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I am a partner in the Manhattan Office of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman,  Formato, Ferrara & Wolf, LLP and the Director of the firm's White Collar Crime and Governmental Investigations Practice Group.  A former state and federal prosecutor with more than three decades of experience, I concentrate my practice in White Collar Criminal Defense, Health Care Fraud and Abuse, Governmental Investigations,Internal Corporate Investigations and Compliance, and Business Litigation.  


I represent individual and corporate clients in every phase of federal, state and local governmental investigations, including grand jury proceedings, criminal prosecutions, forfeiture proceedings, regulatory and disciplinary actions, as well as civil proceedings. I have extensive experience handling cases involving allegations of insurance fraud, including Medicaid, Medicare, No-Fault and Workers Compensation fraud, healthcare fraud, and violations of the False Claims Act and RICO, as well as matters involving allegations of securities fraud,money laundering, tax evasion, bank fraud, mail fraud, piracy and trademark counterfeiting, false statements, bribery, kickbacks, and public corruption.  I am also able to conduct internal and external investigations and reviews, and advise corporate clients, including financial institutions and money service businesses, on a broad range of anti-fraud, anti-money laundering and compliance related matters.  


Prior to going into private practice, I served for nearly five years as the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Counsel to the New York State Commission of Investigation, a statewide law enforcement agency, where I directed investigations involving corruption, official misconduct, fraud, and malfeasance in New York State and local government. In addition, for eighteen years, I served as an Assistant Attorney General in New York under Attorneys General Robert Abrams, Dennis Vacco and Eliot Spitzer. While there, I held the positions of Chief of the Securities Prosecution Unit, Chief of the Financial Crimes Section and Chief of the Crime Proceeds Section in the Criminal Division. From 1987 until 1989, I also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York for the tax evasion and mail fraud prosecution of Harry and Leona Helmsley. I have also acted as Special Prosecutor in Westchester County on a number of occasions where the local district attorney was superseded by the Governor.


I have served as Chairperson of the Board of Ethics of the Village of Ossining in Westchester County. I am admitted to practice in New York State courts and in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. I am fluent in Spanish.  



 


 

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Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. White Collar Crime: 50%
    38 years
  2. Health Care: 30%
    23 years
  3. Litigation: 20%
    38 years

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Retainer (always)

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Abrams Fensterman

630 Third Avenue
New York, NY, 10017-6705

Abrams Fensterman

1111 Marcus Avenue
Lake Success, NY, 11042-1034

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 197907/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2015 Super Lawyer-NY Metro-White Collar Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers2015
2014 SuperLawyer-New York Metro-White Collar Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers2014
2013 Super Lawyer-New York Metro-White Collar Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers2013
2012 Super Lawyer-NY Metro Area-White Collar Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Mgt Partner NYC Office & Director White Collar Crime GroupAbrams Fensterman Fensterman Eisman Formato Ferrara & Wolf, LLP2007 - Present
PartnerHoffman Polland & Furman, PLLC2004 - 2007
Deputy Commissioner Chief CounselNYS Commission of Investigation1999 - 2004
Chief, Financial Crimes SectionNew York State Attorney General's Office1995 - 1999
Chief, Crime Proceeds Strike ForceNYS Attorney General's Office1992 - 1995
Special Assistant United States AttorneyU.S. Attorney's Office-Southern District of New York1987 - 1990
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2013 - Present
New York State Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionN/A2010 - Present
New York State Bar Association, Health Law SectionN/A2010 - Present
Village of Ossining Board of EthicsChairperson2007 - Present
International Association of Independent Private Sector Inspector GeneralsN/A2005 - 2007
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
New York State Bar Association-Corporate Counsel SectionFrom In-House to the Jailhouse-A Career Path To Avoid2009
Matthew Bender/LexisNexisNY Criminal Practice Chapters on White Collar Crime, Frauds and Forfeiture of Crime Proceeds2005
National Association of State Attorneys GeneralMoney Laundering: A Practice Manual for State Prosecutors1995
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey School of Law - NewarkLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Fordham UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal and Civil Liability of PhysiciansMedical Treatment or Conspiracy: Physician's Dilemma Treating Celebrities2010
NYCLA Continuing Legal Education SeminarsEthical Issues in Internal Investigations2007