Complex civil commercial litigation boutique Morvillo
Abramowitz's New York and DC locations are strategic given its
specialty practice areas in white collar defense, securities
enforcement, and government investigations. If there's one thing
the firm has, it's gusto; Morvillo Abramowitz doesn't shy away from
defending sometimes infamous white collar criminals like Martha
Stewart and Maurice R. Greenberg.
Securities Heads and U.S. Attorneys
Morvillo Abramowitz's expertise in white collar defense and
securities law dates back to its beginnings. In 1972, John Martin
and Otto Obermaier created Martin and Obermaier, a boutique firm,
to represent business executives and government officials embroiled
in sensitive matters. A year later Robert G. Morvillo, who had
served as head of the Securities Fraud Unit of the U.S. Attorney's
Office for the Southern District of New York and later became the
Office's Chief of the Criminal Division, brought his seasoned
expertise to the firm. Morvillo started to make his mark
immediately, becoming the principal counsel to Merrill Lynch, an
early client of the firm.
More S.D.N.Y. veterans followed. In 1979 and 1985, two more
Chiefs of the Criminal Division joined: Elkan Abramowitz and
Lawrence Iason. Iason briefly left the firm to head of the
Securities Exchange Commission of New York, but later returned.
Paul Grand, Chief of the Securities Fraud unit, came to the firm in
1989, and in 2002, longtime associate Robert J. Anello, who had
snagged Deloitte and Morgan Stanley as clients, and former U.S.
Attorney for the S.D.N.Y., Chief Appellate Attorney and Chief of
Major Crimes Unit Barry A. Bohrer were added to the masthead.
Although the firm's moniker became slightly shorter when Bohrer
left in 2013, Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello still
represents a long list of big name clients.
White Collar Defense Winners
Morvillo Abramowitz's status as a leading litigation firm is
well known, and its white-collar defense practice in particular has
drawn universal acclaim. Morvillo Abramowitz has been ranked as a
leader in this area by Chambers USA, Benchmark
Litigation, Legal 500 and Law360. For the
third year in a row, Who's Who Legal Awards named Morvillo
Abramowitz the Global Business Crime Defense Firm of the Year for
2013. U.S. News ranked the firm in the 2014 First Tier
Ranking for New York: Corporate Compliance Law and New York:
Criminal Defense: White-Collar-Litigation. Additionally, Morvillo
Abramowitz was one of 10 firms nationally to be recognized on
The National Law Journal's 2013 "Litigation Boutique Hot
List" and was also one of 20 firms nationally to make The
National Law Journal's2012 "Midsize Hot List." Morvillo
Abramowitz is home to fifteen of the Top 100 New York Super
Lawyers 2013 and two New York Rising Stars
Although not afraid to tackle high-profile cases, Morvillo
Abramowitz also gives back to the community. The firm was honored
by The Legal Aid Society with a 2013 Pro Bono Publico Award.
A Family Business
After founder Robert G. Morvillo passed away in 2011, his
brother and three of his sons decided to continue his legacy by
opening Morvillo LLP, a boutique firm devoted to white collar
practice. His sons Scott, Gregory and Robert had worked with their
father at Morvillo Abramowitz and his brother Richard Morvillo was
previously a partner at another firm.
Martha, Woody, Maurice and More
Martha Stewart owes her shortened jail sentence to founding
partner Robert G. Morvillo, who defended her during her infamous
obstruction of justice charges for illegal stock trading,
conspiracy and securities fraud. Morvillo Abramowitz also
represented former chief executive of the American International
Group Maurice R. Greenberg during his prosecution by the attorney
general, Anil Kumar, a McKinsey senior executive witness in the
insider trading trial of former hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam,
and John A. Zaccaro, real estate developer and husband of one-time
vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, in his
much-publicized bribery case. Morvillo Abramowitz has been a friend
to celebrities in hard (legal) times as well; the firm represented
Woody Allen in his custody battles with Mia Farrow.
As a client-centered firm, Morvillo's Abramowitz's strives to
find unique ways to better serve its clients. In early 2013,
partner Larry Bader began tracking every new case filed by the SEC
from start to finish. Bader's goal was to create a database of SEC
cases making it easier to find relevant precedence to better argue
against the agency.