Elisha Kobre, a highly experienced former federal prosecutor, is a partner in the firm’s Government Enforcement and Investigations and Litigation practice groups. He principally represents corporations, executives, high net worth individuals, and financial institutions in criminal investigations and trials, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and complex civil litigation. He also conducts internal investigations, transactional diligence, and advises on compliance matters. Elisha has particular experience in matters involving securities and commodities fraud, FCPA enforcement, healthcare fraud, and criminal and civil asset forfeiture.
Elisha served for over 11 years in the Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. In that position, he tried numerous federal jury trials, winning and securing convictions in each of those cases, and briefed and argued multiple appeals before the Second Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals.
As a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, Elisha led the investigation and prosecution of a wide range of white-collar offenses, including insider trading, accounting fraud, corporate embezzlement, investment advisor fraud, market manipulation, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, healthcare fraud, money laundering, and obstruction. He also coordinated parallel civil proceedings with the SEC, CFTC, FINRA, FTC, bankruptcy trustees, and court-appointed receivers, and has litigated criminal forfeiture proceedings.
Elisha served as a law clerk for the Hon. Thomas P. Griesa of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and for the Hon. Leonard I. Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Before joining the Department of Justice, Elisha practiced as an associate in the New York office of an international law firm. He also previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County, New York.
Elisha received his J.D. from Yale Law School, a Ph.D. in Mathematics from New York University, and his B.A. in Mathematics (summa cum laude) from Queens College of the City University of New York.