My Experience and How It Benefits You
I am an attorney with a keen interest in the inherent imbalance between the power of the state and the relative weakness of the individual. I bring this interest to my work as a criminal defense attorney and tax controversy litigator. I developed my skills and client-focused approach during my over 22 years of legal experience. With over 30 years of experience handling government-related matters, including having worked for the United States and New York City governments, I have the experience to handle any government-related matter. My skills include representing clients in pre-arrest investigations, grand jury investigations, wiretapping and eavesdropping investigations, arrests, arraignments, pretrial litigation, pretrial discovery, pretrial motion practice, jury and bench trials, post-conviction motions, sentencings, appeals and tax controversies, whether criminal or civil in nature, at the federal, state, and local levels.
I have extensive experience handling the full range of criminal defense matters including, but not limited to;
- white collar defense matters
- mail, bank, and wire frauds
- money laundering
- grand larceny
- securities fraud
- tax fraud and tax evasion
- violent crimes
- domestic violence
- bank robbery
- weapons possession
- crimes of a sexual nature
- sexual assault
- possession and transmission of child pornography
- human trafficking
- drug-related crimes
- narcotics trafficking and possession
I have tried dozens of cases in the federal and state courts in New York and Massachusetts and have handled a number of high-profile, politically-related prosecutions that drew worldwide media attention, including controversial matters with the U.S. government. I appeared in and before the United States and world-wide media, including independent media outlets.
I am a seasoned advocate in tax dispute matters, whether your issue involves criminal or quasi-criminal aspects, civil penalties, or merely the assertion of an underlying civil tax liability. I successfully defeated criminal tax investigations, defended criminal tax prosecutions, and handled the full gamut of civil tax dispute matters. I benefit from a network of tax-related professionals, including forensic accountants, former IRS special agents, former state tax investigators, and economists.
I graduated from Harvard Law School in 1992 with honors, where I began my criminal defense practice as a member of the Harvard Voluntary Defenders. I hold an advanced degree, or LL.M., in the law of taxation from the New York University School of Law. As such, I am well equipped to handle criminal tax litigation as well as civil tax controversies, whether before the federal, state, or local governments.
I began my legal career as a prosecutor and assistant district attorney with the Office of the Manhattan District Attorney. While serving there, I prosecuted white collar, fraud, embezzlement, employee misconduct, violent street crime, weapons possession, domestic violence, and narcotics trafficking and possession cases. Among my cases was a nationally-televised prosecution of a New York City employee for employment-related fraudulent misconduct.
Additionally, I am experienced litigating pursuant to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and am prepared to assist service members confronted with issues within the military criminal justice system.