Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations Department

New York
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What the team is known for Esteemed litigation boutique, widely acclaimed for its market-leading white-collar defense practice. Offers an impressive breadth of expertise in regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, particularly those arising from the financial services industry. Fields a deep bench of formidable litigators with experience with acting on some of the most high-profile criminal trials of recent times, as well as advising on internal investigations. Broad criminal defense expertise includes matters involving allegations of financial fraud, FCPA violations and money laundering.

Strengths"It's an all-around terrific firm," one source notes. "They're good at getting quiet results, are consummate professionals and are good at trial while being client-friendly."

A further interviewee comments: "If you're looking for a firm to represent an individual in a trial or investigation, they're at the very top - they're one of the best, if not the best in New York."

Another source describes the firm as "one of the top white-collar boutiques in New York and in the country."

Notable practitioners

Benjamin Fischer is relied on by high-level employees and companies facing complex criminal proceedings arising out of allegations of financial misconduct. His wide-ranging practice extends to government and internal investigations, with sources describing him as "a very smart, hard-working and nuanced attorney."

Elkan Abramowitz draws on decades of experience to represent individual and corporate clients in high-stakes criminal matters involving all forms of white-collar allegations. Interviewees consider him "a really fine trial lawyer, a very able negotiator and a pleasure to work with."

Jeremy Temkin is particularly noted for his expertise in matters involving criminal tax allegations, and regularly acts for both companies and individuals in high-stakes criminal investigations. Interviewees consider him a "very sharp and experienced lawyer" and "an expert in criminal tax matters."

Jodi Peikin is "highly intelligent and very easy to work with," state interviewees. She is regularly called on by clients facing government investigations into allegations such as securities and healthcare fraud. Interviewees describe her as "excellent with clients and really good at delivering excellent results."

The "superb" Jonathan Sack is a respected criminal litigator who draws on extensive experience to represent companies and individuals facing a wide variety of criminal allegations. One source comments: "He has one of the most searing intellects I've ever encountered - he's incredible smart and doesn't miss a thing."

Richard Weinberg offers significant experience defending clients facing sensitive and complex investigations by a number of organizations and regulatory bodies, including both the DOJ and SEC. Market sources describe him as "a very experienced lawyer, a good counselor and a calm presence."

The "excellent" Richard Albert is highlighted by clients for his "outstanding legal arguments." His broad practice sees him represent clients under regulatory investigation, as well as defending against criminal allegations including securities fraud, money laundering and FCPA violations.

Robert Anello is described as "a cut above" by one source, while another considers him "very pragmatic, smart and hard-working." His sophisticated white-collar practice regularly sees him act for companies and individual clients facing significant criminal proceedings and investigations.

Telemachus Kasulis enters the rankings after over a decade serving in various high-ranking positions in the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. His defense-side practice regularly sees him handle internal and external investigations, regulatory proceedings and enforcement actions for a range of clients. "He is a brilliantly smart attorney with great instincts and a deep care for his clients," one market insider comments. "He's a go-to person for incredibly complex legal arguments."