Criminal Defense

White Collar & Investigations

In an environment marked by expanding federal, state, and international regulations and increasingly aggressive government enforcement, businesses and individuals are at greater risk of becoming the subject of criminal investigations or enforcement actions. For more than 35 years, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP has represented individuals and companies in some of the most significant and topical criminal prosecutions and investigations in the United States and abroad. Indeed, The American Lawyer called our firm “a haven for clients in trouble” when it named us a finalist for its most recent “Litigation Boutique of the Year” feature. With a significant percentage of our lawyers having served as former prosecutors or public defenders, our lawyers are trial-ready litigators who have received numerous firm and individual recognitions for their work. We have more attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America for white collar criminal defense than any other firm in the country and we have been recognized nationally and locally for white collar-governmental investigations by U.S. News and World Report.

Many of our clients face legal challenges on multiple fronts: criminal, regulatory, and civil. We approach the difficulties that arise from such parallel proceedings with well-planned strategies so each proceeding is conducted in a manner that considers its impact on the other. We also understand the impact that these investigations have on our clients’ professional and personal goals. For businesses, the reputational and financial impacts can be significant; for individuals, the toll on their lives and families can be extraordinary. We never lose sight of these impacts in seeking resolutions that achieve our clients’ objectives.

Experience Highlights

Zuckerman Spaeder’s approach to white collar legal services is at all times client-focused. We pride ourselves on mastering the facts of our clients’ cases, no matter how complex the subject matter. Our rigorous legal analysis leads to creative defenses, solutions, and strategies. And, for our clients who become defendants, we are vigilant and aggressive in asserting their rights and privileges before, during, and after trial.

Our attorneys are skilled in defending individual and institutional clients in all manner of white collar prosecutions, government investigations, and other criminal matters. We possess extensive subject-matter expertise in a host of heavily regulated areas, including securities, food and drug, health care, tax, government ethics, export control and sanctions regimes, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and antitrust, to name just a few.

Our attorneys have represented clients in investigations and enforcement actions conducted by many federal agencies, including U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and U.S. Department of Commerce, among others. We also have significant experience in handling matters before key state agencies, particularly the New York Attorney General’s Office and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.