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About Zuckerman Spaeder LLP
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 years.
1800 M Street, NW
Phone: (202) 778-1800
Chairman: Graeme W. Bush
Washington, DC (HQ)
New York, NY
White Collar & Investigations
Regulatory & Compliance