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Howard E. Tanner

Criminal defense Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   35 reviews

Licensed for 32 years

About Howard

Learn Howard’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    35%
    All categories of State and Federal Criminal Defense, White Collar Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes, DWI.

    33 years

  2. Federal crime
    25%
    All categories of federal crimes, including RICO and drug conspiracy, violent offenses and white collar crimes.

    33 years

  3. DUI and DWI
    15%

    33 years

  4. White collar crime
    15%
    Tax offenses, securities fraud, embezzlement, corporate fraud, and money laundering and other offenses.

    33 years

  5. Administrative law
    10%
    Federal and state administrative hearings and trials, including New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) and NYPD Trial Room as well as defense against employment disciplinary charges from local agencies.

    33 years

Howard E. Tanner, Esq., a former prosecutor, is the managing partner of Tanner & Ortega, L.L.P. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Upon graduating from the University of Miami School of Law in 1989, he joined the Kings County District Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, New York. As an Assistant District Attorney, he successfully prosecuted the most serious felony cases, including narcotics, robberies, burglaries, rapes, assaults and murders, trying over 30 felony and misdemeanor trials to verdict. He left the District Attorney's Office in 1995 to join the law firm of Lysaght Lysaght & Kramer, P.C., where he put his expertise to work in the areas of criminal defense, labor and administrative law. There, Mr. Tanner conducted numerous trials to verdict, successfully defending government employees, such as police officers, housing authority employees and others against allegations of assault, bribe receiving, narcotics possession and other charges. He also defended against administrative allegations of employee misconduct. He left Lysaght in 1998 and established the law firm of Tanner & Ortega, L.L.P.

As lead defense counsel, Mr. Tanner has tried over 100 state and federal felony and misdemeanor cases to verdict. He has been successful in achieving positive outcomes for his clients by obtaining pre-trial dismissal of criminal charges, verdicts of acquittal after trial or by favorable plea bargaining through proactive and rigorous negotiations with the government. He has been retained as lead defense counsel in a variety of high-profile criminal cases. He secured an acquittal after trial in the NYPD 13th Precinct peddler bribery case in New York County; He successfully defended his client against allegations in the Sean Bell murder case in Queens County, resulting in no criminal indictment. He compelled a pre-trial dismissal, by the District Attorney, of all criminal charges against his client in the NYPD 61st Precinct Insurance Fraud case in Kings County; He obtained a favorable plea bargain for his client in the Byram Hills school teacher unlawful surveillance case resulting in probation and no jail time in Westchester County; and obtained a verdict of acquittal after trial in Yonkers in the off-duty NYPD McLean Avenue bar assault case in Westchester County.

Recently, after trial in U.S. Federal Court in the Southern District of New York, he obtained a verdict of not guilty from a jury in under 30 minutes. They acquitted his wrongfully accused client of all federal firearms charges, who was then released from jail. 

Mr. Tanner has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX and was a legal analyst on Court TV.  He was featured on the front page of the Miami Herald and has been frequently quoted in or interviewed by major newspapers across the country, such as the New York Times, New York Post, New York Daily News, Journal News, Miami Herald, Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinal, the Associated Press and The Chief-Leader.  He has been interviewed on Dateline NBC and his case featured on 48 Hours, Investigation Discovery Channel, Anderson Cooper Live and other national broadcasts.  He has also appeared on local cable news and radio stations such as NY1, News 12 Westchester, 1010 WINS and 880 WCBS.

Mr. Tanner is admitted to practice in the state courts of New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, as well as the Federal Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the District Court of New Jersey and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the New York County Lawyers' Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Kings County Criminal Bar Association. 

Photos and videos

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article1939909.html
www.tannerortega.com
Licensed for 32 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1992
Updated 06/08/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 11/05/2022
State NY
Status Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday
Acquired 1990
Updated 06/28/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Howard

New York City Office
Westchester Office
175 Main Street
Suite 800
White Plains, NY, 10601
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Reviews

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Posted by A.S. | March 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Howard is an excellent lawyer. He is experienced and very knowledgeable with what he does. His professional demeanor and concern for me made me feel like I was in good hands. He is patient and thorough with his work, and gives each and every case the attention it requires. He is a lifesaver and now a friend.
Posted by M. Martinez | December 5, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Genuine, Practical, Efficient
Howard has treated me with respect and had fought for me at court like it was his own life in the line. I would've never hired a better lawyer to defend me and god forbid if i need a lawyer again i would hired him with no hesitation. He is the best of the best no question ask.
Posted by Angela | November 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible Lawyer
I had the pleasure of knowing Howard through a family friend. I needed a criminal defense lawyer for my brother who was in a very bad situation. My family could not had chosen more wisely than choosing Howard. His is experienced, knowledgeable, compassionate and dedicated. Howard fought for my brother and got an outcome that was much better than we ever imagined.
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Posted by Karina | August 9, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Mr.Tanner is an exceptional attorney!
Mr.Tanner was my attorney at a very scary time. I was facing up to 10 years in prison for being involved with wrong people. I was very lucky that he took my case. Howard Tanner is very well respected in his sphere, he knows ins and outs of the system with over 35 years of experience not just as an attorney, but he was a prosecutor as well. He treated me with consideration and courtesy. He made me feel mattered! I am very grateful that he was on my side during this horrendous experience giving me his guidance. I feel it’s also important to have someone who has patience to return your calls and emails, explain the process, timeline and manage expectations. My case ended up being dismissed. I am thankful for every minute I have now as a free person. I would refer Howard Tanner to anyone who find themselves in a dire situation. Good luck!
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Posted by jillian | July 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Federal Criminal Attorney
My family and I truly appreciate everything Howard Tanner has done for us. My husband was charged with serious federal criminal charges and things would have been much different if we didn’t chose him. From the moment he took on the case he was honest about the stakes we were facing. He was responsive to all of my calls and emails and always answered my questions. I could not have gone through this process without him and if I did, Im am sure it that the result would be far different. He never made unrealistic promises and always prepared us for a worst case scenario. My husband was facing an upward of 10 years and ultimately he was able to get his sentence down to 26 months. There are no words to thank him for his hard work, dedication and compassionate support when I needed it the most and there is no doubt in my mind that he is one of the best attorneys out there.
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Posted by Howard | July 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Grateful
Tanner was able to get me from a mandatory 10 years minimum felony charge of conspiracy to distribute to 3 counts of misdemeanors with no prison time. He even fought up to the last minute assuring that I also was not given probation. He's very clear, direct and trustworthy. Tanner made a rough patch of my as smooth of an experience as it could of get... I'll never forget him.
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Posted by Quaneesha | January 20, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
The best lawyer in NY
Howard Tanner is by far the best Lawyer I ever met. He has supported me and fiancé during a rough time. He cares about the people he’s representing. I don’t think my fiancé would’ve gotten a lighter sentence if it wasn’t for him. I’m so thankful that we had him by our side. Anyone else I believe it would’ve went completely different. If you need a lawyer please contact him. If you want great results and someone that actually cares about their clients. He’s the person! Thank you again Howard Tanner!!! Your the best!
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Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2021
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EMT ACR
I would extremely recommend Atty. Howard Tanner for his excellence in defending my case. He's good at what he do. Comprehensive and professional.
Posted by Aaron | November 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
MVP
Tanner is very good at his profession, the skill, patience and execution went well above and beyond expectations with offenses and/or felony charges such as what I had, and experienced . I was really up against some serious criminal time and Tanner reduced everything to a mere violation and the case and/or cases I had were dropped with nothing on my record. This man’s technical skill is expert worthy. Tanner’s professionalism and communication with me as a client was A1. If I was to get ever happen to get into any trouble ever again I’d hire him or keep him as my attorney.
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Posted by Megan | January 24, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Best lawyer anyone in nyc
I was charged and looking at a long time in prison maybe the rest of my life. I remember when I first met Mr Tanner he was patient and understanding. He always told me the truth always paid everything out on the table and showed me my best outcome or option. I went from my life being taken to being released. He's an amazing lawyer. I was blessed to get him as a free lawyer but his worth couldn't be paid for. Best lawyer anyone could ask for.thank you Mr Tanner.
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Posted by Mitchell | August 24, 2019
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Doing A Great Job
I was facing some serious charges and looking at years in prison. Thanks to my lawyer Mr. Tanner my charges came down to a misdemeanor instead of a felony. He worked hard for me in order to walk away with no prison time so I can make changes in my life to correct the wrongs I’ve done. He is a great lawyer he’s dedicated to your case, he’s an excellent lawyer he will guide you through let you know exactly what’s going on and he will work hard for you to have a better outcome for you.
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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2019
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5 Stars Plus!
I would like to start off by saying that I never post reviews, but felt that experience needed to be shared. My family was faced with a situation with one of our children while at away college. One bad decision while out one weekend with friends now became an serious issue that could have had life changing results. I was referred to Howard Tanner by a friend, called his office and within minutes my call was returned and instantly knew that Mr. Tanner was the one to help us. Mr. Tanner listened and he asked the questions, and embraced my family and the situation as if we were his only client. We worked with Mr. Tanner for three months from start to finish and we felt that he was a member of our family. He treated my child as if his own and assured me that he was going to do whatever it took to fix this. Every email was instantly answered, and for all the times that we called him, he was never unavailable, no matter what day of the week. There is no way to explain how grateful we are for him and delivered on every promise and reassurance spoken. Even at the end, he told us to keep in touch and to call him if we ever need anything. One of the positive results of horrible situation is that we now have an attorney, a friend, should we ever need one. If you are reading this and are in need of an attorney, please call Mr. Tanner’s office. You will be in the most capable, most caring and trustworthy hands regardless of the situation. He is there to help……….
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Posted by Eddie | May 7, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
When you need “The Best,” call his firm.
Mr. Tanner is an expert in his field. He works relentlessly to provide you with the best defense possible. He thinks strategically, discusses all possible options you may have, and keeps in contact with you while working on your case. I appreciated that Mr. Tanner did not proceed with a final decision without my approval.
Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
He solved our case!!!
Mr. Tanner is extremely professional, helpful, and highly skilled. At every step of the way he was there helping us and doing everything possible for us. Thanks to his continuous effort he was able to dismiss our federal criminal case. He is very attentive, he puts a tremendous amounts of effort into his work, and truly wants to help you. He took care of every single detail of our case. He battled for us and got us the best outcome. I'm very grateful for all his hard work! I highly recommend Mr. Tanner. He has plenty of expertise and he is a good person that will be there for you when you need him!
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Posted by Matt | December 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!!
Howard Tanner was very patient and knowledgeable in helping me out of a very difficult legal problem. If you need a lawyer, he is absolutely the one to get.
Posted by Matt | December 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hired Attorney Tanner for Personal Injury Case
Attorney Howard Tanner has been representing me in a personal injury case for approximately the last 12 months, and will continue to represent me in future litigation. Howard is a cunning, strong and determined lawyer that has passionately fought for the justice I deserve. As a former prosecutor and current criminal defense lawyer, Howard knows every side of litigation. His expertise and experience are bar none. Hiring Howard was undoubtedly the best decision I could have made regarding my lawsuit and I would highly recommend him to anyone needing legal representation; civil or not.
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Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great personable and knowledgeable lawyer
When Mr. Tanner took my case I immediately felt at ease because of his conduct, professionalism and way he took away some anxiety with my situation while being clear with the possibilities of any outcome. I was more than satisfied with the outcome of my case and will forever thank him. I cannot understate how much he helped to alter the course of my life.
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Posted by Pedro | September 20, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
As advertised. A seasoned, experienced lawyer.
I had pending departmental charges from my job. I was referred by a friend to Howard Tanner. When I had my consultation with Mr. Tanner, I knew I would retain him for my case. He is experienced, honest and professional. He was passionate, available and gave sound legal advice. Money well spent. I got the best case scenario with my cases. I was very satisfied with his work. I highly recommend Mr. Tanner.
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Posted by Beverly | February 6, 2018
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Outstanding Lawyer
Howard Tanner went above and beyond while addressing this very sensitive case. He left no stone unturned and did everything possible to insure that I received a fair outcome , watching out for my welfare with every step taken. He stayed on top of everything and was in communication with me the entire time. I would recommend him to anyone needing legal services . There is no doubt in my mind that he will provide any and all of his clients with the same outstanding services. I will always be greatful for the way he handled my case and the courtesy and respect that he showed me. I recommended his firm to one of my best friends and he did a fabulous job for them as well. They were very pleased with the outcome as well.
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Posted by Ann | September 28, 2017
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Mother
Mr. Tanner became involved with my Sun(son) case as a DOJ attorney.. His approach to my Sun and the family was respectful, accessible, honest and most importantly humane . He always returned calls, followed thru with his commitment, never sold false hope. Was honest from the start. He never made myself or my Sun feel any way other than human. When you are dealing with people from the justice system often you loose your identity and become either a criminal or a number but not a person. With Mr. Tanner we never felt as if he saw us any other way than a human being. I have used his name in referring other people who may need legal services. Oh my profession I am a Crime Victim Advocate..
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Tanner & Ortega, L.L.P.
  • 1998 - Present
  • Associate
  • Lysaght, Lysaght & Kramer
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Kings County D.A.
  • 1989 - 1995

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • USA v. Narcy Novack
  • Go to www.tannerortega.com

Associations

  • Federal Bar Council, Westchester Committee
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Kings County Criminal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • New York County Lawyers' Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Co-chair
  • 1992 - 1992
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (4)
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Howard Tanner is smart as a whip, aggressive as a pit viper, and one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. A great lawyer and highly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Howard for over twenty years. He is a tough advocate for his clients and is incredibly skilled both in and outside the courtroom. Can't go wrong if you hire Howard Tanner."
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