Paul H. Tzur

Biography

Paul H. Tzur focuses his practice on high-stakes white collar defense and complex commercial litigation matters. An accomplished trial and appellate lawyer, Paul represents corporate clients as well as their boards, audit committees, officers, directors, and other individuals on government enforcement matters, internal investigations, and related litigation. Paul’s practice also includes representing clients in complex business, intellectual property, and healthcare-related disputes.

Prior to joining Blank Rome, Paul served for almost nine years as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago where he investigated, prosecuted, and supervised hundreds of cases involving a wide range of criminal offenses. As a prosecutor in the Securities & Commodities Fraud Section, Paul’s matters included corporate accounting fraud, insider trading, unlawful market manipulation, and bank fraud. In this role, Paul also investigated and prosecuted the theft of trade secrets, Medicare fraud, and various other fraud schemes. He tried a dozen jury and bench cases to verdict and argued over ten appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Most recently, Paul served in supervisory roles as a deputy chief in the General Crimes Section and later in the Narcotics & Money Laundering Section. In those roles, Paul oversaw and trained prosecutors in numerous investigations and prosecutions touching on a diverse variety of subjects.

Following law school, Paul clerked for the Honorable Steven M. Colloton at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and then worked as a litigation attorney at a leading Am Law 100 firm. There, Paul represented companies and corporate officers in merger litigation against shareholders claiming breach of fiduciary duties and unfair dealing and also worked on investigations against the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and self-regulatory organizations.

During law school, Paul served as a member of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. Before law school, Paul worked as a mechanical engineer for Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Outside the Firm

Paul is a proud father of three. He enjoys spending his spare time swimming and playing golf.

Experience

As assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois, Paul:

  • Led the prosecution of the CEO and other executives at a publicly traded manufacturing company accused of revenue recognition accounting fraud.
  • Successfully prosecuted unlawful insider trading by an employee of a publicly traded waste management company resulting in profits and avoidance of losses of over $300,000.
  • Led the prosecution of the owner of a privately held construction financing company and her boyfriend accused of bank fraud.
  • Investigated alleged unlawful spoof trading by multiple high-frequency traders at various proprietary trading firms in the Chicago area.
  • Led the prosecutions of psychologists, social workers, and others who committed Medicare fraud by claiming to have conducted thousands of mental health sessions that were not performed.
  • Investigated the employee of a leading derivatives market exchange for theft of intellectual property.
  • Led the narcotics and money-laundering prosecutions of over 20 individuals responsible for shipping more than 1,500 kilograms of heroin and cocaine to Chicago and elsewhere.
  • Led the prosecution of wire fraud conducted by the auditor of a nonprofit network that coordinated organ and tissue donations in Illinois and elsewhere.

Recognitions

  • 2018, Mitch Mars Prosecutorial Excellence Award, presented by the Chicago Crime Commission
  • 2013, National Award for Group Achievement, presented by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association

Affiliations

Professional Activities

Paul has taught advanced evidence and trial advocacy at the National Advocacy Center at the Department of Justice.

Credentials

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Education

  • Duke University, BS, cum laude
  • Northwestern University School of Law, JD, cum laude