Charles Linehan is a managing director at K2 Intelligence, where he leads the firm's Construction and Real Estate Services team. With more than 15 years’ experience conducting complex investigations as a criminal prosecutor, Charles oversees an experienced team of investigators, forensic engineers, and forensic accountants, who conduct integrity monitorships, fraud investigations, and compliance reviews on behalf of private and public sector clients. Under his leadership, the Construction and Real Estate team has successfully cross-leveraged K2 Intelligence's cyber and physical security practices, working on behalf of clients to defend prominent real estate holdings against the twin threats of cyber and physical attack.
Prior to joining K2 Intelligence, Charles served as Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption Unit for the New York County District Attorney’s office, where he directed some of the office’s most sensitive investigations into elected officials and public servants suspected of committing crimes. He led investigations into bribery, corrupting the government, perjury, grand larceny, money laundering, and official misconduct. Notably, he investigated the transfer of approximately $2 billion from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to the New Jersey Department of Transportation to refurbish the Pulaski Skyway and related New Jersey state highways. Charles also supervised the investigation and indictment of a group of criminal defense attorneys who were bribing courthouse employees to solicit clients and move them through the system ahead of similarly-situated defendants. Immediately prior to joining K2 Intelligence, Charles secured guilty verdicts against the remaining defendants after a four-week jury trial.
Before serving as Deputy Chief of Public Corruption, Charles was Senior Investigative Counsel to the D.A.’s Official Corruption Unit, where he investigated and prosecuted members of New York City’s uniformed services, primarily members of the city’s police department. In this role, Charles investigated crimes relating to civil rights abuses, perjury, and official misconduct. Charles also served in the D.A.’s Major Economic Crimes Bureau, where he conducted various long-term investigations with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority into securities fraud and other suspected financial frauds. Charles began his prosecutorial career in Trial Bureau 40, where he tried approximately 25 felony and misdemeanor cases to verdict. He also prepared and presented more than 50 felony cases to the grand jury, including assault, narcotics, grand larceny, weapon possession, identity theft, robbery, burglary, and attempted murder cases.
Charles received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and his B.A., magna cum laude, in English literature from Washington College. He is admitted to practice law in New York.