During his distinguished service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco, Mr. Freccero handled a number of criminal and civil matters including investigations and prosecutions for securities and bank fraud, bombings and weapons violations, civil rights violations, extortion, robbery, counterfeiting and narcotics. He also handled international extradition proceedings, and civil forfeiture cases. In 1996, Mr. Freccero was appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno to serve as one of three trial lawyers for the national UNABOM prosecution team in the high profile case, United States v. Theodore John Kaczynski in the U.S. district courts in Sacramento, CA, Newark, NJ, and Helena, MT. He was one of the crafters of the search warrant prepared for the raid on Kaczynski’s house in Montana and served as trial counsel throughout the proceeding, concluding with the sentencing of Kaczynski in May of this year. Last month, he received the prestigious Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service for his extraordinary service on the UNABOM case.
Prior to being appointed as trial counsel in U.S. v. Kaczynski, Mr. Freccero served as investigative counsel to the national UNABOM Task Force comprised of federal agents of the FBI, ATF, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Mr. Freccero was involved in other significant cases while at the United States Attorney’s Office, including the successful investigation and prosecution of members of a white supremacist group responsible for a group of bombings in the Northwest, and a federal criminal prosecution which entailed the first admission of DNA evidence at trial in the Northern District of California.
Harold McElhinny, Chair of the litigation department, stated, "We are excited to have Steve back. Steve was with us as an associate from 1988 to 1989, and earlier as a summer associate. We have been thrilled to watch his successful career at the U.S. Attorney’s office. He is an outstanding lawyer." James Brosnahan, senior litigation partner in San Francisco, added, "Steve has a great future, and we are delighted that it will be at our firm."
While at Morrison & Foerster as an associate, Mr. Freccero handled complex civil litigation. Mr. Freccero will return to a varied complex civil and criminal litigation practice, with an emphasis on trial work.
Mr. Freccero commented, "I am very pleased to be returning to Morrison & Foerster, the place where I started my legal career. I am returning to Morrison because of the people I know and respect there. It has been an honor and privilege to serve the public these last nine years, and while I will miss working with the many dedicated attorneys and agents in federal law enforcement, I am looking forward to joining Morrison’s exciting trial practice."
Mr. Freccero received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, in 1987, and his LL.M. in Comparative European and International Law from European University Institute in Italy in 1994. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1980 with high honors in Religion. Mr. Freccero served as a law clerk to the Honorable Samuel Conti of the United States District Court for the Northern District from 1987 to 1988. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Italy from 1992 to 1993 where he researched comparative criminal law. In 1996, San Francisco Focus Magazine named Mr. Freccero as a member of the Bay Area’s "braintrust," featuring him as one of the "40 under 40 -- Young, Gifted and Living in the Bay Area." Next spring, Mr. Freccero will be an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he will teach European and Community law.
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