Prestigious DC-based litigation boutique firm Zuckerman
Spaeder's location in the capital is good for business, namely its
primary practice areas of civil litigation, regulatory and
compliance, counseling and white-collar and investigations. With
additional locations in New York, Baltimore and Tampa, the firm's
attorneys have come to the aid of high-profile officials in hot
water, bailing IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn out from sexual
assault charges, among others.
A Litigation Boutique to be Reckoned With
Zuckerman Spaeder was founded in 1975 in Washington DC by
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Herbert Better, Roger C. Spaeder and Roger
E. Zuckerman. The litigation boutique's tradition of engaging
talented lawyers continues today; this select and accomplished
bunch has been recognized as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in
America, in which the firmwas top-listed in white-collar
criminal defense, International Who's Who of Business
Lawyers and International Who's Who of Life Sciences.
The firm itself has been a three-time placer on The National
Law Journal's "Midsize Hot List" since 2010, was a "Litigation
Boutique of the Year" finalist for the same publication both times
the competition has been held, in 2005 and 2009 and periodically
receives additional recognitions from Benchmark Litigation
and Chambers USA.
Expanding in New York
Though its roots and current base are in DC, Zuckerman Spaeder
is decidedly establishing a firm presence in New York. The firm
made its intentions known by hiring Steven Cohen, a former senior
advisor to city governor Andrew Cuomo, and Paul Schechtman, whose
resume includes defending rapper L'il Kim and a former position as
director of criminal justice for Governor George Pataki.
Who You Gonna Call?
More so than the Ghostbusters, Zuckerman Spaeder is the reprieve
of the desperate. Zuckerman Spaeder has built up a reputation
rescuing officials embroiled in headline-grabbing scandals. The big
names crowding its client list include former International
Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, New York City
comptroller John Liu, Enron Corp., Fannie Mae, Refco Inc. and
Stanford Financial Group.
Pro Bono In and Out of the Capital
Zuckerman Spaeder may be on speed-dial of some of the biggest
companies and finance groups in the world, but it makes time for
other, more public service-oriented priorities as well. The firm is
representing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pro bono in a
legislative redistricting case concerning the creation of a
sixty-third senate district. Formerly, the firm won the Daniel M.
Gribbon Pro Bono Advocacy Award from the Judicial Conference of the
District of Columbia Circuit's Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal
Services for its five-year-spanning work to free a Yemeni prisoner
who had been held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Afghanistan for eight