Wilmer "Buddy" Parker
Buddy Parker joined Bruce Maloy and Jim Jenkins at the beginning of 2008 to form the new firm of Maloy Jenkins Parker. Mr. Parker has over 38 years of experience litigating high profile criminal cases, for both the United States Department of Justice and as a private defense attorney. He brings to the firm his special expertise in tax, money-laundering, forfeiture (both inside the United States and internationally), internal investigations and litigating complex commercial civil matters, including qui tam (whistleblower) actions.
After receiving both his law degree and an M.B.A. from the University of Alabama, Mr. Parker completed Emory University's L.L.M. program in taxation, providing a unique foundation for the areas of law he would develop for both the Government and his private clients over the next four decades. His undergraduate degree with an emphasis in accounting and finance has served him well in understanding and evaluating complex financial transactions which are the subject of investigative scrutiny by law enforcement and regulatory agencies.
Mr. Parker entered Government service in 1978 in Washington, D.C., as a Trial Attorney with the Criminal Section of the Tax Division of the Department of Justice. For the next five years, he participated in investigations and prosecutions of tax and related frauds across the country, including Boston, New York, Atlanta and Miami. He also tried cases in smaller venues including Midland, Texas ; Jackson, Mississippi; and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 1983, Mr. Parker transferred to the U.S. Attorneys office for the Northern District of Georgia. During his tenure as an Assistant United States Attorney in Atlanta, Mr. Parker participated in hundreds of investigations and prosecutions of complex financial activities involving money laundering, fraud and racketeering, both in the Northern District, throughout the southeast and internationally. Mr. Parker became a supervising Assistant U.S. Attorney managing cases as well as maintaining his own trial calendar. While working for the Department of Justice, Mr. Parker received five national awards for trial advocacy skills. From his investigations in the Atlanta U.S. Attorneys office, he became one of the pioneers of U.S. money laundering prosecutions with their attendant forfeitures. Through the international aspects of these investigations, he became a recognized expert on money laundering and U.S. forfeiture law, making numerous presentations throughout Europe, North America and the Caribbean. During this same period, Mr. Parker served as an instructor and lecturer for numerous training programs for both U.S. and international law enforcement, including training of law enforcement officers from Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Luxembourg, Spain, Austria, Russia, Poland, Britain and Canada. Mr.Parker left the Government in 1997.
Since 1997, Mr. Parker has primarily represented individuals and corporations in far-reaching criminal investigations and prosecutions throughout the United States and internationally.He has also represented individuals in complex civil litigation. Mr. Parker has represented both public and private corporations, lawyers, accountants, corporate officers, bankers and other professionals in various mail and wire fraud, securities fraud, bank fraud, healthcare fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, immigration, public corruption, commercial bribery, and forfeiture investigations and prosecutions. He has also participated in investigations before the Serious Fraud Office (United Kingdom) and acted as a consultant to European lawyers in international matters. Mr. Parker's extensive trial experience as both a prosecutor and defense lawyer, and his extensive experience in international investigations, has made him one of the most recognized litigators in this highly specialized field. He has also acted in the capacity of advising in-house corporate counsel on sensitive corporate issues. He regularly works with forensic accountants.
Recognitions & Awards
Since entering private practice, Mr. Parker has continued to build his international recognition by playing an active role in the International Bar Association and continuing to give extensive lectures and presentations throughout the U.S. and Europe. He actively participates in a leadership role in the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association. In recognition of his expertise in the area of money laundering, the Criminal Justice Section has appointed Mr. Parker as its representative on the Advisory Board of the American Bankers' Association - American Bar Association Anti Money Laundering Conference for AML and Fraud Risk professionals.
Since 1996, Mr. Parker has received the highest possible rating AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell reflecting his high level of legal ability and ethics. He was also chosen by his peers as a “Super Lawyer” in the area of white collar crime, an honor awarded to only a small group of lawyers who practice in the area. The International Who’s Who of Business Crime Defense Lawyers and Who's Who of Investigations has selected Mr. Parker as being among the world’s leading Business Crime Defense and Investigation Lawyers.
Mr. Parker was born in Ozark, Alabama in 1951. He received his B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Alabama in 1972. In 1975 he received his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Alabama. In 1976, Buddy received his L.L.M. in taxation from Emory University.
business crimes, including tax fraud, mail and wire fraud, securities fraud, healthcare fraud, money laundering, RICO, public corruption, forfeiture, (civil and criminal), and complex civil matters-RICO, qui tam, securities.
State Bar of Alabama (1975); State Bar of Georgia (1975); State Bar of Florida (1977); United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (1976), Middle District of Georgia (1997); Northern District of Alabama (2009); Northern District of Florida (2013); Middle District of Alabama(2015); United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (1983); Fourth Circuit (1998); Columbia Circuit (2009), Second Circuit (2011); and United States Supreme Court (2004)
University of Alabama, B.S. 1972
University of Alabama, J.D. 1975
University of Alabama, M.B.A. 1975
Emory University, L.L.M. in Taxation 1976
American Bar Association (1997)
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1997)
International Bar Association (1997)
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1997)
The Best Lawyers in America (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Georgia Super Lawyers, Atlanta Magazine (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
The International Who’s Who of Business Crime Defense Lawyers (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
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