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Jeffrey Harris Lichtman

Criminal defense Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   16 reviews
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  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found

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About Jeffrey

Learn Jeffrey’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    30%
    Experienced criminal trial lawyer who tries federal cases all over the country. Has had successes in some of the toughest, most high-profile cases. AV rated in Martindale - Hubbell. Go to www.jeffreylichtman.com to find out more.

    34 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Federal crime
    20%
    Experienced criminal trial lawyer who tries federal cases all over the country. Has had successes in some of the toughest, most high-profile cases. AV rated in Martindale - Hubbell. Go to www.jeffreylichtman.com to find out more.

    34 years, 1,000 cases

  3. White collar crime
    20%
    Experienced criminal trial lawyer who tries federal cases all over the country. Has had successes in some of the toughest, most high-profile cases. AV rated in Martindale - Hubbell. Go to www.jeffreylichtman.com to find out more.

    34 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Sex crime
    10%
    Experienced criminal trial lawyer who tries federal cases all over the country. Has had successes in some of the toughest, most high-profile cases. AV rated in Martindale - Hubbell. Go to www.jeffreylichtman.com to find out more.

    34 years

  5. Sexual harassment
    10%
    Experienced criminal trial lawyer who tries federal cases all over the country. Has had successes in some of the toughest, most high-profile cases. AV rated in Martindale - Hubbell. Go to www.jeffreylichtman.com to find out more.

    34 years, 50 cases

  6. Violent crime
    10%
    Experienced criminal trial lawyer who tries federal cases all over the country. Has had successes in some of the toughest, most high-profile cases. AV rated in Martindale - Hubbell. Go to www.jeffreylichtman.com to find out more.

    34 years

EXPERIENCE. TENACITY. RESULTS.

Recently described in the media as a "legendary New York criminal defense attorney," Jeffrey Lichtman has successfully handled criminal trials and appeals on some of the country's largest stages. His clients include those charged in the federal and state systems with white collar and non-white collar offenses. For over 30 years, Mr. Lichtman's practice style has been marked by exhaustive pretrial preparation and smothering pressure inside the courtroom. His cross-examinations, in fact, have been described in the media during the John Gotti, Jr. trial as a "relentless pounding" in which witnesses were "put through the blender and shredded." The Gotti trial ended with the dismissal of three murder conspiracy charges, an acquittal on a $25 million securities fraud charge, and a deadlocked jury on every remaining count. The media described the verdict as an "unbelievable courtroom upset" and Mr. Lichtman's work as "brilliant." In the recent high-profile Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman trial lasting 3 1/2 months, Mr. Lichtman's work was described by the media as "an astonishing performance" and "so wildly entertaining."

 

A 1990 graduate of Duke University School of Law, Mr. Lichtman opened his own law firm in 1999.  Recent clients include Assistant USC basketball coach Tony Bland, Emma Coronel, rappers Fat Joe and The Game, the alleged Boss of the Colombo Family Andrew Russo,  Olympians, judges, doctors, lawyers, politicians, and countless others.  Mr. Lichtman practices primarily in the federal and state courts of New York. Beyond New York, Mr. Lichtman handles state and federal cases, appeals and investigations throughout the country, recently in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virgina.  His clients include those charged with white collar and non-white collar offenses, such as RICO violations, narcotics offenses, money laundering, securities fraud, health care fraud, tax evasion and murder and murder conspiracy. Many of his cases and clients are internationally known and have been featured prominently in the media.

 

Mr. Lichtman's appellate practice has also had great success. In September of 2010, he won the freedom for a client who had been convicted and sentenced to 27 years in prison for multiple counts of sexual assault of four alleged victims. After his appeal to the New Jersey Appellate Division forced the trial court to grant a hearing on trial counsel's possible ineffectiveness, Mr. Lichtman's scathing examination of trial counsel was halted by the judge -- who indicated she was prepared to vacate the conviction on the spot. With his conviction vacated, Mr. Lichtman's client was released days later -- never to return to prison. The judge thanked Mr. Lichtman for his "terrific preparation."

 

Mr. Lichtman has also successfully won the pretrial dismissal of dozens of New York state and federal criminal cases based on motion practice and his own intensive investigations. In cases which have ended in plea bargains or convictions, Mr. Lichtman has won countless downward departures and downward variances from sentencing judges on a variety of different grounds. Beyond criminal litigation, Mr. Lichtman also represents individuals and broker-dealers charged with securities violations by the SEC.  

 

In 2015, Mr. Lichtman's office began representing individuals on Civil Rights/police misconduct issues as well as on sexual harassment and discrimination claims -- and in just a short period of time Mr. Lichtman has garnered multiple millions of dollars of settlemens for women sexually harassed in the workplace, and was selected as a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  In 2021, Mr. Lichtman's office secured a jury verdict for battery for a woman infected with Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV-2).

 

Mr. Lichtman has received the highest rating (AV) from the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory -- and is one of just a handful of Manhattan criminal defense attorneys to be recognized in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Mr. Lichtman has also been selected as a New York City Super Lawyer for being a leader in his field of criminal defense. These ratings reflect the confidential opinions of bar members and the judiciary. A member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Mr. Lichtman is a frequent lecturer at law schools throughout the country on topics relating to criminal law. He has also recently been featured in People and Newsweek magazines and was profiled in the New York Daily News, New York magazine, and in The New York Times as part of the "Public Lives" series.

Photos and videos

After the acquittal/hung jury in United States v. Gotti.
Fighting to Come Into the Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Case
Discussing El Chapo
Reflections on United States v. John A. Gotti, Ten Years Later

Location

Jeffrey Harris Lichtman
11 East 44th Street
Suite 501
New York, NY, 10017

Reviews

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Posted by Dhananjay | June 23, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Attorney in New York and in New Jersey.
Best attorney, experienced, responsive, will give you best advise and consultation , always care for his clients.
Posted by James N | October 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Phenomenal attorney, a true godsend
I hired Mr. Lichtman over a year ago to represent my brother in a federal case. My family and I had initially hired another lawyer who stole our money and butchered my brother's defense. We were beginning to lose hope and accepted that my beloved brother was going to spend most of his life in prison. My good friend in California referred me to Mr. Lichtman and I contacted him immediately. After our initial call, my family and I felt like we hit the lottery. Thanks to our superstar lawyer, my brother will be home soon. He is a literal legal genius and knows exactly what to do and what not to do – a quality most lawyers lack. He genuinely cared about my brother’s case and spent a lot of time answering our questions. If you're looking for an incredible and aggressive defense lawyer, I highly recommend hiring him. Mr. Lichtman saved my brother’s life.
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Posted by Dhananjay | April 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney in New York
Very much responsive, professional, always give best suggestions, Very good experience
Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you're looking for the best, STOP Looking!
In 2018 I was arrested and charged with a federal crime facing a significant amount of time in prison if convicted. I spent the next 14 months preparing for trial as I was told by my attorneys that my case was winnable. Of course I was happy with that opinion but what did I know about the risks of going to trial? Based on doubts I began to have regarding strategy and with no real attempt to negotiate a plea bargain I was advised by a friend who had been through the system to seek a second opinion. It seemed that my attorneys were more interested in bleeding me dry by going to trial then taking a path with the least amount of risk. Facing prison is a life changing event, and with prosecutors having a 97% success rate you better be damn sure your case is winnable. This is why you need lawyers that not only know the system but also have the reputation of getting the best results and telling the truth. After making the decision to change I researched many lawyers and firms before I found Mr. Lichtman. One of the main reasons I chose his firm was that he was not only highly rated but was well respected by his peers. He had a long history of successful outcomes and was the kind of fighter I needed to get through the final stages of this nightmare. As someone who has spent many years in business I recognize that success has a great deal to do with who you surround yourself with. Once I retained his firm I met Mr. Lichtman’s partner Jeffrey Einhorn who I quickly came to trust. His exceptional legal skills were obvious and his no BS style made me even more confident that I had made the right decision. What I really liked was from day one the two Jeff’s never pulled any punches, they called it straight and never allowed money to drive their decision making. In fact, the costs of my defense were considerably less than my first attorneys had asked for. In addition, they were always available to answer any questions or concerns regardless of the time of day or day of the week. This was critical for me as I was in a constant state of fear regarding my case. Unfortunately for me by the time I had made a decision to change lawyers I was so close to going to trial that whatever leverage I may have had when I was arrested was no longer available. Seeing Mr. Lichtman advocate on my behalf was quite an experience. There are things that he accomplished at sentencing that don’t necessarily show up in the score card as they say in baseball, but I know that very few attorneys have the talent and experience to make split second decisions that can affect your future and sway a judge. I saw this happen right before my eyes. Because of these skills I believe that my final outcome was far better than what I would have received had I stayed with my previous attorneys. My advice to anyone reading this is that hiring the right attorney is the most important decision you will make. It will affect every part of your journey through the criminal justice system. For me, I wish I had been more patient and that I had found Mr. Lichtman and his partner right from the start.
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Posted by Anna | February 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Small Case...Big Lawyer
In Jeffrey's world, mine was a small case. He never treated it as a small case. I was facing 9 misdemeanor criminal charges which could have sunk my career and my ability to support my family. He arranged a proffer with the DA's office and once they heard my side of the story, they called and offered to drop everything to 1 non-criminal violation and he got the case sealed. Jeffrey is the best criminal defense lawyer one can have. He is honest, forthright, hard-working, and knows his world better than anyone else. You want him fighting for you.
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Posted by Eddie | December 12, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best lawyer In the world
I met with Mr Lichtman to discuss my federal case. He was amazing. We spent two hours discussing details of my case. I can hardly sleep at night anymore, I have a newborn son, I wanted to get married. Then this all came crashing down on me. We spoke about it all. He helped steer me in the right direction. He gave me advice, suggestions, and left me with more confidence than I came into his office with. If you can afford him hire him. There’s no doubt he would’ve worked his tail off for me and been successful on our behalf. Some of us aren’t afforded the opportunity to be able to hire his type of representation but if you can don’t hesitate to hire him. I’d trade everything to have him if I could. He’s the best
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Posted by Joseph | April 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
A miracle worker
Jeffrey Lichtman and Jeffrey Einhorn are the single best legal duo that you will find. They came into my life at a time where choosing the right attorney literally meant everything. I was charged with heavy federal crimes and was facing two decades in federal prison. Had I listened to other attornies I would not have had such a great outcome. Do your research, don't listen to the attorney that tells you what you to want to hear.. And in all honestly don't even waste another second, call Lichtman.
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Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
SAVED MY LIFE
Simply the hardest working lawyer there is. Hired him on a federal criminal matter. Available late at night and on weekends to answer any questions I had. Thinks outside the box, has ideas that no other lawyer would. Fearless in court, better than your prosecutor and the judges defer to him. If you want to win your case, hire him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2018
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Phenomenal Attorney
I have been represented by various attorneys, both personally and professionally. I have never had a more zealous advocate than Jeffrey Lichtman. I hired him for a civil dispute and found him to be meticulous, fearless, a Master when it comes to law, and his unwavering dedication incomparable. Jeff’s unparalleled work ethic coupled with his passion for the process make him extraordinary. He is second to none, and his results speak for themselves.
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2017
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Sexual Harassment Settlement
If you happened to stumble upon Jeffrey Lichtman’s page or was recommended to him by someone, you should stop looking for another attorney because it was fate and luck that you found Mr. Lichtman. After you check to see if there is any negative reviews, and make sure he has a credible website, which we all do, you need to give Mr. Lichtman a call to discuss your case. Mr. Licthman represented me in a sexual harassment case, which I wasn’t sure if I had a credible case, or not. If you have a feeling you should move forward with a sexual harassment case, or feel that an employer or boss is treating you in a way that is unfair, Mr. Lichtman will let you know if you have a case or not. Always disclose every detail to Mr. Lichtman, even if it is very embarrassing - honesty is a big key for him to do the best job he can for you. He is an incredibly effective attorney. Any day of the week or time of the day, Mr. Lichtman is always available. He will not judge anything you have done. If you seriously want to win a settlement or case you need to meet with Mr. Lichtman. He will make sure your needs are met. Every attorney in the Law Offices of Jeffrey Lichtman make you feel like you are an important client and took consideration for any conditions I had at the time. You do not need to worry if this law office will take advantage of you. Go in for a consultation and you will be surprised how much help Mr. Lichtman can really change your life!
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Posted by Client | January 11, 2017
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Keeping it 100..
Was charged with a federal drug conspiracy. B1b 5-40 yr mandatory minimum sentence. He saw holes in my case my prior attorney could not see. My prior counsel had told me to cooperate with the government that the evidence was too heavy. Which I was not willing to do.... what kinda lawyer tells you this?.. so I looked for a new lawyer n chose Mr lichtman..! Mr Lichtman saw something in my case that he capitalized off of . That paid off through out negotiation with the prosecutor that was a great benefit to me. Which made me come out victorious in my case... My point being- with having a lot of federal criminal experience n a great eye to know what to look for. He found a diamond in the rough or a needle in a haystack!!! What I thought didn't matter in my case really mattered... really grateful to have him and Mr einhorn by my side. Best experience I've had with a lawyer.. I been through a Lotta lawyers , Mr Lichtman fought for me like it was his own life on the line. Kept it real from day 1. Forreal... I can say he is a true friend .Mr Lichtman n Mr Einhorn I am forever grateful- Preparation was key-
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Response from Jeffrey Lichtman January 28, 2017
Love this guy; it was an honor to represent you.
Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2016
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Client
Simply put, very attentive , cares for his clients. We need lawyers like Mr. Lichtman who can give people a second chance at life. I thank him n know and feel I will get the best possible outcome in my case!!... walked out of his office with a ton of bricks lifted off my back . Fact!
Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best New York City DWI Criminal Lawyer
I had a bad DWI in New York a few years ago and was referred to Jeffrey Lichtman. The case was really bad because the prosecutor wanted to and could have forfeited my 100K SUV which was almost brand new. Jeff Lichtman and his team managed to stop that and I was permitted to keep my vehicle even though it was my second DWI. He was professional and courteous and responded to all of my questions. Most importantly, he got my Range Rover back because he thought outside the box and around the law. And I wasn't required to spend an hour in jail. I would strongly recommend Jeff for your criminal cases.
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2014
A complete warrior in the courtroom
I have never seen a lawyer fight so hard in court for a client as Jeffrey Lichtman did for me. I was in a case with other defendants and Mr. Lichtman just towered over the other attorney's and got me an incredible result. If you want an attorney who is going to fight like heck for you, this is your best choice. Too many lawyers talk a big game and once you hirer them they don't deliver. Jeffrey Lichtman gave me everything he promised and more. Thank you so much!
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2014
Knowledgeable, Professional and Honest. Great Attorney!
Really professional and honest lawyer. I have hired him to represent my boyfriend who is currently still incarcerated in Rikers Island. He is knowledgeable and confident. HIs case is still undergoing and Mr. Lichtman is still fighting for my boyfriend. Thank you Mr. Lichtman!!!
Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2009
Great lawyer, great friend
I had a very, very embarrassing, scary criminal case which Jeff handled flawlessly. He took the prosecutor apart and got me a violation -- instead of the violent felony I was charged with. Amazing work.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Radio Host
  • AM 970 The Answer
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Radio Host
  • 77 WABC
  • 2006 - 2011

Education

  • Duke University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Emory University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Deverman, Ind. No. AG-3-7030 (Albany County 2015)
  • Dismissed
  • People v. DeMentri, Dkt. No. 2010 NY 44538 (New York County 2011)
  • Acquittal
  • State of New Jersey v. Iadipaoli, Ind. No. 05-02-0441 (New Jersey 2010)
  • 27 year sentence vacated
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Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • BestLawyers.com
  • 2020
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • The Top Trial Lawyers In America
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale--Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale--Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers Magaizine
  • 2020
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • The Top Trial Lawyers In America
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Criminal Lawyer of the Year
  • Institute of Jewish Humanities
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeffrey Lichtman is the most brilliant cross-examiner I have ever seen, and I've seen many. He is a fierce advocate for his clients. I know hundreds, if not thousands, of attorneys, but if I were arrested in NY, I would call Jeffrey. He does his homework and then some. His clients are lucky to have him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jeff's results say it all. His reputation as a premier NYC criminal defense attorney is well deserved."
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Civil rights

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New York Criminal defense Lawyer Jeffrey Harris Lichtman
Jeffrey Harris Lichtman
Criminal defense Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 33 years
Free Consultation
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