Title: Special Counsel

Office: (303) 861-5300

Cell: (303) 566-0390

Email: kharmon@gvlslawcom

Kenneth M. Harmon is Special Counsel with Glade Voogt Lord & Smith. His practice focuses primarily on representation of individuals and businesses in white collar criminal matters and related regulatory matters, including those involving allegations of federal criminal tax fraud, securities fraud and investment fraud; internal investigations; compliance; business crimes; commercial litigation (including class action litigation); and whistleblower and qui tam actions.  Ken is a former federal prosecutor who recently left the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) after a twenty-eight year career in federal criminal law enforcement, serving eight years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Florida and the balance of his time as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Colorado.

Ken began his career investigating and prosecuting complex white collar matters in the mid-1990s, when he was appointed to a four-member securities fraud task force in the Southern District of Florida charged with investigating and prosecuting complex, securities fraud related offenses. After training with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Ken went on to serve in this task force with cross-designated attorneys from the SEC’s Enforcement Division and investigated and successfully prosecuted, among others, executives of publicly traded companies engaged in accounting fraud, and a network of stockbrokers involved in a nationwide broker bribery scheme.

Ken continued handling complex white collar matters after coming to Colorado in 1998, leading investigations and prosecutions involving a broad spectrum of subjects and offenses, including numerous investment fraud, tax fraud and government program fraud cases, and typically working these matters in close coordination with a variety of federal law enforcement and federal civil regulatory agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the SEC, the Colorado Division of Securities and FINRA, among others.  He also continued to pursue and prosecute securities fraud matters and led the criminal investigation and prosecution of one of two securities insider trading cases brought in the District of Colorado within the past decade.

Ken’s experience as a white collar prosecutor also included a number of matters with international dimensions, including a series of undercover investigations targeting foreign internet pharmacy operations trafficking in dangerous counterfeit and unapproved pharmaceutical drugs and the foreign nationals behind these operations. Working with federal law enforcement agents and foreign government and pharmaceutical industry investigators, Ken helped design and lead undercover lure operations leading to the apprehension of internet pharmacy traffickers located in China, Greece, Pakistan, Panama and Israel, among other places. He thereafter successfully prosecuted these foreign nationals.

Over the course of his time at DOJ, Ken tried (primarily in a first chair capacity) in excess of thirty jury trials in criminal cases.

Ken began his legal career as an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City, where he assisted in federal civil litigation involving a variety of matters ranging from anti-trust and securities-related corporate control contests to engineering malpractice cases.

 

PRIMARY PRACTICE AREAS

  • Compliance, Internal Investigations & Corporate Defense Practice
  • Criminal Defense & White Collar Practice
  • Litigation, Class Action & Appeals Practice
  • Qui Tam & Whistleblower Practice

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

STATE BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Colorado
  • New York

FEDERAL COURT ADMISSIONS

  • District of Colorado
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Southern District of New York

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Arapahoe Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

EDUCATION

  • J. D., Harvard Law School, 1985 (cum laude)
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1982 (magna cum laude)