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Jeffrey Lichtman has been a criminal defense attorney for over 25 years, practicing 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.


A 1990 graduate of Duke University School of Law, Mr. Lichtman opened his own law firm in 1999 and since then has had extraordinary success on some of the country's largest stages. Recent clients include Thomas Rachko, a retired New York Police detective accused of robbing drug dealers; Jacob Orgad, described by the government as the "largest MDMA (ecstasy) trafficker" ever arrested in the United States; various stars of the music industry including The Game and Fat Joe; AIG executives named in the New York Attorney General's probe of the insurance industry; and John A. Gotti, the son of the infamous mob boss. 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." His cross-examinations of the government's witnesses were described in the media as a "relentless pounding" in which witnesses were "put through the blender" and "shredded." In sum, Mr. Lichtman's high-profile clients don't just make the news -- they win their cases.


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 from sentencing judges on a variety of different grounds. Beyond criminal litigation, Mr. Lichtman also represents individuals and broker-dealers charged by the SEC and NASD.


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 been a regular guest commentator on Court TV, the Fox News Channel, Hannity & Colmes, Deborah Norville Tonight, Scarborough Country and The O'Reilly Factor and has recently been featured in People and Newsweek magazines and was profiled in the New York Daily News and in The New York Times as part of the "Public Lives" series.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    26 years, 500 cases
  2. White Collar Crime: 50%
    26 years, 500 cases

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  • Robert Caliendo

    Jeff's results say it all. His reputation as a premier NYC criminal defense attorney is well deserved.


    Robert Caliendo Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Lisa Bloom

    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.


    Lisa Bloom Civil rights Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

750 Lexington Ave Fl 15th
New York, NY, 10022-1200


NYCurrently registered 199107/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Criminal Lawyer of the YearInstitute of Jewish Humanities2015
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2009
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2005
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Radio HostAM 970 The Answer2011 - 2013
Radio Host77 WABC2006 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. Gotti, 04 CR 690 (S.D.N.Y. 2005)Acquittal/Mistrial
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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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duke University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Emory UniversityPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1987