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Roland Nikles
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Dean D. Paik
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Dean D. Paik
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Areas of Practice

Mr. Paik is co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group and a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law and Government Contracts Practice Groups.

Professional Qualifications

Mr. Paik brings to the table 30 years of experience, both in and out of government, litigating white collar criminal cases and complex civil litigation. Dean has successfully represented companies and individuals in a diverse mix of civil and white collar criminal cases. With the background and experience of over a decade as a former top advisor and prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice, Dean has represented individuals and companies in investigations and proceedings brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Offices, State and Federal Inspector Generals and other regulators and prosecutors. He also has litigated and resolved civil cases involving all manner of commercial disputes, including copyright infringement, contract and business torts, and insurance coverage.

Drawing on his many years with the government and his reputation for integrity, Dean has the experience and skill to negotiate the best possible resolution. If trial is necessary, however, he is an accomplished trial lawyer, having tried over 40 trials to verdict or judgment.

Dean rejoined Rogers Joseph O’Donnell in 2013 from the U.S. Department of Justice where he served as Special Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, in Washington, D.C. In that role, he oversaw a variety of civil and criminal tax matters, including financial fraud, civil and criminal enforcement of overseas bank reporting laws and asset forfeiture, and served as lead on a number of interagency task forces. Dean has extensive experience representing taxpayers in civil and criminal tax proceedings, including those with unreported foreign assets and accounts. He has represented and advised individual and corporate clients in connection with digital currency regulatory and litigation matters.

Dean began his career as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. He then served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Hawaii, where he prosecuted environmental and financial crimes, including the first federal environmental criminal trial in the State’s history.

Dean has served on the faculty of trial advocacy workshops at Stanford Law School and the University of San Francisco, School of Law. He has also served as a mediator and Early Neutral Evaluator for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and on the Criminal Justice Act panel for indigent defendants. In the past, he has served as the President of the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California and co-chair of the Judiciary Committee of the Asian American Bar Association. He also has been named a Northern California “Super Lawyer.”


J.D., University of California, Berkeley

B.A., Cornell University
Magna Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

Complex Commercial Litigation
Environmental Law
Government Contracts
White Collar Criminal Defense

Recent Publications and Public Speaking

"Overseas Tax Enforcement: Guidance to Mitigate Client Tax Penalties and Criminal Prosecution," Speaker, CAL CPA organization, Feb. 16, 2017

"Planning For The Next Panama Papers: Effective Representation of Clients Facing Exposure for Undisclosed Assets," Speaker, BASF panel, Jan. 26, 2016

"A Contractor’s Nightmare: What To Do In A Criminal Investigation," Speaker, Associated General Contractors meeting, Nov. 8, 2016

"The FCPA and Worldwide Anti-Corruption Enforcement: Trends, Challenges, and Best Practices," speaker, International Association of Korean Lawyers conference, Oct. 1, 2016

"A Contractor’s Nightmare: What To Do In A Criminal Investigation," speaker, Associated General Contractors (AGC) of California’s Legal Retreat, Sept. 16-18, 2016

"The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act -- An Update in 2016 " Live Webcast, The Knowledge Group, Mar. 8, 2016

"Emerging Issues: Are You Prepared for the Upcoming FATCA Compliance Deadlines for Non-U.S. Financial Institutions? " Live Webcast, The Knowledge Group, Jan. 15, 2016

"Best Practices for IRS, SEC and CFTC Whistleblower Practitioners, " annual Taxpayers Against Fraud conference, Nov. 16, 2015

"FATCA for Foreign Bank Registration and Non-US Funds in 2015, " The Knowledge Group, webinar, Feb. 13, 2015 (Co-presented)

"Credit Suisse: Too Big to Jail?" Panelist, Bar Association of San Francisco, Nov.  2014

"Disclosure Requirements for Foreign Companies and Individuals under Tax Laws in Korea and in the U.S." Panelist, International Association of Korean Lawyers, Oct. 2014

How FATCA Will Affect Brokers Dealing with Foreign Insurers and Agents, California Broker, Life Insurance, Oct. 2014 (PDF)

FATCA Adds to Brokers’ Compliance Burden: Brokers prepare to comply with FATCA even as they seek exemption from the law's foreign insurance requirements, Risk & Insurance, in which Dean Paik was quoted on Tax Evasion Schemes, June 6, 2014 (PDF)

"FATCA: The World of Tax Compliance is Getting Smaller." Panelist, Bar Association of San Francisco, May 2014

The Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative: To Participate Or Not? 2013 Korean American Society of CPA's Annual Conference Journal (PDF)

The Risks of Hiding Accounts and Assets in Korea Are Going Up (in 5 parts), Korea Daily, Sept. 23-27, 2013 (in Original Korean: (PDF); (in English Translation: (PDF)


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