Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.


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 2012.

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.

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Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

565 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 856-9600
Fax: (212) 856-9494


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Executive Director: Thomas Field
  • Hiring Partner: Richard Albert
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 38

  • Employment Contact

    Richard Albert
    Legal Recruiting, Hiring Partner

  • Base Salary

    1st year: $160,000

  • Summer Associate Offers

    Firm does not offer a summer program

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Commercial Litigation
    Government Investigations
    Internal Investigations
    Monitorships, Integrity Counsel & Compliance
    Professional Representations
    Regulatory Enforcement & Securities Litigation
    Securities & Financial Services Litigation
    White Collar DefenseĀ 

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY

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