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A partner at the Firm since 2001, Jackie Perczek is ranked among the leading lawyers in Florida for White Collar Investigations by Chambers & Partners, the world leader in lawyer rankings. Since 2010, she has been recognized annually as a “Top Lawyer” by the South Florida Legal Guide. Jackie has been named “Best Lawyers” in Criminal Defense: White Collar by U.S. News Best Lawyers, a “Super Lawyer” by Florida Super Lawyers, a “Florida Legal Elite” by Florida Trend, and Best Lawyer in Criminal Defense: White Collar by Best Lawyers Business Edition. Jackie has been twice named as one of the “Top 50 Women Super Lawyers” by Florida Super Lawyers.

Jackie concentrates her practice on white collar investigations and the defense of complex criminal cases. She represents individuals, companies, and executives in investigations and litigation disputes involving the Department of Justice and various law enforcement agencies including the FBI, the Department of Health and Human Services, OIG, ATF, IRS, DEA, Customs and Border Patrol, and the Secret Service.

Jackie’s practice has focused on defending some of the most substantial investigations and prosecutions at the Firm. She often leads the defense teams in the pretrial preparation of complex, massive cases, requiring collaboration with multiple counsel, both in the U.S. and internationally. Most recently, she led individual and corporate counsel in the defense preparation of a multi-million dollar fraud prosecution involving multiple low income housing developments, as well as the three-year defense preparation to confront what the Department of Justice labeled the largest health care fraud case brought in the United States.

“I have the power and passion of grit. I persevere. I am driven by an inner sense of justice and fairness, to hold the government accountable at every turn, regardless of how difficult or chaotic things may seem. I am not afraid of chaos. Together with my partners and my team, we have the ability to manage overwhelming cases, take command of chaos, prepare a massive case for trial, and enter the courtroom more prepared than anyone there. I am tenacious, and I never give up.”

Jackie's experience includes representing:

  • An executive owner of multiple Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Facilities, and a hospital, charged with multiple health care fraud, money laundering, and bribery offenses.

  • The CEO of one of the largest affordable housing developers in the nation in connection with a grand jury investigation and prosecution relating to the procurement of millions of dollars in tax credits to develop low income housing under the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. Following a two-day sentencing hearing, the Court sentenced well below the guideline range. Also, an agreement was obtained from the Department of Justice that mitigated the client’s financial responsibilities to the government.

  • The owner of a seafood importing company with respect to allegations that fish was mislabeled in violation of FDA rules and criminal statutes. No charges were filed.

  • A businessman in relation to allegations of fraud and unpaid cigarette and tobacco taxes. No charges were filed.

  • A celebrity on allegations that the celebrity structured financial transactions and engaged in money laundering. No charges were filed.

  • A podiatrist in relation to a health care fraud investigation into his prescription practices. Obtained a sentence of probation under much reduced charges.

  • A radio personality under investigation for prescription drug abuse. Much lesser charges were filed, and later dropped.

  • Prominent members of the South Florida community in tax evasion investigations relating to UBS and other Swiss bank accounts, including an 83-year old woman charged in one of the largest offshore bank account tax cases. She was sentenced to five seconds (yes, five seconds) of probation.

  • A doctor charged with over-prescribing narcotic pain medication and causing the death of multiple patients. The court of appeals ruled favorably to exclude testimony concerning the deaths.

  • Motion practice in the defense of an outdoor advertising company charged with manslaughter for the alleged electrocution of a 12-year old who supposedly came in contact with the company’s electrified advertising structure. The company was found not guilty.

  • An executive at a paving company in connection with allegations of fraud in the procurement of federally-funded public construction contracts under the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program of the Department of Transportation.

  • An executive at a pharmaceutical business in connection with a fraud prosecution relating to the diversion of blood products.

  • A prominent doctor charged with failure to pay many millions of dollars in taxes, resulting in a highly mitigated sentence.

  • A lawyer charged in an internet chat room sex sting. He was found not guilty.

  • The son of a politician accused of distributing large amounts of Ecstasy at a university. Obtained a minimal sentence.

  • Various individuals in sex-related investigations and prosecutions.

Jackie is a member of the Florida and Massachusetts Bars.  She graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School, where she was an editor of the Rhode Island Book of the Suffolk University Law Review. She was the recipient of the Thomas Drinan Fellowship for dedication to the criminal justice system, and the Harold B. Goodwin, Jr. Scholarship for excellence in trial advocacy.  Jackie received a BA in Economics and a minor in Legal Studies from Brandeis University in 1990. She is fluent in Spanish.

 

Awards and Recognition

  • "Florida Legal Elite," Florida Trend, 2017-2019
  • Chambers & Partners Legal Guide, Florida Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2017-2019
  • "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, 2008-2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 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
AV® Preeminent™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Published Articles

  • 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.

Court Admissions

  • 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

Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • Florida Bar, Animal Law Section
  • Dade County Bar Association

Languages

  • Spanish