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U.S. ATTORNEY MICHAEL BAYLSON TO REJOIN DUANE, MORRIS & HECKSCHER

 PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael M. Baylson today announced his plans to step down as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Jan. 15, 1993, so as to rejoin the Center City Philadelphia law firm of Duane, Morris & Heckscher.
 Baylson said, "I'm tremendously satisfied to have fulfilled my four- year commitment to the office of U.S. attorney, and I intend to stay involved in public service in one form or another. At the same time, I am looking forward to returning to this outstanding firm and to the private practice of law."
 He rejoins the firm he left when named U.S. attorney in October 1988. Duane, Morris Chairman Jack May said, "We're delighted to welcome Mike back as a partner in Duane, Morris & Heckscher's Trial Department. Mike will be a great asset in advising clients on complex commercial and securities litigation, governmental affairs relating to environmental and health law issues, insurance fraud matters and corporate compliance programs."
 According to William P. Barr, U.S. attorney general, "Mike Baylson is one of the best U.S. attorneys in the nation. His tremendous contributions in fighting violent crime and gang warfare were the basis for the president's Weed and Seed' national initiative. The people of Pennsylvania are very fortunate to have had a professional like Mike out on the front lines every day."
 During his four-year stewardship, the U.S. attorney's office worked closely with state and local law enforcement agencies to investigate, prosecute and convict organized crime and drug gangs. This relentless attack has reduced drug traffic and spurred urban redevelopment in Philadelphia neighborhoods like Spring Garden and Norris Square.
 U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), who worked closely with Baylson to secure federal funding for several of these initiatives, said, "The success of Michael Baylson's tenure will be a standard by which future U.S. attorneys will be measured."
 According to Baylson's law enforcement colleague Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham, "I think Mike will be best remembered for establishing an unprecedented level of cooperation between his office and state and local law enforcement officials." While police commissioner in Philadelphia, Los Angeles Police Chief Willie Williams said, "I found the working relationship between the United States Attorney's Office and the Philadelphia Police Department one that eventually served as a model for the rest of the country."
 The Eastern District U.S. attorney's office has engineered successful prosecutions of fraud against savings and loans, health care institutions and insurers. Baylson and his staff aggressively pursued "retribution and restitution," using legal remedies to recover the proceeds of illegal activities and to collect penalties and debts owed to the government. Their efforts garnered nearly $46 million in fiscal 1992 from criminal, civil, forfeiture and bankruptcy cases (including the largest civil penalty ever in a savings and loan fraud case), a figure nearly triple the office's annual budget. Over his four-year tenure, Baylson's office collected more than $150 million in monies due the government.
 Baylson also served the public for three years as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia, where he became chief of the Narcotics Division in 1968 and of the Homicide Division in 1969. He joined Duane, Morris & Heckscher in 1970 and became a partner in 1974.
 With 210 attorneys, Duane, Morris & Heckscher is Philadelphia's sixth largest law firm. More than 50 of these attorneys practice in the Trial Department, representing clients in commercial and securities litigation, professional and products liability, insurance-related litigation, white collar criminal defense and other matters. The firm provides legal services in other areas including bankruptcy, corporate and securities law, real estate, tax, administrative law, environmental and health care law, employment law and labor relations, and trusts and estates. The firm has offices in Harrisburg, Wayne, Allentown and Bethlehem, Pa.; Marlton, N.J., and Wilmington, Del.
 Baylson received a B.S. degree in economics from The Wharton School of Finance and Commerce in 1961 and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1964. He lives with his wife, Frances Ruth Batzer, M.D., and their three children in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.
 Highlights of the Tenure of Michael M. Baylson
 as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
 -- Aggressively prosecuted drug dealers resulting in a 98.5 percent conviction rate, cooperation between federal and local law enforcement agencies led to eradication of several major drug rings. This prosecution and neighborhood revitalization was the model for federal Weed and Seed program.
 -- Established fraud initiative, coordinating criminal, civil and asset forfeiture efforts to deliver maximum law enforcement punch.
 -- Created Financial Litigation Division, which handles asset forfeiture, bankruptcy and collections from criminal and civil offenders. This "profit center" took in $150 million in four years for the government.
 -- Filed first U.S. cases for student loan defaults.
 -- Achieved first asset forfeiture in a health care fraud case by bringing charges of money laundering.
 -- Prosecuted first case to freeze assets in Medicare fraud scheme.
 -- Pioneered systematic, large-scale transfer of drug and firearm cases pending in state court to federal court. This was direct precursor of nationwide Project Triggerlock targeting armed career criminals for federal prosecution.
 -- Recovered $12 million as first U.S. attorney to take over a case from private counsel and represent the Resolution Trust Company.
 -- Handled prosecutions arising from the murder of grand jury witness, securing three convictions, including life imprisonment for gunman.
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 /Editors: Photo available of Baylson; call Chris Reynolds at 215-622-4670/
 /CONTACT: Reynolds Ink, 215-622-4670, for Duane, Morris & Heckscher/


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