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Given my  prominent career as a criminal defense attorney I  wanted to create my own law firm that employed the “best practices” I honed as Chair of the White Collar Defense Group at a noted full service law firm, as a partner at a high-profile boutique criminal defense firm and as a state and federal public defender. I realized my vision by opening Charles A. Ross & Associates near Wall Street in New York City.  More recently, my firm has expanded to open a Miami, Florida office located directly across from the federal courthouse.  The result of these efforts has been an unqualified success—both for the clients I represent and for the professionals in whom my clients put their trust.

Choosing a criminal defense lawyer can be a stressful process. “Trusted Legal Defense” is not an abstract concept or a marketing ploy. We live and breathe our cases. The firm’s demonstrated skill, expertise, and dedication acts as both shield and sword in a client’s time of need.

I've tried over eighty cases to verdict and regularly serve as lead counsel in complex criminal cases, representing a wide variety of individuals in both criminal and regulatory matters — from stockbrokers, investment advisers, hedge fund managers, and compliance officers to high-profile entertainers and athletes. My team is at home in all types of criminal defense cases, including grand jury investigations, trials, and appeals. Our firm approaches each case with a forceful, trial-oriented attitude that affords the most advantageous resolutions.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. White Collar Crime: 40%
    29 years, 4 thousand cases
  2. Federal Crime: 40%
    29 years, 5 thousand cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
    35 years, 7.5 thousand cases
  4. Violent Crime: 5%
    35 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  5. Tax Fraud: 5%
    35 years, 40 cases


Payment types:

Check, Credit card

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  • Robert Caliendo

    Charles has a well deserved reputation as a top criminal defense lawyer.


    Robert Caliendo Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Charles. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Charles A. Ross & Associates

40 N.W. 3rd Street
Penthouse One
Miami, FL, 33128

Charles A. Ross & Associates

Trinity Centre, Suite1401
111 Broadway
New York, NY, 10006-1927



FLMember in Good Standing201006/20/2016
NYCurrently registered 198203/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer LimelightLawdragon2013
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2010
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2008
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2007
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2006
Super LawyerThompson Reuters2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerCharles A. Ross & Associates2006 - Present
Chair; White Collar Criminal Defense GroupHerrick, Feinstein, LLP2005 - 2006
PartnerBrafman & Ross1991 - 2005
Federal Public DefenderFederal Defenders of New York - Southern District Office1988 - 1991
Public DefenderLegal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division - South Bronx1981 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar CouncilMember2002 - Present
New York Council of Defense LawyersMember1991 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1983 - Present
New York City Bar AssociationJudiciary Committee - Vice Chair2004 - 2007
New York City Bar AssociationJudiciary Committee Member2001 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. BNo jail probationary sentence
U.S. v. SClient never prosecuted; case deferred.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Corporate CounselorBackdating Investigations - Considerations In Responding2007
New York Law JournalPIPE Offerings Contain Potential For Illegal Trading2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Panel DiscussionProsecutors & Defense Counsel - When And When Not To Cooperate.2011
National Sentencing Guidelines ConferenceDefense of Criminal Mortgage Fraud2011
National Sentencing Guidelines ConferencePlea Negotiation Under The Federal Sentencing Guidelines2010
Weapons For The FirefightGetting It In And Keeping It Out: Evidentiary Issues Regarding Electronically Stored Information2009
National Sentencing Guidelines ConferenceFirearms Offenses2009
National Institute On Internal Corporate Investigations and In-House CounselInternal Investigations - Representing The Individual2009
Bankruptcy CrimesBankruptcy Trustees And The Attorney Client Privilege In Criminal Cases Involving Corporations2009
Annual Conference New York State Bar Association - Health Care Law GroupRepresenting Individuals In Criminal Health Care Fraud Investigations2008
Where Is Your Evidence?High Tech Evidence In Criminal Trials2006