Potomac Law Welcomes Sotiris “Ted” Planzos

We are pleased to announce that Ted Planzos has joined the firm as a Partner in our White Collar Defense and Investigations and Litigation practice groups.

Ted Planzos is a Partner who has a long and successful record of defending corporate executives, public and private companies and individuals in criminal, regulatory and congressional investigations and parallel proceedings.  Drawing on more than 30 years of experience as a defense lawyer, federal and state prosecutor and senior counsel for the SEC, Mr. Planzos represents clients in matters initiated by U.S. Attorney’s offices, the Department of Justice, the U.S. Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory agencies.  He has handled cases raising allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”), mail, wire and securities fraud, insider trading, accounting fraud, forfeiture, money laundering, public corruption, extortion, labor law violations and unfair and deceptive business practices.  He also has conducted numerous internal investigations for large and small companies and nonprofits on a range of issues. 

Mr. Planzos spent nearly a decade with the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section with the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) where he supervised, investigated, and prosecuted cases involving RICO, securities, mail and wire fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, extortion, and labor law violations.  His efforts earned him the Assistant Attorney General Award for Special Initiative, the criminal division’s highest award.  As a Staff Attorney and Senior Counsel with the Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Enforcement, he investigated cases involving insider trading, market manipulation, and financial fraud. Mr. Planzos also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he was a member of the prosecution team in the Wedtech investigation and public corruption trial of U.S. v. Biaggi, et al. Additionally, Mr. Planzos served as Associate Majority Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives “October Surprise” Task Force which investigated allegations that members of the 1980 Reagan-Bush campaign secretly met with Iranian nationals to delay the release of American hostages being held by Iran in 1980. 

Mr. Planzos began his public service career as an Assistant District Attorney for Bronx County, New York where he conducted numerous bench and jury trials and evidentiary hearings.  He also conducted investigations and prosecutions involving fraud, narcotics trafficking and public corruption and was lead prosecutor in an investigation of alleged corruption involving community school board members that resulted in the conviction of board members for fraud, bribery, extortion, and grand larceny.

Mr. Planzos received his J.D. from the California Western School of Law in 1982 and B.A. from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1979.