Greg Baldwin is a Miami attorney who practices in the areas of complex commercial litigation defense and white collar criminal defense. He focuses his practice on the USA PATRIOT Act, the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the Money Laundering Control Act and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations, as well as anti-money laundering (AML) and OFAC compliance program development and implementation. Mr. Baldwin is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.
As a commercial litigation defense attorney, Mr. Baldwin was responsible for the successful 2017 defense of a foreign sovereign government and one of its key agencies in a $50 million lawsuit. Mr. Baldwin secured a complete defense verdict for the sovereign government and limited the claimed $33 million damages against its agency to less than $600,000. Mr. Baldwin has also successfully represented numerous businesses in seven-figure civil forfeiture cases, and in numerous BSA regulatory violation investigations and audits.
Mr. Baldwin has been a frequent speaker and lecturer on anti-money laundering criminal and regulatory compliance as well as OFAC regulatory sanctions and compliance. Since 2000, he has made several presentations on these subjects at the yearly International Conference sponsored by Money Laundering Alert, the Florida International Bankers Association Annual Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Conference, and the Asia-Pacific Financial Crime Conference in Singapore. In April 2007, Mr. Baldwin was designated by the American Bar Association (Rule of Law Initiative) to provide training in Manila for the Philippine Bar Association on anti-money laundering, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and white collar criminal defense strategy. Mr. Baldwin has also provided senior management training to private and public businesses on anti-money laundering, OFAC compliance and BSA compliance. He has published articles on the USA PATRIOT Act in the National Law Journal, the Journal of Investment Compliance, the Review of Banking & Financial Services and the South Florida Business Journal.
Mr. Baldwin served as special trial attorney to the U.S. Department of Justice, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, from 1974 to 1979, during which he was both a trial attorney and a supervisory trial attorney. In 1979 and 1980, Mr. Baldwin was in charge of electronic surveillance and grand jury investigations as Chief of the Intelligence Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.
From 1980 to 1982, Mr. Baldwin was assistant counsel to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, where he was responsible for preparing and conducting congressional investigations and hearings on a variety of subjects. Between 1982 and 1986 Mr. Baldwin served as Assistant United States Attorney in Miami, Fla., in both the civil forfeiture division and in "Operation Greenback," the first federal multi-agency anti-money laundering task force in the United States. Mr. Baldwin was responsible for the first criminal prosecution of a bank for violation of the Bank Secrecy Act, as well as successful civil forfeitures totaling over $15 million of narcotics-related cash and other assets. He served as the Chief of Operation Greenback in 1985 and 1986. Mr. Baldwin joined the law firm of Holland & Knight in 1986, and was made a partner in 1989.
Mr. Baldwin is a wounded veteran of the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal for his service.
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