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Greene Espel Welcomes Attorneys Erin Emory, Surya Saxena, and Nicholas Scheiner

Greene Espel PLLP is pleased to welcome attorneys Erin Emory, Surya Saxena, and Nicholas Scheiner to our team of litigators, counselors, and investigators. Each of these attorneys brings significant experience that allows us to better serve our clients—particularly in Investigations, a key area of our practice.

Surya is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota and Senior Associate General Counsel at UnitedHealthcare. He joins the firm to expand Greene Espel's Investigations practice. Nick, a former FBI Special Agent, has deep investigations experience that will further strengthen the Investigations practice, and Erin will provide broad support for the firm's clients across all types of complex litigation and investigations.

Erin joined Greene Espel after clerking for Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. She represents clients in complex litigation in both the public and private sectors as well as government and internal investigations. Erin has extensive knowledge of the court system in Minnesota and uses her clerkship experience as well as her exceptional writing abilities to assist clients in all stages of litigation.

Erin graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a recipient of the prestigious Darrow Scholarship. During law school, Erin worked as a legal intern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan and as a legal intern for Human Rights First in Washington, D.C. Erin was the Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law and a founding board member of the Gender Violence Project, a student organization addressing sexual violence.

An accomplished lead trial counsel, Surya has tried over a dozen cases before federal and state juries and argued multiple times before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has led investigations as a prosecutor, an in-house attorney, and in private practice. 

As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Surya investigated and tried cases including fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, and cybercrime matters. As an in-house litigation and investigations counsel, Surya conducted compliance, regulatory, ethics, employment, and whistleblower investigations, and he managed the company’s response to government investigations and regulatory inquiries.

Throughout his career, Surya has handled complex white collar criminal matters on behalf of the government and for both organizational and individual defendants. His litigation and investigations experience includes matters involving the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, and more. Surya was recently recognized for his trial advocacy by Minnesota Lawyer, which named Surya and his former colleagues 2018 “Attorneys of the Year.”

Immediately prior to joining Greene Espel, Nick was an associate in the Palo Alto office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He represents companies, institutions, and public entities in internal and government investigations, enforcement actions, and complex business litigation across a variety of industries. He has developed a diverse litigation practice, representing clients in an array of industries, including health care, consumer technology, education, mobile software, and manufacturing.

Formerly a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Manhattan, Nick also has deep investigative experience and an ability to communicate effectively with government agencies. He has applied that experience in client-initiated internal investigations, civil enforcement actions by federal and state agencies, and criminal investigations, all for clients in a host of industries, including health care, telecommunications, consumer technology, and renewable energy.

Nick received his law degree from Stanford Law School, where he served as founder and editor-in-chief of the Stanford Journal of Criminal Law and Policy. He has maintained an active pro bono practice, representing, among other clients, indigent tenants in disputes with abusive landlords and property managers, a prisoner alleging violations of his First Amendment rights by corrections officers, and a prisoner convicted by a non-unanimous Louisiana jury, in partnership with the Promise of Justice Initiative.

ABOUT GREENE ESPEL PLLP: Clients and legal industry insiders recognize Greene Espel PLLP as one of the leading boutique litigation firms in the country. We provide high-quality legal services to organizations of all sizes—from Fortune 50 corporations to innovative startups to the public sector—in the key areas of trials and appeals, investigations and compliance, and dispute resolution and risk management. To provide clients with the best possible service, we threw out the traditional law-firm management model. We don’t track client origination; every client is a firm client. Our attorneys are all treated as members, not partners or associates, and each has an equal vote in the firm’s management. Greene Espel’s unique approach attracts and retains diverse, top-tier talent who are personally invested in clients’ successes and who regularly outpunch the biggest firms in the world at a fraction of the cost.

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