DOJ veteran Richard Gregorie joins BRG’s Global Investigations practice

31 January 2019 3 min. read

California-based Berkeley Research Group (BRG), a consulting firm focused on disputes and investigations, corporate finance, and strategy and operations, has made a high-profile addition to their investigations team. Richard Gregorie, best known for his indictments of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega and the Medellin Drug Cartel, has joined BRG as a managing director.

Gregorie retired last year from the US Attorney’s Office in Miami, concluding a distinguished 42-year career with the Department of Justice. An expert in money laundering, racketeering, and extraterritorial jurisdiction, Gregorie handled high-profile prosecutions involving international drug traffickers and heads of state, including Noriega.

Noriega was captured and sent to the US after the 1989 invasion of Panama, and stood trial for charges of racketeering, drug smuggling, and money laundering. Noriega was convicted on most of the charges, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison, though he ultimately served only 17.

Gregorie joined the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida as chief of narcotics in 1982, in the midst of then-President Ronald Reagan’s "War on Drugs." He also served as senior litigation counsel, chief assistant US Attorney, and chief of the criminal division. He has also prosecuted organized crime cases in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

DOJ veteran Richard Gregorie joins BRG's Global Investigations practice

Gregorie's career has intersected with some of the most celebrated subject matter of crime films and television. He also tried cases related to public corruption, terrorism, and fraud.

He has appeared in numerous documentaries, as well as on national programs such as "60 Minutes," "Frontline," and "The Today Show."

"It's not every day that you can add someone with Dick's experience and pedigree – and he knows more about criminal law than anyone I've ever met," Frank Holder, leader of BRG's Global Investigations and Strategic Intelligence practice, said. “He's a well-known figure, having testified before Congressional committees and appeared on national television. His impressive experience in such areas as white collar crimes, sanctions, and regulatory matters makes him a strong addition to our team at BRG."

Gregorie received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award three times. He also received the National Association of Former US Attorneys award as the country's outstanding assistant US Attorney. 

"BRG is regularly involved in high-profile investigations and business intelligence engagements, generating praise as a forward-thinking firm that provides strong expertise and perspectives to clients," Gregorie said. "My more than four decades at the Department of Justice will dovetail nicely with BRG's existing work, particularly in matters related to money laundering and the False Claims Act, and I'm excited to provide strategic counsel and serve as a spokesman for BRG."

BRG has 1,200 employees across offices in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East.

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