A. Ross Pearlson

Member of the Firm

Ross Pearlson is the co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Group. He is an accomplished litigator with almost 30 years of experience in complex civil litigation and white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions, with an emphasis on health care and securities matters.

Ross has successfully represented corporations and individuals in criminal investigations brought by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Attorney General’s Offices for the States of New York and New Jersey. Ross has represented clients in cases involving allegations of insider trading, kickbacks, public corruption, insurance fraud and Medicare and Medicaid fraud. His clients range from major international conglomerates and domestic corporations to securities firms, broker-dealers, hospitals, surgery centers and other health care businesses and providers. Ross has also been retained by several Fortune 500 companies to conduct internal investigations into allegations of misconduct.

Ross has also handled a wide variety of diverse matters involving civil litigation in state and federal courts. He regularly handles cases involving shareholder oppression, restrictive covenants, unfair competition and other commercial torts and contract disputes, consumer fraud, Insurance Fraud Prevention Act and RICO claims, and securities and other class action litigation. His courtroom experience includes extensive motion practice and hearings and numerous civil and criminal trials and arbitrations. Most recently, Ross was able to convince the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to reverse a trial court's decision against his client, a major investment bank, on a precedential issue involving indemnification and the advancement of legal fees.

Prior to joining the firm, Ross was a member of the Litigation Department of Sills Cummis & Gross PC, where he focused on corporate internal investigations, white collar crime and litigation. Ross also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, prosecuting federal felony cases involving mail, wire and securities fraud, and RICO violations, among others. His success as a federal prosecutor earned him the Director’s Award from Attorney General Janet Reno for Sustained Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney.

Ross was recently inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, the premier association for the Trial Bar in North America which is reserved for the top 1% of trial lawyers in any state or province. Ross has also been selected for inclusion in the 2010-2017 editions of New Jersey Super Lawyers, the 2012-2016 editions of New York Super Lawyers and the 2013-2017 editions of Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law, Regulatory Enforcement Litigation and Securities Litigation.

He was also selected as a ‘Top Rated Lawyer in White Collar Criminal Defense' based on his AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking of both ethical standards and legal ability that Martindale awards.

Education

  • Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1987)
  • Wesleyan University (B.A., with high distinction, 1983)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York