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Martin S. Bell
 

Martin S. Bell

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Martin S. Bell, former Assistant U.S. Attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, represents companies, boards and executives in government and internal investigations and high-profile disputes. Martin served as a senior member of the Securities and Commodities Task Force and the Public Corruption Unit in the SDNY, and previously served as a member of the Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Unit.

As a federal prosecutor, Martin served as lead counsel on behalf of the United States in fourteen jury trials and argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on nine occasions. While at the SDNY, Martin investigated and prosecuted a variety of financial and corruption-related crimes, including securities, accounting, and other financial fraud, bribery, obstruction of justice, money laundering, sanctions violations, and various offenses giving rise to civil and criminal asset forfeiture. In addition, he worked on cases involving criminal civil rights violations. Martin was honored with several awards for his service, including the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Prosecutor of the Year Award in 2018 and the Assistant Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award in 2016. Martin was also recently named a “Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal.

Prior to joining the SDNY, Martin practiced at another international law firm and was a law clerk to the Hon. Eric N. Vitaliano of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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Work Highlights

Trial and investigative experience prior to joining Simpson Thacher includes:

  • United States v. Norman Seabrook and Murray Huberfeld: Prosecution and trial of a union executive and a hedge fund founder for their roles in a bribery scheme
  • United States v. 650 Fifth Avenue and Related Properties: The largest civil asset forfeiture trial in Department of Justice history, part of the decade-long litigation of the forfeiture of a skyscraper owned by Iranian government fronts in violation of U.S. sanctions
  • United States v. Jeremy Reichberg: Prosecution and trial of a community leader who orchestrated a years-long police bribery conspiracy involving executive NYPD officials
  • United States v. James Moore: Trial of a participant in a $40 million investment scheme involving misrepresentations to investors in a workspace-share company
  • United States v. BNP Paribas S.A.: Investigation and prosecution of world’s sixth-largest bank for sanctions violations, resulting in a historic guilty plea and $8.9 billion financial penalty
Accolades
  • New York Law Journal, 2021 “Rising Star”
Education
  • Harvard Law School, 2006 J.D.
  • Harvard University, 2003 B.A.
    cum laude
Clerkships
  • Hon. Eric N. Vitaliano, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
Admissions
  • New York 
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York 
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York  
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 

Martin S. Bell, a former federal prosecutor and accomplished trial lawyer, represents companies, boards and executives in government and internal investigations and high-profile disputes.

Prior to joining the Firm, Martin served for over ten years in the Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. There, he was a senior member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and Public Corruption Unit, and also served as a member of the Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Unit. As a federal prosecutor, Martin investigated and prosecuted some of the Southern District’s most significant and high-profile cases across an array of subject matters, including securities, accounting, and other financial fraud, bribery, obstruction of justice, money laundering, sanctions violations, criminal civil rights violations, and various offenses giving rise to civil and criminal asset forfeiture. 

Martin served as lead counsel on behalf of the United States in fourteen jury trials, and argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on nine occasions. Select trial experience prior to joining Simpson Thacher includes:

  • United States v. Norman Seabrook and Murray Huberfeld: Honest services fraud trial involving a union executive and a hedge fund founder;
  • United States v. 650 Fifth Avenue and Related Properties: Civil asset forfeiture trial that was the largest in the history of the Department of Justice, and a critical part of the decade-long litigation of the forfeiture of a skyscraper owned by Iranian government fronts in violation of U.S. sanctions;
  • United States v. Jeremy Reichberg: Bribery trial of a community leader who orchestrated a years-long police bribery conspiracy involving executive-level NYPD officials;
  • United States v. James Moore: Fraud trial of a participant in a $40 million investment scheme involving misrepresentations to investors in a workspace-share company;
  • United States v. Albert Baldeo: Trial of elected Queens political party official who obstructed the FBI’s investigation into his campaign finance practices; and
  • United States v. Brian Coll: Trial of a corrections officer convicted of causing the wrongful death of an inmate.

In addition to his experience at trial, Martin was a member of the team that secured the multibillion-dollar resolution of a sanctions case against the world’s sixth-largest bank in U.S. v. BNP Paribas, S.A., and led criminal and civil proceedings against a smuggler of Mongolian dinosaur fossils. He was honored with several awards for his service, including the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Prosecutor of the Year Award in 2018 and the Assistant Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award in 2016. Martin was also recently named a “Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal.

Martin frequently speaks on subjects relating to white collar crime and serves as an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, where he teaches a lecture course on organized and white collar crime.

Prior to joining the Southern District, Martin practiced at another international law firm and was a law clerk to the Hon. Eric N. Vitaliano of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He delivered the Graduate Oration at Harvard University’s 355th Commencement Exercises upon his graduation from Harvard Law School and received his B.A., cum laude, from Harvard University. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Martin recently completed a term on the Board of Trustees for Regis High School.

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