Roy Kalman Altman

Prior to joining the firm, Roy was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. During his over six years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Roy handled hundreds of criminal cases involving almost every variety of federal criminal offense, including drug trafficking (both domestic and international); arms trafficking; human trafficking; sex trafficking; child prostitution, exploitation, and pornography; bank, mail, and wire fraud; identity theft; armed robbery; attempted murder; serial rape; and the first degree murder of a U.S. postal worker.

While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Roy tried and won thirty federal criminal cases and argued three cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

In January of 2014, Roy was named the Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In that capacity, Roy supervised the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s work on human trafficking, sexual exploitation of children, and federal violent crime. In October of 2011, Roy was appointed to oversee the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Overtown Violence Reduction Partnership (VRP), which sought to reduce violent crime in Overtown by coordinating state, local, and federal law enforcement efforts with the input of Overtown’s stakeholders and community leaders. In January of 2014, Roy was appointed to oversee all of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s VRPs, which included the areas of Liberty City, Little Haiti, and Miami Gardens.

For his efforts, Roy was named the “Federal Prosecutor of the Year” by the Miami-Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police and the Law Enforcement Officers’ Charitable Foundation. Roy also received the Federal Bar Association’s “Top Young Lawyer Award,” which is given annually to the top five federal lawyers, under the age of 37, nationwide. In December of 2013, Roy was named as a finalist for the Daily Business Review’s “Most Effective Lawyers Award” in the field of Criminal Law. In addition, the Department of Justice awarded Roy the “Director’s Award” for the prosecution of the men responsible for the murder of U.S. mail carrier Bruce Parton and the multi-million dollar tax fraud and identity theft conspiracy that followed it.

Roy was one of 15 people selected for the Miami Foundation’s Miami Fellowship, which identifies Miami’s future leaders and trains them to engage in informed, ethical leadership. Last year, Roy was inducted into the Miami Country Day School Hall of Fame. And, in May of 2014, Roy was given the honor of serving as the keynote speaker at Miami Country Day’s 75th Anniversary Commencement. Roy has been published in the Wall Street Journal and the ABA’s Journal on Criminal Law.

Roy graduated with honors from Columbia University, where he played quarterback on the football team and was an All-Ivy League pitcher for the baseball team. In his senior year, Roy was named to the All-Ivy League Academic team. In 2007, Roy graduated from the Yale Law School, where he served as Projects Editor for the Yale Law Journal. After law school, Roy clerked for the Honorable Stanley Marcus on the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

 

AVIATION EXPERIENCE

Katz v. Sk Travel et al.,: Mr. Altman represents the Estate of Lewis Katz in this Massachusetts aviation accident in which all passengers were killed and in which the damages are estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Wood v. Malaysian Airline System Berhad and Malaysia Airlines Berhad: Mr. Altman represents the Estate of Phillip Wood against Malaysia Airlines in this federal court litigation in the District of Columbia arising from the disappearance of Flight MH370.

Wang et al. v. Malaysian Airline System Berhad and Malaysia Airlines Berhad,: Mr. Altman represents the Estates of Rui Wang, Moheng Wang, Shuling Dai, Wenxue Jiao, and Weiwei Jiao against Malaysia Airlines in this federal court litigation in the District of Columbia arising from the disappearance of Flight MH370.

Wood et al v. The Boeing Company,: Mr. Altman represents the estates of some 40 passengers who brought suit against the Boeing Company in Cook County, Illinois, alleging that Boeing’s defective design and manufacture of a Boeing airplane led to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

In re Germanwings Plane Crash,: Mr. Altman represents the families of passengers who were killed when Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed in the French Alps on March 24, 2015.

Hill v. Robinson Aviation et al.,: Mr. Altman represents the family of Robert Kurrus who was tragically killed in a Florida aviation accident as a result of negligence on the part of the Air Traffic Controller.

Gullberg v. IBC Airways, Inc.,: Mr. Altman represents the Gullberg Estate against IBC Airways in this Puerto Rico aviation accident that killed everyone onboard.

McLaughlin v. IBC Airways, Inc.,: Mr. Altman represents the McLaughlin Estate against IBC Airways in this Puerto Rico aviation accident that killed everyone onboard.

Allan v. Robinson Helicopter Corp.,: Mr. Altman represents the Estate of Ross Allan in this aviation accident litigation in which everyone onboard was killed.

Rey v. Piper Aircraft Co.,: Mr. Altman successfully represented the family of one of the decedents in this Colombian aviation accident in which all aboard were killed.

Rueda et al. v. Piper Aircraft Co.,: Mr. Altman successfully represented the families of both passengers and both pilots in this Colombian aviation accident, where the passengers were killed and the pilots were badly injured.

De Thomas v. Alitalia,: Mr. Altman successfully represented Mr. De Thomas in his suit in federal court in Miami for injuries he sustained onboard an Alitalia flight from Miami, Florida, to Rome, Italy.

 

TRIAL EXPERIENCE

Prosecuted hundreds of federal criminal cases involving drug trafficking; arms trafficking; human trafficking; sex trafficking; child prostitution, exploitation, and pornography; bank, mail, and wire fraud; armed robbery; attempted murder; serial rape; and the first degree murder of a U.S. postal worker.

Tried 30 criminal cases in federal court, including:

United States v. Damion Baston, 13-20914-CR-CMA. Baston, a Jamaican citizen, stole the identity of an American national and, using that identity to travel in and out of the United States, ran a violent international human trafficking business. During the course of almost ten years, Baston tortured, raped, and brutalized more than twenty different women from around the world, and forced these women to prostitute themselves and to give him 100% of their prostitution earnings. Over the course of a decade, Baston earned millions of dollars by enslaving these female victims. After two years of investigation and two weeks of trial, a jury convicted Baston on all 21 counts in the indictment, including 9 counts of money laundering and 3 counts of forced human trafficking, and the Hon. Cecilia M. Altonaga sentenced Baston to 27 years in prison.

United States v. Lavont Flanders and Emerson Callum, 11-20557-CR-KMM, in which Flanders, a former police officer, and Callum, a pornography producer, were accused of luring hundreds of women to South Florida over the course of several years, drugging the women, raping them, and selling the video-footage of the rapes over the Internet and at pornography stores. After years of investigation and two weeks of trial, a jury convicted both defendants on all 22 counts in the indictment, and the Hon. K. Michael Moore sentenced each defendant to 13 consecutive terms of life imprisonment.

United States v. Pikerson Mentor, 11-20351-CR-DLG. Mentor stalked and then murdered Bruce Parton, a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier, in order to steal Mr. Parton’s Arrow key, which Mentor and his co-defendants ultimately used to steal the identities of hundreds of victims. With the victims’ identities in hand, Mentor and his co-defendants filed hundreds of fraudulent income tax returns with the IRS, and then used Mr. Parton’s Arrow key to retrieve the IRS debit cards onto which these tax returns had been deposited. After two weeks of trial, a jury convicted Mentor on all 14 counts in the indictment, including first-degree murder, Hobbs Act robbery, armed carjacking, aggravated identity theft, and access device fraud. At the sentencing hearing, the Hon. Donald L. Graham sentenced Mentor to life imprisonment.

United States v. Marcus Talley and Eddie Talley, Jr., 10-20848-CR-CMA. The Talley brothers founded a domestic terror cell, the Urban Guerilla Syndicate (UGS), whose objective was the downfall of the federal government. Towards this end, the Talley brothers recruited young, often homeless, juvenile boys and initiated them into the UGS. After several weeks of inculcation, the Talley brothers would strap the boys with hoax suicide bombs and send them in to rob commercial banks. The jury convicted both defendants on all counts. The Hon. Cecilia M. Altonaga sentenced Marcus and Eddie Talley to terms of imprisonment of 384 months and 269 months, respectively.

United States v. Quartavious Davis, 10-20896-CR-ASG. Over the course of less than one year, Davis and his five co-defendants committed approximately fifty armed robberies of commercial establishments in South Florida. Some of these robberies turned violent: At a Little Caesar’s Pizza on August 7, 2010, one of the defendants repeatedly kicked the store’s manager in the face when the manager failed to open the safe quickly enough; at an Advance Auto Parts store on September 15, 2010, Davis fired two shots at a dog that chased him as he fled the store; and at a Wendy’s on September 26, 2010, Davis exchanged gunfire with a customer who had a concealed weapons permit and was eating at the Wendy’s with his wife. The jury convicted Davis on all counts, and the Hon. Alan S. Gold sentenced Davis to 162 years in prison.

United States v. Thomas Patrick Keelan, 12-20496-CR-JEM. Keelan, a school teacher, initiated and maintained a two-year sexual relationship with one of his 15-year-old male students. After Keelan took a job as the head of the Fine Arts department at an all-boys school in Virginia, he began to travel to South Florida to meet with the victim and to have sex with him. A jury convicted Mr. Keelan on both counts of the indictment, and the Hon. Jose E. Martinez sentenced Keelan to 200 months in prison.

COLUMBIA COLLEGE/YALE LAW SCHOOL HONORS/ACTIVITIES

  • Yale Law Journal Projects Editor, Yale Law and Policy Review Editor, Coker Fellow, and Teaching Assistant to Professor Bruce Ackerman
  • Cum Laude
  • Columbia University Dean’s List all 8 semesters
  • Senior Honors Thesis in History: “Revolution in Judea: Josephus and the Jews”
  • All-Ivy League Academic Honors, 2004
  • All-Ivy League Second Team, Baseball, 2004
  • Quarterback on the Varsity Football Team
  • Pitcher on the Varsity Baseball Team

PUBLICATIONS

Roy K. Altman, Searching For Shomer, The National Review, Apr. 10, 2015.

Roy K. Altman, Judges For Lax Border Security, Wall Street Journal, Apr. 4, 2013.

Roy K. Altman, The Case For Incident-To-Arrest Searches of Cell Phones, ABA Journal: Criminal Justice, March 2014.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Commencement Day Speaker, Miami Country Day School’s 75th Anniversary Commencement, May 2014

Lecture on Sex Trafficking of Children at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida, November 2014

Lecture on Human Trafficking at the ACAMS Conference in Miami, Florida, November 2014

Guest presenter at Broward Sheriff’s Office training on Human Trafficking, August 21, 2013

Guest presenter at Florida Sex Crimes Investigators Association conference (lecture on United States v. Flanders, 11-20557-CR-KMM), August 6, 2013

Guest speaker on Bloomerg BNA’s webinar on “ESI in Federal and State Criminal Actions: Constitutional and Practical Dimensions,” August 14, 2013

Guest lecturer at a Florida International University School of Law class on White Collar Crime, June 2013

Guest lecturer at a University of Miami School of Law class on Human Trafficking, February 27, 2013

Guest Speaker at the American Bar Association’s 27th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime (panel on “E-discovery in Government Investigations and Criminal Litigation”), March 2013

Guest Speaker at the 13th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference (lecture on United States v. Flanders, 11-20557-CR-KMM), August 2012

Trained new Assistant United States Attorneys in the Southern District of Florida on “Closing Arguments in Gun Cases,” June 2013

Trained Assistant United States Attorneys in the Southern District of Florida on “Exhibits,” May 2012

Trained Assistant United States Attorneys in the Southern District of Florida on “Closing Arguments in Gun and Home Invasion Cases,” February 2012

LANGUAGES

Fluent in Spanish and conversant in Hebrew