- Senior Partner: : Elkan Abramowitz
- Number of partners: 18
- Number of lawyers: 54
- Languages: English
For nearly 40 years, Morvillo Abramowitz has helped institutional and individual clients with complex white-collar matters, securities enforcement regulation and sophisticated business disputes. The firm’s attorneys litigate cases at all levels of the federal and state courts, in arbitration, and before government agencies, self-regulatory organizations and other tribunals. The firm also has broad experience conducting internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients and provides litigation-avoidance advice and other confidential legal counseling, often in highly sensitive contexts. The firm also has an active appellate practice.
Main Areas of Practice:
As trial attorneys, the firm represents clients at all stages of white-collar defense litigation in federal, state, and local courts. The cases frequently focus on alleged economic crimes, but the firm is also experienced in handling complex matters involving allegations of environmental offenses; customs, insurance and healthcare fraud; violations of the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and federal and state antitrust laws; labor-related offenses; criminal tax; and theft of intellectual property, bribery and political corruption. Whether or not a case goes to trial, the attorneys understand that every step of a case requires their full attention and effort and that pretrial preparation and strategy are as important to a successful defense as masterful courtroom representation. The firm’s experience working with the government in connection with criminal investigations is broad. Many of the firm’s principals are alumni of the Offices of the United States Attorneys for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, including three Chiefs of the Criminal Division, two Chief Appellate Attorneys, a Chief of the Major Crimes Unit and a Chief of the Securities Fraud Unit. The ranks also include a former Regional Administrator of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Securities Enforcement, Regulation & Government Investigations:
The firm has substantial expertise in securities litigation and regulatory enforcement proceedings. It has represented numerous individuals and corporations under investigation or charged with violations of federal and state securities laws and federal commodities laws and regulations. These matters often are highly sensitive and complex. In addition, the firm frequently is engaged to counsel officers and directors of public corporations concerning their legal obligations, including their duties under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Dodd-Frank. The firm regularly represents clients in investigations and administrative proceedings brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Reserve Bank, and self-regulatory organizations, including the NewYork Stock Exchange and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
Business & Civil Securities Litigation:
An important part of the firm’s practice is sophisticated civil litigation for a diverse group of clients. It has litigated a wide variety of high profile and complex civil cases, drawing on its reputation and skills as trial attorneys to win the best results for clients regardless of whether the case ultimately goes to trial. The firm has represented prominent financial institutions and public companies, officers and directors of major corporations, and numerous smaller organizations and individuals. It has handled securities fraud, RICO and antitrust litigation; employment discrimination cases; copyright, trademark and trade secret disputes; partnership disputes; and claims of fraud, breach of contract and business torts. It also frequently represents attorneys, accountants, and other professionals responding to allegations of misconduct, including allegations brought by adversaries during pending litigation, by dissatisfied clients and by regulators in proceedings before administrative bodies or disciplinary committees. In addition to the active practice in federal and state trial and appellate courts across the country, the firm frequently litigates cases before domestic and international arbitration panels and assist clients with mediation and other alternative dispute resolution techniques. Many of the firm’s principals have served as arbitrators or mediators, giving us additional insight into effective practice in this arena. The firm also regularly counsels clients on litigation avoidance and pre-litigation dispute resolution.
Internal Investigations & Counseling:
Areas of PracticeCivil & Commercial Litigation
Monitorships, Integrity Counsel & Compliance
Regulatory Enforcement & Securities Litigation
Securities & Financial Services Litigation
Trial & Appellate
White Collar Criminal Defense
Institutional clients often retain the firm to conduct sensitive internal investigations aimed at uncovering or resolving allegations of officer, director, trustee, or employee misconduct at corporations and not-forprofit organizations. In the course of these internal investigations, the firm often advises corporate clients seeking clarification and counsel regarding the necessity and wisdom of referring individual criminal cases to law enforcement, or engaging in voluntary cooperation with and disclosure to government authorities under agency rules,Department of Justice guidelines, or the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.