Gerald B. Lefcourt

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Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in New York, NY

Gerald B. Lefcourt, P.C.
 | 148 East 78th Street, New York, NY 10075
Phone: 212-737-0400
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1967
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Widely recognized as one of America's foremost defense trial attorneys, Gerald B. Lefcourt has extensive experience litigating high-profile cases, with clients who range from real estate moguls to entertainers and political figures. At Gerald B. Lefcourt, P.C., Mr. Lefcourt focuses on complex civil litigation and criminal law, particularly white collar defense, taking cases in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

After graduating with his Bachelor of Arts in political science from New York University in 1964, Mr. Lefcourt received his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 1967. He went on to earn his master's in tax from New York University School of Law in 1968. He is admitted to practice law in New York and before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as various circuit courts of appeals.

Mr. Lefcourt currently serves as president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Foundation for Criminal Justice and as program co-chair for Fordham University School of Law’s annual white collar crime conference. He also serves on the magistrate selection committee for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and as speaker of the New York State Assembly’s designee to the commission on judicial nomination. Formerly, Mr. Lefcourt served as chair for the New York City Bar Association's criminal advocacy committee and president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has received the highest peer-reviewed rating of AV-Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell, as well as numerous other awards and accolades. Mr. Lefcourt is highly sought after for his opinions on criminal law in various high-profile print media and news outlets.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%)

Criminal Defense (30%)

Civil Litigation (20%)

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2017

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About Gerald Lefcourt

Admitted: 1967, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.lefcourtlaw.com/Bio/GeraldLefcourt.asp

Honors and Awards:

  • Recipient, Robert C. Heeney Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Outstanding Lawyer, Fellow Practitioners
  • New York Area's Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense, White-Collar, Non White-Collar
  • Norman Ostrow Award, New York Council of Defense Lawyers
  • New York University School of Law's Milton S. Gould Award, Outstanding Oral Advocacy
  • New York State Bar Association's Outstanding Practitioner Award
  • Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • AV Rated
  • International Who’s Who of Business Crime Defense
  • Who's Who in the Criminal Defense Bar
  • New York Magazine's survey of Outstanding Practitioners

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • New York
  • Founder, Past President, New York Criminal Bar Association
  • Founder, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past President, National Association of Criminal Lawyers
  • Chair, New York Bar Association, Criminal Advocacy Committee
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Justice Foundation
  • Southern District of New York, Magistrate Selection Committee

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • "Warrantlessness," The New York Times, May 20, 1978
  • Lefcourt, Gerald B. & Becker, Gary G., "Plea Bargaining in the Federal Courts," The Champion, November 1991
  • "William Moses Kuntsler, Remembered," The Champion, September 1995
  • "Responsibilities of a Criminal Defense Attorney," Loyola Law Review of Los Angeles, November 1996
  • "Ethics for Legal Commentators," The Champion, November 1997
  • Lefcourt, Gerald B., Goldstock, R., & Murphy, W. L., "Justice that Makes Sense: Prosecution & Defense Find Common Ground," The Champion, December 1997
  • "Congress Confronts the Baby Boomerang: Bad Ideas From People Old Enough To Know Better," The Champion, January 1998
  • "IRS Reform? It's Time for Congress To Stand Up to Property-Bullies, Seizing, Forfeiture," The Champion, March 1998
  • "High Time for a Bill of Rights for the Grand Jury," The Champion, April 1998
  • "Imbalanced Funding Imperils American Rights," The Champion, May 1998
  • "Money Laundering Laws Invite Abuses," The Champion, June 1998
  • "Of Danger To All, Of Benefit To None," The Champion, July 1998
  • "Retrospective," The Champion, August 1998
  • Lefcourt, Gerald B., Goldstock, R., & Murphy, W. L., "Time for Federal Crime Policy Impact Statements," Criminal Justice, Spring 1999
  • Lefcourt, Gerald B., Goldstock, R., & Murphy, W. L., "In Our Every Deliberation... Time for Federal Crime Policy Impact Statements," The Champion, May 1999
  • "Working With Informants," Cardozo Law School, December 2002
  • "Attorney/Client Privilege at The Crossroads: The Indictment of Lynne Stewart," Cardozo Law School, May 2002
  • "Conflicts of Interest/Ethics," New York University Law School, October 2002
  • "Computers in the Criminal Courtroom," NYS Bar Association, January 2003
  • "ABC's of Criminal Litigation," Association of the Bar of the City of New York, April 2003
  • "The Use of Technology in the Courtroom," New York Council of Defense Lawyers, May 2003
  • "Federal Judicial Independence: Who Truly Wields Power in the Courtroom?" Columbia Law School & The National Law Journal, December 2003
  • "Cross-Examination to Kill In a Document Case," New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2003
  • Debate With US Attorney Robert Mueller (N.D.C.) on Money Laundering Prosecutions, Stanford Law School, 2003
  • "Let Freedom Ring: The Protections and Real Life Impact of Anti-Terrorism Legislation - An Examination of USA Patriot Acts I & II," New York State Bar Assn. Symposium on the Patriot Act, January 2004
  • "Better Cross-Examination Through Technology," NACDL Aspen Criminal Law Seminar, January 2004
  • "The Many Uses of Forensic Psychologists," NACDL Aspen Criminal Law Seminar, January 2004
  • "Conflicts of Interest in Criminal Cases," Association of the Bar of the City of New York, June 2004
  • "The Modern Federal Grand Jury: Instrument of Justice or Outdated Star Chamber?" Fordham Law School, July 2004
  • ABC's of Federal Criminal Practice, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, September 2004
  • Ethics for the Prosecution, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, January 2005
  • Lynne Stewart: The Verdict and Its Implications, Brooklyn Law School, February 2005
  • Defending the White Collar Case: In and Out of Court, Georgetown University Law Center, September 2005
  • Fighting Back Against the Thompson Memo: Can It Be Done?, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, July 2006
  • Defending the White Collar Case: In and Out of Court, Georgetown University Law Center, September 2006
  • Pros and Cons of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, Justice Learning Radio Program, National Public Radio, January 2007
  • Principles of Federal Prosecution of Business Organizations, NACDL Aspen Criminal Law Seminar, January 2007
  • Defending the White Collar Case: In and Out of Court, Georgetown University Law Center, September 2007
  • How Can You Defend Those People? Hofstra Law School Legal Ethics Conference, October 2007
  • ABC's Of Federal Criminal Practice, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, October 2007
  • How to Conduct Ethical Investigations, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2007
  • Coerced Confessions & Expert Testimony, Federal Bar Council Winter Meeting, January 2008
  • Message from the Dinner Chair, National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner, May 2008
  • Defending the White Collar Case: In and Out of Court, Georgetown University Law Center, November 2008
  • Selecting a Jury with Juror Questionnaires, New York Criminal Bar Association, 2008
  • Recent Developments in Attorney Client Privilege and Work Product Protection in State and Federal Courts, New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting, January 2009
  • The New York Fair Trial Free Press Conference, New York University Law School, April 2009
  • Bring a Revolution Home! Trial Skills That Win, NACDL 2009 Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, August 7-8, 2009
  • Co-Chair, White Collar Crime, Fordham Law School/National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Two Day Program, October 2009
  • New Perspectives on Brady and Other Disclosure Obligations: What Really Works?, Jacob Burns Center for Ethics and the Practice of Law, Cardozo School of Law, November 15-16, 2009
  • Co-Chair, Annual White Collar Crime Conference at Fordham Law School, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Educational Background:

  • New York University School of Law, L.L.M. Tax, 1968
  • New York University, B.A. Political Science, 1964
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New York, NY 10075

Phone: 212-737-0400

 

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