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Nathaniel is an experienced attorney who defends clients under investigation or indictment in New York state and federal court. A former prosecutor with the Rackets Bureau of the Manhattan DA's office, he also taught the "Hope for Hopeless Cases" lecture seried for West Legal Ed Center, and is the creator of the "Ilustrated Guide to Law" web and book series.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    10 years
  2. White Collar Crime: 20%
    10 years
  3. Federal Crime: 20%
    10 years
  4. Appeals: 10%
    10 years



Hourly ($500-700/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • John M. DeProspo

    Attorney Burney is a dedicated, highly-skilled lawyer well-respected within the legal community. I fully endorse him.


    John DeProspo Personal injury Attorney
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  • Richard Ware Levitt

    Nathan and I recently worked together on a complex criminal antitrust case. His grasp of the issues was superb and his preparation and skillful presentation resulted in the court's rejection of the government's expert testimony in favor of the defense analysis. He was a pleasure to worth with.


    Richard Levitt Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

The Burney Law Firm, LLC

817 Broadwady 5th Floor
New York, NY, 10003


NYCurrently registered 199903/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Excellence for the Future Award - Advanced Constitutional LawCALIN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/ACriminal Defense Attorney2006 - Present
Rackets Bureau - Assistant D.A.Manhattan D.A.2002 - 2006
Assistant District AttorneySpecial Narcotics Prosecutor / Manhattan D.A.1997 - 2001
Terrorism & Organized Crime Unit - Law StudentU.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York1996 - 1996
Special AssociateSidley & Austin1995 - 1996
Personal Assistant to C.J. Warren Burger (ret)Supreme Court of the United States1993 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar CouncilN/AN/A
New York City Bar Association, International Law CommitteeN/AN/A
New York City Bar Association, Uniform State Laws CommitteeN/AN/A
New York County Lawyers' AssociationN/AN/A
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Phi Alpha DeltaN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Procurement FraudNo jail, No fine
Securities FraudNot Prosecuted
EmbezzlementNo jail. No fine.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Criminal LawyerThe Criminal Lawyer2011
Inside the Minds: Strategies for Defending Internet Pornography ChargesUnderstanding the Investigative Process to Better Defend Your Client2008
A Brief Primer on International LawA Brief Primer on International Law2007
American Criminal Law ReviewAntitrust Violations1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of VirginiaHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Search & Seizure in 60 MinutesSearch & Seizure2011
Insider Trading: What VC and PE Firms Must Do to Avoid TroubleInsider Trading2011
Hope for Hopeless Cases V: Defending the DNA CaseDNA Evidence2010
Hope for Hopeless Cases IV: Your Client Confessed! Now What?Confessions2009
Hope for Hopeless Cases III: Better Loss Calculations for Lower Sentences in Financial CrimesWhite Collar Crime2009
Hope for Hopeless Cases II: Defending Wiretaps and Tape RecordingsTitle III Wiretaps and Eavesdropping2009
Hope for Hopeless Cases I: Defending an Internet Pornography CaseChild Pornography2008