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

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

New York-based boutique firm Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. has a strong track record in high-profile and complex white-collar crime and regulatory matters, and also business disputes. It acts for corporate entities and individuals, and has considerable experience in litigating cases in federal and state courts, and in representing clients before government bodies and enforcement agencies. Elkan Abramowitz is a veteran trial lawyer who is well versed in supporting clients in crisis situations, while Robert Anello  has over 30 years’ experience in white-collar criminal defense, securities and regulatory enforcement matters. Catherine Foti handles internal investigations for corporations and has particular experience in fraud, employment discrimination, and sexual harassment matters; Jonathan Sack  is recommended for both civil and criminal cases. The team was bolstered in February 2021 with the arrival of Kathleen Cassidy, who joined from NechelesLaw LLP, and Karen King, who joined from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Jodi Misher Peikin  retired. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Other key lawyers:

Elkan Abramowitz; Robert Anello; Lawrence Iason; Benjamin Fischer; Catherine Foti; Richard Albert; Christopher Harwood; Telemachus Kasulis; Kathleen Cassidy; Karen King


‘Morvillo Abramowitz has continued to stand out as one of the top litigation boutiques in the country.’

‘In New York City, it is probably the top white-collar defense boutique with the most high-profile matters.’ 

‘Richard Albert is an excellent attorney who is skillful not only in his written advocacy but also his oral advocacy.  He is a stellar trial attorney and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Elkan Abramowitz is second to none in his reputation as a highly skilled trial attorney and all around good person.’

‘It is a very deep group of lawyers and each lawyer from the firm has impressed me.’

‘They are true specialists in the white-collar space, and they do not try to work beyond the areas of their expertise.’

‘They have deep connections with all of the relevant prosecution and enforcement agencies.’

‘Extreme attention to detail, very compelling ability to “read” witnesses, extreme work ethic and a will to “win”.’

Work highlights

  • Representing the Chamber of the office of the Governor of New York in connection with inquiries about nursing home orders and reports.
  • Representing the Chief Executive Officer of American Media, Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer, in connection with high-profile SDNY investigations relating to the Michael Cohen scandal, as well as the Jeff Bezos divorce scandal and allegations related to Saudi Arabia.
  • Representing the Board of Directors of VimpelCom (the first Russian company traded on the US stock exchange) in connection with a multinational FCPA investigation led by the United States.

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 3

Elkan Abramowitz – Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. Elkan Abramowitz, who founded the firm, is a white-collar crime expert based in New York. Recent notable mandates include Abramowitz’s representation of the Chamber of the office of the Governor of New York in relation to inquiries about nursing home orders and reports. Abramowitz has been recognized by clients for his ‘deep knowledge and great wisdom.’


‘Elkan Abramowitz has deep knowledge and great wisdom.’

Work highlights

    Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 4

    At Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. in New York, ‘the partners are exceptional in terms of their ability to advocate for and counsel their clients‘, focusing primarily on advising companies and individuals on complex white collar and regulatory matters and complex business disputes, in which securities enforcement matters figure prominently. It defends banks, mortgage lenders and brokers, consumer finance companies and other financial institutions in state and federal courts and in arbitration, as well as before governmental agencies. Clients pick out Robert Anello as ‘an outstanding lawyer who possesses impeccable judgement and is highly ethical and very client-focused‘. Along with Edward Spiro he advised the founder and CEO of a public company in approximately 20 class action and derivative suits relating to allegations of stock manipulation. Key partner Elkan Abramowitz is also recommended for both civil and criminal matters.

    Other key lawyers:

    Elkan Abramowitz; Robert Anello; Edward Spiro


    ‘The partners are exceptional in terms of their ability to advocate for and counsel their clients.’

    ‘Robert Anello is an outstanding lawyer who possesses impeccable judgement and is a skilled attorney. He is highly ethical and very client focused.’

    For almost 50 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.

    The firm’s lawyers are thought leaders who have been recognized for their trial skills by professional organizations, lecture frequently on issues relating to criminal law, and regularly contribute to various well-known publications.

    Commercial litigation
    Internal investigations
    Monitorships, integrity counsel and compliance
    Professional representations
    Securities and regulatory enforcement
    Securities litigation
    White-collar criminal defense and government investigations
    Elkan Abramowitz photoMr Elkan AbramowitzElkan Abramowitz is a leading white collar criminal defense lawyer experienced in…
    Richard Albert photoMr Richard AlbertRichard F. Albert represents clients in white collar criminal and regulatory matters,…
    Robert Anello photoMr Robert AnelloRobert J. Anello has litigated in the federal and state courts for…
    Kate Cassidy photo Kate CassidyKathleen E. Cassidy is an experienced criminal defense lawyer whose practice focuses…
    Benjamin Fischer photoMr Benjamin FischerBenjamin S. Fischer represents corporate executives and corporations in high stakes business…
    Catherine Foti photoMs Catherine FotiCatherine M. Foti has more than twenty-five years of experience in complex…
    Christopher Harwood photoMr Christopher HarwoodChristopher B. Harwood is a former federal prosecutor with many years of…
    Lawrence Iason photoMr Lawrence IasonOne of the country’s leading securities regulation and enforcement and white collar…
    Brian Jacobs photoMr Brian JacobsBrian A. Jacobs is a former federal prosecutor who represents individuals and…
    Telemachus Kasulis photoMr Telemachus KasulisTelemachus P. Kasulis represents individuals and organizations in high-stakes criminal, civil, and…
    Karen King photo Karen KingKaren R. King has more than 20 years of experience in complex…
    Robert Radick photoMr Robert RadickRobert M. Radick represents individuals and organizations in a wide range of…
    Jonathan Sack photoMr Jonathan SackJonathan S. Sack has extensive experience litigating complex civil and criminal cases.…
    Edward Spiro photoMr Edward SpiroEdward M. Spiro is a litigator with many years of experience handling…
    Jeremy Temkin photoMr Jeremy TemkinJeremy H. Temkin represents individuals and corporations in white collar criminal investigations.…
    Richard Weinberg photoMr Richard WeinbergRichard D. Weinberg has substantial expertise and experience in representing individuals and…
    Number of Partners : 17
    Number of Other Fee-Earners : 22