Miles Ehrlich is a trial lawyer who focuses on parallel criminal and civil proceedings, grand jury investigations, internal corporate investigations, regulatory enforcement actions, shareholder derivative actions, and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Ehrlich has more than twenty years of experience as a courtroom advocate in complex and high profile federal criminal cases. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the White Collar Crime Section in the Northern District of California, Miles has successfully tried numerous federal criminal cases before juries and judges across the country.
He has been described in the authoritative Chambers USA directory as being “renowned for representing clients from the technology, financial services and healthcare sectors across the country,” and praised over the years for bringing a “wealth of experience” and for his ability “to accomplish amazing things” in defense of his clients.
In his white collar practice, Mr. Ehrlich has successfully defended senior executives, officers, employees, and professionals in complex investigations and prosecutions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), local U.S. Attorney’s Offices nationwide, and various state Attorney General’s offices across the country.
Mr. Ehrlich has particular expertise handling cases involving securities and investment fraud, antitrust price-fixing and bid-rigging, insider trading, pharmaceutical and medical device “off-label” marketing and promotion, foreign corrupt practices act (FCPA) violations, environmental offenses, trade secret theft, stock option backdating, public corruption, health care fraud, tax evasion, and obstruction of justice. Mr. Ehrlich has also represented clients called to testify before Congressional committees in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Ehrlich graduated first in his class at Stanford Law School, and served as a law clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge William A. Norris of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Before founding Ramsey & Ehrlich, Mr. Ehrlich served as a federal prosecutor for 11 years – most recently as the Chief of the White Collar Crime Section in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco, and before that as a public corruption prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, Mr. Ehrlich led many jury trials and also briefed and argued cases before various U.S. Courts of Appeals.
As Chief of the White Collar Crime unit in the Northern District of California, Mr. Ehrlich oversaw all white collar prosecutions in one of the most productive and respected offices in the country. During his time as an AUSA, he also personally prosecuted some of the office’s most sensitive and challenging cases. In one noteworthy case, he served as lead counsel in a highly-publicized jury trial of a prominent San Francisco plaintiffs’ attorney charged with fraud and money laundering in connection with the theft of millions of dollars in settlement funds belonging to his clients.
In another significant jury trial, Mr. Ehrlich secured the conviction of the Chief Financial Officer of Media Vision, a publicly-traded Silicon Valley technology company, for perpetrating an accounting and revenue recognition fraud scheme. He also successfully prosecuted a former high-ranking officer in the City of San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection for the theft of more than a half million dollars in public funds and for obstruction of justice.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco, Mr. Ehrlich spent six years as a public corruption prosecutor in the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section in Washington, DC. There, he handled trials and appeals in cases involving corruption charges against federal and state public officials in Ohio, Virginia, Florida, California, Minnesota, New York, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Georgia, and Hawaii.
Among the significant cases Mr. Ehrlich handled at the Public Integrity Section were the successful prosecutions of:
- an Assistant U.S. Attorney who accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in gratuities from cooperating witnesses;
- a federal probation officer who took bribes from a defendant she supervised;
- a deputy prison warden who accepted bribes from an inmate; and
- a high-ranking budget offer in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who stole more than $6 million in government funds.
Education and Clerkships
Mr. Ehrlich received his law degree from Stanford Law School, where he graduated first in his class and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Mr. Ehrlich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and earned membership in the Phi Beta Kappa society.
Before becoming a federal prosecutor, Mr. Ehrlich was a law clerk to Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the United States Supreme Court, and Judge William A. Norris, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Before law school, Miles worked as a legislative assistant to Congressman (now-Senator) Charles E. Schumer of New York.
Mr. Ehrlich is the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Professional Conduct for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Mr. Ehrlich previously served for several years on the Northern District of California’s Federal Criminal Practice Committee.
Mr. Ehrlich was a Lawyer Representative to the Northern District of California for the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. He also served as the Co-Chair for the ABA’s White Collar Crime Committee for the Northern District of California.
Mr. Ehrlich taught criminal law as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. He has also lectured on public corruption prosecution at the FBI’s training academy in Quantico, Virginia, and the Justice Department’s National Advocacy Center.
Mr. Ehrlich has been a featured speaker on a range of criminal justice topics at the Northern District of California’s Judicial Conference, the Northern District’s Federal Practice Program, the ABA’s White Collar Crime program, Stanford Law School, Berkeley Law School, the Palo Alto Area Bar Association, and the West Coast General Counsel’s Conference.
Mr. Ehrlich is a Board Member of Project Avary, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Bay Area children growing up with a parent in prison.
Mr. Ehrlich’s record of success in representing individuals in white-collar criminal and SEC investigations has earned him recognition over the years as one of the leading white-collar specialists in California.
Mr. Ehrlich has been ranked for many years by Chambers USA as a leading practitioner in the area of White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, named repeatedly by San Francisco Magazine as a “Northern California SuperLawyer,” and honored by a variety of other national and international “best lawyer” lists.
Here are a few things that have been said about Mr. Ehrlich’s work over the last several years:
“Miles Ehrlich . . . manages to accomplish amazing things and achieves good results for clients.” — Chambers USA 2013
Miles Ehrlich “is renowned for representing clients from the technology, financial services and healthcare sectors across the country.” — Chambers USA 2013
Miles Ehrlich “has a wealth of experience stemming from his days as a federal prosecutor” — Chambers USA 2013
“Miles Ehrlich . . . is an accomplished trial lawyer and former federal white-collar crime prosecutor [who] focuses on complex criminal cases.” – Chambers USA 2011
“Miles Ehrlich . . . has garnered attention through his growing white-collar practice. A former prosecutor and Supreme Court clerk, Ehrlich now defends SEC and DOJ actions while also offering his expertise in corporate counseling.” – Chambers USA 2012