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

Work Department

Litigation

Position

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 who have 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.

Career

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.

Memberships

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.

Education

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

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

(Hall of Fame)

Elkan AbramowitzMorvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

One client notes that the New York-based team at Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. ‘comprises smart, dedicated, hard-working lawyers who focus on all types of white-collar criminal and regulatory issues‘. The group excels in representing individuals at trial. It has also built a significant practice in government investigations and corporate representations, including in relation to securities enforcement and regulatory matters and FCPA. ‘Simply superb‘, Elkan Abramowitz continues to demonstrate his clout in the white-collar defense space, representing individuals at trial and in crisis management situations. Robert Anello is the face of the firm’s corporate representations, and alongside Jodi Misher Peikin, is regularly instructed on government and internal investigations, most notably involving allegations of fraud and insider trading. Catherine Foti has developed a solid practice defending corporations and individuals in matters arising from employment discrimination, sexual harrassment and attorney disciplinary matters. In January 2019, Judith Mogul left to become special counsel to New York governor Andrew Cuomo; while the group was joined by FCPA regulatory expert Christopher Harwood and securities and commodities fraud specialist Telemachus Kasulis, both from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

New York firm Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. has a long history of acting in complex white-collar, securities enforcement and regulatory matters, as well as complex business disputes. The firm has had a key role in high-profile securities litigation matters in recent years, notably having represented the former CEO of Petrobras in a securities class action arising from an alleged bid-rigging and bribery scheme. Its work encompasses many industry sectors, including pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Elkan Abramowitz leads the practice, in which Edward Spiro, who handles complex commercial and criminal litigation at the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts, and veteran litigator Robert Anello are recommended. Lawrence Bader retired and Judith Mogul left to become special counsel Governor of New York.

United States > Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers

(Hall of Fame)

Elkan AbramowitzMorvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

Elkan AbramowitzMorvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. Trial lawyer Elkan Abramowitz cut his teeth as assistant US attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he tried 30 cases before he was 30 years old. Since then, Abramowitz has established himself as a force in white-collar crime and civil trials, where he is often defending CEOs and prominent public figures against allegations that have the potential to be both financially and reputationally damaging. In one of his major historical headline cases, Abramowitz was called on to represent Woody Allen in his courtroom battle with Mia Farrow, starting in 1992. More recently, Abramowitz represented the former Petrobas CEO in a securities class action, managing to reach a settlement with the plaintiffs that is pending the court’s final approval.

Elkan AbramowitzMorvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. Trial lawyer Elkan Abramowitz cut his teeth as assistant US attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he tried 30 cases before he was 30 years old. Since then, Abramowitz has established himself as a force in white-collar crime and civil trials, where he is often defending CEOs and prominent public figures against allegations that have the potential to be both financially and reputationally damaging. In one of his major historical headline cases, Abramowitz was called on to represent Woody Allen in his courtroom battle with Mia Farrow, starting in 1992. More recently, Abramowitz represented the former Petrobas CEO in a securities class action, managing to reach a settlement with the plaintiffs that is pending the court’s final approval.