Beth Kaswan has represented plaintiffs in cases involving securities and consumer fraud since 1998. Prior to 1998, Ms. Kaswan served in the Giuliani administration as New York City's Chief Procurement Officer, a Deputy Commissioner in the Department of Investigations and the Finance Department's Chief Counsel.
Ms. Kaswan, having majored in accounting at college, began her career at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. and later served as a trial attorney with the US Department of Justice, Tax Division. In 1985, she joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, and was promoted to Chief of Commercial Litigation and then Deputy Chief of the Civil Division. While employed by the government, Ms. Kaswan litigated several high-profile cases to judgment, including the landmark case of United States v. Gleneagles Inv. Co., where following a multi-stage, thirteen month trial, the fraudulent conveyance laws were first applied to set aside a leveraged buy-out. She also represented the Federal Reserve for its enforcement actions against the rogue bank, BCCI, leading to the global RICO plea agreement and forfeiture of BCCI's $550 million of United States assets; the IRS for its $5 billion claim against Drexel, the Defense Department and MARAD for qui tam and other false claims actions against Goodyear Aerospace, Loral and General Dynamics and the FDA to enjoin the manufacture of adulterated generic drugs. See, e.g., United States v. Gleneagles Inv. Co., 565 F. Supp. 556 ("Gleneagles I"), 571. F. Supp. 935 ("Gleneagles II"), 584 F. Supp. 671 ("Gleneagles III") (M.D. Pa. 1981), aff'd in part and rev'd in part sub. nom., United States v. Tabor Ct. Realty Corp., 803 F.2d 1288 (3d Cir. 1986); In re Smouha ("BCCI"), 136 B.R. 921 (S.D.N.Y. 1992); United States v. Davis, 803 F. Supp. 830 (S.D.N.Y. 1992), aff’d in part and rev'd in part sub. nom., United States v. General Dynamics Corp., 19 F.3d 770 (2d Cir. 1994); United States v. Barr Laboratories, Inc., 812 F. Supp. 458 (D.N.J. 1993).
Ms. Kaswan received several awards from the Justice Department and the agencies she represented, including the Justice Department's John Marshall award, Special Commendation from the Attorney General, a Superior Performance award from the Executive Office of US Attorneys, Tax Division Outstanding Achievement awards, and awards from the FDA Commissioner and US Customs Service. She has testified before the New York legislature as a government expert on money-laundering and lectured in Justice Department training programs on evidence and other subjects.