From 1972 to 1984 Mr. Folks was an Assistant District Attorney and ultimately the Deputy Chief Assistant.He was responsible for the prosecution of organized crime as well as the investigation and prosecution of homicides in SuffolkCounty.
In 1984, Mr. Folks became Chief Deputy County Attorney for SuffolkCounty and undertook the resolution of the overruns and scandals which emanated from the construction of the Southwest Sewer District.
As an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, Mr. Folks tried and investigated major drug and money laundering cases.Additionally, as head of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, Mr. Folks coordinated efforts of New York City Police, DEA, Coast Guard, FBI, ATF, and other law enforcement agencies as part of that presidential task force’s effort to eradicate and prosecute drug traffickers.
Mr. Folks has extensive experience utilizing all investigative techniques including court authorized eavesdropping, warrants, grand juries and the use of forensic evidence.In one instance, Mr. Folks used civil discovery to obtain a nolo prosequi in a pending federal criminal fraud case.In another instance, the well publicized Kubecka v. State of New York, through an exhaustive review of documents and witness testimony, he uncovered significant negligence by a State Agency, leading to the deaths of two individuals.The latter case resulted in a $10.8 million dollar verdict against the State after an eleven year battle.
Mr. Folks has lectured to both the State and County Bar Associations on a variety of topics including evidence and corporate valuations.He is also an Assistant Adjunct Professor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy at HofstraLawSchool