Jackie Perczek joined the firm in 1997 and became a partner in 2001. Her practice focuses on the defense of white collar federal offenses, and she handles significant representations for the Firm. She has defended clients in complex grand jury investigations and trials throughout Florida and in other federal districts in the United States. Ms. Perczek's practice includes the management and defense of massive federal cases involving millions of documents and hundreds of witnesses and experts on both sides. Since joining the firm, Ms. Perczek has defended cases involving a variety of federal offenses including bank and health-care fraud, public corruption, bribery, extortion, gambling, telemarketing, employment of unauthorized aliens, prescription drugs, and the internet and sex crimes. Ms. Perczek is listed in Best Lawyers in America, as well as being named as a Florida Super Lawyer and a Top Lawyer by the South Florida Legal Guide.
State of Florida v. Rush Limbaugh - Radio talk-show host. Charged with multiple counts of felony doctor shopping. All charges were dismissed and the case was successfully diverted out of the criminal justice system.
Representation of clients targeted by the UBS Swiss banking investigation, as well as prominent members of the South Florida community in tax evasion investigations. Defended a doctor charged with over-prescribing narcotic pain medication, resulting in the death of two patients. At the time in 2009, this was the largest such case filed in Florida. Trial preparation included review, managements, and trial use of millions of documents, including Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare records, insurance billing records, patient medical charts, prescription and pharmacy records, and hospital records.
Worked as part of the trial team defending the largest healthcare fraud case filed in the United States in 2005. Trial preparation included review, managements, and trial use of millions of documents. One of the alleged leaders of the Medellin cocaine cartel in the 1980s, was charged in the United States in 1999. Ms. Perczek's role included review, managements, and trial use of hundreds of thousands of documents and massive wiretap evidence. Defended a lawyer in U.S. District Court, who was charged with using the internet to meet and have sex with an undercover police officer posing as a child. The client was found not guilty. Defended a client in a white-collar federal investigation involving the Bank Secrecy Act. The defense team convinced the government not to indict the client.
State of Florida v. Eller Media Company (now Clearchannel Outdoor) - Played a key role in writing the pleadings in this unprecedented state-court prosecution of a corporation for manslaughter in the alleged electrocution death of a 12-year old boy. The jury found Eller Media not guilty as the defense was able to prove that the boy died as a result of being struck by lightning. Ms. Perzcek has also defended a number of clients in cases involving child pornography or internetrelated sexual offenses against children.
Represented Dr. Robert Ignasiak who was charged in a 54-count indictment with health care fraud and illegally dispensing controlled substances. He was found guilty and sentenced to 292 months' imprisonment. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Dr. Ignasiak's conviction. Represented Mary Estelle Curran, an elderly widow charged in one of the largest offshore bank account tax cases for failing to pay taxes and disclose $43 million held in accounts at UBS and LGT in Switzerland. At sentencing in United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida Ms. Curran was sentenced to probation, which was immediately terminated, resulting in perhaps the shortest term of probation ever imposed in a federal criminal case -- five seconds of federal probation.
Awards and Recognition
"Florida Legal Elite," Florida Trend, 2017-2018 Chambers & Partners Legal Guide, Florida Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2017-2018 "Best Lawyers," U.S. News Best Lawyers: Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2014-2019 Best Lawyers Business Edition, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2016 "Top Lawyers," South Florida Legal Guide, 2010-2019 "Top 50 Women Florida Super Lawyers," Florida Super Lawyers, 2013, 2016 "Super Lawyer," Florida Super Lawyers, 2008-2018 AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Authored "On Efficiency, Punishment, Deterrence and Fairness: A Survey of Punitive Damages Law and a Proposed Jury Instruction," which was published in 27 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 825 (1993) Recipient, Thomas Drinan Fellowship (for dedication to the criminal justice system), 1993 Recipient, Harold B. Goodwin, Jr. Scholarship (for excellence in trial advocacy), 1993
The United States Supreme Court has granted a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the case of United States v Kaley. The question being reviewed is whether criminal defendants who cannot use their assets to retain counsel of choice because of an asset freeze have the constitutional right to challenge the government's underlying charges during a pretrial hearing. In an article with the same title published by the South Florida Legal Journal, Ms. Perzcek explains How The Government Wrongfully Freezes Assets.
Florida, 1995 Massachusetts, 1995 U.S. Supreme Court, 2000 U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2001 U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2008 U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1997
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Federal Bar Association