Todd Foster has used his investigative and trial skills towards the defense of a multitude of clients for over 25 years in private practice. Todd has represented clients facing serious charges including securities fraud, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, bank fraud, mortgage fraud, wire and mail fraud, tax fraud, drug conspiracy and money laundering, and was able to help many of those clients avoid being indicted or criminally charged altogether. Todd employs his background as an FBI Special Agent, as well as Assistant United States Attorney to provide a distinctive level of experience on behalf of his clients.
Todd began his career in Jacksonville, Florida as an Assistant State Attorney in the 1980’s. Todd then joined the Federal Bureau of Investigations as a Special Agent where he learned the intricacies of investigations into complex white-collar and organized crime, gaining invaluable insight into how the government conducts probes of alleged criminal activity. Todd left the FBI to work for the United States Attorney’s Office in Houston, where he became Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement task force. He later transferred to Tampa and quickly rose to Chief of the Major Crimes section. In his role as a federal prosecutor, Todd handled some of the largest fraud and racketeering cases in the Southern District of Texas and the Middle District of Florida. Todd brings this knowledge into his representation of lawyers, physicians, business executives, and all clients in legal matters which often include going up against the Department of Justice, various Inspectors General, or the Internal Revenue Service.
Todd has made many appearances on both local and national television, on behalf of or to discuss, some of his high-profile clients. He was involved in the defense of Arthur Nadel, who the New York Times dubbed “Mini Madoff”, Club La Vela, the largest nightclub in the United States, a prominent business owner in the highly publicized Gabon Sting Case, and a Boston area real estate developer indicted and later acquitted for an alleged fraud involving the Massachusetts Gaming Authority. Todd also represented the well-known radio host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem in a high profile federal civil claim against the Nielsen ratings company.
Notable cases include:
- United States v. Yun: Steve Yun was criminally indicted for a scheme to defraud NASA through the willful provision of defective materials. Despite the client having provided three recorded statements to criminal investigators with the NASA Office of Investigation, Todd was able to achieve a complete acquittal for Mr. Yun, by demonstrating his lack of criminal intent.
- United States v. Steven B. and Marlene Aisenberg: Todd represented the Aisenbergs in their tragic and highly publicized case in which the couple was charged with conspiracy and making false statements relating to the disappearance of their five-month-old baby in 1997. Todd filed a motion to suppress a government wire-tap installed in the Aisenberg’s home, which resulted in a federal judge suppressing all wire-tap evidence, and ultimately lead to the dismissal of the case by the government. In an unprecedented event, a federal judge ordered the government to repay the couple over $2.8 million in legal fees.
- United States v. Sea Watch of Panama City, Inc.: Sea Watch of Panama City, Inc., parent company of Club La Vela, the largest nightclub in the United States, and its owners, were charged with conspiring to use their night club for the consumption and distribution of illegal drugs. As lead counsel, Todd lead the team of trial lawyers through a one-month trial. The jury took approximately one hour to find the corporation and its principles not guilty.
- United States v. Benevides: Pete Benevides, former FBO of an Orlando airport, was charged with drug conspiracy after two of his former pilot employees implicated him in illegal conduct. Extensive pre-trial investigation and motions practice resulted in the government dismissing the charge weeks before trial.
- United States v. DeNunzio: Todd was part of the trial team, in federal court in Boston, that defended the client against allegations that he had defrauded Wynn Enterprises in his quest to seek a gaming license from the state of Massachusetts. The defendant was acquitted of all charges after approximately one month of trial.
- United States v. Weir: In a two-and-a-half-year sting operation which involved over 100 FBI agents, Todd’s client was charged under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act with attempting to bribe foreign officials in order to receive military contracts. After approximately one month of trial, the jury deadlocked, and the government chose not to retry the case and dismissed all charges.
- United States v. Giovanni: Todd’s client faced an international wire fraud and money laundering indictment. Following Todd’s extensive pre-trial motion practice, including several evidentiary hearings, exposing weaknesses in the government’s case, the case was dismissed with prejudice.
- Criminal Defense/White Collar Crimes
- Medicare Fraud
- Securities Fraud
- Conspiracy/Wire Fraud
- Drug Conspiracy
- RICO/Money Laundering
- Complex Civil Litigation
- Qui Tam (Whistleblower)
- Selected Top White-Collar Crime Defense Attorney by Tampa Bay Magazine – 2019
- AV- Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Recognized as one of Best Lawyers in America for the past 15 years
- Considered one of Florida’s Super Lawyers
- Served two terms as a Director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).
- Served one year as co-chair of NACDL’s white collar crime committee
- Adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at Stetson University College of Law
- Featured speaker for Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Law Day
- National Speaker on Trial Advocacy and Criminal Defense (Florida, California, Arkansas, Maine, etc.)
- Former Chief of the Major Crimes Section with the United States Attorney’s Office
- Florida State University College of Law (J.D.) Cum Laude
- The Florida Bar
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Society of Former FBI Agents
- Hillsborough County Bar Association