Jonathan Biran, Ty Kelly and Alison C. Schurick have joined the Government Enforcement and Investigations Group at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.
Biran joins Baker Donelson as a shareholder in the firm’s Baltimore and Washington offices. He assists companies and individuals who are under investigation by governmental bodies, or who have been sued or charged by prosecutors or other regulators. His extensive prosecution and criminal and civil defense experience has included representing Fortune 500 companies as well as corporate executives in many states and abroad, including bet-the-company complex litigation matters. Biran has represented numerous individuals in white collar criminal investigations and indicted cases in Maryland, the District of Columbia and other jurisdictions and has also represented numerous clients in matters before various regulators, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the FDIC. Prior to private practice, Biran was a federal prosecutor for more than 17 years. He served as the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s lead in handling cases referred by the National Security Agency Office of Inspector General, and served as the Appellate Chief of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland. He was recognized with the United States Attorneys’ Award for Excellence in the Prosecution of Fraud. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland, Biran was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut. He began his career in the Department of Justice as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section.
Kelly joins Baker Donelson as a shareholder in the firm’s Baltimore and Washington offices. She is an experienced trial lawyer representing companies and individuals in a broad range of civil, administrative, white collar criminal and tax-related matters. She has represented numerous individuals and businesses in white collar criminal investigations and indicted cases and has also represented a wide array of clients in complex litigation related matters before regulators, licensing boards and the Attorney General’s Office of Maryland. Prior to private practice, Kelly served for seven years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, where she prosecuted a wide variety of white collar crime and public corruption cases and also served as the district’s Election Official and the Procurement Fraud Coordinator. Prior to becoming an Assistant United States Attorney, Ms. Kelly served as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Fraud Section, after being admitted into the prestigious Attorney General Honors Program. As a Fraud Section trial attorney, she investigated and prosecuted significant white collar criminal cases. During her tenure at the Fraud Section, she also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia trying cases in the District of Columbia Superior Court.
Schurick joins the firm as an associate in the firm’s Baltimore offices. She focuses her practice on representing individuals and entities threatened with or facing government action, investigation or litigation. Her practice also includes a broad range of administrative, civil and white collar criminal matters. Prior to private practice, Schurick served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Michele D. Jaklitsch of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County for two years. A graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, Schurick practiced as a Rule 16 Attorney in the Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic and interned for Magistrate Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. She also interned at the Maryland Office of the Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division, where she earned her mediation certificate.