Bar Admissions

  • New York

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Cornell Law School, 2003
  • M.A., French Language, Middlebury College, 2000
  • B.A., Comparative Literature, Yale University, 1996
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Kan M. Nawaday

Partner

A former corruption and fraud prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York, Kan Nawaday is a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer, having tried 15 federal criminal jury trials and briefed and argued numerous federal appeals. He also led over 100 investigations and prosecutions, including those involving complex financial fraud; campaign finance fraud; bank, mortgage, and tax fraud; healthcare fraud; government contract and public infrastructure project fraud; money laundering; art fraud; and bribery of public officials. He served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office from 2009 to 2018, in several units of that office, including the public corruption and asset forfeiture units.

In addition, Kan led and coordinated investigations with numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General (DOJ-OIG); the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG); the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; the Department of Homeland Security; the U.S. Department of Labor; the U.S. Department of Transportation; the New York City Department of Investigation; the Port Authority of the states of New York and New Jersey, Office of the Inspector General (PA-OIG); the New York State Attorney General’s Office; and the Manhattan and Bronx District Attorney’s Offices.

Significant matters in which Kan was the lead or co-lead counsel include:

  • The prosecution and trial of a union president and a hedge fund founder for an approximately $20 million bribery scheme.
  • The prosecution and trial of the CEO of a construction company and his company for fraud relating to the over $500 million construction of the World Trade Center Freedom Tower and Transportation Hub in New York City.
  • The prosecution of the CEO of a national ticket brokerage company for operating an approximately $70 million Ponzi scheme.
  • The prosecution of a medical doctor and two nurses for running a healthcare fraud scheme that defrauded Medicare of approximately $9 million.
  • The prosecution of an attorney for participating in a multi-million-dollar mortgage fraud scheme involving numerous mortgages and properties.
  • The investigation of a campaign finance fraud scheme relating to the campaign of a high-level public official.

Kan also has significant experience in the areas of asset seizures and art fraud, including the seizure of more than $5 million in perfume inventory from a major perfume distributor convicted of criminal money laundering offenses and the seizure of two stolen Julian Falat paintings, which were successfully returned to the Polish government.

Prior to his tenure at the U.S. Attorney's Office, Kan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Cardamone (Dec'd) on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

In addition to his public service, Kan has significant private practice experience. Kan previously worked at a major international firm in New York City, where he litigated multi-state product liability and commercial cases. Kan also practiced at a boutique litigation firm in New York City, where he represented individuals in shareholder securities fraud cases and in securities and antitrust violation investigations conducted by the SEC, the Antitrust Division of DOJ, and the New York State Attorney General’s Office.