1244, E.D. Va. (Ellis, J.). Following extensive pretrial motions that resulted in a substantial winnowing of the relators' billion dollar claim and dismissals of Mr. Prince, and five of the six corporate defendants, Rick and his team secured a jury verdict in favor of the sole remaining defendant.  On December 6, 2012, the Fourth Circuit denied relators' multiple challenges to the rulings of the district court and affirmed the judgment. United States ex rel. Davis v. U.S. Training Center, Inc., 498 Fed. App’x. 308 (4th Cir. 2012).

Additionally, Rick served as lead counsel to a general construction company accused of fraud in connection with its work building the American embassy in Iraq.  In the district court, Rick and his team secured a summary judgment in favor of the client. That judgment was affirmed by the Fourth Circuit in United States ex rel. Owens v. First Kuwaiti General Trading & Contracting Co., 612 F.3d 724 (4th Cir. 2010).

In a notable False Claims Act case, United States v. United Technologies Corporation, Sikorsky Aircraft Division, 51 F. Supp. 2d 167 (D. Conn. 1999), Rick successfully defended at trial a helicopter manufacturer from whom the government had sought $13.5 million in damages and penalties. Although during a DCAA audit for defective pricing, the company had offered to settle that claim for $435,000, at trial, Rick secured a judgment for his client on the FCA count and limited the government's recovery on the defective pricing count of less than half the amount the company had offered.

Rick also secured a victory for Sikorsky in United States ex rel. Monda v. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., 2005 WL 1925903, (D. Conn. Aug. 11, 2005). In that qui tam case filed by a DCAA auditor, Rick convinced the court to dismiss the complaint with prejudice on the ground that it failed to plead fraud with particularity in contravention of the requirement of Fed. R. Civ. P. 9(b). Following Rick's oral argument, the Second Circuit, by summary order, affirmed the dismissal.

Before joining Crowell & Moring in 1983, Rick, as noted, served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, including two years as chief of that office's Fraud Division. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing the investigation and prosecution of some of the office's most sensitive cases, including those against Congressmen and senior Executive Branch officials. A chapter in the Evan Thomas biography of the late Edward Bennett Williams, "The Man to See," is devoted to a case, United States v. Antonelli, D.D.C. No. 78-00175 Cr., Rick prosecuted against Mr. Williams's client.

Rick also served as a Deputy Independent Counsel in the 1984 investigation of then presidential adviser Edwin Meese. Rick's involvement in that matter is described in James Stewart's book, "The Prosecutors." Before his stint as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Rick served as a law clerk to the late Albert V. Bryan, Sr., a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He received his A.B. degree cum laude from Harvard University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia.

Rick is a co-author of the Federal Publications book, "Government Contract Fraud" and a frequent lecturer on fraud and False Claims Act issues.

Rick has hosted television interview programs in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2008, Rick's work was recognized with a silver Telly award. He has served as a board member of a charitable foundation and as a coach in youth soccer, basketball and Little League baseball. Rick's hobbies include playing sports and reading.



Affiliations

Rick is admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Virginia, U.S. Supreme Court, District of Columbia Court of Appeals; Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; D.C. Circuit; Second Circuit; Fourth Circuit.



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Speeches & Presentations

  • "Mortgage Broker Fraud," ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime (2008). Speaker: Richard L. Beizer.
  • "Developments Under the False Claims Act," ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime (2000). Co-Authors: Brian C. Elmer and Richard L. Beizer.
  • "Demonstrative Evidence: Primer for a Klutz," ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime (1996). Author: Richard L. Beizer.


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Aug.18.2016 The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Recognizes 38 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.27.2016 Chambers USA Ranks 56 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Oct.27.2015 Super Lawyers Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Aug.25.2015 The Best Lawyers in America 2016 Recognizes 39 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May.19.2015 Chambers USA Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 20 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Sep.30.2014 Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Aug.28.2014 The Best Lawyers In America 2015 Recognizes 40 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jul.01.2014 25 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2014
Sep.03.2013 The Best Lawyers In America 2014 Recognizes 41 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Sep.01.2013 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 64 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.24.2013 Crowell & Moring Recognized by National Law Journal as Washington, D.C. "General Civil Litigation" Department of the Year
Jun.01.2013 26 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2013
Sep.04.2012 The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Recognizes 44 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Sep.01.2012 Super Lawyers 2012 Recognizes 42 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.01.2012 26 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2012
Aug.30.2011 The Best Lawyers in America 2012 Recognizes 43 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.01.2011 28 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2011
Sep.01.2010 Super Lawyers 2010 Recognizes 36 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Aug.03.2010 The Best Lawyers in America 2011 Recognizes 44 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jul.01.2010 28 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2010
Sep.01.2009 Super Lawyers 2009 Recognizes 39 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jul.01.2009 21 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2009
Jul.23.2008 16 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2008
Sep.11.2007 The Best Lawyers in America 2008 Recognizes 34 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.21.2007 Chambers USA Ranks 28 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 13 Practice Areas
Dec.17.2004 Best Lawyers Guide Recognizes Four Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Nov.30.2004 Crowell & Moring Partners Make 'Top Lawyers' List
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