White-collar criminal defense lawyer Amit Mehta helps high-profile clients with below-the-radar legal maneuvering. This summer, the Zuckerman Spaeder partner helped former International Monetary Fund President Dominique Strauss-Kahn defeat criminal assault charges in New York state court.

He was also the primary brief writer for former Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.) in a case at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2009. The appeals court ruled that Feeney’s statements to the House Ethics Committee about a privately funded 2003 Scotland trip were protected by the Constitution’s speech or debate clause. The clause gives members of Congress immunity and privilege for their communication in official congressional proceedings. The circuit “has ruled the speech and debate clause should be interpreted rather robustly,” Mehta said.