The Honorable Louis J. Freeh, Chairman
James R. Bucknam, Chief Executive Officer
John D. Behnke, Managing Director
Blake Coppotelli, Managing Director
Matthew Dolan, Managing Director
Walter B. Donaldson, II, Managing Director / CFE
Timothy P. Flynn, Managing Director
Joseph R. Guccione, Managing Director
Michael McCall, Associate Managing Director
John G. Rahie, Managing Director
Robert O'Neill, Managing Director
Thomas O. Melvin, Director
The Honorable Louis J. Freeh [Download VCard]
Louis J. Freeh is a Founder and Chairman of FGIS. Mr. Freeh also serves as Senior Managing Partner of the affiliated law firm of Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP.
Freeh was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University in 1971. He received his Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Rutgers School of Law in 1974 and his Master of Laws (LLM) in criminal law from New York University School of Law in 1984. Freeh joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent in 1975, working assignments in the New York field office and later transferring to Headquarters in Washington D.C.
In 1981, he joined the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York as an Assistant United States Attorney. Subsequently, he held positions there as Chief of the Organized Crime Unit, Deputy United States Attorney, and Associate United States Attorney.
During this time, Freeh was the lead prosecutor in the "Pizza Connection" case, the largest and most complex investigation ever undertaken at the time by the United States Government. The case involved an extensive drug-trafficking operation in the United States by Sicilian organized crime members who used pizza parlors as fronts. Following the investigation, Freeh served as the federal government's principal courtroom attorney in the 14-month trial and won the conviction of 16 of 17 co-defendants. In 1990, he was appointed a Special Prosecutor by the Attorney General to oversee the investigation into the mail-bomb murders of Federal Judge Robert Vance of Birmingham, Alabama, and civil rights leader Robert Robinson of Savannah, Georgia. This case became known as the VANPAC case. After extensive investigation, a suspect was apprehended, prosecuted, and convicted.
In July 1991, former President George Bush appointed Freeh as United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York. While serving in this position he was nominated to be the Director of the FBI by President William Clinton on July 20, 1993. He was confirmed by the Senate and was sworn in as Director on September 1, 1993 where Freeh remained through 2001.
Following his many years of public service, Freeh accepted a position with MBNA America Bank, N.A., as Vice Chairman, General Counsel and Ethics Officer. In 2006, he served as the company's principal lawyer in connection with the $35 billion acquisition of the company by Bank of America and in 2007 formed FGIS.
James R. Bucknam [Download VCard]
Chief Executive Officer
Jim Bucknam is the Chief Executive Officer of FGIS. Previously, Jim was the Executive Vice President for Risk Management and Compliance at Kroll. During his thirteen years with Kroll, Jim held a variety of other management and executive management positions and was also responsible for managing large-scale client assignments, including due diligence engagements, internal investigations and monitorships.
Before joining Kroll, Jim served for more than three years as the Senior Advisor to FBI Director Louis J. Freeh, advising him on numerous matters involving domestic and foreign law enforcement officials and government leaders. During that time, Jim traveled extensively and helped shape the FBI's efforts to enhance its foreign law enforcement presence. In 1994, he received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for coordinating multi-agency efforts in support of the Attorney General's Anti-Violent Crime Initiative.
Prior to working for Director Freeh, Jim served for six years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he gained broad experience in federal criminal investigations, trials, and appeals. For more than two of those years, Jim served as a supervisor, responsible for managing the Assistant United States Attorneys assigned to the Narcotics Unit.
Jim received his B.S.F.S. degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1983, and his Juris Doctor degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, in 1986.
John D. Behnke [Download VCard]
John Behnke has over 22 years of law enforcement experience, with 20 years at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He began his career as a Special Agent of the United States Secret Service, after graduating with his Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Washington University School of Law.
During his tenure at the FBI, Behnke served in many significant capacities during his distinguished career at the FBI to include his tenure as a member of the FBI Atlanta SWAT team and as an FBI firearms instructor. He was selected to serve as Special Assistant to the then Director of the FBI, Louis J. Freeh, responsible for the planning and coordination of the Director's official travel to 35 foreign countries. Behnke also served as the principal manager and liaison for Director Freeh's visits to FBI domestic Field Offices and the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, VA. Prior to his assignment as Special Assistant to the Director, John was lead agent for the Olympic Park Bombing Investigation. As a result of his successful efforts in this investigation, the U.S. Attorney General honored John with the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award.
Additionally, John was the lead agent in the investigation of the 1989 murder of Judge Robert Vance of the 11 th Circuit Court of Appeals. After this case was successfully prosecuted, John was awarded the Department of Justice's Dedicated Service Award by President George H.W. Bush for his outstanding leadership, dedication and self-sacrifice.
Blake Coppotelli [Download VCard]
Blake joined the Freeh Group in May of 2011 and, during his fifteen years as a consultant, Blake has advised public and private clients on complex issues, including corruption, government, regulatory, and/or corporate investigations, financial and investigative due diligence, and internal corporate controls, governance, and ethics. He has led compliance and investigative assignments in numerous jurisdictions, including Japan, China, Hong Kong, Russia, Ukraine, Singapore, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.
A small sampling of those assignments include:
- Retained to conduct an internal and external investigation into the theft of electronic data containing the identities of 50 million customers of a Fortune 100 pharmacy benefits management company.
- Retained by a Private Equity firm to conduct a multi-million dollar False Claims investigation into one of the firm’s portfolio companies. The investigation focused on the portfolio company’s inflation of billings related to federal contracts to provide industrial tools used in the manufacture of F-16 and F-22 airplanes for the Department of Defense.
- Engaged by a major retail bank to conduct an investigation in Asia into the possible bribery of a public official by a key regional manager of the bank in violation of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
- Retained to investigate the fraudulent conduct of a plaintiff in the filing of a law suit to falsely obtain the majority ownership of one of the largest social media companies in the world. The plaintiff is currently a fugitive and the suit has been dismissed.
- Retained by one of the largest courier, logistics, and freight forwarding companies in the world, operating in approximately 220 countries with over 250,000 employees, to conduct a review in Asia, EMEA, and Latin America of the company’s anti-bribery compliance program.
- Retained by one of the largest retail bank and credit card companies in the world to conduct a review in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia of the company’s global anti-bribery compliance program.
- Retained by the largest metropolitan commercial and residential property owner to conduct an internal and external investigation into corruption and organized crime’s influence on construction projects involving the company’s portfolio.
- Retained to conduct investigations into prominent and complex short-selling schemes conducted in the United States and China.
- Fifteen plus appointments as the Independent Private Sector Inspector General or Independent Ethics Monitor of various companies, unions, and private or public matters, as requested by federal or state courts, agencies, or private concerns.
- Engaged by various financial services firms, private equity companies, and law firms to conducted dozens of transactional and regulatory due diligence investigations into the background of joint-venture partners, acquisition targets, and third-party vendors operating in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States.
Prior to entering the private sector, Blake was a prosecutor with the New York County District Attorney’s Office “DANY”), ending the last four years of his thirteen-year tenure as Chief of the Labor Racketeering Unit and Construction Industry Strike Force. Mr. Coppotelli also served as a Senior Investigative Counsel to the Investigations Division of DANY, advising other Assistant District Attorney’s on investigative strategies, legal issues, and trial practice.
Blake is a graduate of the St. John’s University, School of Law, and Wittenberg University.
Matthew Dolan [Download VCard]
Matthew C. Dolan is a Managing Director with Freeh Group International Solutions. Mr. Dolan conducts compliance reviews, internal investigations, security assessments, and manages compliance monitorships. Some of his work includes:
- Served as liaison to for nine audits and reviews over three year period for university under government scrutiny after audit revealed financial improprieties. In 15 months, he had executed over 50 major corrective actions to improve internal controls and financial practices.
- Conducted extensive internal investigation and compliance review of university alleged to have not properly reported sexual assault. Extensive review extended to sexual assault investigative procedures, whistleblower policies, Title IX, Clery Act, human resources, and ethics program.
- Testified before Congressional oversight board for university under scrutiny for financial and procurement irregularities.
- Led investigation of drug use at college resulting in improved student accountability and improvement in drug education and awareness.
- Performed legal review of university admissions policy in light of Supreme Court decisions on proper use of race and ethnicity in university admissions.
- Advised university on proper investigation requirements into allegations of sexual harassment complaints and alleged NCAA violations.
- Performed Title IX compliance review at Division I school addressing issues of equity in athletics in opportunity, scholarships, and facilities.
- Conducted global investigation for international sports governing association into bribery and corruption allegations of senior management.
- Conducted investigation into fraud and mishandling of funds by senior leaders of a national sports organization.
- Performed investigation into theft of intellectual property, trade secrets, and proprietary information resulting in civil action being taken against a former employee.
- Redrafted university board of trustee policies and bylaws to improve governance and oversight of university.
- Served as Ethics Counselor advising clients on organizational ethics topics to include conflicts of interests, financial disclosure, proper use of resources, and gift acceptance.
- Extensive experience in ensuring university compliance with information security and privacy laws related to Personally Identifiable Information and student records.
- Extensive experience conducting aircraft and vessel safety mishap investigations.
Mr. Dolan received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1988, and his law degree, cum laude, from University of San Diego School of Law. He also holds an LLM in International and Comparative Law from George Washington School of Law.
Mr. Dolan served in the United States Navy as an attorney, and before that served as a Navy SEAL. He retired as a Captain from the United States Navy.
Admitted to practice in California
Walter B. Donaldson, II [Download VCard]
Managing Director / CFE
Walter joined Freeh Group International Solutions (FGIS) following his retirement from Bank of America / Merrill Lynch. As a Managing Director for the firm, Walter brings over thirty years of experience in areas of Risk Management, Audit & Compliance, Regulatory Reviews, Corporate Investigations, Data Breach Response & Investigation, Intellectual Property Investigations, Executive Protection, Computer Forensics and Law Enforcement. Throughout the course of his career, Walter has assisted both private and public corporations in complex matters involving criminal investigations and financial sector compliance matters. His results-oriented work style and proven acumen in project management, facilitation and implementation align strongly with FGIS commitment to integrity, superior service and dedication to excellence.
Prior to joining FGIS, Walter served as the Global Special Investigations Executive and Senior Vice President of Bank of America / Merrill Lynch. In this role, he was directly responsible for the oversight of fraud investigations in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Additionally, he oversaw all investment fraud investigations, cyber crimes and on-line banking fraud globally. Walter managed a quality review process for regulatory reporting and conducted root cause analysis on internal audit issues and matters requiring attention by regulators. Walter managed all physical security operations across Canada including employee safety, threat management programs, building & campus risk assessments and uniformed guard services. He served as the corporate liaison for all law enforcement matters for Bank of America / Merrill Lynch and worked with Regulators on a global basis.
Earlier in his career, Walter served as the Director of Corporate Investigations for MBNA America N.A. His responsibilities included overseeing Internal Auditing, Compliance matters, FCPA, Country Risk Assessments, and Global Investigations. Walter reported to regulators from the OCC, FRB and FSA on a routine basis. He implemented a Workplace Violence prevention program and oversight committee, established the Ethics program, Code of Conduct and Hotline. Walter oversaw the Executive Protection of seven principals, their families and visiting dignitaries domestically, in addition to six expatriates located full time in Mexico City. Walter established three computer forensic laboratories in the US and abroad. He served MBNA as their Director for twenty years before the company's acquisition by Bank of America.
Walter is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard, Maritime Law Enforcement Academy. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and holds multiple other security-related certifications. He has lectured on identity theft prevention and recovery, and computer forensics for the University of Delaware and Wilmington University Graduate programs. Additionally he taught first responders computer forensics at the FBI's National Academy. He has trained with Delaware State Police and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Walter has produced white papers and been published in various periodicals including the Chief of Police magazine. He is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police among others. He has served as a board member for the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Delaware Crime Stoppers, the State of Delaware Adult Protective Services Advisory Committee and the Autism Delaware Advisory Board.
Timothy P. Flynn [Download VCard]
Tim Flynn joined Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC (FGIS) in 2009 after retiring from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F131) with 30 years of experience in law enforcement. While earning his Bachelor Degree from West Chester University, he served as a local police officer and with the Pennsylvania State Police. Flynn joined the FBI in 1986 and was assigned to the Miami Field Office where he specialized in Colombian based drug and undercover investigations. He was also assigned to the FBI Miami Special Weapons and Tactics team and provided tactical instruction for local police and federal agencies. In 1994, Flynn was assigned as an operator on the Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) based in Quantico, Virginia. Flynn participated in numerous domestic and international counterterrorism assignments and also led and participated in security details for the Director of the FBI, the Attorney General of the United States and numerous foreign dignitaries. As a member of the HRT, he provided instruction in tactics and other specialized training to local, state, federal and international tactical teams.
Flynn was assigned as the FBI Counterterrorism representative to the Australian Government to assist in the security preparations and planning for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Based on his experience in Major Event planning, he also participated in the planning and preparations for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games, 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, 2006 Torino Winter Olympics and the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.
While assigned as the Senior Supervisory Special Agent in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he initiated and led a joint Terrorism Task Force, Flynn was selected as the FBI's first representative to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Counterterrorism Center in Canberra, assisting the AFP in training senior management in Command Post and Crisis Management operations. In 2007, Flynn was named the FBI's Legal Attache in Copenhagen before being promoted in 2008 to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Charlotte, NC office responsible for criminal investigations, special events, SWAT operations and administrative functions in the field division. During his career in the FBI, Flynn has received numerous awards and commendations to include on two occasions, the United States Attorney's Office for Outstanding Drug Investigations and in 2009, received the FBI Directors Award for Outstanding Criminal Investigation.
For FGIS, Flynn developed and implemented the security plans and strategies for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria and the Under-20 World Cup in Egypt, which consisted of security plans for at least 8 different cities and assessments of numerous stadiums and hotels in each of those countries. Flynn has also conducted security assignments and reviews for numerous Fortune 500 companies, both internationally and domestically.Flynn has also led the investigative teams in compliance projects involving prominent international corporations, the Penn State University investigation as well as investigations involving allegations of corruption in the Asian Football Confederation and FIFA.
Joseph R. Guccione [Download VCard]
Michael McCall [Download VCard]
Associate Managing Director
Michael S. McCall has served as an Associate Managing Director with Freeh Group International Solutions (FGIS) since September 2013 and was previously a Senior Consultant for FGIS since June, 2008. During his association with FGIS, he has managed complex investigations for corporate and individual clients in the United States and overseas.
As part of FGIS’ monitorship of a major multinational manufacturing and sales corporation under a deferred prosecution agreement with the US Department of Justice, Mr. McCall has led and/or participated in monitor teams assessing the corporation’s compliance programs at its subsidiaries in various European, Asian and South American countries.
Mr. McCall has managed complex investigative matters, advised on investigative strategy, and conducted sensitive interviews and witness development in the US and abroad, in a shareholder dispute for a major US hospitality and entertainment corporation. He has managed and conducted the investigation into allegations of breach of loyalty and self-dealing on the part of the CEO of an overseas subsidiary of a global pharmaceutical manufacturer.
Prior to joining FGIS, Mr. McCall served from 1983 to 2004 as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he specialized in investigations in the fields of national security and organized crime. A fluent Russian speaker, he has extensive experience working joint criminal and counterterrorism investigations with the law enforcement and security agencies of the Russian Federation. He and his FBI partner led the investigation and arrest of the first major Russian organized crime figure to be successfully prosecuted in the United States. As a crisis negotiator, Mr. McCall has successfully advised US Embassy and host country officials in the resolution of overseas kidnappings of U. S. citizens. He is a recipient of the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Counterterrorism Investigation.
Mr. McCall graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1975 with an academic concentration in Russian language and area studies, and was commissioned in the infantry, serving until 1983 and attaining the rank of captain. His four years of service in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) culminated in the successful command of an air assault rifle company, and were followed by assignment as an assistant professor of military science at Tennessee Technological University. During his military service, Mr. McCall successfully completed Airborne School, the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Air Assault School, the Jungle Warfare Course, and various technical and tactical courses for combat arms officers.
John G. Rahie [Download VCard]
John G. Rahie joined Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP ("FSS") on October 1, 2009. Prior to joining FSS, Rahie was the Executive Director of Global Investigations for General Motors Corporation based in Detroit, Michigan. He was a member of the General Motors Legal Staff, specializing in compliance and ethics matters. In his 30 years with General Motors Legal Staff, he held a number of positions including General Counsel of GM Europe based in Zurich. He has extensive experience in compliance and corporate governance issues and served as a member of GM's Senior Management Compliance Committee. He also served as the GM Global Process Leader for Special Investigations and Anti-Corruption Activities, conducting sensitive "white-collar" investigations for GM throughout the world and directing its FCPA and anti-corruption compliance programs.
Rahie holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (BEE) degree from Kettering University, a Juris Doctor (JD) from Michigan State University School of Law and a Master of Laws (LLM) from Wayne State University. He is a member of the Michigan State Bar and the American Bar Association.
Robert O'Neill [Download VCard]
On July 9, 2013, Robert (“Bobby”) E. O’Neill joined the Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC (FGIS) as a Managing Director. He is assigned to the office in Miami, Florida. Prior to joining FGIS, Mr. O’Neill served as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. He was appointed by President Obama on October 5, 2010. Mr. O’Neill also previously served as the United States Attorney from 2007 to 2008 under then President Bush.
Bobby began his legal career at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office where he served as an Assistant District Attorney under the legendary Robert Morgenthau. In that office, he prosecuted all types of state criminal cases, ranging from misdemeanors to homicides. Coincidentally, Bobby’s office mate was Cyrus Vance, Jr., the current District Attorney in New York County.
After developing some trial skills in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Mr. O’Neill joined the United States Department of Justice. He became an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. Bobby was assigned to the Miami Division. While in that office, he prosecuted all types of federal criminal cases, including arms export control act violations, violent crime, drug trafficking, money laundering and white collar crime. In addition to his trial responsibilities, he also held the following supervisory positions: Deputy Chief of the Major Drug Traffickers Section and Chief of the Financial Litigation Section.
Mr. O’Neill returned to New York where he entered the private practice of law. He joined a prominent firm in New York City, Kramer, Dillof, Tessel, Duffy & Moore. The firm specialized in cases involving allegations of personal injury and more particularly, medical malpractice. Due to the trial intensive practice of the firm, Bobby received substantial civil trial experience during his time at the law firm.
Mr. O’Neill returned to public service when he accepted a position as an Associate Independent Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel (Adams) in Washington, DC. The office had been established to investigate allegations of corruption at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Bobby was assigned as lead counsel in a case involving allegations of corruption against a high level department employee. While that case was pending trial, Bobby accepted a position as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. In that office, he was again prosecuting all types of federal criminal cases, including drug trafficking, money laundering, and various white collar offenses. While serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in Tampa, Mr. O’Neill was detailed to the Office of Independent Counsel to try the previously mentioned case in Washington, DC on behalf of the Office of Independent Counsel.
While serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in Tampa, Mr. O’Neill was again requested to serve a detail as an Associate Independent Counsel in the Office of the Independent Counsel (Smaltz). That office had been established to investigate allegations of corruption at the United States Department of Agriculture. Bobby was selected to be lead counsel in a case involving allegations of corruption between a business man and a member of Congress. In addition to being lead trial counsel, he also supervised the Independent Counsel’s office in San Francisco, California.
Mr. O’Neill, once again, returned to his position as an Assistant United States Attorney in Tampa. However, within a year or so, he was again asked to serve another detail. This time, Bobby was detailed to the United States Department of Justice to serve as the Deputy Chief in Charge of Litigation for the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section in Washington, DC. In that position, he was responsible for supervising the attorneys in the section who were prosecuting narcotics related criminal cases throughout the United States. In addition, Bobby was assigned as lead trial counsel in the criminal prosecution of a former Deputy Attorney General of Mexico for money laundering.
When Mr. O’Neill returned to the United States Attorney’s Office from his detail at the Department of Justice, he began concentrating on cases involving public corruption and complex fraud. In addition to handling his cases, he was offered and accepted a series of supervisory positions. Those positions included Chief, Special Prosecutions- Public Corruption Section; Chief, Criminal Division; Anti-Terrorism Coordinator; First Assistant United States Attorney; and ultimately, United States Attorney. Throughout that period of time, Bobby continued to prosecute cases personally as the lead and, except in one case, the only trial counsel for the United States.
Mr. O’Neill was recognized for his achievements as a trial lawyer when he was inducted as a fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Mr. O’Neill graduated from Fordham University, Bronx, New York (magna cum laude) with a B.A. in Political Science. He received his law degree from New York Law School (cum laude).
Thomas O. Melvin [Download VCard]
Thomas O. Melvin joined Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP in April 2010 as an associate in the New York office. He received a B.A. from Georgetown University in 2002 and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2003. He received his law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2010, where he was a senior editor for the Journal of Legislation and was given the A. Harold Weber Award for outstanding achievement in the art of oral advocacy. Tom has worked at the New York City Council, the New York City Department of Education and the Washington, DC office of an international law firm. He was also a founding member of the Harlem Success Charter Schools and the Success Charter Network.