• Lead counsel for a foreign national whose funds were seized for forfeiture by the United States as substitute assets, following the convictions of other foreign nationals in United States v. Alexandre De Basseville et al., Criminal Case No. 06-CR-235 (E.D.Va.). The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted counsel’s petition asserting a third-party interest in the money seized under 21 U.S.C. § 853 and ordered the United States to return the funds. United States v. D’Esclavelles, 541 F. Supp. 2d 793 (E.D. Va. 2008). Following a reversal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (United States v. Buk, 314 F. App’x 565 (4th Cir. 2009)), the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section of the U.S. Department of Justice granted counsel’s petition for remission of forfeiture and returned the seized funds.