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Dane Ball joined Quinn Emanuel’s Houston, Texas office when it opened in 2014. Mr. Ball is a member of the firm’s White Collar and Corporate Investigations practice and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in White Collar Criminal Defense in Texas by Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly magazines. In recent years, he has focused his practice on representing individuals and companies in their most sensitive legal matters: federal criminal trials and appeals; parallel criminal, civil and administrative proceedings; internal investigations; and federal investigations of companies and individuals as “targets,” “subjects,” and “witnesses.”
Mr. Ball has handled matters involving alleged insider trading; commodities manipulation and cornering; environmental violations; criminal negligence; bribery; theft of trade secrets; trading with sanctioned countries; money laundering; mail, wire and tax fraud; and conspiracy. He has written for national publications on such topics and has taught at University of Houston Law Center.
Mr. Ball is also a member of the firm’s Appellate Practice, and has been called upon in the past by other law firms to consult on issues of motions practice, preservation of error at trial, jury instructions, sentencing, and appeal.
Recent Public Criminal Cases:
United States v. Kaluza, et al. (BP Deepwater Horizon Case) – Defense counsel for a BP “well site leader” in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, including a company internal investigation; civil multi-district litigation and parallel administrative proceedings by the U.S. Coast Guard, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and other quasi-governmental entities; and federal criminal case alleging 22 counts of negligent manslaughter and a Clean Water Act violation.
United States v. Radley, et al. (BP Commodities Trading Case) – Defense counsel for a BP commodities trader in a federal criminal case alleging 26 counts of commodities manipulation, cornering, and wire fraud. The trial court dismissed all 26 counts, and the appellate court affirmed.
United States v. James – Defense counsel for a computer-equipment broker in a federal criminal trial alleging a $15,000,000 fraud through “gray market” sales (commonly called “discount fraud”) against Hewlett-Packard, money laundering, and conspiracy.
United States v. Dawood, et al. – Defense counsel for a mortgage broker in a federal criminal case charging 14 individuals with mortgage fraud and money laundering. The other 13 defendants pled guilty or cooperated. Three days before trial, the Department of Justice offered the client a “deferred prosecution agreement” and later dismissed all charges.
Select Non-Public Government and Internal Company Investigations:
Internal investigation for a large public charter school during an investigation by the Department of Justice, Department of Education, and Internal Revenue Service into the school’s financial and accounting matters.
Representation of an executive at a Fortune 500 oilfield services company in an investigation by the Department of Justice into alleged public corruption.
Representation of executives at Fortune 500 oilfield services companies in separate investigations by the Department of Justice into alleged trading with sanctioned countries.
Representation of a businessman in an investigation by the Department of Justice into alleged insider trading.
Representation of a commercial construction company in an investigation by the Department of Justice and Occupational Safety & Health Administration following the death of a worker at a construction site.
Representation of an executive at a technology manufacturer in an investigation by the Department of Justice into an alleged theft of trade secrets.
Representation of an executive at an industrial manufacturing company in an investigation by the Department of Justice into an alleged fraud against a major oil company.
Representation of employees and shipping companies in separate investigations by the Department of Justice into alleged environmental violations offshore.
Representation of an individual in an investigation by the Department of Justice into alleged fraud in the athletic department of major university.
Representation of an executive at a classification society during an internal investigation into allegations of public corruption overseas.
Select Criminal Appeal Briefs and Arguments:
United States v. Radley, et al., 632 F.3d 177 (5th Cir. 2011) – Addressing manipulation and cornering issues under the Commodities Exchange Act.
United States v. Hoeffner, 626 F.3d 857 (5th Cir. 2010) – Addressing Double Jeopardy Clause issues on interlocutory appeal following a hung jury.
United States v. Bohuchot, et al., 625 F.3d 892 (5th Cir. 2010) – Addressing issues related to constructive amendment of the indictment and “loss” calculation under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.
United States v. Wade, et al., 356 F. App’x 704 (5th Cir. Dec. 17, 2009) – Addressing the admissibility of expert testimony.