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Practice Areas

Whether you are a witness or a target of a law enforcement investigation or have been arrested and charged with a crime, our combination of prosecutorial and defense experience is invaluable when confronting the government and preparing a successful defense strategy. From the minute that a person comes into contact with law enforcement, every decision becomes critical. It can begin as a subpoena, a search warrant, a knock on the door, or a flashing light behind you. Regardless of the circumstance, every word that is said, action that is taken, phone call that is made, and document that is produced can have a significant impact on how a case gets resolved.

We have been dealing with federal and state criminal investigations and prosecutions for over two decades and routinely handle matters before the District Attorney’s Offices in New York County, Kings County, Queens County, Bronx County, Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Westchester County, as well as the United States Attorney’s Offices throughout the country and the New York State Attorney General. These matters range from white collar cases involving mortgage fraud, securities fraud, wire fraud, tax fraud, health care fraud, mail fraud, construction industry fraud, public corruption, larcenies, embezzlement, subpoena compliance, and witness representation to DWI/DUI, domestic violence, orders of protection, assault, and drug related charges.

We represent our clients from the inception of an investigation through arrest, arraignment, discovery, motions, trial and appeals. Our careful preparation, extensive investigation, zealous advocacy, and deep knowledge of the process and our clients makes us extraordinarily successful in avoiding charges if possible, negotiating favorable resolutions when appropriate and aggressively fighting charges when necessary.

We have extensive knowledge of the regulatory and investigatory landscape of the securities industry. We represent individuals, corporations, brokers, and broker/dealers in connection with SEC and FINRA regulatory investigations, enforcement actions and litigations, including subpoena compliance, OTR or “on the record” interviews, responding to Wells Notices, and defending actions before the SEC and federal courts throughout the country.

We also represent brokers, broker dealers, and investors in connection with securities arbitration claims. These claims often involve employment disputes between brokers and their employers or allegations by investors of unsuitable investments, churning of accounts for excessive commissions, excessive margin use, unauthorized trading, and false statements leading to investments. We are familiar with the unique arbitration rules and procedures that apply to investment and employment disputes and are equally experienced in defending brokers against employer or investor claims and prosecuting cases on behalf of investors.

Our civil litigation practice is primarily focused on commercial, personal injury, employment, and civil rights matters including breach of contract, civil RICO, negligence, fraud, assault, battery, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, discrimination, false arrest, and malicious prosecution. We represent clients in the state courts of New York and Connecticut, as well as in federal courts throughout the country.

We are adept at handling civil matters from the pre-litigation phase, which may involve investigations, demand letters, and negotiations, through the filing of the lawsuit, discovery, motion practice, trial, and appeals. We also appreciate that the best results for our clients may be achieved through a settlement.

From the onset of a dispute through its conclusion, we work closely with our clients to help them understand the legal process and make well-informed decisions. To understand what the best result for our clients may be, we take the time to get to know them, as well as their concerns and needs. This approach also enables us to determine when in it is most appropriate to allow a case to slowly develop or to expedite its resolution as much as possible. No matter the strategy we employ, we pride ourselves at being cost efficient and giving our clients the personal attention and zealous advocacy they deserve.

Our experience with Family Court orders of protection emanates from the numerous matters we have handled involving domestic violence. Threats and acts of domestic violence by a spouse, former spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, or domestic partner can be litigated in both Criminal and Family Court but the way in which they are handled is completely different in each forum. Unlike a criminal matter where law enforcement determines there is probable cause to believe a crime was committed, in Family Court all that is required for an order of protection is a complainant filing a petition alleging a family offense. There is no investigation and almost always orders of protection are issued just on the word of the petitioner. While we are skilled at drafting these petitions for true victims of domestic violence and obtaining the protection they need and deserve, unfortunately the system is open for abuse. False petitions for orders of protection are often filed to throw someone out of a house, keep someone away from his or her children, provide leverage in a divorce or custody proceeding, or to provide a way to keep having someone arrested for something as simple as an uncompleted phone call or a text message. We are particularly skilled at investigating every allegation, smoking out lies, and discovering facts and circumstances that contradict the allegations, ultimately resulting in the order of protection being vacated and the matter being dismissed.

As a parent, there are few things more upsetting than finding out your child has been accused of committing a crime. When a person who is under 16 years old, but is at least 7 years old, commits an act which would be a “crime” if he or she were an adult, and is then found to be in need of supervision, treatment or confinement, the person is called a “juvenile delinquent”. All juvenile delinquency cases are heard in Family Court although children who are 13, 14 and 15 years old who commit more serious or violent acts may be treated as adults and have their cases heard in Supreme Court. If found guilty, the child is called a “juvenile offender”, and is subject to more serious penalties than a juvenile delinquent.

We are experienced in handling all phases of Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Offender matters in both Family Court and Supreme Court, including probable cause, evidentiary, and fact-finding hearings. The key to succeeding in these matters, however, is working closely with parents and spending the time to get to know the child, his or her family and the circumstances that led to the allegations. Every detail matters. The courts and prosecutors are sensitive to the mistakes that children make and look to find ways to educate, rehabilitate and keep families intact. Through careful preparation and persuasive advocacy, we have been successful in protecting the future of many children and helping them rebuild relationships of trust with their parents.