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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


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 95%
    6 years
  2. Litigation: 5%
    6 years



Hourly ($550/hour), contingent (33%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Robert Caliendo

    Adam is a true professional. His clients are lucky to have his representation.


    Robert Caliendo Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Robert Schuster

    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.


    Robert Schuster DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Perlmutter & McGuinness, P.C.

260 Madison Ave
Suite 1800
New York, NY, 10016-2401


NYCurrently registered 199303/07/2016
WISuspended Cle199203/20/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2009
Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2008
American Jurisprudence Award in Trial AdvocacyUniversity of Wisconsin Law School1992
JD with Honors (Cum Laude)University of Wisconsin Law School1992
BA with Honors (Cum Laude)Columbia University1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal AttorneyLaw Offices of Adam D. Perlmutter, P.C.2002 - Present
AssocateStorch Amini & Munves, P.C.2000 - 2002
Assistant District AttorneyQueens County District Attorney1996 - 2000
AssociateNewman & Schwartz1995 - 1995
AssociateMorgan Lewis & Bockius1994 - 1994
AssociateLord Day & Lord Barrett Smith1992 - 1993
Summer AssociateLord Day & Lord Barrett Smith1991 - 1991
Judicial InternThe Honorable Alan Nevas, U.S.D.J. - Connecticut1990 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana LawsLifetime Member2013 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2004 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. Thomas GioeliNot guilty of all murders
People v. Steven LoprestiNot guilty.
United States v. James McTierAvoided Death Penalty - Sentenced to Life Without Parole
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Publication nameTitleDate
Understanding the MindsDWI Trial PracticeN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Columbia UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Hopkins SchoolN/ADiploma1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Man v. Machine IINew Developments in DWI Discovery2012
Handling a DWI Case in New YorkPortable Breath Testing Devices2012
DWI Law Updated 2008Negotiating Pleas In DWI Cases2008