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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.
Languages spoken: Spanish
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|2015 Super Lawyer-NY Metro-White Collar Criminal Defense||Super Lawyers||2015|
|2014 SuperLawyer-New York Metro-White Collar Criminal Defense||Super Lawyers||2014|
|2013 Super Lawyer-New York Metro-White Collar Criminal Defense||Super Lawyers||2013|
|2012 Super Lawyer-NY Metro Area-White Collar Criminal Defense||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Mgt Partner NYC Office & Director White Collar Crime Group||Abrams Fensterman Fensterman Eisman Formato Ferrara & Wolf, LLP||2007 - Present|
|Partner||Hoffman Polland & Furman, PLLC||2004 - 2007|
|Deputy Commissioner Chief Counsel||NYS Commission of Investigation||1999 - 2004|
|Chief, Financial Crimes Section||New York State Attorney General's Office||1995 - 1999|
|Chief, Crime Proceeds Strike Force||NYS Attorney General's Office||1992 - 1995|
|Special Assistant United States Attorney||U.S. Attorney's Office-Southern District of New York||1987 - 1990|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||2013 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section||N/A||2010 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association, Health Law Section||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Village of Ossining Board of Ethics||Chairperson||2007 - Present|
|International Association of Independent Private Sector Inspector Generals||N/A||2005 - 2007|
|New York State Bar Association-Corporate Counsel Section||From In-House to the Jailhouse-A Career Path To Avoid||2009|
|Matthew Bender/LexisNexis||NY Criminal Practice Chapters on White Collar Crime, Frauds and Forfeiture of Crime Proceeds||2005|
|National Association of State Attorneys General||Money Laundering: A Practice Manual for State Prosecutors||1995|
|Rutgers, State University of New Jersey School of Law - Newark||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1978|
|Fordham University||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1975|
|Criminal and Civil Liability of Physicians||Medical Treatment or Conspiracy: Physician's Dilemma Treating Celebrities||2010|
|NYCLA Continuing Legal Education Seminars||Ethical Issues in Internal Investigations||2007|