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Elkan Abramowitz

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Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

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Elkan Abramowitz is a leading white collar criminal defense lawyer experienced in handling civil and criminal matters in state and federal court for individual and corporate clients. He has built his career as a trial lawyer representing prestigious clients fallen into high stakes personal and professional crises both in and outside the courtroom. Elkan is the recipient of the 1999 Milton S. Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy presented by the Office of the Appellate Defender. In 2008, he was honored with the New York Council of Defense Lawyers’ Norman S. Ostrow award for the defense of liberty and the preservation of individual rights. More recently, Elkan received the New York Law Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


Partner, Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC, 1979; Served as counsel to the Special Master in the garment center antitrust case in 1992; Appointed Special Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Investigation for the City of New York in 1990 to investigate a stock transfer by Mayor David Dinkins to his son; Chief of the Criminal Division, Southern District of New York, 1976; Law Clerk, Honorable Inzer B. Wyatt, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York; Assistant Deputy Mayor, City of New York; Special Counsel, Select Committee on Crime for the U.S. House of Representatives.


Elkan is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a former director of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. He also is a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations, the New York City Bar Association (past member of the Criminal Law, Federal Courts, Ethics, and Judiciary Committees), and the Federal Bar Council.


New York University School of Law (LL.B.; Pomeroy Scholar; Editor, Law Review), 1964; Brown University (B.A.), 1961.

United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

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Elkan Abramowitz - Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

Within: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. is a New York-based boutique best known for individual representations, although it also handles significant matters for a variety of corporates. In one key matter, Robert Anello is representing a Venezuelan energy company and its co-founder in connection with an FCPA investigation by the DOJ and several US attorneys' offices. Alongside Jodi Misher Peikin, he is representing an investment adviser in an SEC and Labor investigation relating to alleged violations of fiduciary duty obligations. In another highlight, Jonathan Sack is representing an individual in a matter relating to the transfer of Facebook data to Cambridge Analytica. Elkan Abramowitz and Judith Mogul are representing the New York Governor's Office in an investigation and prosecutions in the Southern District of New York relating to charges of bribery and fraud against one of the Governor's former aides and state contractor, as well as lobbying and potential conflicts of interest in the Buffalo Billion project. Other names to note include Benjamin Fischer, Lawrence Iason and Catherine Foti.

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Leading trial lawyers

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Elkan Abramowitz - Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

Within: Leading trial lawyers

Elkan Abramowitz - Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. Elkan Abramowitz is regularly involved in high-stakes litigation and has particular strength in white-collar crime matters. Recent highlights include representing the former CEO of Petrobras in a securities class action, which reached a settlement that is pending approval. In addition, Abramowitz has represented former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steven Davis in a widely publicized case involving allegations of accounting fraud in the wake of Dewey & LeBoeuf's bankruptcy.

Within: Leading trial lawyers - ranked: tier 3

Elkan Abramowitz - Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

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Securities litigation - defense

Within: Securities litigation - defense

Litigation boutique Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. in New York has a long history of acting in complex white-collar, securities enforcement and regulatory matters, as well as complex business disputes. Edward Spiro and Elkan Abramowitz played roles in one of the most high-profile cases of recent years, having represented the former CEO of Petrobras in a securities class action relating to an alleged bid-rigging and bribery scheme. Spiro and Lawrence Bader were involved in one of the key cases in the life sciences sector last year, having represented former officers and directors of pharmaceutical company Merck & Co in derivative litigation arising from an alleged delay in publishing disappointing clinical trial results. Also recommended are Robert Anello, who acted for an individual in Madoff-related litigation, and Judith Mogul.

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