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Gerald B. Lefcourt

Criminal defense Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 56 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1967
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About Gerald

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    80%
    White collar practice for 25 years and complex civil litigation

    54 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Commercial real estate
    20%
    complex civil litigation

    54 years, 100 cases

RENOWNED NEW YORK CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY. CALL TODAY: 844-505-3376

Gerald B. Lefcourt has spent his legal career practicing principally in the areas of criminal law and complex civil litigation.  He is recognized as one of the country's foremost trial attorneys and is frequently called upon to represent individuals and corporations charged with the most serious crimes.  In his forty years practicing law, his clients have spanned the spectrum, from Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman and Black Panther Party leaders to Drexel Burnham Lambert securities trader Bruce Newberg, real estate mogul Harry Helmsley, actor Russell Crowe, New York State Assembly Speaker Mel Miller, New York State Assemblyman and Brooklyn Democratic Leader Vito Lopez and hip hop music promoter and Murder Inc. record label head Irv Gotti.  Among his current clients are the campaign treasurer of former New York mayoral candidate John Liu as well as the former wife of a noted hedge fund manager who has accused her former husband of defrauding her in their divorce.

Mr. Lefcourt recently completed over 20 years of service as the Speaker of the N.Y.S. Assembly’s designee to the statewide Commission on Judicial Nomination, which committee recommends to the Governor a slate of candidates for the New York Court of Appeals.  He currently serves on the Magistrate Selection Committee of the Southern District of New York.  In the past he has been a member of numerous other governmental committees, as well.

He is currently President of the Foundation for Criminal Justice of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, with which organization he has long been associated.  Mr. Lefcourt has been program co-chair of the annual White Collar Crime Conference sponsored by the NACDL since the conference’s inception in 2004, and has served each year on the program faculty, as well.  

Mr. Lefcourt served for several years as the Chair of the Criminal Advocacy Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and other committees.  He is past president of the National Association of Criminal Lawyers; a founder of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; and founder and past president of the New York Criminal Bar Association. He has been recognized in New York Magazine's survey of Outstanding Practitioners and in both Who's Who in the Criminal Defense Bar and in the International Who’s Who of Business Crime Defense. He is AV rated.

Mr. Lefcourt also serves on the Board of Editors of the White Collar Crime Litigation Reporter.

Mr. Lefcourt has also been recognized by fellow practitioners as an outstanding lawyer, including by receipt of the Robert C. Heeney Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; New York State Bar Association's Outstanding Practitioner Award; and New York University School of Law's Milton S. Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy.   He was recently the Guest of Honor at a luncheon sponsored by the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, where he received the Norman Ostrow Award in recognition of "the distinction and commitment [he has] brought as an advocate for the rights of criminal defendants."

 

He has also been recognized by Super Lawyers in each of 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 as among New York City's Best Criminal Lawyers.

 

He has been named as one of the New York Area's Best Lawyers in the categories of both Criminal Defense: White-Collar, and Criminal Defense: Non White-Collar.

 

Mr. Lefcourt is a graduate of New York University (B.A. Political Science 1964); Brooklyn Law School (J.D. 1967); and New York University School of Law (L.L.M. Tax 1968). He is admitted to practice in New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and numerous Circuit Courts of Appeals.

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Gerald B. Lefcourt, P.C.

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Posted by Louis | February 23, 2015
A brilliant lawyer.
Mr. Lefcourt and his office worked very diligently on my case and made me feel like I was their number one priority. I had previously interviewed many lawyers before choosing Mr. Lefcourt. In the end I chose Mr. Lefcourt and it has proven to be the right one. He was the only lawyer that seemed to take a personal interest in my situation; money was never a priority for him. He and his office were brilliant in handling my case.
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2015
Professional and diligent
Gerry is in a class of his own when it comes to being able to synthesize an issue, execute on a plan, deliver an argument and resolve a standoff. I was involved in a case that required understanding potential outcomes and preparing for negotiations - Gerry was able to coach me adequately on likely scenarios and outcomes. I cannot over-emphasize the quality of the diligence, intelligence and service.
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Posted by Jenny | February 23, 2015
Gerald Lefcourt
Mr. Gerald B. Lefcourt is a highly professional and experienced attorneys who truly cares about his clients. I would recommend Mr. Lefcourt to anyone who needs legal advise on criminal defense.
Posted by Richard | February 19, 2015
Integrity and Compassion in a difficult time
Mr. Lefcourt was a staunch and effective advocate on my behalf, and in dealing with the federal prosecutors was forceful and effective. He believed in my defense and strongly felt that the charges brought were unfair-and his advocacy reflected this belief. Mr. Lefcourt also had an indomitable associate who was also a valuable member of the defense team-endlessly toiling over the discovery material and providing constant insight into the probity of the evidence. The associate, however, was still an adjunct to the essential role Mr. Lefcourt played. He clearly had the utmost respect from the prosecutors and this respect insured that they would be as above board and straightforward as they could be. In the end this respect he was given played a key role in being able to get the most favorable disposition to my case. I truly believe that there are few lawyers who would have been able to achieve this kind of outcome given the same set of circumstances. My case involved thousands of pages of documents that the government provided but Mr. Lefcourt was able to distill from this huge pile of evidence the key aspects of the case-and especially its weaknesses. As importantly, he also spent the time to really understand who I was, and this understanding enriched his defense because it bolstered his belief in me and the unfairness of the government's charges. His lawyerly abilities, then, were accompanied by a keen understanding of people and their needs. In the end, and after the government had wanted to put me in prison for 20 years, we eventually were approached by the prosecutors who clearly told Mr. Lefcourt that they didn't feel I belonged in prison, and subsequently they worked with him in an attempt to get the judge to sentence me to probation-an incredible about face that could not have been achieved without his ability and vast experience. In sum, Mr. Lefclourt brings an extraordinary breadth of experience and expertise to his defense practice, but even beyond that he brings a passion as well. He, and his team, turned what could have been an absolute disaster into something that was much less so-sparing me and my family the terrible prospects that were contained in the government's complaint. I recommenced him without question. He is a lawyer's lawyer.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Gerald B. Lefcourt, P.C.
  • 1970 - Present

Education

  • New York University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1968
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1967
  • New York University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1964

Associations

  • Foundation for Criminal Justice of NACDL
  • President
  • 2010 - Present
  • New York Criminal Bar Association
  • Founding Member
  • N/A
  • New York Criminal Bar Association
  • Former President
  • N/A
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Founding Member
  • N/A
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Chair
  • N/A
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Chair
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President
  • 1998 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1997
  • Heeney Award
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1996
  • Outstanding Practitioner
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 1993
  • Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1993
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • New York Criminal Bar Association
  • 1989
  • Outstanding Practitioner
  • New York State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section
  • 1987
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New York Criminal defense Lawyer Gerald B. Lefcourt
Gerald B. Lefcourt
Criminal defense Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 56 years