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Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.
NEW YORK, NY 10017
United States

Leading trial lawyers Tier 3

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.

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 4

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 FischerLawrence Iason and Catherine Foti.

Leading individuals: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals

Securities litigation - defense Tier 4

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.

For over 45 years, MORVILLO ABRAMOWITZ GRAND IASON & ANELLO PC has been at the forefront of advising companies and individuals on complex white collar and regulatory matters and sophisticated business disputes. We are best known for our unparalleled trial experience and our expertise in white collar defense, securities enforcement, and regulatory matters. Equally important is the sophisticated civil litigation we do for financial institutions, other business entities, and their senior executives. Our size and expertise allow us the flexibility to provide the highest quality legal services at competitive rates.

Morvillo Abramowitz is renowned for its accomplishments litigating cases at all levels of the federal and state courts, in arbitrations, and before government agencies, regulatory organizations, and other tribunals. More than a quarter of the firm’s partners are Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a prestigious organization that was created to recognize excellence in trial lawyers. It regularly represents companies and individuals in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act inquiries and investigations by the US Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and foreign regulators and prosecutors. The firm also is well-known for its appellate practice and regularly handles complex civil and criminal appeals before federal and state courts nationwide. The firm’s expertise in litigation, and the respect earned accordingly, enables it to negotiate effectively with regulators, prosecutors, and adversaries on behalf of its clients.

The firm has persuaded the government not to indict identified grand jury targets, thereby helping individuals and corporations avoid criminal charges altogether. When a client has been indicted, because of the firm’s experience, reputation as skilled trial lawyers and advocates, and thorough hard work, it often is able to obtain favorable pre-trial dispositions. Similarly, in civil disputes, the firm’s ability and willingness to try high-stakes cases often help it achieve advantageous settlements without trial. The firm’s lawyers also provide litigation-avoidance advice, FCPA guidance, securities law-related analysis, and other confidential legal counseling, often in highly sensitive contexts.

Institutional clients frequently retain the firm to conduct sensitive internal investigations aimed at uncovering or resolving allegations of officer, director, trustee, or employee misconduct, both in the US and globally. Its lawyers have led court-appointed independent monitorships, acted as independent examiners for US Department of Justice initiatives, and have been appointed to government-approved positions as corporate integrity counsel.

Over the past several years, Morvillo Abramowitz has been at the forefront of every major white-collar issue, including investigations and litigation relating to insider trading, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement, revenue recognition and accounting restatements, the Madoff scandal, LIBOR manipulation, the sale of CDOs and other structured products affected by the global financial crisis, commodities-related trading, auction rate securities, foreign currency exchange manipulation, tax shelters, unreported foreign banking activity, stock option backdating, and alleged abuses by market participants at the New York Stock Exchange and other national exchanges. The firm’s cases frequently focus on allegations of economic crime, as well as complex matters concerning allegations of environmental offenses; defense of customs, insurance and healthcare fraud; alleged violations of the False Claims Act and federal and state antitrust laws; and allegations relating to theft of intellectual property, bribery and political corruption.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial litigation
Internal investigations
Monitorships, integrity counsel and compliance
Professional representations
Securities and regulatory enforcement
Securities litigation
White-collar criminal defense and government investigations
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Elkan Abramowitz  photo Mr Elkan Abramowitz
Mr Richard Albert  photo Mr Richard Albert
Mr Robert Anello  photo Mr Robert Anello
Mr Lawrence Bader  photo Mr Lawrence Bader
Mr Benjamin Fischer  photo Mr Benjamin Fischer
Ms Catherine Foti  photo Ms Catherine Foti
Mr Paul Grand  photo Mr Paul Grand
Mr Christopher Harwood  photo Mr Christopher Harwood
Mr Lawrence Iason  photo Mr Lawrence Iason
Mr Brian Jacobs  photo Mr Brian Jacobs
Mr Telemachus Kasulis  photo Mr Telemachus Kasulis
Ms Jodi Misher Peikin  photo Ms Jodi Misher Peikin
Ms Judith Mogul  photo Ms Judith Mogul
Mr Robert Radick  photo Mr Robert Radick
Mr Jonathan Sack  photo Mr Jonathan Sack
Mr Edward Spiro  photo Mr Edward Spiro
Mr Jeremy Temkin  photo Mr Jeremy Temkin
Mr Richard Weinberg  photo Mr Richard Weinberg
Number of Partners : 17
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 21