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Bruce A. Barket

Criminal defense Attorney at Garden City, NY

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  • State Years
    New York - NY 36 years
    Connecticut - CT 37 years
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1987
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1986
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

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

About Bruce

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Mr. Barket has won numerous acquittals in high-profile cases involving such crimes as securities / mail fraud, murder, and racketeering. Through grit, tenacity, and the use of his courtroom skills, he has put together an impressive string of both criminal and civil trial victories that span more than two decades.

    35 years

  2. Litigation

    35 years

  3. White collar crime
    Mr. Barket has won numerous acquittals in high-profile cases involving such crimes as securities / mail fraud, murder, and racketeering. Through grit, tenacity, and the use of his courtroom skills, he has put together an impressive string of both criminal and civil trial victories that span more than two decades.

    35 years


Bruce Barket is well known for successfully handling high-profile cases and for his many trial victories.  When the stakes are high, he has been the trial lawyer of choice.  He has been frequently covered by the national media, including CNN, USA Today, Court TV, Fox News, The New York Times, and PBS’ Frontline.

Mr. Barket has won numerous acquittals in high-profile cases involving such crimes as securities / mail fraud, murder, and racketeering.  Through grit, tenacity, and the use of his courtroom skills, he has put together an impressive string of both criminal and civil trial victories that span more than two decades.

He is also known for obtaining uncanny results in the appellate and post-judgment process for clients previously convicted. Based upon his energetic and highly skilled re-investigation of these “cold cases”, he has won motions and hearings resulting in the overturning of criminal convictions where prior attorneys had failed and the clients were serving a prison sentence.

Mr. Barket is a sought-after lecturer at Continuing Legal Education seminars where he teaches various aspects of trial practice and criminal defense to other lawyers.  He has spoken at bar associations and law schools on such topics as delivering effective summations, the art of cross examining government witnesses, cross examining law enforcement agents, and confronting and defeating eye witness testimony. He is also well known for his work and lectures regarding how to attack confessions taken by law enforcement personnel.

The New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers bestowed upon him the prestigious Gideon Award in 2003 and 2008 for his outstanding work on behalf of his clients.  He was also named Practitioner of the Year in 2005 by the Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association.

Mr. Barket was an Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County from 1986 to 1991 and has been in private practice for nearly 20 years. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers from 1999 to 2008 and remains an active member of the Association. He is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Barket served as President of the Nassau County Legal Aid Society from 2005 to 2006 and has been a member of its Board of Directors from 2000 to the present.  He also served as President of the Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association from 2002 to 2003.

He represents individuals and businesses facing allegations involving all types of federal and state offenses.


Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco, LLP
666 Old Country Rd,
7th Floor
Garden City, NY, 11530
Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco, LLP
350 Fifth Avenue
Suite 6400
New York, NY, 10118
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434 New York Avenue
Huntington, NY, 11743
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Posted by Matt | March 18, 2016
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Best White Collar Counsel
I was represented by Bruce Barket in a complex white-collar criminal matter in the Southern District of New York. The case included over 40 co-defendants and hundreds of thousands of pages of seized records and data. I was facing life in prison under the guidelines and needless to say it was the most traumatizing and stressful time in my life. The skill and diligence with which Bruce handled my case was overshadowed only by the compassion and support Bruce showed me as a human being over the course of four difficult years. Nearly three years elapsed between the date of arrest and my trial. It is difficult to explain to people the challenges faced by defendants during this drawn out period of purgatory. I found myself isolated socially and professionally from most of my former friends and colleagues. Bruce was especially helpful shepherding me through many dark days. I ultimately went to trial and was acquitted on all charges. The strategic decisions made by Bruce and his preparation and performance prior to and during my trial literally saved my life. I will forever be grateful. Bruce is a rare breed of lawyer and I cannot recommend him strongly enough as an advocate, trial lawyer and human being.
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Posted by John | October 8, 2013
Review of Bruce Barket, Defense Attorney
Bruce Barket is a dynamic, knowledgeable and well-known criminal defense attorney. His team of partners and associates work diligently and expeditiously to bring your case to fruition. He listens to your concerns very intently, prepares a strategy and keeps you informed throughout the process. No case is too big or too small. If you are looking for a criminal defense lawyer, Bruce Barket is the attorney of choice. Due to economic circumstances, I made a mistake which resulted in my arrest for grand larceny. I chose Bruce Barket. He listened to my situation, explained the process to me and told me how long it would take to complete my case.. He made no promises, He planned a strategy for my defense and along with his associate brought the plan to fruition. The charges were dismissed and I can now go on with my life.
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Posted by Mike | September 6, 2013
I was arrested 2 years ago on a Federal Conspiracy charge. My first "NYC Lawyer" advised me to go to the prosecution, cooperate immediately and I could possibly get "as little" as 2 years in Federal Prison. I had never been in any trouble in my entire life and thought my role in the "conspiracy" was minor. I was deeply depressed and felt lower than I ever imagined I could. I felt I needed a second opinion and a relative recommended I call Bruce Barket. My wife and I met with Bruce shortly thereafter. After hearing my story Bruce told me that the charges against me were somewhat significant but could be handled and said "there will come a time when this will seem like a speed bump in your review mirror and normalcy will return to your life". Bruce totally disagreed that the best course of action would be to immediately cooperate but it would be best to chip away at the charges until it becomes manageable. I left that meeting feeling like a noose had just been removed from around my neck. As the case progressed, Bruce's partner, Kevin Kearon took over my case. Kevin's efforts on my behalf were tremendous. He was in constant contact with the Federal Prosecutors and convinced them I was a good guy that got caught up in a bad situation." Over the many months, under Kevin's guidance we did every little thing possible to improve our position. After numerous postponements the final sentencing date was set for September 5th, 2013, over 2 years since my arrest. As the date approached the firm contacted me numerous times to make sure their sentencing memo was correct and effective and that all the pieces were in place. Alexander Klein, an associate of the firm was instrumental in writing a very effective memo to the judge on my behalf. I was facing a sentence of up to 41 months in prison and a restitution judgment of up to 7 million dollars. Yesterday I stood before the judge with Kevin Kearon by my side. Kevin gave a brilliant speech to the judge reflecting on my entire law abiding life. The sentence I received was for time served (1 day, the day of my arrest), no probation necessary and no restitution. Although I had doubts, today I'm looking at a speed bump in my review mirror, just like Bruce told me 2 years ago. If you find yourself in a position where your life has been turned upside down and the enemy is at the gate, these are the guys you want in your foxhole. I may have paid their very reasonable legal services fee but I can never repay what the Barket Law firm has given me.
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2013
Barket Rocks!
I got arrested for something pretty small, but the prosecutors made stuff up and managed to turn it into a huge indictment that I could have gotten thirty years on. Luckily for me, somebody recommended Mr. Barket to me and I hired him.  He did a GREAT job. It took a while, but he worked and fought like crazy and by the time he got through with them, the prosecutors themselves dismissed the whole indictment and put back in the original small charge, which was all I really did in the first place. I ended up getting out with time served and probation.  He was really good in court, too. I didn't know anything about the law, but I understood most of what he was saying, and I certainly could tell that he can out-argue pretty much anybody I've ever seen. He had an answer for everything that got thrown at him by the prosecutors or the judge. Besides the overall great job he did, there were three things that really stood out to me about Mr. Barket, that might seem small, but really weren't. One was that while I was in jail, he always made himself available to take my phone calls. Maybe this seems like no big deal to someone who has never been in jail, but it was a huge help to me. I could always find out what was going on. Lots of people I was in with went for months without any communications with their lawyers, and they were frantic. I never had to feel like that. I also wrote him a lot, and I know he read every word I said because he would talk to me later about what I wrote. He also made himself available to my family and friends whenever they wanted. Another thing was that I could tell he really, personally, cared a lot about helping me and winning, not just to have another "win," but for my sake. That also might not seem like a big deal, but when you're in arrested for bad stuff and locked up in jail you feel like nobody's on your side. I never felt like that with Mr. Barket as my lawyer. He believed in me, he knew I was telling him the truth, he knew the prosecutors were wrongly trying to make a very big deal out of a little deal, and even when it seemed absolutely impossible to make them stop, he nearly always had something encouraging to say that gave me hope. There were times that even my family and friends were frustrated with the situation and not all that friendly to me, but he was always solidly on my side. The third thing was that he helped me deal with problems in the jails. I was moved twice to different places, and in one of them they said if I didn't let them do a highly intrusive physical exam, which I knew was pointless, they would put me in solitary confinement. I was honestly terrified of that, not just because of the loneliness and boredom, but because in solitary where I was, the conditions were horrible. He told me "I'm not going to let that happen." And sure enough, it didn't.  He also didn't just forget about me once I got out and was on probation. When problems arose with the probation officer, like ridiculous travel restrictions, he fixed it for me. I'll never stop being grateful to Mr. Barket for the help he gave me. 
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Posted by Gus | September 13, 2010
Unwavering confidence to stay the course.
Mr. Barket set the course for my case after researching and carefully reviewing the facts, aided by a private investigator. As my case stretched past month number 18, he continued to stay the initial course that resulted in the most favorable outcome as he defended against an overreaching District Attorney's office. Mr. Barket coordinated with colleagues and staff at his firm to provide research and representation each and every time needed, even if my case may have been the least important at times.
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Posted by Grateful | September 11, 2010
Best Lawyer Ever
Mr. Barket handled an extremely serious and complicated federal criminal defense for me with outstanding results. He was unbelievably dedicated to making the nightmare end as soon as possible, and he succeeded spectacularly. He is highly intelligent and extremely knowledgeable, brilliant on his feet and persuasive in court, but his most extraordinary trait might be the creativity and resourcefulness he displays. He just never gives up. As one after another horrible complication arose out of nowhere, he adapted to each one with consummate skill and redoubled determination. The prosecution was stunned by the outcome, but I wasn't, because I had Bruce at my back.
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Posted by Marty | February 22, 2010
Outstanding Attorney, Zealous Advocate, Fierce Litigator
Bruce is an amazing attorney who is dedicated to his clients and the rule of law. He is fierce in the courtroom, passionate all around. Clients facing charges of all kinds would be well served by Bruce. Bruce was a member of a team of attorneys and he lead the courtroom battle which was fierce and unrelentless - his skills rose to the task.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Barket Marion Epstein & Kearon
  • 2012 - Present
  • Partner
  • Quadrino Schwartz
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Partner
  • The Law Offices of Bruce A. Barket, P.C.
  • 1997 - 2009
  • Partner
  • Barket, Insardi and Balletta
  • 1992 - 1997
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Nassau County District Attorneys Office
  • 1986 - 1992
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  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Duane Moore v. County of Suffolk
  • Still pending.
  • People of the State of New York vs. Martin Tankleff
  • Conviction reversed and indictments dismissed.
  • People v. Amy Fischer
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  • Nassau County Legal Aid Society
  • Board of Directors
  • 2000 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Nassau County Legal Aid Society
  • President
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • President
  • 2002 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Gideon Award
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2008
  • Practioner of the Year
  • Criminal Courts Bar Association
  • 2005
  • Gideon Award
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • False Confessions
  • False Confessions
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
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Unknown Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I was lucky enough to have an externship under Bruce while in Law School. It was one of the most valuable experiences of my career and I use all of the knowledge I acquired during that time, in my practice today. Bruce is one of the best attorneys I have come across in my years of practice and I would highly recommend him for any criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bruce is one of the top criminal defense attorneys in New York. I have also had the pleasure of working closely with him on civil matters where he also excels. As a practicing attorney, if I ever need a criminal lawyer, Bruce is the person I would call. I have complete faith in him and his abilities."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Bruce for many years and watched him work cases like few others. He is prepared and ready to fight for your best interests w/the knowledge and experience to back it up in the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bruce is a fierce advocate dedicated to his clients. I strongly believe that he is an excellent choice for people who need a criminal defense lawyer."

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Garden City Criminal defense Lawyer Bruce A. Barket
Bruce A. Barket
Criminal defense Attorney
Garden City, NY
Licensed for 37 years
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