Paul Calli is a trial lawyer who handles complex commercial litigation and white collar matters. He regularly represents law firms, lawyers, judges, elected and appointed national, state and local government officials, corporations and corporate executives, physicians, professional athletes, sports agents, recording artists, and recording industry executives in sensitive civil and regulatory matters. He has tried over 125 cases to verdict in federal and state courts throughout the United States during the past 20 years, and has won a series of acquittals in high-profile trials since 2008. In 2012, The Miami Daily Business Review named Calli the Most Successful Lawyer in Criminal Justice for South Florida. In 2009, the National Law Journal selected Mr. Calli as one of 12 “Winning” trial attorneys in the United States. In 2011, Mr. Calli defended the founder and former CEO of a publicly traded company that manufactured military and law enforcement body armor, including outfitting the U.S. Marine Corps, in the largest Foreign Corrupt Practices Act prosecution in history, DOJ’s landmark “Africa Sting” case. Mr. Calli’s client was the first person acquitted of 22 indicted persons, following a three-month trial in Washington, D.C. In 2011, Mr. Calli represented the former General Director of Haiti Teleco in DOJ’s FCPA prosecution. In 2010, Mr . Calli defended an individual indicted in “Operation Short Change,” a three and one-half year prosecution that the DOJ touted as leading to at least 15 Federal Trade Commission cases, 44 law enforcement actions by DOJ, and actions by at least 13 states and the District of Columbia. Following a two-week trial, an evenly divided jury deadlocked, and DOJ dismissed all charges against Mr. Calli’s client. In 2009, Mr. Calli and his partner defended an attorney who served as legal advisor, senior administration official and former campaign director for the then-sitting Governor of Puerto Rico. The client was indicted in two separate indictments alleging public corruption and tax fraud. After a seven-week trial in San Juan, the jury deliberated for only three hours before it acquitted the client of all criminal charges in both indictments. In 2008, Mr. Calli defended at trial an individual employed by a Milan, Italy-based marine hose manufacturer accused in a Global antitrust bid rigging conspiracy that purportedly spanned more than a decade . Following a four-week trial, the jury deliberated for only one hour before it acquitted the client of all charges. In between these trials, Mr. Calli earned acquittals in State Court in two separate trials for individuals accused of violations of state laws. In 2005, Mr. Calli represented two United States Air Marshals who fatally wounded a passenger who claimed to have a bomb aboard a flight, the only instance of a Federal Air Marshal discharging a firearm in the line of duty.
In addition to his trial work, Mr. Calli has conducted internal investigations for publicly traded companies or their Boards of Directors or audit or special review committees, in the insurance, regulated utilities, health care, and transportation industries, and for labor unions. He represents companies and executives in defense of allegations of fraud in matters involving Department of Defense contracts, health care, tax, environmental crimes, antitrust, securities and election law cases.
Mr. Calli also handles appeals in federal and state courts and has conducted oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, Georgia, and won.