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Elena Fast

Criminal defense Attorney at New York, NY

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Licensed for 9 years

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About Elena

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    30%
    Felonies Weapons Trafficking Drug Trafficking Human Trafficking Conspiracy Grand Larceny Homicide Trials Computer Crimes Major Crimes and Conspiracies Assault Cigarette Smuggling Computer and Internet Crime Criminal Possession of a Forgery Devices

    11 years, 900 cases

  2. Federal crime
    30%
    RICO Wire Fraud Conspiracy Tax Evasion Sherman Act Violations Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Bribery & Extortion Bankruptcy Fraud Mann Act Violations Insurance Fraud Bid Rigging Sherman Act Violations Kidnapping Hobbs Act

    11 years, 100 cases

  3. White collar crime
    30%
    White Collar Crime Antitrust Bank Fraud Bank Fraud Conspiracy Bank Secrecy Act Blackmail Bribery Check Kiting Conspiring to Defraud Criminal Tax Fraud Embezzlement Enterprise Corruption Extortion Falsifying Business Records FCPA Healthcare

    11 years, 100 cases

  4. Securities and investment fraud
    10%
    SEC Investigations Securities Fraud Investment Fraud Wire Fraud Embezzlement Shareholder Fraud

    11 years, 20 cases

Elena represents individuals and corporations charged with the most serious federal crimes including wire/ mail fraud, securities and bank fraud, money laundering, violations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), insurance fraud, federal tax violations, cybercrime, homicide and narcotics and weapons trafficking. In state courts, Elena represents clients charged with financial crimes, attempted murder, sex crimes, child pornography, narcotics and weapons possession, and violent assaults.

Prior to private practice, Elena worked as a Felony Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York where she handled thousands of cases from arraignment to disposition. During her six years at the District Attorney’s Office, Elena investigated and prosecuted a wide array of crimes. She has tried dozens of cases to verdict, ranging from misdemeanors to violent felonies.

Elena has presented over 200 cases to the Grand Jury for murder, assault, kidnapping, home invasion, pattern robberies and burglaries, grand larceny, narcotics and firearm possession. Elena frequently worked with the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service on long-term investigations involving identity theft, schemes to defraud, bank fraud, insurance fraud and possession of forged instruments and forgery devices.

As a Brooklyn prosecutor, Elena prosecuted several high profile cases. Notably, Elena handled the double homicide prosecution of Nikolai Rakossi, the “Russian Rambo.” It was the first case in New York history to proceed to trial in the Russian Federation due to lack of extradition. Elena worked in conjunction with the Department of Justice, the Tula Region Prosecutors Office and other Russian authorities on the transfer of prosecution to Russia, Rakossi’s apprehension and subsequent trial in the City of Tula. Rakossi was found guilty and received the maximum sentence of 19 years in a Russian prison camp.

Elena attended the night division of New York Law School and participated in Moot Court. During law school, Elena worked as an investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration. During her tenure with the Department of Labor, Elena investigated fraud, theft, and mismanagement of employer-sponsored healthcare and pension plans. Prior to law school, Elena worked in financial roles at Vicis Capital UK and State Street Global Advisors.

Elena graduated first in her class from the College of Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She completed part of her undergraduate coursework at Said Business School at the University of Oxford. Elena is fluent in Russian.

Elena is admitted to practice before the State Bar of New York, the State Bar of New Jersey, Supreme Court of the United States, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and United States District Courts: The Southern District of New York, The Eastern District of New York, The Western District of New York, The Northern District of New York, The Northern District of Illinois, The District of New Jersey and The District of Connecticut. Elena is a member of The First Decade Committee of the Federal Bar Council and the New York Criminal Bar Association.

Awards

Client's Choice 2022,2021,2020,2019,2018
Client's Choice
2022 2021 2020 + 2 ...
Top Contributor 2021,2020,2019,2018
Top Contributor
2021 2020 2019 + 1 ...

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Licensed for 9 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2014
Updated 11/17/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 04/10/2018

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

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Reviews

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Elena received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest, fast and effective
Wow! I’m in shock I actually came across an honest, straightforward attorney. She was the only one who gathered ALL the facts before charging some astronomical fee. You can tell she takes pride in her work and enjoys helping people. Highly recommend.
Posted by Vanessa | July 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Baddest B*tch in the Game
Federal agents at my door with a search warrant was hands down the most stressful experience of my adult life. Trying to figure out who to retain for my case was probably the second most stressful experience. I’ve consulted a handful of attorneys, who tried to bully me into a sky-high retainer by telling me I will spend the next few years behind bars, and seeing my family for an hour a week during visitation. That is, if they were even able to make the trip to Danbury. Thankfully, a buddy of mine referred me to Elena, who he described as “an absolute machine and the very best in the business.” That is exactly how I would describe her. From our first call over two years ago, I knew that Elena was the lawyer for me. She made me feel comfortable from the start. I didn’t feel judged, rushed or pressured into making decisions on my case – all of my questions were answered and case strategy was well thought out. Elena was available to speak to me and my family around the clock - all hours of the day and night, including weekends and holidays. Over the last two years, she has been my biggest advocate, my attorney, my therapist and more importantly someone I would now consider a friend. She tirelessly worked on my case and got me an incredible result. I never went to prison. Thank you, from the bottom my of heart.
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Posted by Michael | August 29, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Criminal Lawyer
Mrs Fast is one of the most professional lawyers that I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with! I never thought I would say that about a Lawyer but this one is honest and knows every detail of the Law!!
Posted by Andy | November 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Detail-Oriented + Professionalism + Empathy
1. I discovered Elena when I was in the most difficult time of my life. English is not my native language and I have never been involved in any legal proceedings before. I have already consulted 30+ attorneys in NJ, reviewed numerous websites, hired/substituted two attorneys(substitute one for another), and wasted $7000 on my previous attorneys already. I was super disappointed at that time as I really hope for an attorney who can delve/dive deep into the details, know the timelines and get familiar with the facts, instead of only asking for my credit card, keeping postponing the trial, and doing some unethical stuff. 2. Elena also has a group of attorney friends who hold a high standard as she does. If I didn't trust one attorney, I will not consult the attorneys that are referred to me. 3. Elena is responsive, and professional. She knew I was super busy at work and she reserved evening time for my consultation. She didn't eat lunch when there is a trial ongoing. 4. Words can't express my gratitude for Elena - I've limited words to praise her - but I'm willing to testify that she is indeed a great attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest and Caring. Great Experience
Had a Google meets call today for about an hour. Made me learn a ton about my situation and what to do going forward. Elena Fast tells it how it is and does not sugarcoat anything. She has a ton of experience and passion for this and also a lovely person in general. I won't forget her.
Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Phenomenal, caring, hardworking
Elena is a very competent lawyer, professional and kind. She planned well and worked hard for me. I came to rely on her intellect and knew she was handling my case very well. Her expertise is phenomenal. Even though I was told my case was difficult, Elena and her team won my case. I just want to say I am thankful and grateful for you and your team. The staff there is exceptional, they are courteous, professional and care about your wellbeing. I am very happy with the end result, and I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking any legal advice or counsel.
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Posted by Abdul | September 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mrs,Elena is Excellent lawyer
I was falsely accused of very serious criminal charges by my wife and was arrested in July 2020. I had no knowledge of the American criminal justice system, and interviewed dozens of attorneys. Luckily, I found Elena. From the very beginning, she took the case head on and utilized her experience as a former Assistant District Attorney. We developed a comprehensive defense, which took hours and hours of going over the case and looking at the documents. I was literally fighting for my life. I was very scared and had so much anxiety. At some points, I was even eager to take the plea, even though I’ve done nothing wrong. Elena remained steadfast in bringing this case to trial, since a plea meant jail time and deportation. Went to trial and came out victorious on all counts. 25 minutes after starting deliberations, the jury found me NOT GUILTY and dismissed all the charges. In a case that everyone told me was hopeless and unwinnable. Elena fought for me every step of the way – pre-trial motions, opening, cross-examination and summation with incredible preparation, grace, professionalism and experience. If you are looking for a criminal defense attorney, look no further. I owe Elena my life.
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Posted by Abdul Basat | September 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She is best lawyer I see in my life
I was falsely accused of very serious criminal charges by my wife and was arrested in July 2020. I had no knowledge of the American criminal justice system, and interviewed dozens of attorneys. Luckily, I found Elena. From the very beginning, she took the case head on and utilized her experience as a former Assistant District Attorney. We developed a comprehensive defense, which took hours and hours of going over the case and looking at the documents. I was literally fighting for my life. I was very scared and had so much anxiety. At some points, I was even eager to take the plea, even though I’ve done nothing wrong. Elena remained steadfast in bringing this case to trial, since a plea meant jail time and deportation. Went to trial and came out victorious on all counts. 25 minutes after starting deliberations, the jury found me NOT GUILTY and dismissed all the charges. In a case that everyone told me was hopeless and unwinnable. Elena fought for me every step of the way – pre-trial motions, opening, cross-examination and summation with incredible preparation, grace, professionalism and experience. If you are looking for a criminal defense attorney, look no further. I owe Elena my life.
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Posted by J | August 30, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Human Being
I wanna tell you something, I have talked with Elena Fast many times and not only did she not charge me but she will not even allow me to pay her for what she has done. She is not only entitled to it but she says she has not even done any work. I have spent quite a bit of money on lawyers over the year for the issue I spoke with Ms. Fast about and none of them have the care and concern for their client let alone a non client like me like she does. I have asked her to please take my case when she feels its time. She has already agreed when the time is right and even agreed to work with me monetarily. I do not know how much more you can ask for. I am very anxious to get my case going and she could easily take advantage of me but will not, what a great human being. Cannot wait for her to say its time!
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Posted by Terence | May 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Client
In my opinion, Elaina is an impeccable attorney. During a very stressful time, she was able to have my bond reduced. Elaina was punctual throughout my entire court process, and consistently gave me accurate information to help me feel confident about winning my case. I highly recommend, for her level of expertise
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable and professional attorney
Elena has consulted me on multiple occasions, and her advice has always been very clear. No questions were left unanswered. In addition to a superb knowledge of the law, Elena also knows how things are actually done (all the informal ways) due her experience working for the prosecutor's office in the past.
Posted by Mitya Pisliak | March 30, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional, Competent and always ready to help.
I am very pleased with the communication with Elena. She is very competent and tries to delve into the case and gives the most necessary recommendations for further actions. I definitely recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest and Clear
Answered my questions honestly and quickly. Very much appreciated and I would recommend Elena to anyone. Thank you again.
Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Smart and honest lawyer
I am someone who does not have experience in this area so I am really quite nervous about potential outcomes. At this stage I have only consulted her but I found her to be extremely open and honest about my situation. She answered every question I had during my free consultation and gave me some good "free" advice. If it turns out I need an attorney she will be at the top of my list but just based off of this short encounter I found her to be extremely professional, honest, and most important very calming during a time of high stress.
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Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The best lawyer I have ever worked with!
Elena is brilliant, talented, extremely professional, experienced and compassionate. She was able in a very short time to understand my situation and give me all the information and advise I needed. I felt so much released and empowered after I spoke with her. I felt I was in the best possible hands. I’m very grateful I found her!
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Super knowledgeable and thorough in her case assessment
I’ve consulted with Elena on a matter that worried me for a while. She was extremely respectful, listened very attentively, and answered all of my questions. I would never hesitate to hire her as my attorney
Posted by Ozuna | July 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend - Knowledgeable, Honest, Timely
I retained Ms. Fast law firm remotely/from Florida in reference to a NY matter. Not only was she able to help me resolve the matter, but she went above and beyond to ensure I was prepared should another issue arise. She was personable and not robotic while staying professional the entire time. She was also available to answer any questions I had through the process. I highly recommend her and her firm. Thank you Ms. Fast.
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Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing!
Elena is very knowledgeable and detailed. After consulting my case with her i felt like I could practice law myself with all the information I gained. Shes definitely a keeper. Thanks Elena
Posted by Aron | May 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Meticulous, Caring - Excellent
Elena was professional, meticulous, someone who cares about the case, and got me the best possible outcome. Without her expertise I don't think it would have been possible. I highly recommend her services and glad that I retained her as my attorney.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BLESSING TO US ALL
Elena has been with me the day I found out I was under arrest, every day in between, and is STILL here for me at the end of it all. She is the kindest, most personable, and thoughtful lawyer. I met her for the first time at the police station and she never left my side. She was present during the interview and waited until I was able to go home. Elena is so easy to talk to, knows the system well, and PUTS IN WORK for her clients. She knew I wanted to return to work and she also knew similar cases could take up to a year. It was going to be a few months, so she motivated me to get a puppy. A really dumb decision put me in the situation, but getting the puppy was the best decision I made. Second to having Elena represent me. Plus, she’s a 90 Day Fiance junkie like me and knew there were only so many reruns I could watch. She listens to you, really listens. She is upfront with costs, everything. She understood my financial situation and still motivated me to get a puppy, telling me she trusts me that the fee will be settled. Her kindness made my depression and anxiety appear less and less as months and months passed by. I wanted to return to work ASAP and Elena knew that, she also knew about an upcoming certification exam, which I thought about rescheduling. I didn’t, I passed. I was able to focus on studying while I waited for news on my case. Elena also called and reached out to everyone she needed to on my behalf. She was prompt and kept every single promise. She got me the best resolution, connected me with another lawyer for personal injury, and got me back to work all in 6 months. I tell her every time I message her that she’s a blessing to this earth (so long as she’s on my side). I would hate to be the ...other guy.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The Fast Law Firm
  • 2021 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • The Blanch Law Firm
  • 2020 - 2021
  • Junior Managing Partner
  • The Blanch Law Firm
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Kings County District Attorney's Office
  • 2012 - 2018
  • ERISA Advisor
  • U.S. Department Of Labor
  • 2010 - 2014
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Education

  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2009

Legal Cases

  • USA v. KJ (SDNY)
  • No jail time, weekly counseling.
  • USA v. MAB (SDNY)
  • Client plead to conspiracy to distribute a misbranded substance, resulting in a 60 month sentence.
  • PSNY v. DP (NY County Supreme Court)
  • Case dismissed before Indictment.

Associations

  • New York Criminal Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • First Decade Committee
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Elite Lawyer Federal Criminal Defense
  • Elite Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2020
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2020
  • Lawyers New York
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2019
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Clients’ Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Grand Jury - Highest Number of Indictments Obtained
  • KCDA - Trial Zone Green
  • 2015
  • Judge William Smith Hirshberg Scholarship
  • Judge William Smith Hirshberg Foundation
  • 2014
  • Public Interest Fellow Award
  • New York Law School
  • 2014
  • Hughes Scholarship
  • Hughes Foundation
  • 2014
  • Public Service Recognition Award
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • 2013
  • Public Service Recognition Award
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • 2011
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
  • 2009
  • College of Management Valedictorian
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
  • 2009
  • State Street Honors Program
  • State Street Advisors
  • 2008
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • ABC Australia
  • Analysis of Harvey Weinsten Case
  • 2019
  • News 24 Hong Kong
  • Analysis of Chi Ping Patrick Ho’s SDNY case
  • 2018
  • University of Massachusetts Boston Graduation
  • Valedictorian Speech
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (17)
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Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Elena is the kind of Attorney I would retain if I ever needed it. I was lucky enough to find her when my client desperately needed the best and the best is what he got. Elena is sharp, professional, and extremely competent. She stands by her clients and is committed to getting them the best possible result."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is clear from reading Attorney Fast’s analysis here in the Avvo community they she is incredibly knowledgeable. The kind of thinking she exhibits leaves me no doubt that she is an excellent pick if you need an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Elena for nine years, we meet when I first started law school. As two young law students preparing for a career in criminal law, we bonded over our drive to do the right thing and protect justice in our society. After law school both of us sharpened our teeth in the district attorney's office before moving on to the noble practice of Criminal Defense. She is a smart, capable, and fast witted attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Elena is not only an extremely competent attorney but she is also a dream to work with. We have worked together multiple times to protect clients from adverse immigration consequences that could potentially be triggered by poorly negotiated pleas. Elena is excellent at using her skills to obtain the best outcome for her clients. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer as she over-delivers every time I’ve worked with her!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Elena Fast! Ms. Fast has seen the criminal justice system from both sides: as a former prosecutor—who worked hand-in-hand with local and federal law enforcement—and now, as a defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Elena consulted with me on a criminal case in New Jersey. Even though she practices primarily in New York, her knowledge of the law in New Jersey rivaled that of experienced New Jersey practitioners. She is tenacious, smart, skilled. Whenever I encounter someone in need of a top notch criminal defense attorney in New York she is on a short list of names that I feel comfortable making the referral. I highly recommend her and hopefully I have a chance to work with her in the future."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Elena is an incredibly attentive and personable lawyer. Her ability to evaluate a case, identify the relevant issues, and prepare a matter for trial are excellent. I endorse her unreservedly and encourage anyone who is considering hiring her to retain her - you won't be disappointed."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Elena has seamlessly transitioned from being a prosecutor at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office to working as a defense attorney with our firm. She is an incredibly knowledgeable, kind, patient, tough and hardworking lawyer who is genuinely devoted to helping clients and their families through every step of the case. Elena is a great addition to our team and I highly recommend her for any federal or state matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Elena and I worked together on a lengthy, complex trial, and I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of a bright, aggressive, hardworking attorney who will go the extra mile to defend her clients and work tirelessly until she achieves the desired result."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Elena for a number of years. She is as dedicated, detail oriented and intelligent an attorney you could ask for. Highly recommend Elena Fast for any criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Outstanding young lawyer with excellent courtroom presence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I’ve had opportunity to work with Elena during our time at the Brooklyn DA’s Office. During that time, I’ve found her to be an excellent attorney with a keen understanding of criminal law, an ability to develop a rapport with witnesses, and an amicable personality. She was a pleasure to work with and I am honored to have had opportunity to work alongside her."
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New York Criminal defense Lawyer Elena Fast
Elena Fast
Criminal defense Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 9 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available