Justin Paperny graduated from the University of Southern California and then built a career as a successful stockbroker. His practice at notable firms that included Bear Stearns and UBS, specialized in representing professional athletes and hedge funds. Some bad decisions led Justin into problems with the criminal justice system, including a felony conviction for violating securities laws. A federal judge sentenced Justin to serve an 18-month prison term. In prison he grew determined to make amends—not through talk, but through daily, incremental action. Believing others could benefit from his experience, he began documenting his journey through his daily prison blog, then through his book, Lessons From Prison.
Justin concluded his obligation to the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 2009. Preparations that he made while serving his sentence empowered Justin to build a thriving career, despite the loss of his licenses to sell securities and real estate. While incarcerated, Justin practiced the lessons available through White Collar Advice. As a result of those preparations, income opportunities opened for him upon his release. He lectured in universities across the United States; he published his second book, Ethics in Motion; he became a nationally recognized public speaker for corporate America; he did work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Pre-Trial Service Offices; and he has guided countless others who were about to embark upon their own journey through the challenges that accompany criminal charges.
Justin’s story has been featured by ABC News, CNBC, NBC News, Forbes, Fox News and Radio America, amongst others. And in June 2015, NBC Universal aired, My Deal With The Devil, a 60-minute show on Justin’s story.
Mark Brunty graduated from the University of South Carolina, then the South Carolina School of Law. As an attorney Mark represented individuals and companies in a variety of situations. Mark’s passion showed in situations where he was helping disadvantaged people get a fair result.
Despite his successes, some bad career decisions led Mark into the crosshairs of the criminal justice system. After pleading guilty to wire fraud, Mark was sentenced to 46 months at Edgefield Federal Prison Camp. In prison, Mark spent his time researching the criminal justice system to help others fight for justice. During his sentence Mark helped eight prisoners earn immediate release from prison. Further, he helped reduce the sentences of more than 30 prisoners. Mark also completed and mentored many prisoners through the Bureau of Prisons Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP).
Since his release in 2016, Mark has begun preparing white collar defendants for life in federal prison. His primary role is working with white collar defense attorneys, preparing defendants for the Pre Sentence Investigation Preparations, the Residential Drug Abuse Program and life in federal prison.