Thomas Feeney is a Senior Managing Director based in New York, where he is an integral member of Nardello & Co.’s Litigation & Arbitration Support and Anti-Corruption & Fraud Investigations practices.
Tom has a wealth of experience, having successfully directed investigations regarding white-collar crime matters, conducted hundreds of witness interviews around the world, and led multistate mobile surveillance operations.
Tom has been recognized as a Band 2 practitioner in the 2021 Chambers and Partners Litigation Support Guide for Business Intelligence & Investigations (USA). Clients have called him “one of the best investigators with whom [they] have ever worked,” lauding Tom as “the master of surveillance.”
- In defense of a civil matter arising from improprieties alleged to have occurred at a high-profile workplace, Tom located and interviewed former professional colleagues of the complainant. Traveling to five states in one month, Tom developed more than 10 witnesses and collected documentary evidence that showed how, rather than being a victim, the complainant planned, initiated, and conducted a personal relationship with a celebrity with the deliberate aim of obtaining a prominent position in the television industry. The information gathered proved crucial to the defense in obtaining an overwhelmingly favorable settlement.
- On behalf of four bank employees charged with mortgage fraud in federal court, Tom undertook an extensive investigation in which he led teams that identified, located, and interviewed nearly every party involved in each mortgage transaction undertaken by the defendants, from the home buyers and sellers to real estate agents, appraisers, and numerous bank employees, including mortgage brokers, underwriters, and senior managers. Over a five-month period, more than 100 interviews were conducted in eight states. Several of the interviews developed significant information that suggested the bank had prioritized sales over internal controls, loosening underwriting standards to the point of meaninglessness with the aim of closing mortgages and reselling them as fast as possible to skirt liability for the poorly underwritten loans. This information undercut the prosecution’s claim that the bank maintained high underwriting standards that the defendants conspired to circumvent.
- In support of a pharmaceutical supplier being sued for fraud in federal court, Tom examined the supplier’s internal records to identify the 21 customers referred to, but not named, in the complaint as victims of the client. Over a three-week period, he traveled to 18 states to interview all 21 alleged victims. After interviewing each customer, he drafted and secured a sworn statement outlining the true circumstances under which each person ordered and received pharmaceutical supplies from the client. Counsel used these affidavits to buttress the client’s defense that the fraud charges were baseless.
- Over a three-week period, Tom led a team of a dozen operatives in three states in a mobile surveillance operation in an effort to determine if a high-net-worth individual who was a potential litigation adversary of a client was meeting with other parties who were adverse to the client. Despite the subject engaging in interstate travel on a nearly alternate-day schedule and occasionally traveling by private jet, Tom was able to document the daily activities of the subject and identify the parties with whom the subject met throughout this period. The information developed during surveillance proved invaluable as the findings contradicted beliefs long held by the client, allowing the client to reorganize its resources based on the apparent likelihood of litigation.
Just the Facts
- BA, English & Spanish Literature, University of Virginia
- Chambers and Partners 2021 Litigation Support Guide: Band 2
- Executive Award of the Chief Postal Inspector
- Investigator of the Year, Federal Law Enforcement Foundation
- Contributor: Building a World-Class Compliance Program: Best Practices and Strategies for Success, by Martin T. Biegelman (Wiley, 2008)