Dan Eckhart is a former federal agent and federal prosecutor. He now represents individuals and businesses in a wide range of criminal and civil matters. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Kansas and Missouri and is involved in federal cases throughout the country. Mr. Eckhart is uniquely qualified to handle fraud, narcotics, money laundering, excessive or deadly force cases, False Claims Act/Qui Tam claims, and Asset Forfeiture matters. Mr. Eckhart will work with you or your organization through the initial discovery, internal investigative, grand jury investigative, plea negotiation, trial and sentencing stages of the case.
Mr. Eckhart's prior government service includes over twenty years with the Department of Justice and three years with the Department of Treasury. Mr. Eckhart worked as a Special Agent with the U.S. Customs Service and was an Assistant Regional Counsel with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). He distinguished himself by becoming a Special Operations Response Team (SORT or SWAT) member and taught deadly use of force throughout the United States. Mr. Eckhart spent the last ten years of his government career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (federal prosecutor) in the Middle District of Florida working in the Civil, Asset Forfeiture and Criminal Divisions. Mr. Eckhart helped start the Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) Team for the Orlando Division and specialized in money laundering, white collar, and complex drug trafficking prosecutions. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Eckhart traveled overseas for international money laundering investigations and assisted with the forfeiture of tens of millions of dollars of criminal proceeds. Mr. Eckhart also prosecuted individuals for drug trafficking, mortgage fraud, conspiracy, securities fraud, child pornography, income tax evasion, sex trafficking, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, embezzlement, wire and mail fraud, carjacking, firearms offenses, immigration offenses, Medicare fraud, and violations of the Bank Secrecy Act.
Mr. Eckhart left the U.S. Attorney's Office to start the False Claims/Qui Tam practice at one of the nation's premiere products liability firms, Newsome & Melton. Within a year, he was offered the opportunity to become the first General Counsel and Corporate Security Officer at Seaside National Bank & Trust, in Orlando, Florida. After nearly three years with Seaside Bank, Mr. Eckhart decided to fulfill his dream by establishing his own law firm.
Dan Eckhart has a long-standing record of excellence which has earned him a high degree of credibility with judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, and members of the bar throughout the nation.