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Adam David Perlmutter

Criminal defense Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 30 years
    Connecticut - CT 30 years
    Wisconsin - WI 31 years
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1993
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1992
    Retired No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1992
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

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

About Adam

Learn Adam’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Federal & State Criminal Defense; DWI; Narcotics; Assault; White Collar Crimes; Domestic Violence. The firm has a very sophisticated DWI practice that exceeds standards for practically any practitioner in New York City and the surrounding areas.

    13 years

  2. Litigation
    Civil Rights; Prisoner's Rights; Excessive Force Claims; Illegal Search & Seizure.

    13 years

Adam D. Perlmutter  has been practicing law in New York since 1992.  His legal work includes federal and state criminal defense and public interest litigation.


Mr. Perlmutter was previously an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County, New York, prosecuting major felony trials and appeals.  His current practice involves federal criminal defense including terrorism, organized crime, narcotics, violent felonies and white-collar crimes.


Mr. Perlmutter is an active member of the New York City community. He is a board member and counsel to the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, a representative of Assemblyman Codes Committee Chairman Joseph Lentol on the New York Justice Task Force, a permanent body advising the Chief Judge of New York State on systemic and legislative changes to avoid wrongful convictions, and is a trustee of the Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Brooklyn to name a few of his involvements. 


On a more personal level, Mr. Perlmutter is a competitive sailor, husband, and father of two sons. To view more of his bio, and learn more about his practice, visit .

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Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2014
"There are few things in life more frightening than being arrested... "
There are few things in life more frightening than being arrested. And yet, on one cold Sunday morning that is exactly what happened to me! I was awoken by a loud rapping at my door. There stood three plainclothes policemen who greeted me with their badges and “suggested” that I accompany them to their precinct for questioning. The next thing I knew I was in handcuffs being hauled downtown to a holding cell where I would stay, awaiting my arraignment before a judge. I was being accused of a crime – a felony, no less – that I did not commit. In less than twenty-four hours, my life had been turned completely upside down. I was confused, frantic, and at my wits’ end. Enter: Adam Perlmutter. Adam immediately saw my distress and calmed me down. He carefully listened to me, clearly explained the legal process, and then methodically laid out the strategy he would use to defeat the prosecution’s case. His reassuring manner and keen legal mind restored my confidence and gave me hope. Within a matter of months, my entire case was dismissed before it had ever really begun, and my dreadful ordeal was ended. For anyone faced with similar circumstances, I not only recommend Adam and his brilliant associate, Dan McGuinness, but regard these two lawyers as indispensible. I will forever be grateful to these gentlemen and the entire team at the Law Offices of Adam Perlmutter. Robert New York, NY
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Posted by Camilo | September 27, 2013
Very grateful and thankful for him and his teams hard work and dedication on my case.
In October of 2012 I was pulled over by the NYPD and charged with an Aggravated DWI in New York City. I refused the breath test and took the case to trial. I needed to find an attorney and hired the law office of Mr. Adam Perlmutter to handle my case. Both he and Daniel McGuinness were great in helping me get through this, they always answered my calls, answered any questions I had, walked me trough, and held my hand every step of the way. In the end after several days of deliberations the jury found me not guilty and I was acquitted of the felony charges. I would recommend Adam and Daniel to anyone who needs a good team of lawyers. I am very grateful and would like to thank the both of them and their paralegals for doing a great job and helping me get through this hard time.
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Posted by Guillermo | December 31, 2010
A great defender
From the moment I entered the offices of Adam Perlmutter, I knew I was in good hands. His associate explained to me my options and put me at ease. During the long legal process, Adam and his staff kept me informed, and patiently listened to my rants about the slow pace of the legal system. When we went to trial, that was when Mr. Perlmutter was at his best, totally prepared and unearthing the smallests of details. He welcomed my input and put me at ease in my most troubled of times. His courtroom demeanor and acumen, quite frankly, made the prosecution look amatuerish. After watching the legal system at work, I can only say "thank God for Adam Perlmutter!"
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Posted by Louis | November 29, 2010
Mr. Perlmutter was my legal counsel in a NYC DUI case I was involved in. Even though the case was dragged out by the courts for almost 2 years, Mr. Perlmutter remained vigilant and steadfast with the way he handled my case. He was very attentive to my needs and he was quick to respond to any questions that I had. This was especially important because I was a NJ resident fighting a NYC DUI. So there were many details we had to factor into my case. Mr. Perlmutter never gave me a reason to doubt myself and I upheld my plea of innocent. In the end, the case was dismissed but I always believed I would have won the case no matter what due to the representation provided by Mr. Perlmutter. Thank you again for the quality services you provided.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 550-550 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • Law Offices of Adam D. Perlmutter, P.C.
  • 2002 - Present
  • Assocate
  • Storch Amini & Munves, P.C.
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Queens County District Attorney
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Newman & Schwartz
  • 1995 - 1995
  • Associate
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius
  • 1994 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Lord Day & Lord Barrett Smith
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Summer Associate
  • Lord Day & Lord Barrett Smith
  • 1991 - 1991
  • Judicial Intern
  • The Honorable Alan Nevas, U.S.D.J. - Connecticut
  • 1990 - 1990
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  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Columbia University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987
  • Hopkins School
  • Diploma
  • 1983

Legal Cases

  • People v. Steven Lopresti
  • Not guilty.
  • United States v. Thomas Gioeli
  • Not guilty of all murders
  • Stevie Tatum v. City of New York
  • Recovered over $1,360,000 in damages and attorney fees
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  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Trial Advocacy
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • 1992
  • JD with Honors (Cum Laude)
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • 1992
  • BA with Honors (Cum Laude)
  • Columbia University
  • 1987
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  • Understanding the Minds
  • DWI Trial Practice
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Man v. Machine II
  • New Developments in DWI Discovery
  • 2012
  • Handling a DWI Case in New York
  • Portable Breath Testing Devices
  • 2012
  • DWI Law Updated 2008
  • Negotiating Pleas In DWI Cases
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse Adam
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Adam is a true professional. His clients are lucky to have his representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently had the privilege of working with Mr. Adam Perlmutter on a matter involving co- defendants. Adam is clearly at the top of his field in both Federal and State criminal defense matters. He demonstrates a powerful tactical approach to his cases that I appreciate - deep analysis, thorough planning, and confident execution. I look forward to working with him again and recommend him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Adam Perlmutter cut his teeth as a prosecutor. In doing so, he learned the "ropes" about the the System and the Law and he armed himself to go out to DEFEND cases one day. He now enters each case with experience and an unparalleled background in criminal defense. What more could you want from an attorney? I recommend his legal services."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Best of the best. Adam is extremely bright, capable, and honest."
Criminal defense
Criminal defense

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New York Criminal defense Lawyer Adam David Perlmutter
Adam David Perlmutter
Criminal defense Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 31 years
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