Meet The Grail Law Firm

 

Mr. Grail tries cases conducts internal investigations, and represents entities and individuals in criminal and administrative enforcement actions and complex civil litigation.

Efrem has represented clients in criminal prosecutions, confidential matters before federal grand juries, and before numerous federal and state government agencies. 

Efrem has over three decades of experience representing clients in criminal matters involving: 

  • Allegations of wire fraud
  • Federal securities and commodities fraud
  • Criminal tax fraud and evasion
  • Environmental compliance
  • Public corruption
  • Healthcare/anti-kickback allegations
  • False Claims Act matters
  • Criminal OSHA violations
  • Bank Secrecy Act matters 
  • Customs violations
  • Food & Drug Act violations
  • Federal and State Controlled Substance Act violations

In civil matters, Efrem has litigated health care issues, education law, corporate and partnership disputes, media, banking, real estate and securities/commodities matters, First Amendment, gaming law and oil and gas matters.

Efrem is a frequent speaker on the attorney-client privilege, SEC enforcement proceedings, criminal tax law, internal investigations, corporate compliance initiatives and federal sentencing guidelines. He has lectured at the ABA National Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review’s 2011 Symposium on Sentencing Law, and for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, the ABA National Institute on the Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement, the National College of District Attorneys, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
 

 

Administration Enforcement Experience

Efrem Grail has represented individuals and organizations in front in a wide range of administrative enforcement and incensing actions:

  • SEC & CFTC
  • HHS
  • OFAC
  • DEA
  • PA Attorney General
  • State Medical, Osteopath, Dental, Nursing & Other Professional Licensing Boards

National Experience

Efrem has represented clients in confidential matters before federal grand juries and in court rooms across the country. 

  • Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Southern District of New York
  • Western District of New York
  • District of New Jersey
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Southern District of Ohio
  • Northern District of West Virginia
  • Southern District of West Virginia
  • Eastern District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Central District of California
  • Northern District of Georgia
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • District of Maine
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • District of Nebraska
  • District of New Hampshire
  • District of Oregon
  • Northern District of Texas
  • Southern District of Texas
  • District of Utah
  • District of Vermont
 
 

Attorneys

 
 

Partner

Efrem Grail

Efrem Grail is a former prosecuter and big firm partner who defends entities and individuals in "white collar" criminal matters and regulatory proceedings, and represents clients in key litigation matters. Efrem also conducts internal investigations, litigates complex business disputes in federal and state court, and advises on compliance and regulatory matters.

 

Education

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1986

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
B.A., American Studies & Political Science, 1981

Employment History

Reed Smith LLP

Pittsburgh, PA
1997 – 2014

  • Litigation Partner, Internal Investigations and Government Enforcement Defense Practice
  • Past Member, Pro Bono Committee and Pittsburgh Pro Bono Coordinator

Bird, Marella, Boxer & Wolpert

Los Angeles, CA
1995 – 1997    

Practiced white collar criminal defense and defended civil and administrative parallel proceedings

Deputy District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA
1989 – 1995  

  • Assigned to Special Investigations Division (1991-1995)
  • Tried more than 60 jury trials; prosecuted government official and police officer misconduct, public corruption, government contracting fraud and election campaign law violations.

Farella Braun & Martel

San Francisco, CA
1986 – 1989  

  • Litigation Associate

Activities & Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association – Member; Member and past Co-Chair, Criminal Practice Subcommittee; Federal Court Section Member; former Member, Federal Court Section Council

  • Allegheny County Bar Foundation – Trustee (2014-present); Fellow (2008-present)

  • American Bar Association – Member, White Collar Crime Committee and Chair, Task Force on Selective Waiver and Proposed Federal Rule of Evidence 502(c) (2006)

  • Neighborhood Legal Services Association of Western Pennsylvania – President (2010-2012), Director (2008-present)

  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Member

  • Pennsylvania Bar Asociation – Member (2015-present)

  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Study of Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System – Member, Death Penalty Working Group (2001-2003)

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania – Special ADR Master under Appointment by the Federal District Court (2001-present)

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania – Member, Advisory Committee for the Study of Rules of Practice in the Western District of Pennsylvania (2003-2013)

  • University of La Verne Law School – Adjunct Professor of Law teaching Constitutional Law/The First Amendment, Trial Advocacy (1994-1997)

Bar Admissions

• Pennsylvania, California

Honors

Efrem has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Corporate Governance & Compliance Law, Criminal Defense/White Collar Law.  He was also selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense, as well as Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition and Super Lawyers Business Edition. 

 
 

 
 
 

ASSOCIATE

Brian Bevan

Brian Bevan’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, commercial civil litigation and employment law.  He has worked representing individuals, companies, and financial institutions in federal grand jury proceedings, criminal matters, administrative enforcement actions, sentencing hearings, and complex civil litigation.  His work specifically has included defending against BSA/AML violations, health care fraud violations, state and federal Controlled Substance Act violations, and tax fraud and evasion violations.  He has also worked on information security and data breach matters, litigated False Claims Act cases, and represented individuals and companies in DEA and FDA investigations and administrative enforcement actions.  Brian has obtained significant experience in defending health care providers and senior health care executives in enforcement proceedings, internal investigations and actions, including federal and state regulatory matters, fraud and abuse law claims, HIPAA compliance investigations, and provider credentialing.

Brian has also represented employers in unemployment compensation matters, 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and §1983 cases, common worker misclassification issues, federal and state employment discrimination law disputes, OSHA investigations and litigation, and federal and state wage and hour law disputes.  Additionally, he has represented individuals and entities in general liability defense matters, including product liability, premises liability, and personal injury litigation.  He also has represented insurers in insurance fraud investigations and insurance coverage disputes.

Brian earned a B.A. in History with a minor in Political Science from Duke University in 2002.  After teaching history and coaching soccer and basketball for four years at The Gunnery, a co-ed independent day/boarding school in Connecticut, Brian attended Penn State University Dickinson School of Law, from where he earned a J.D. in 2009.  While in law school, Brian participated in Moot Court and was an inaugural member of the Civil Rights Appellate Clinic, where he helped to write two amicus briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court; (1) Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc., 557 U.S. 167 (2009) (ADEA case); (2) Ricci, et al. v. DeStefano, et al., 557 U.S. 557 (2009) (Title VII and Equal Protection Clause case).
 

 

Education

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY DICKINSON SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2009

DUKE UNIVERSITY
B.A., History, 2002

Activities & Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association – Federal Court Section, Civil Litigation Committee, Labor and Employment Section, Young Lawyers’ Division 

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association – Civil Litigation Division, Federal Practice Committee

  • American Bar Association – Section of Labor and Employment Law

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania  

Civic and Community Involvement

  •       Board Member, Preservation Pittsburgh
  •       Pro Bono Counsel, Friends of Albright