Caroline M. Roberto, Law Office of Caroline M. Roberto
(Counsel to Mr. Timothy Curley)
Caroline M. Roberto has been engaged exclusively in federal and state criminal defense throughout Pennsylvania and elsewhere for over 25 years. Ms. Roberto represents individuals in all criminal matters and is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer.
In 2011, Ms. Roberto won Showers v. Beard in the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Mrs. Showers was granted a new trial after spending 18 years in prison. Ms. Roberto also won Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Betty Legg, where the Pennsylvania Supreme Court first recognized major depression as diminished capacity to mitigate first to third degree murder. In 2001, Ms. Roberto won the appeal in Szuchon v. Lehman, in the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit where Mr. Szuchon’s 20 year-old death sentence was overturned.
Ms. Roberto is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America, and was the 2011 Josel Advocacy Award recipient presented by the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal defense Lawyers. She is a frequent lecturer on the subjects of trial tactics and jury selection. Ms. Roberto has earned the highest legal ability rating through professional peer assessment (Martindale-Hubbell) and is consistently selected as an outstanding lawyer through extensive and confidential peer review (Best Lawyers in America and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers). In 2010, she was named Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year.
An active member of the legal community, Ms. Roberto co-founded the Women’s Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania and is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. She is also a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Ms. Roberto earned a BA from Duquesne University and is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College. She received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree from the University of Memphis.
Thomas J. Farrell, Farrell & Reisinger, LLC
(Counsel to Mr. Gary Schultz)
Thomas Farrell is a partner at Farrell & Reisinger, LLC specializing in criminal defense and complex civil litigation. He tried the largest fraud case ever prosecuted in Western Pennsylvania, the $600 million Le-Nature’s case; he won the largest citizen’s suit recovery ever in a Clean Water Action in Pennsylvania; he obtained the Department of Justice’s intervention in a $33 billion false claims action against the for-profit educational institution EDMC; and he has represented major league baseball players in grand jury and Congressional investigations. As a federal prosecutor, he was best known for his prosecutions of public officials.
With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Farrell handles pre-indictment investigations, negotiations and the representation of witnesses and victims, as well as trials, appeals and post-conviction petitions. He focuses on white collar matters such as health care fraud, tax evasion, complex securities frauds, and environmental crimes, and bank, wire and mail fraud. In addition, Mr. Farrell has worked extensively in civil rights litigation, commercial fraud litigation, corporate compliance and internal investigations and the prosecution of qui tam or whistleblower claims in connection with government contracts and the health care and education industries.
Formerly, Mr. Farrell served as Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in Pittsburgh, where he prosecuted financial crimes and public corruption. For his work on such cases, he was awarded the Director’s Award from the Executive Offices of United States Attorneys. Before his term as an AUSA, Mr. Farrell was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Eastern District of New York. He started his career as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Diamond of the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Farrell has earned a preeminent “AV” peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected to Best Lawyers in America in the areas of white-collar and non-white-collar criminal defense every year since 2005. Mr. Farrell is the author of the practical two-volume treatise “Criminal Defense Tools and Techniques,” which was published in 2008 by James Publishing (San Francisco, CA). He teaches Criminal Procedure as an adjunct professor at Duquesne Law School.
In addition, Mr. Farrell is active in community affairs and in efforts to improve the legal system. He is a member of the board of directors of the Greater Pittsburgh ACLU. He sits as a hearing officer for the Pennsylvania Attorneys Disciplinary Board and has presided over a Coroner’s inquest in Westmoreland County involving allegations against a public official.
He received a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1986, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Farrell received his B.A., cum laude, in Philosophy from Yale University in 1983.