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Richard D. Willstatter

Federal crime Attorney at White Plains, NY

5.0   21 reviews

Licensed for 41 years

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SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDING PEOPLE IN CRIMINAL CASES FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS

Richard D. Willstatter is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who emphasizes his ability to prepare and research your defense more thoroughly than his adversaries will pursue the prosecution. His office is in White Plains, New York but he represents people in the surrounding area, including the City of New York and the federal courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York.


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Richard D. Willstatter has been a criminal defense lawyer for more than 30 years. He represents individuals who are under investigation by the police and/or federal law enforcement officials and those accused of crimes. Mr. Willstatter also represents people who must appeal a criminal conviction or defend against a government appeal of a defense win in a trial-level court. From time to time, people also retain the Law Office of Green & Willstatter to defend them in a civil action. Mr. Willstatter's legal acumen and ability are his greatest strengths. Yet, his compassion and drive to protect his clients from the tentacles of government are attributes greatly appreciated by those who retain his services.

Mr. Willstatter is a Past President of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer, having served as in that role in 2012.  He currently serves as on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and as Second Circuit vice-chair of its Amicus Curiae Committee. He was Chair of NYSACDL's Amcius Curiae Committee for 15 years and remains a member of that committee. 

Awards

Client's Choice 2014,2012
Client's Choice
2014 2012
Top Contributor 2012
Top Contributor
2012

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Licensed for 41 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1981
Updated 11/17/2022

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

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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
Richard received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2014
Posted by Brian A. | March 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent work.
Great work and thorough, I highly recommend Mr. Willstatter and his partner. Very knowledgeable about the Appellate Court and is very willing to see my case through the end.
Response from Richard Willstatter March 13, 2020
Thank you Brian!!
Posted by Jonathan | July 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An advocate you need in your corner
I hired Richard for a white collar criminal matter that was resolved to my satisfaction after 39 months. The case was high profile in nature which included substantial coverage in the press and north of 30 indictment counts spanning over half a dozen individuals. Colleagues of mine had also hired competent and esteemed legal representation which allowed me to better gauge the unique advantages of Richard’s representation along the way. Despite the duration of the case, Richard’s efforts never waned in the least. In a 39 month span there was never an instance where his other cases thwarted his ability to be reached for guidance or assistance for even the slightest concern. When I met Richard for the first time in an attempt to retain him, his concerns rested firmly in the nature of the case and his own ability to set aside the proper time to provide adequate representation, a rare ethical feat when retaining a lawyer. Through the years it never failed to fascinate me when discussing different aspects of my case and seeing Richard’s legal mind in action, often asking questions that lead us down paths that never occurred to me despite being very familiar with all the aspects of the case. Richard has been a critical force behind escaping the experience relatively unscathed, he remained diligent and unwavering through the duration of the case and never once capitulated his efforts. While I felt like the facts of the case were in my favor, efforts would have likely been futile without the efforts and talent of Richard in my corner.
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Response from Richard Willstatter August 20, 2018
It was satisfying to take on such a challenging criminal case with so much publicity and to resolve it with a favorable settlement sort of trial. It always helps when I have a smart and pleasant person as a client.
Posted by Ivan | October 31, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good work
I consulted and hired Richard involving a DUI case. The plea bargain agreement he acquired was to my satisfaction. Showed professionalism in carrying out the case to the end.
Posted by Thomas | March 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Animal welfare act case in NYC
I could not say enough kind things about this man . I owned a small hobby farm in upstate NY . I was charged with doing something illegal against the animal welfare act and it was brought down to NYC. I originally hired a firm that told me my case was a win win no problem as they were just collecting money. After a one count conviction in a five day Trial in NYC. I fired the lawyers and hired Richard who was highly recommended by my civil lawyer to handle Post conviction and the sentencing and appeal. It was the best decision I made. Richard is tough but fair and the judge that tried my case in the southern district at sentencing even praised his work . Richard also met with me and the probation officer for sentencing It was very reassuring to have some one in your corner that is fighting for you for me it made all the difference he explained everything and did not let me believe lies thank you for everything Richard.
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Response from Richard Willstatter March 13, 2020
It was my pleasure to help you, Thomas!
Posted by Imran | July 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Relentless
Richard Willstatter is by far one of the best lawyers I've met. His endless pursuit to prove my innocence wasn't only shown through words on court documents and memorandums, but also through countless hours spent on the phone and in person. When dealing with my case, he directed all his focus towards it and didn't let a single detail get by. Richard Willstatter will go beyond what he is required to do and treats his clients like family. During intense court sessions and hearings, he remains calm and sharp. There are only a handful of people like Richard who do what they do with a passion.
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Response from Richard Willstatter July 27, 2017
Thank you for your kind words. This was an extremely serious case but we discovered, with the help of our computer forensics expert, that much of the government's evidence was false and baseless. It really helped that we could demonstrate that you deserved your life back!
Posted by Wesley | July 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hard working & thorough
Richard worked on my federal criminal case. He spent a lot of time making sure he had every bit of information he could possibly have in order to create my defense case. He explained everything to me in detail every step of the way. I have 2 family friends that are both famous top tier attorneys, and they both sang his praises and let me know that I was in very good hands. Despite my horrible circumstances Richard made me feel comfortable from the first time we met. Highly recommended top tier attorney.
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Response from Richard Willstatter July 18, 2017
I enjoyed working with you and fighting to establish your innocence.
Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Friendly, Quick Advice
Richard spoke with me for about 45 minutes about my case and gave me honest advice. He did not brush me off like some other lawyers. He was very upfront, friendly, and quick to respond!
Response from Richard Willstatter July 18, 2017
I was happy to help you with a free consultation!
Posted by Bill | April 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal Case
I am pleased to give Richard Willstatter my highest recommendation. He was extremely responsive by phone and email regarding all concerns of my case. He was well prepared in court and very professional which resulted in a very favorable out come.
Response from Richard Willstatter February 22, 2017
So happy to have won a complete acquittal in your case! It was a pleasure to work with you.
Posted by Melissa | March 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer
Richard really took the time to get to know our family. Taking the time to really get to know our situation and is as people. I could tell that he was very passionate about our case and making sure we were heard. Richard really went above and beyond for my family. He kept in contact and I never felt like we were just another case. If I needed to call him at anytime he answered or got right back to me. Because of Richard, my fiancé got no jail time and now is able to be at home with his childen. I am so happy with the outcome after sentencing because the odds were really against us but because of Richard we ended up being ok. I would recommend Richard to anyone seeking a great driven attorney.
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Posted by Thomas | April 2, 2015
Creative, attentive and fearless
Facing a criminal proceeding I interviewed four "top" Westchester attorneys for possible representation. All were less then positive, and were already presenting financial settlements which were not possible. Richard was the fifth attorney I consulted with. He listened and understood the case immediately. His questions and responses were clear and concise. His creativity in formulating a defense strategy was brilliant. This I believe was attributable to his ability to listen and digest the facts. The other potential attorneys resisted knowing the "whole" story and quickly pivoted to "plea" mode. Selecting Richard as council allowed me to begin rebuilding my life. His ability to respond accurately is a testament to his unique ability to listen, understand and strategize. I would recommend Richard Willstatter without hesitation to anyone needing a strong advocate on their behalf. You will find him brilliant, straight forward, responsive, creative and unflappable.
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Response from Richard Willstatter July 18, 2017
We are pleased to have been able to convince the prosecutors not to charge you at all! A huge win for you and your family!
Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2014
Highly Recommended
Having never experienced legal charges before, and being quite young, I was both frightened and skeptical by the idea of working with an attorney. Mr. Willstatter's name came highly recommended to me from one of my dear friend's lawyers, who said he was one of the best in the area. After meeting with Richard, all my prior skepticism and discomfort evaporated. His direct manner and conviction regarding the foul play behind my alleged charges was of course assuring, but, most importantly, he was very realistic with me regarding my situation and the negative outcomes that I might have to face. I never felt he made promises he couldn't keep or fed me lies to earn my trust. THIS was crucial for my intuition when deciding to continue with him. Then it came to pass, after several courtroom appearances and other legal procedures, his thoughts about what would happen with me legally came true! He was able to negotiate the scenario for me that we wanted and brought both myself and my family tremendous relief. Mr. Willstatter fought for me because he believed I was being wronged and with great success brought me my justice.
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Posted by TinaA | November 18, 2014
Exceptional Lawyer!
There is nothing negative that I have to say about Mr. Willstatter. I came to him in need of an Attorney and he gave me a level of comfort from the moment my family walked into his office up until the end of our case. He kept us informed every step of the way. This was a very stressful time for us. He was upfront from the beginning. He was never too "busy" to talk or to call and kept us informed about our case every step of the way. He is an amazing lawyer who never lost the compassion and understanding of how a person feels in the time of need. I know he had many other cases, but he made us feel like we were his only clients! I also know he went above and beyond for our case, and I am most grateful to him. I would recommend him whole heartedly, as not only a fantastic lawyer, but a wonderful man who has not hardened to the feelings of those who are in need legally.
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2014
The Right Man for the Job who Delivers on his Promises
He listened with patience and understanding, as I emotionally told of the legal issues our son had just encountered while in his final semester at college. He responded with immediate assurance that we should stop worrying; and that he would take us through all the legal and courtroom procedures and he would present a case that would exonerate our son of any and all wrong-doing. This was our first conversation, and I felt confident immediately that all will be well with Mr. Willstatter defending our son. After the three courtroom appearances and multiple legal procedures; he accomplished all he had promised to do with the charges dropped and the case sealed. Richard Willstatter is the consummate professional with a direct, no-nonsense approach instilling that sense of comfort and confidence that you've chosen the right man for the job.
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Posted by AL | November 16, 2014
UNRESERVED RECOMMENDATION FOR RICHARD D. WILLSTATTER
Richard Willstatter is beyond being a totally competent attorney. That he is highly knowledgeable of Federal Statute Law is a given, and his awareness of current trends in the application of sentencing guidelines enables him to frame a plea that is most advantageous to a client. In the four years that my family has had his representation, we all found him to be consistently supportive, always communicative, and very communicative in his advice.
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Posted by Roger | March 16, 2014
What every lawyer should be like
Richard represented me in the most professional manner. He was diligent, responsive, well prepared, insightful, timely, well mannered, knowledgable, understanding, careful, & personally supportive of myself, my wife, & my friends & family during his representation. I have had many occasions over 42 years to meet 100's of different types of attorneys, & he clearly stands tall above the vast majority. Anyone who needs help need only reach as far as contacting him, & they will be represented by one of The Best.
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2012
Honest Lawyer
Richard Willstattler is the kind of person that you want on your side during troubled times. He is a professional lawyer who balances the importance of legal realities with an understanding of human predicaments. I hired Richard Willstattler to represent me after I was served with a federal subpoena by Special Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The agents were pursuing a criminal investigation of my then employer for whom I had worked for seventeen years. Needless to say, this period became one of the most stressful of my life. As an attorney, Mr. Willstattler demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of the law and took a no-nonsense approach to what I could expect as the subject of a federal investigation. When Mr Willstattler filed legal papers after many months of meetings and discussions during which I thought nobody was listening to me, I realized that he had captured and understood what I had been describing to be my predicament since the first day that I met him eighteen months before. At the conclusion of this federal investigation, I was sentenced to a four month prison term followed by a four month term of home confinement. I was grateful for this sentence as government guidelines suggested a 12 – 18 months term in prison for the crime that I committed. He is a master of the art of mitigation, and the federal judge commented that she would have imposed a harsher sentence had it not been for Mr. Willstatter’s verbal presentations and legal memoranda. Richard Willstattler is a down to earth intellect who studies your problem from all angles. He doesn't take chances with your predicament. He takes real pride in his work and aggressively pursues the best outcome possible for his clients.
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2010
Richard Willstatter equals outstanding service
After a previous defense attorney botched my case badly I found Richard Willstatter of Green & Willstatter in White Plains, NY, who repaired damage as much as possible and obtained an outcome which was far better than I had feared. Throughout our relationship he was respectful. He fought for my rights vigorously and unflinchingly. Moreover, his fee arrangement was affordable and the time he devoted to my case was far more than I would have imagined without his seeking additional payment. In today's world that is remarkable. Willstatter is totally dedicated to his clients.
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Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2009
JMS: Class B Felony was dropped
My family hired Richard for a case in Westchester County. Through his extensive research and knowledge of the system he was able to drop my felony charges to nothing at all. Richard always arrived early to every court date and dressed professionally. He gave myself, my mother and father his cell phone and other contact information (i.e. email) where he was able to be reached 24 hours a day. It was a tough situation for my family and I, and Richard was able to relieve everyone's stress and put us at ease by ensuring all of us that he will be successful in this case. He is a fantastic lawyer and I recommend him with the highest regards possible. I will attest that Richard will be the lawyer that me, my family and friends will use if anymore legal issues arise. I am positive that he will yield positive results that can get your legal issues straightened out. He is brilliant, dependable, client focused, determined, polite, respectful, professional, proactive, and very hard working.
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2009
A Very Good Lawyer
Mr. Willstatter was an excellent Lawyer and I would recommend his services to anyone who needs a good defense lawyer
Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2008
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! High Quality Services!!
Words cannot express my appreciation towards Mr. Willstatter . He is diligent, 100% trusthworthy and thorough, along with noble work ethics. Thank you! — Respectfully, Satisfied Clients.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Green & Willstatter
  • 1989 - Present
  • Staff Attorney
  • The Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division
  • 1981 - 1989

Education

  • Duke University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Dickinson College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Legal Cases

  • People v Kennedy, 177 A.D.3d 628 (2d Dept. 2019)
  • Reversed.
  • People v Mota, 165 A.D.3d 988 (2nd Dept. 2018)
  • Reversed.
  • People v. Bernard Gumbs, 143 A.D.3d 403 (1st Dept. 2016)
  • reversed
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Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2020 - Present
  • New York Council of Defense Lawyers
  • member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2003 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Amicus Curiae Committee
  • Vice Chair, Second Circuit
  • 2002 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President
  • 2012 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • President's Recognition for Amicus Service
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Metro Edition-Criminal Defense
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Metro Edition-Criminal Defense
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Metro Edition - Criminal Defense
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Metro Edition -Criminal Defense
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Metro Edition Criminal Defense
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Metro Edition--Criminal Defense
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • President's Commendation
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2010
  • President's Commendation
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2009
  • President's Commendation
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2008
  • President's Commendation
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2007
  • President's Commendation
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2006
  • President's Commendation
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2005
  • President's Commendation
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2004
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Publications

  • The Champion magazine
  • E-Discovery and Use of Electronic Evidence
  • 2017
  • The Champion magazine
  • The Federal Criminal Mental Competency System
  • 2006
  • NYSACDL Newsletter
  • Habeas Corpus Challenges to the Federal Bureau of Prisons' New Policy on CCC Placement
  • 2004
  • NYSACDL Newsletter
  • Dealing with Fingerprint Evidence: Confronting the Prosecutor's Evidence and Creating Your Own
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Superstar Trial Seminar 2017
  • Trying Your Case to Win While Preserving the Record for Appeal
  • 2017
  • NACDL Spring Meeting
  • Discovery and Use of Digital Evidence in Federal Court
  • 2017
  • CLE Program March 28, 2012
  • Challenging Pre-Arraignment Interrogations under the Rules of Professional Conduct
  • 2012
  • Nyack Trainer: Holiday Inn Suffern, NY 11.7.08
  • Recurring Evidentiary Issues
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (17)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've been lucky to work with -- and learn from -- Rich on a range of matters for over two decades. Equal parts brains and tenacity, he goes to war for his clients with a mix of zeal for criminal defense work and scrupulous professionalism. I endorse him wholeheartedly, without hesitation or qualification."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. A lawyer can accomplish certain things. A compassionate lawyer can accomplish far better things. Mr. Willstatter is of the latter variety."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Richard for years. He is a fine, honest, and diligent lawyer who gets results for his clients."
Federal crime Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rich is a pleasure to work with and a dogged advocate. He goes the extra mile, putting his clients in the best possible position."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is my go to person when I have a difficult problem with a case and want to test my ideas."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Other
"I wholeheartedly endorse Richard D. Willstatter, Esq. He is, in my opinion, among the finest attorneys in the New York Metropolitan area."
Federal crime Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Willstatter and I worked together on a number of Federal Court cases in the past decade. He is knowledgeable, thorough, experienced, hardworking and really cares about his clients. These qualities make him a great lawyer and a rare find."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Richard Willstatter is a passionate, hard-working, sophisticated criminal defense attorney. There is no one in this business who fights harder for his clients. He is as comfortable trying cases before juries as he is preparing and arguing appeals. I have known Richard for many years. He not only has vast experience, but he cares deeply for the clients he represents."
Appeals Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Willstatter on several matters and have seen his work on others. He is among the finest lawyers I know. If you are looking for someone to represent you or soemone close to you and you are lucky enough to have found Richard, then stop looking. He is among the best there is"
Federal crime Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been fortunate to work with Richard on several cases. Beyond the strong working knowledge of the law for which he is known, Richard brings both insight and candor to the table, which frequently helps clients better identify and appreciate their interests and objectives. Richard is also a wonderful resource -- always willing to assist fellow lawyers and advance the cause of justice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard is highly respected within the legal community. His appellate skills are widely recognized and he regularly serves as a resource for other lawyers. He is "a lawyer's lawyer." I have discussed cases with Richard and have always been impressed by his rapid grasp of the facts and the application of nuanced law to the case. I have recommended Richard as an attorney to potential clients and those who have been lucky enough to have been able to hire him have consistently reported that they were extremely satisfied with his work."
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White Plains Federal crime Lawyer Richard D. Willstatter
Richard D. Willstatter
Federal crime Attorney
White Plains, NY
Licensed for 41 years
Virtual consultation available