Mr. Rush is a partner with the firm and concentrates his practice on litigation as a trial lawyer, with emphasis on internal investigations, corporate criminal defense, Bank Secrecy Act and AML issues, False Claims Act defense and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Rush has defended public and private corporations, financial institutions, public officials, government contractors, hospitals and healthcare systems who are subjects of federal and state grand jury investigations and investigations by various federal and state agencies. His representations also include defending and counseling corporations and individuals charged with violations of various federal and state statutes such as: Bank Secrecy Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, False Claims Act, securities laws, tax statutes, mail and wire fraud, healthcare fraud, environmental violations and money laundering. Mr. Rush has coordinated and conducted internal and special committee investigations and due diligence projects within the United States and in numerous foreign countries related to anti-corruption issues, fraud, money laundering, and corporate governance issues. Mr. Rush assisted in the representation of a Presidential Advisor in the Independent Counsel Investigation of President Clinton. Mr. Rush also served as an investigator for the WorldCom bankruptcy examiner investigating corporate governance issues. He also represents the Pennsylvania House and Senate Republican Caucuses.
Mr. Rush was trial counsel in the case of United States v. Cyril H. Wecht, No. 06-26 (W.D.Pa.). The U.S. Attorney’s Office obtained an 84-count indictment against Dr. Wecht, a public official and internationally renowned forensic pathologist, charging, inter alia, honest services fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud. Following a nine week trial the jury could not reach a verdict on any count. The defense then re-raised suppression issues. The evidence was suppressed and all remaining charges were dismissed. This case also involved testimony before Congress regarding selective political prosecutions.
From 1991-1995, Mr. Rush served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania where his responsibilities included conducting grand jury investigations and prosecutions of various types of fraud and organized crime. During that time, Mr. Rush also lectured and published for the Executive Office of United States Attorneys, Attorney General Advocacy Institute on innovative uses of the racketeering statutes.
Mr. Rush has previously served as a United States Army Judge Advocate assigned to the U.S. Army, Japan. He was also appointed as a Japan Trial Court U.S. Representative by the U.S. Ambassador to Japan.
Mr. Rush has been inducted into The Academy of Trial Lawyers, Allegheny County. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.) and Corporate Counsel Magazine Top Lawyers for criminal defense-white collar. Mr. Rush has received an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating. Mr. Rush is also listed in PA Super Lawyers. He is a contributing author to Sarbanes-Oxley Planning & Compliance, published by Thompson Publishing Group, November 2003; and Forensic Experts in Criminal Trials, Expert Witness Answer Book, Practicing Law Institute 2012.