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Mehdi Essmidi

Criminal defense Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   67 reviews

also known as Mehdi


Licensed for 6 years

Virtual consultation available

About Mehdi

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SOLVING PROBLEMS FOR CLIENTS AND PROVIDING FIRST CLASS REPRESENTATION.

Mehdi is admitted to practice law in all New York State Courts as well as Federal Court (Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, and Northern District of New York). Mehdi believes that each case must be treated individually and must have their own approach. Mehdi prefers to personalize the handling of cases with hands-on treatment. Mehdi believes in showing clients that their cases are a priority. Mehdi truly believes that every client deserves the best and most skilled representation has handled cases of every variety to the satisfaction and benefit of his clients. Mehdi handled cases in federals courts such as: federal conspiracy, RICO, drug, wire fraud, bank fraud, trafficking, aggravated identity theft, bribery and more… Mehdi’s criminal defense practice in Westchester County and New York City (all five boroughs) is centered around one key concept, THE CLIENT’S RIGHTS COME FIRST. Mehdi does not lie down just because the other side pushes back and his clients have benefited from rigorous, honest, and reliable representation from a New York City attorney that has worked on all sides of the Court and is passionate about fighting for his clients.

 

Why hire Mehdi Essmidi?

  • Mehdi was trained in Kings, Queens, New York, and Bronx County to handle Criminal cases. Mehdi knows the playbook and uses it to benefit his clients.
  • Mehdi is a hands-on reliable attorney that makes client goals a priority.
  • Mehdi is tough enough to stand up to the police, the feds, the district attorney’s office, and the Department of Justice to ensure that his client’s rights are protected.
  • Mehdi is a Moroccan and a Muslim raised in NY City that understands the challenges of being a minority in the U.S.A. Mehdi is passionate about the civil rights and freedoms that should extend to all people and he will fight for your rights.
  • As a Muslim son of immigrants Mehdi is sensitive to the needs of immigrant communities that are seeking to build a life in the United States.

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 2 ...

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Licensed for 6 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2016
Updated 11/17/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Mehdi

The Law Offices of Mehdi Essmidi, P.L.L.C.
One Grand Central Place
Suite 4600
New York, NY, 10165

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
Mehdi received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2023
Posted by Leonel | August 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
MEHDI WILL DEFINITELY SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM
Mehdi is super professional, I'm extremely satisfied with the help he gave me with my case. I love the fact that he answered me some quick questions over the phone or text. He's a very punctual guy. I honestly felt like I was talking with a friend instead of a lawyer. Mehdi will definitely take care of your case beyond your expectations, and really mean that.
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Posted by Claudia Alvarez | March 29, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excelente service
When we hired the lawyer Mehdi Essmidi from the first moment we felt the support we needed, and above all the confidence that he was going to do the best for us, the results were more than good and he gives us confidence if we need help in the future, without a doubt. We would hire your services again.
Posted by Akbar | November 1, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Criminal
My criminal case dismissed in a sort time and went Smoothly , mehdi was really nice and kind , I Highly recommend to go him for help. Thanks for all the help
Posted by Damion H | October 7, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding‼️
Attorney Mehdi Essmidi represented me in a trial and from the start I could tell that he knew exactly what to do. He was knowledgeable and prepared on the law.. Thanks to Mehdi the jury found me not guilty. More importantly thanks to his work, Mehdi helped me prove my innocence when the police wrongfully accused me and the prosecutors refused to help me find Justice. If you're accused of a crime and you need an attorney that can actually help you, you need to call Mehdi. He's definitely worth it.
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Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2021
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The G.O.A.T.
I came to New York for a day and ended up arrested for the rest of the weekend. Once I was released I called Mehdi and explained my charges. The way he explained everything to me really calmed me down knowing how serious my charges were. Mehdi helped me get the best results and now I move on from my mistakes.
Posted by Jamie | January 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond
2020 was a rough year for everyone. But for me it was even further burdened with my first arrest and being charged with multiple felonies. Thankfully I found my amazing lawyer, Mehdi. From our first sit down I knew I was in good hands. This man literally (and metaphorically) held my hand through almost a year of court appearances, charges, and eventually my plea deal. He told me one Day 1 that the best case scenarip would be a Disorderly Conduct but it would be a long and hard road to try to get that. Word to the wise: do NOT admit all your guilt at time of arrest! Somehow this magical lawyer did it, he got a plea for Disorderly Conduct! He worked tirelessly and hard for it. He calmed my anxiety and called me to give me updates as soon as he got them. Even though I know he had other clients, I very much felt like a priority. I was heard and understood. I can not express enough gratitude and thanks to Mehdi for, honestly, saving my life. Going through a criminal charge is very stressful and very scary. But Mehdi not only helped me but made me happy. I am overjoyed with how my case turned out. Highly highly recommend if you find yourself in a situation where you need a lawyer.
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Posted by Cher Du | November 15, 2019
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Best lawyer you can find!!!
Mehdi is definitely the best lawyer you can find in the city!!! The most patient, calm and knowledgeable, just consult him for your case, and you will know!!! I feel very confident and secure having him help me. He will be the first person I go to for any future cases.
Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Federal Case Was Dismissed!
Federal Case was dismissed! From the first conversation that we had with Mr. Mehdi Essmidi me and my husband knew we were in great hands! He made us feel like we are human being because he didn’t talk about fee like other lawyers were doing or normally do or they make you feel like a criminal before listening to your end and start scolding you. Mr. Essmidi assisted my husband like a mentor and he not only told us what he was going to try to do for us but also got it done! I appreciate him and would not be where we are without him. If you are looking for lawyer who is very professional, dedicated, experience, smart, kind, mentor a human being who is always there to listen to you and would direct you in a good path, (for me he was a therapist) because I was so worried and stressed for the federal allegations against my husband of money laundering for drugs.) then I highly highly highly recommend Mr. Mehdi Essmidi. He will surely dismiss your case. Thank you Mr. Essmidi for your hard work. Stay blesssed!
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Posted by Michael | January 13, 2023
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A Legend!
Mehdi has been with me every step of the way and never failed to impress/defend - Always clear and available to answer any questions needed. Highly recommended!!
Posted by Mikheil | January 9, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you!!!
I will always be very grateful for the help I received from Koch Law. In the three years since I started needing their services, they have always exceeded my expectations. Whenever I need them, they were always available to help with a fast response, and their level of professionalism was always top-notch. It was great to work with Lee, Natalia, Patrick, and Mehdi. They will explain everything in detail, and they made the process a learning experience for me. If you need an attorney, these are you guys. To Koch Law, Thank you!
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Posted by Ariel | January 7, 2023
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AMAZING ATTORNEY
I am from Miami and I was involved in a problem in the state of New York. From the first time I contacted Mehdi, he explained everything about my case and what strategies I was going to use. After a long and hard process, Mehdi managed to lower my charges. Thanks for everything.
Posted by Mayrelis Guerra | January 7, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
SUPER PROFESSIONAL
I highly recommend Mehdi , My dad is a truck driver that was envolved in a problem for not knowing the New York laws . Thanks to his intelligence and professionalism, he was able to provide a really good outcome . My family and especially my father will always be grateful. Mehdi, more than a good lawyer, is an excellent human being.
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Posted by Edwin | January 4, 2023
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Rice
Essmidi is a great Lawyer who will fight for his clients best interests. I'm happy for the out come of my case. If I had to use Essmidi again I would.
Posted by Ellen | January 3, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Medhi works hard for his clients
I hired Medhi to help my son with a serious legal problem. Mehdi helped calm my fears called me just about every hour to give me updates on the progress of getting my son out of jail. Mehdi answered calls and texts on weekends, at nights, during holidays. Mehdi worked tirelessly to get the best possible outcome for my son. He patiently answered any questions I had. I'm grateful beyond words that he basically saved my son's future.
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Posted by Laura | January 3, 2023
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Mehdi turned the worst situation of my life into a small forgettable hiccup
I called mehdi on what was possibly the worst day of my life - the police were issuing a warrant to have my home searched and I was terrified. I texted him the minute i was arrested - by the time i arrived at the police station the cops already knew not to interrogate me because my attorney had ALREADY spoken to them. This is maybe a 10 minute window from my apartment to the police station. Mehdi understood my situation, spoke to my family to get more clarification, and spoke to the judge with so much confidence. When i was released from booking, Mehdi had more patience than I did and explained every step of the way calmly and reassuringly. I was the most stressed out I had EVER been before, and he knew that and took care of me like only a great lawyer could in the New York legal system. He helped me get my belongings out of police lockup, which is a very tedious process and not one of his job requirements. He answered every one of my questions with care. And he was flexible when I needed an extra few days to make a payment for his services. I took a stack of his business cards and gave them to everyone I know who may find themselves in trouble with the law. The legal system is painful without a lawyer, and Mehdi is the absolute best guy to help you through.
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Posted by Adam | August 11, 2022
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A must criminal defense attorney
I hired Mehdi Essmidi from Koch Law Firm to get me out from moronic yet serious situation. NYC criminal justice system is so wrong that even if I was on the right, they were still after me. At first on arraignment Mehdi got my warrant esponged, and had me ROR. It looked like Mehdi could mop the floor with prosecutor’s face. He is confident, knowledgeable and arrogant in a good way. In the end, on a pre-trial Mehdi handled my case and I got off with no record or nothing. Also special thanks to firm’s paralegal Natalia, who kept me informed at all times about everything.
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2022
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Professional & knowledgeable
Mehdi was very knowledgeable. I appreciated his professionalism. He was able to assist despite being given short notice about the court date. It gave us peace of mind knowing we were in good hands. He handled everything and within 15 minutes we were out of the court building and the summons was dismissed.
Posted by Annete | April 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Empathetic professionalism and phenomenal service
My family worked with Mehdi following some charges that were brought up against a family member. Upon meeting with Mehdi, we always had constant communication with him, which is great as he never pushed us off onto his legal team for questions and concerns that came up. In many previous experiences with attorneys, most of our communication took place with the legal team rather than the attorney themselves. Mehdi made it clear to us that he cared by having open conversations with us, as well as being available throughout the course of this court case. Mehdi is knowledgeable, empathetic and kind. I extend my gratitude to him for all he's done for our family during this tough situation. He also exhibited a high level of experience and education. If you're looking for an attorney who is dedicated and client-oriented, Mehdi Essmidi is the way to go.
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Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2022
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I appreciate everything Mr. Essmidi has done for me and helped me a lot. For example, he handled case progress properly. When the court accidentally made a wrong judgment on my pre-sentence, Mr.Essmidi made an immediate correction. Every report he wrote about me to the judge was truthful and explained clearly, so that the judge clearly understood who I was. And as a proficient lawyer, he did his best to minimize my charges and punishment. I am very grateful to him, my lawyer, Mr.Essmidi.
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2022
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Wonderful help and constant care
Mehdi and his paralegal, Edith, were a wonderful help to my wife and I during a very difficult. After a wrongful DV charge, the court separated my wife and and my wife hired Mehdi to help reverse this. Mehdi and Edith's tireless efforts were not only successful in ending our order of protection mere weeks after being installed, but dismissing and sealing the case. Both Mehdi and Edith were reachable at this emotionally trying time and they were empathetic and caring to the situation. The reviews do not lie, Mehdi Essmidi is the real deal.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The Law Offices of Mehdi Essmidi
  • 2022 - Present
  • Senior Trial Attorney
  • Greco Neyland P.C.
  • 2019 - 2022
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Bronx County District Attorney’s Office
  • 2014 - 2019

Education

  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Legal Cases

  • Forcible Touching on the Subway
  • Case dismissed because the DA couldn’t meet their burden of proof without using impermissible character evidence.
  • Arrest for Drinking and Driving: Black male that doesn’t drink alcohol
  • Jury trial to a verdict acquitting him of all DWI charges.

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Law
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2021
  • 2021 New York Metro Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Continuing Prof. Ed. Scholarship and Leadership Award
  • ALI-ABA
  • 2014
  • Service Award
  • New York State Courts
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Muslim American Society of New York Career Building Event
  • Legal Careers and the Practice of Law
  • 2019
  • Asian Americans for Equality Career Fair
  • Legal Careers in Government and Criminal Justice
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mehdi is able to bring his experience as a former prosecutor to his defense practice whether it is at trial, in motions, or plea negotiations. He is a zealous defender of his clients with his ability to apply the law to real world situations."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mehdi is an incredibly talented attorney. I trust his judgment and often get his insight on my cases. I wholeheartedly recommend him for any criminal case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Other
"I have had an opportunity to watch Mehdi practice on both sides of the criminal law spectrum. First as a prosecutor and now has a defense attorney. His confidence in the courtroom is an invaluable asset that has provided benefit to both the State, and now his private clients. Should I find a friend or family member in need of help, I would rest easy that Mehdi would be able to provide them the same compassionate and effective representation that he has shown time and time again."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Other
"Mehdi is a very good trial attorney and advocate for his clients. He was a very respected prosecutor and is now an asset to the defense bar."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the fortune of working with Mehdi on several matters and watching him in action. Mehdi is an incredibly talented attorney with the necessary passion that clients look for in hiring an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Other
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. Mehdi cut his teeth as a New York City Assistant D.A. in the Bronx DA's office. He handled 100's of serious felony matters of all sorts. His transition to the defense bar was a seamless one, and he immediately began the arduous task of fighting against the machine that chews up and spits out criminal defendants each and every day. Mehdi is a compassionate advocate for the criminally accused, and he takes pride in helping every one of his clients. Having someone like Mehdi in your corner is something you will be glad you did when you hire a lawyer to actually fight for you. You can't go wrong with Mehdi by your side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Essmidi is an intelligent, passionate, and extremely effective attorney. His experience as a former prosecutor, combined with his extensive knowledge of criminal law, makes him a powerful advocate to have in your corner. He sincerely cares for his clients, and I would recommend him to anyone in need of legal assistance."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Essmidi is an exceptional criminal defense attorney. I routinely refer criminal matters to him and my referrals have always been pleased with the results. I thoroughly endorse this attorney for criminal defense matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mehdi is an excellent attorney, and he will do everything in his power to make sure his clients have the best defense possible. Mehdi is an accomplished former Assistant District Attorney who thoroughly knows the ins and outs of prosecuting and defending a case. I have known Mehdi since the first day of law school, through his internships at the Manhattan and Queens DAs' offices, his clerkship with a Kings County (Brooklyn) criminal court judge, and his eventual career with the Bronx DA's office. If I was ever accused of a crime, I would not hesitate to call Mehdi to handle my case."
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