Frederick P. Hafetz
Frederick P. Hafetz has repeatedly been recognized by his peers as one of New York City's top criminal defense attorneys. In 2007 and 2008 "NY Super Lawyers" named him as one out of hundred best lawyers in Manhattan. Chambers USA calls him "a tenacious and dogged advocate" who "should be on any list." For the past ten years he has been listed in Best Lawyers of America. In 1992 he received the outstanding practitioner award from the Criminal Justice section of the New York State Bar Association. In 2003 he was chosen by fellow white collar defense attorneys in New York to receive the prestigious New York Council of Defense Lawyers' award as New York City's outstanding defense lawyer of the year. In 2010 he was the recipient of the New York Criminal Bar Association Award for Excellence. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the highest honors possible for a trial attorney. The New York State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section named him Outstanding Practitioner of the Year in 1993. He was featured in the magazine, 7 Days, New York in the cover article, entitled, "Courtroom Killers: The Lawyers Other Lawyers Most Admire, Fear, and Talk About."
Mr. Hafetz graduated from Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has served as Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office of the Southern District of New. He previously served as a Special Attorney of the Organized Crime Strike Force, Department of Justice, Special Counsel of the United States House of Representatives, Select Committee on Crime, and was an Assistant District Attorney in New York County for five years.
Mr. Hafetz specializes in white collar criminal practice, representing individuals and corporations who are under investigation for or charged with criminal activity involving a wide variety of industries and areas. He has represented lawyers and prominent law firms which were under investigation for alleged criminal or unethical conduct. His financial and securities experience includes the successful representation of the CEO of a major accounting firm in an investigation into the firm's accounting practices, investment bankers involved in the Enron investigation, the former CEO of an investment banking firm in the investigation of research analysts, executives of pharmaceutical corporations investigated for accounting fraud, individuals accused of insider trading and clients in numerous other complex securities and financial investigations. He has significant experience in working on internal corporate investigations.
Mr. Hafetz has tried many prominent white collar cases resulting in acquittal or dismissal of all chargeshe obtained the dismissal after trial of all charges against a high profile New York Stock Exchange Specialist who was charged with securities fraud. He successfully defended Bess Meyerson, the former Miss America who was charged with bribing a judge. Mr. Hafetz obtained an acquittal in Puerto Rico of a prominent businessman charged with giving illegal contributions to a United States Senator. He obtained an acquittal after a three month trial for a New York State Senator charged with health care fraud and obtaining illegal campaign contributions. He won the acquittal of a businessman charged with extortion of a major New York City newspaper. Recently, Mr. Hafetz obtained an acquittal for a prominent lawyer charged with falsifying election campaign financial statements for a New York State judge. His trial work helped obtain a reversal of conviction and then dismissal of charges against a high level insurance industry executive in a widely publicized accounting fraud case.
Mr. Hafetz also counsels attorneys on ethical issues and represents attorneys before the Department Disciplinary Committee. He is a recognized expert in this area and has served as a member of the Department Disciplinary Committee, Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department.
Mr. Hafetz has written extensively in business crime publications. He served as a member of the Board of Editors of the White Collar Reporter. Articles and books he has authored include "Investigative Document Subpoenas," published by Law Journal Seminars Press, a chapter on "Forfeiture" in "RICO: Civil and Criminal Law Strategy," published by Law Journal Seminars Press, "Civil Settlement: Pitfalls for the Criminal Defense Lawyer," published in the Business Crime Bulletin, "Grand Jury and the Corporate Records Custodian," published in Business Crimes Bulletin.. He is a frequent panelist on white collar criminal programs and has taught in trial advocacy programs at Harvard Law School and many of the New York law schools.
Mr. Hafetz is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and served as Chair of the Grand Jury Reform Committee. He previously was the Co-Chair of the Grand Jury Task Force, the Co-Chair of the White Collar Crime Committee, and the Co-Chair of the Department of Justice Dialogue Committee. He is a past President of the New York Counsel of Defense Lawyers, the premier white collar defense attorney organization in New York State. He is also a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State Bar Association, and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
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