Richard Yurko

Donald K. Stern

Counsel


One Washington Mall, 11th Floor Boston, Massachusetts 02108-2603

Tel. (617) 723-6900
Fax. (617) 723-6905
Email. dstern@bizlit.com

Biography

Don has had a diverse and distinguished legal career, almost evenly split between private practice and public service. He has been a partner at three major law firms: Cooley, Bingham McCutchen, and Hale & Dorr (now WilmerHale). Don is the former United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts (1993-2001). As United States Attorney, he was the chief federal law enforcement official in Massachusetts, and directed an office of almost 100 attorneys. He was also the chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (1996-1998). In state government, Don served as the chief legal counsel to Governor Michael S. Dukakis and as Chief of the Government Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office. Don’s practice focuses on internal investigations, white collar defense and business litigation. He has a wealth of experience in representing both companies and individuals in complex civil, criminal and regulatory matters. Because of his background as a federal prosecutor and state assistant attorney general, he often represents clients in grand jury and civil enforcement investigations involving allegations of securities fraud, healthcare fraud, foreign corrupt practices, political corruption, insurance fraud and antitrust. Don has also conducted numerous internal investigations on behalf of public companies and their audit committees.

Articles & Publications

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, LLM, 1973
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1969
  • Hobart College, B.A., 1966

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2009-present
  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent™
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers®, 2004-present
  • The Legal 500, United States 2011 Edition
  • Honorary LL.D from New England School of Law, 1997

Professional Activites

  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, American Bar Association/Department of Justice White Collar Liaison Committee
  • President-Elect, National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys
  • Liaison, American Bar Association Task Force on Corporate Monitors
  • Advisory Board, Facing History and Ourselves
  • Advisory Board, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
  • Advisory Board, YouthConnect
  • Faculty Member, Boston College Law School
  • Lecturer, Harvard Law School, 2003-2006
  • Board Member, Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, appointed by Supreme Judicial Court, 2006-2013
  • Chair of a blue-ribbon commission appointed by the governor to investigate allegations involving the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, 2002
  • Appointed by the Boston Police Commissioner to investigate the circumstances leading to the death of a college student who was shot with a pepper ball projectile by the Boston Police following the Red Sox-Yankees American League Championship Series, 2004
  • Appointed to investigate the death of David Woodman, who died after being arrested following the Celtics victory, 2006