Elena Fast is a Junior Managing Partner at the Blanch Law Firm, responsible for overseeing business and legal operations of the firm. Prior to joining Blanch Law, Elena worked as a Felony Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York where she handled thousands of cases from arraignment to disposition.
During her six years at the District Attorney’s Office, Elena investigated and prosecuted a wide array of crimes. She has tried dozens of cases to verdict, ranging from misdemeanors to violent felonies. Elena has presented over 200 cases to the Grand Jury for murder, assault, kidnapping, home invasion, pattern robberies and burglaries, grand larceny, narcotics and firearm possession. Elena frequently worked with the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service on long-term investigations involving identity theft, schemes to defraud, bank fraud, insurance fraud, and possession of forged instruments and forgery devices.
As a Brooklyn prosecutor, Elena prosecuted several high profile cases. Notably, Elena handled the double homicide prosecution of Nikolai Rakossi, the “Russian Rambo.” It was the first case in New York history to proceed to trial in the Russian Federation due to lack of extradition. Elena worked in conjunction with the Department of Justice, the Tula Region Prosecutors Office and other Russian authorities on the transfer of prosecution to Russia, Rakossi’s apprehension and subsequent trial in the City of Tula. Rakossi was found guilty and received the maximum sentence of 19 years in a Russian prison camp.
Elena attended the night division of New York Law School and participated in Moot Court. During law school, Elena worked as an investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration. During her tenure with the Department of Labor, Elena investigated fraud, theft and mismanagement of employer sponsored healthcare and pension plans. Prior to law school, Elena worked in financial roles at Vicis Capital UK and State Street Global Advisors.
Elena graduated first in her class from the College of Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She completed part of her undergraduate coursework at Said Business School at the University of Oxford. Elena is fluent in Russian.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2019|
|Top One Percent||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2019|
|Top 40 Under 40||National Trial Lawyers||2018|
|Top Contributor Award||Avvo||2018|
|Clients’ Choice Award||Avvo||2018|
|Grand Jury - Highest Number of Indictments Obtained||KCDA - Trial Zone Green||2015|
|Hughes Scholarship||Hughes Foundation||2014|
|Judge William Smith Hirshberg Scholarship||Judge William Smith Hirshberg Foundation||2014|
|Public Interest Fellow Award||New York Law School||2014|
|Public Service Recognition Award||U.S. Department of Labor||2013|
|Public Service Recognition Award||U.S. Department of Labor||2011|
|College of Management Valedictorian||University of Massachusetts Boston||2009|
|Summa Cum Laude||University of Massachusetts Boston||2009|
|State Street Honors Program||State Street Advisors||2008|
|Junior Managing Partner||The Blanch Law Firm||2018 - Present|
|Assistant District Attorney||Kings County District Attorney's Office||2012 - 2018|
|ERISA Advisor||U.S. Department Of Labor||2010 - 2014|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|First Decade Committee||Member||2019 - Present|
|Federal Bar Council||Member||2018 - Present|
|New York City Bar Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|The Blanch Law Firm Blog||The Blanch Law Firm Blog||2019|
|New York Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||2013|
|University of Massachusetts, Boston||BS - Bachelor of Science||2009|
|ABC Australia||Analysis of Harvey Weinsten Case||2019|
|Russian Television News||Prosecution of Hate Crimes and Cyber Bullying in New York||2018|
|News 24 Hong Kong||Analysis of Chi Ping Patrick Ho’s SDNY case||2018|
|University of Massachusetts Boston Graduation||Valedictorian Speech||2009|
|USA v. KJ (SDNY)||No jail time, weekly counseling.|
|USA v. MAB (SDNY)||Client plead to conspiracy to distribute a misbranded substance, resulting in a 60 month sentence.|
|PSNY v. DP (NY County Supreme Court)||Case dismissed before Indictment.|
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