Vinoo Varghese

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in New York, NY

Varghese & Associates, P.C.
 | 2 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005
Phone: 646-835-0116
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2016
Licensed Since: 2001
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (70%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%)
Attorney Profile

 

In addition to his selection to the New York Metro Super Lawyers, Vinoo Varghese is a Martindale AV Preeminent Rated attorney, a New York Law Journal Rising Stars honoree and has been on The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 list three years in a row.

In 2006, after six years as a prosecutor, he founded Varghese & Associates, P.C. The firm represents individuals and companies in all criminal cases, including white-collar crimes, state felonies and misdemeanors, appeals, internal corporate investigations, and asset-forfeiture matters.

In May 2015, in the Second Circuit against the IRS & DOJ Criminal Tax Division, Varghese obtained a rarely granted retrial for a client previously convicted of tax fraud.  In November 2015 at the retrial, Varghese secured a complete acquittal for the same client. 

Other notable white-collar representations have included Rengan Rajaratnam, hedge-fund trader, and Dan Halloran, New York City councilman.  He has been quoted in the The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the New York Law Journal, Law360, and interviewed on NY1 among other major media.

In 2013, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) heralded Varghese as a courageous attorney for his stalwart defense of clients, the federal and state constitutions, and the criminal defense bar at large.

Demonstrating his experience with internal corporate investigations and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), he has given presentations for Thomson-Reuters and for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, New York Chapter.  He has spoken on White Collar Crime for the New York Law Journal and various bar associations.

Committed to nurturing legal talent, Mr. Varghese has used his extensive trial and appellate experience to help prepare lawyers and students for the challenges of a legal career by teaching.  His efforts have included giving instruction at a trial advocacy program for the New York City Law Department and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University as well as Brooklyn Law School's Business Boot Camp.  He has also taught clinical students from Brooklyn Law School and Hofstra School of Law.

Always seeking to stay abreast of developments in criminal defense strategy, Mr. Varghese actively participates in NACDL conferences. He is very involved with several other professional organizations, including the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York County Lawyers’ Association, the Queens County and Brooklyn Bar Associations, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and the South Asian Bar Association of North America.

In 2000, Mr. Varghese began his legal career with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office where out of 500 ADAs, he was the only trial prosecutor to handle his own appeals.  There, the District Attorney in 2005 promoted him to the rank of Senior Assistant District Attorney and appointed him to run a specialized unit, the Assault on Police Officers Program, where he was the lead prosecutor on attempted murder cases of NYPD officers.  Mr. Varghese graduated from Brooklyn Law School, New York University, and Chaminade High School.

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: White Collar (70%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Criminal Defense (30%): Arrest & Arraignment, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: White Collar: White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Criminal Defense: Arrest & Arraignment, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2016

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About Vinoo Varghese

Admitted 2001, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.vargheselaw.com/about/

Honors and Awards:

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2017
  • AV Preeminent®: The highest peer rating standard. This rating signifies that the lawyer's reviewed peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards., AV Preeminent 5.0 Rating, Martindale, 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Rising Stars, New York Law Journal, 2014
  • Quoted often in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the New York Law Journal, NY1, Crain's New York Business
  • Courageous Attorney, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), November 2013
  • NAPABA's Best Lawyers Under 40, 2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Headed the "Assault on Police Officers Program" at the Kings County District Attorney's Office, a unit that investigated and prosecuted serious felony attacks on police officers., 2006
  • New York County Lawyers' Association, Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee, 2007-2011
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association of New York, Former board member
  • North American South Asian Bar Association, Criminal Justice Committee co-chair
  • North American South Asian Bar Association, Former board member
  • Asian American Bar Association of New York, Board of Directors, 2010-2014

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • — Supervised and critiqued Law Department attorneys' live simulations of witness examinations, voir dire, and opening & closing statements, Lecturer, Faculty, New York City Law Department Civil Trial Advocacy Program, 2016, Lecturer, Faculty, New York City Law Department Civil Trial Advocacy Program, 2016
  •  Fishy Justice: The Supreme Court’s Take(s) On Prosecutorial Discretion And Overcriminalization (in rejecting the use of a federal law punishing corporate record destruction against a fisherman who dumped fish off his boat) In Yates v. United States, the Supreme Court for the second time in a less than year, railed against the DOJ for both the leverage it possesses over defendants and its use of prosecutorial discretion in this maritime tale of justice or lack thereof. Less than a year earlier in Bond v. United States, the High Court unanimously ruled that the DOJ had gone too far in using a law against the spread of chemical weapons to prosecute a woman for trying to poison her husband’s lover. Join a distinguished panel of current and former prosecutors in discussing the Supreme assessments of prosecutorial discretion, the possible overcriminalization of federal criminal law, and what this means for both prosecutors and defense attorneys. Program Chair & Moderator: Vinoo Varghese, Principal, Varghese & Associates, P.C., New York, NY Panelists: 1. Sanjeev Bhasker, AUSA, USAO-Western District of North Carolina; 2. Tejpal Chawla, AUSA, National Security Section, USAO-Washington, D.C.; 3. Samidh Guha, Partner, Jones Day, New York, NY; and 4. Michael Li-Ming Wong, Partner, Gibson Dunn, San Francisco, CA., Program Chair & Moderator, Fishy Justice: The Supreme Court’s Take(s) On Prosecutorial Discretion And Overcriminalization, NAPABA, 2015
  • Supervised and critiqued Law Department attorneys' live simulations of witness examinations, voir dire, and opening & closing statements, Lecturer, Faculty, New York City Law Department Civil Trial Advocacy Program, 2015
  • Along with co-presenter, David Gannaway, former IRS special agent, Contours of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, New York Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Presenter, 2014
  • Presentation on recent Second Circuit sentencing trends, Presenter, The White Collar Crime Landscape, New York Law Journal, 2013
  • Best Practices for Responding to Possible Violations - Reporting and Remediating Misconduct, West LegalEd Center And Thomson Reuters, Panelist, 2013
  • Lecturer, Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, Cardozo Law School (2011-2014), Lecturer, Faculty, Cardozo Law School's ITAP

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Secured complete acquittal for client charged with criminal tax fraud in the Eastern District of New York. https://www.law360.com/articles/728592/jury-clears-construction-biz-owner-in-retrial-on-tax-charges, 2015

Representative Clients:

  • Construction company owner Tomas Olazabal charged with filing false tax returns, 2015
  • School teacher Richard Hovan charged with statutory rape, 2015
  • Republican City Councilman Daniel Halloran charged with orchestrating bribery scheme to award Republican mayoral nomination to a Democrat, Malcolm Smith, 2014
  • Rengan Rajaratnam, hedge fund trader charged with insider trading, 2013
  • Real Estate Broker Richard Silver charged with art fraud, 2012

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Won a rarely granted retrial in a criminal tax case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit against the Department of Justice's Criminal Tax Division and IRS. https://www.law360.com/articles/728592/jury-clears-construction-biz-owner-in-retrial-on-tax-charges  , 2015
  • Secured complete acquittal after three-week jury trial for client charged with criminal tax fraud in the Eastern District of New York before the Honorable Brian M. Cogan, 2015

Educational Background:

  • Brooklyn Law School, 2000
  • B.A. Philosophy, New York University, 1996
  • Chaminade High School, 1990
Office Location for Vinoo Varghese

2 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005

Phone: 646-835-0116

 

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Last Updated: 3/23/2017

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