Tai H. Park

Partner, New York

Biography

“When we’re in a difficult position, he always finds a way out - it’s amazing how he can always find a solution for our issues.”
Chambers USA 2018

Overview

Tai Park is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on white collar criminal and regulatory defense, related securities class action litigation and other complex litigation. His experience includes the representation of individual executives and companies, including commercial and investment banks, accounting firms, and investment funds and their advisers, in a wide variety of criminal, regulatory and civil matters. Tai has extensive experience leading internal investigations and has served as a Monitor for major organizations.

In addition, Tai has extensive experience advising clients on complex civil litigation. He represents clients across a variety of industries, including technology, financial services, and manufacturing. Tai combines his trial skills with his deep experience as a litigator to obtain early, efficient and successful outcomes for his clients. He was one of 40 lawyers invited by the judges of the US District Court in the Southern District of New York to assist the Court in devising a pilot project for the most efficient management of complex civil litigation in the courthouse.

Tai served for ten years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he held various positions, including Senior Trial Counsel in the Securities & Commodities Fraud Task Force, as well as Chief of the Narcotics Unit. As a prosecutor, Tai obtained convictions in each of the many jury trials he handled and was awarded the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service.

Before joining White & Case, Tai was a managing partner at a boutique white collar criminal defense firm. Prior to that, he spent ten years as a litigation partner at another international law firm.

Tai is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is consistently listed as an accomplished white collar defense lawyer in leading publications, including Chambers.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Education
JD
New York University School of Law
BS
Columbia College
Languages
English
Korean

Experience

Criminal/Regulatory Matters

  • Co-lead counsel for leading telecommunications company targeted in SEC investigation for earnings management and other accounting fraud allegations. Matter settled on favorable terms.
  • Lead counsel for a Big Four accounting firm during the course of high-profile investigation by US and Korean authorities into allegations that founding chairman of conglomerate client of the accounting firm had engaged in systematic bribery of top Korean officials.
  • Lead counsel for major international law firm in connection with USAO investigation into fatalities caused by defect in products manufactured by law firm's client.
  • Represented a client portfolio manager of a large hedge fund who had been notified that he was the target of an insider trading investigation conducted by US Attorney's Office ("USAO") and Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and that he would be charged imminently. The hedge fund was charged, along with other members of the Firm, but client was not charged.
  • Represented the former chief operating officer of a CDO management firm who had been told charges were being considered against her by SEC in connection with failed CDOs. Firm and principal were charged, but client was not charged.
  • Represented a former analyst at multinational bank that underwrote various CDOs who received a Wells notice from SEC indicating intent to charge him with fraud. The bank and other employees of firm were charged.
  • Lead trial counsel for Macau real estate developer charged with bribing ambassadors to UN in connection with plans to build a UN conference center in Macau.

Internal investigations and related activities

  • Served as Integrity Monitor for large not-for-profit organization whose previous CEO was convicted of kickback scheme in high profile prosecution brought by New York Attorney General's Office. Reported to multiple New York State and City agencies for over three years.
  • Led dozens of corporate investigations reporting to Board or senior management of public companies regarding allegations of: accounting and/or disclosure misrepresentations in financial statements, FCPA violations, insider trading, Reg FD violations and improper asset allocation and self-dealing by portfolio managers.
Publications

Inside the Minds: Managing White Collar Legal Issues, Aspatore Books, October 2008

Asset forfeiture hits the suites, The National Law Journal, July 21, 2008

Are the Sentencing Guidelines More Than ‘Advisory’?, Business Crimes Bulletin, May 2008

Awards and Recognition

Consistently ranked by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in the White Collar Crime & Government Investigations category

The Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Award, 2011

Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service, 1997

DOJ Director's Award for Superior Performance, 1996