Edward B. MacMahon, Jr. is a nationally recognized attorney with more than 30 years of first chair trial practice experience in numerous state, federal, and international courts. His focus is on white collar criminal defense, national security cases, public corruption, as well as a wide range of civil cases, including wrongful death and personal injury claims. He also represents individuals before grand jury investigations as well as officers and directors involved in SEC investigations and internal corporate investigations.
MacMahon is widely known to his peers as an attorney who excels as a counselor and advocate in and out of the Courtroom. His legal career started as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and has spanned representation of individuals charged with major crimes from the time of the Iran Contra Scandal, the September 11 attacks, and in numerous public corruption investigations.
MacMahon is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized in numerous publications over the years as among the preeminent lawyers in his field.
United States v. Jeffrey A. Sterling, In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; Lead counsel in trial alleging violations of Espionage Act arising from alleged leaks of National Defense Information by former Central Intelligence Agency agent to a writer for the New York Times; Case established precedent of no reporters’ privilege in Fourth Circuit; case involved substantial litigation of classified matters in district court and Fourth Circuit under Classified Information Procedures Act (“CIPA”).
United States v. Zacarias Moussaoui, In the United District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; Lead appointed trial counsel in criminal action alleging conspiracy to participate in terrorist acts of September 11, 2001. Case involved largest amount of classified information produced in a criminal case and substantial pre-trial and appellate CIPA litigation. Appointed twice to represent Moussaoui by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding government interlocutory appeals of classified materials disputes under CIPA and witness access issues. Reported opinion at 333 F. 3d 509 (4th Cir. 2003); affirmed by amended opinion at 382 F. 3d 452 (4th Cir., 2004) cert. denied, 125 S. Ct. 1670 (2005).
Case spanned five years of pretrial work and interlocutory appeals. Trial to jury for eight weeks. Staff at times consisted of approximately 70 lawyers and paralegals. Presented televised address regarding trial to Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, Fourth Circuit and Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.
Dan Rather v. CBS, Inc., In the Supreme Court for the County of New York; representation of principal investigative witness and former FBI agent Erik Rigler who conducted initial investigation of President Bush’s Texas Air National Guard record. Prevailed in litigation to seal all discovery provided by cDan Rather v. CBS, Inc., In the Supreme Court for the County of New York; representation of principal investigative witness and former FBI agent Erik Rigler who conducted initial investigation of President Bush’s Texas Air National Guard record. Prevailed in litigation to seal all discovery provided by client to Mr. Rather in The Supreme Court of New York before Justice Ira Gammerman.
Bryanston Group v. Empire Resorts, In the Supreme Court for the County of New York; lead counsel for foreign national in civil case seeking the redemption of $30 million in preferred shares in a casino company in New York State. Case resolved after three years of extensive litigation for publicly disclosed amount between $25 and $34 million.
United States v. Lee Calhoun, In the United States District Court for the District of Columbia; representation of client charged with federal campaign finance violations surrounding corruption investigation of the Mayor of the District of Columbia and others.
United States v. April Spittle, In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; campaign finance prosecution surrounding donations to Clinton Campaign.
United States v. Mark Zachares, In the United States District Court for the District of Columbia; representation of former Counsel to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in matter related to the prosecution of Jack Abramoff and others.
Tamam v. Fransbank, In the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; representation of Lebanese Bank in civil case alleging violations of Alien Tort Claims Act. Case dismissed with prejudice. Case involved allegations that Lebanese bank entity was engaged in the financing of terrorism in Israel. Case Dismissed 2010 and reported at 677 F.Supp.2d 720 (S.D.N.Y. 2010).
United States v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, et. al., In the Military Commissions Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; representation of co-defendant Walid Bin Attash who was facing the death penalty in relation to the attacks of September 11, 2001; representation in conjunction with military attorneys and as part of the John Adams Project sponsored by National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Representation ended in 2009. Not now engaged in renewed Military Commissions case.
United States v. Ali Al-Timimi, In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Criminal action involving allegations of Solicitation of Conspiracy to Wage War and other Firearms Charges. Case currently on remand in District Court alleging Brady violations and prosecutorial misconduct. One of only a few cases to charge conspiracy to wage war against the United States since the trial of Aaron Burr. Trial lasted three weeks with jury out for seven days. Case featured in recent book and film by Jeremy Scahill tilted Dirty Wars.
John W. Kluge Trust v. Trump Virginia, In the Circuit Court of Albemarle County, Virginia; representation of Kluge Trust in dispute over sale of real estate to Trump Interests. Case settled. Suit alleging fraud in the inducement of sale of real property.Case resolved in 2013.
Carpathia v. CCCI, In the Circuit Court of Loudoun County, Virginia; case involved defense of claims for violation of confidentiality agreements and trade secrets; case tried to jury over two weeks with verdict of 5% of claimed damages. Original claim was for $35 million in damages. Case tried over a two-week period. Client CCCI is a structured cable contractor in Virginia. Jury Verdict in 2012.
IPOC v. Diligence and Barbour, Griffith & Rogers, In the United States District Court for the District of Columbia; successful representation of Washington, DC lobbying firm in case involving cellular assets in Russia; case dismissed with prejudice. Case involved allegations of conspiring to injure Russian entity through industrial espionage. Case Dismissed 2008.
The Honorable Claude M. Hilton
Chief Judge, United States District Court
For The Eastern District of Virginia
Admitted to practice in state and federal courts:
Commonwealth of Virginia
District of Columbia
Member of Bar
State of New York
U.S. Supreme Court
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Admitted to Bar of the International Criminal Court.
Admitted toDefense Bar for Special Tribunal for Lebanon at The Hague.
Member of the International Criminal Bar
Tulane University School of Law, J.D.
University of Virginia, B.A.
Top Secret-SCI (Granted 2002/Renewed 2014)