William Petrillo

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Garden City, NY

Sapone & Petrillo, LLP
 | 1103 Stewart Ave, Suite 200
Garden City, NY 11530
Phone: 646-396-3516
Fax: 516-977-1977
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%),
  • Criminal Defense (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    William Petrillo is a founding partner with Sapone & Petrillo, LLP, law firm, which has law offices in Manhattan and in Garden City, New York. Nationally recognized as one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the country, Mr. Petrillo provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout New York City and all across Long Island and the surrounding areas who stand accused or are under investigation for any type of white collar crime or some other felony or misdemeanor.

    Over the course of his career in criminal defense, Mr. Petrillo has achieved a long record of securing positive results for his clients in state and federal courts across his region, including numerous acquittals, dismissals and reductions of charges. He has handled a variety of high-profile criminal defense cases, and he has received both national and international recognition for his success, having been featured in a variety of print and television media outlets.

    Early in his legal career, Mr. Petrillo served as an assistant district attorney with the Nassau County District Attorney's Office, and he uses his prosecutorial experience to help devise the most effective defense strategies possible for the accused. Moreover, he was also a police officer for the city of New York, so he has invaluable insight into the criminal justice system from all sides.

    Recognized as one of Long Island’s Top Criminal Lawyers, Mr. Petrillo has been selected by his peers to the Super Lawyers list consistently since 2018.

    Honored for his impeccable professionalism and outstanding legal abilities, Mr. Petrillo has earned a Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer designation from The National Trial Lawyers as well as designation as among the country's Top One Percent from the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. He also holds a Lawyers of Distinction rating, and he has received "Superb" 10 out of 10 client ratings on Avvo. 

    A graduate of St. John's University, Mr. Petrillo obtained his Juris Doctor from the City University of New York School of Law at Queens College in 1994. While there, he was a member of the Trial Advocacy Team, and he represented the school in the national competition in Chicago, where he received the highest rating among competitors from throughout the nation.

    Active in his legal community, Mr. Petrillo is a member of the Criminal Courts Bar Association of Nassau County and the Nassau County Bar Association, among his other professional affiliations. He is a frequently sought-after guest speaker and has participated in continuing education seminars for attorneys across New York.

    Mr. Petrillo is very involved in his local community as a practicing ordained Christian Pastor, Preacher and bible teacher.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 50%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • 50%Criminal Defense
    Focus Areas

    White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Prosecution, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021

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    About William Petrillo

    Admitted: 1995, New York

    Professional Webpage: https://www.saponelaw.com/attorney/petrillo-william-s/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Lawyers of Distinction
    • 10.0 Avvo Rating Superb
    • The Nations Top One Percent Distinguished Counsel
    • New York Super Lawyers
    • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers
    • Received the highest rating from Judges and lawyers from around the country in National Trial Competition in Chicago, City University of New York School of Law

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • The New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Former Member  
    • New York, 1995
    • The New York State Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Former Member
    • The Nassau County Bar Association, Member
    • The National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Former Member
    • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Former Member
    • The Former Assistant District Attorney's Association of Nassau County, Member
    • The Criminal Courts Bar Association of Nassau County, Member

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Each year contributes at least 100 hours of pro bono work

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Huntington Lawyers’ Club, Speaker, Cross Examination, 2018
    • Guest speaker on techniques on everything from jury selection to closing argument , Lecturer , From Jury Selection to Summation, 2018
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, The Age Of The Video Tape, 2018
    • Fraternal Order of Police, Speaker, A Strong Defense, 2018
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, Unveiling The Injustice, 2018
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, Advanced Trial Practice: The Jury, 2018
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, When The System Fails, 2017
    • Nassau County Police Academy, Speaker, Case Preparation, 2017
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, Cases That Shock The Conscience, 2017
    • Nassau Academy of Law, Speaker, In The Midnight Hour: Fundamentals In The Trial Of A Criminal Case, 2017
    • Nassau County Police Academy, Speaker, Courtroom Testimony, 2016
    • Nassau County Police Academy, Speaker, Cross Examination, 2016
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, The Age Of The Video Tape, 2016
    • Nassau County Police Academy, Speaker, Courtroom Testimony, 2016
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, The Age Of The Video Tape, 2016
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, Jury Selection, 2016
    • Nassau Academy Of Law, Speaker, The Fundamentals Of The Trial in A Criminal Case, 2016
    • The Nassau Lawyers' Association, Speaker, Cross Examination, 2015
    • Nassau Academy Of Law, Speaker, Anatomy of a Criminal Trial From Jury Selection to Summation, Practical Strategies & Suggestions, 2015
    • Marino Legal Institute - NYC, Speaker, The Perfect Closing, 2015
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, Correcting the Injustice, 2015
    • The Nassau Lawyers' Association, Speaker, Cross Examination, 2015
    • The Nassau Lawyers' Association, Speaker, From Arrest To Arraignment, 2014
    • Nassau Country Police Academy, Speaker, Courtroom Testimony, 2014
    • Nassau Academy of Law, Speaker, Defense Cross Examination & Summation, 2014
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, From Jury Selection to Summation, 2014
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, Attacking the Prosecution's Case, 2013
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, Winning the Case Before the Trial, 2012
    • Hofstra Law School, Speaker, The Anatomy of a Criminal Trial, 2011
    • City University Of New York School Of Law, Speaker, Cross Examination, 2010
    • City University Of New York School Of Law, Speaker, Closing Argument, 2009
    • City University Of New York School Of Law, Speaker, Prosecuting & Defending Fraud Cases, 2008
    • Nassau Academy of Law, Speaker, Defense Cross Examination & Summation, 2007
    • Nassau County District Attorney's Office, Speaker, Defense Closing Argument, 2006
    • Nassau County District Attorney's Office, Speaker, Opening Statement & Closing Argument, 2005
    • Molloy College, Speaker, Trial Preparation & Jury Selection, 2005
    • Nassau County District Attorney's Office, Speaker, Defense Closing Argument, 2004
    • Molloy College, Speaker, Analysis of a Murder Trial, 2003

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • UNITED STATES V. John Doe Southern District of New York: Charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana (five year mandatory minimum) and Conspiracy to Commit Extortion - 2 counts. Negotiated plea to Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana and Conspiracy to Commit Extortion. Sentencing guidelines range of 63-78 Months (no mandatory minimum). Defendant sentenced to 30 months, 2014
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK V. B.R. Nassau County Court, New York: Attorney charged with Patronizing a Prostitute in the Third Degree. Negotiated plea to Disorderly Conduct, 2013
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK V. G.F. Nassau County Court, New York: Attorney charged with Patronizing a Prostitute in the Third Degree. Negotiated plea to Disorderly Conduct, 2013
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK V Jane Doe Nassau County Court, New York: Business owner indicted on Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree. Negotiated plea to Disorderly Conduct, 2013
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v John Doe Nassau County Court, New York: Videographer charged with Arson in the Second Degree and Criminal Mischief. Found Not Guilty of all charges after jury trial, 2013
    • GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION (John Doe) Eastern District of New York: Police officer investigated for civil rights violations involving a death. 3 year inquiry. No charges filed. Investigation closed, 2014
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v John DoeNassau County Court, New York: Police chief indicted on 2 counts of Official Misconduct and Conspiracy in the Sixth Degree. Offer of no jail immediately before trial. Pled guilty to indictment. 3 years’ probation, 2014
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v John Doe Nassau First District Court, New York: Charged with DWI and DWAI. All charges dismissed. Pled to a speeding ticket, 2016
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v Doe New York State Supreme Court, New York: 71 Count Indictment, including multiple charges of Securities Fraud, Tax Fraud and Grand Larceny. Negotiated plea to 9 counts with sentence of 1 1/2 - 4 1/2 years’ incarceration, 2014
    • NYS COMMITTEE ON JUDICIAL MISCONDUCT Investigation into sitting County Court Judge for abusing discretion and improperly holding prosecution witness in criminal contempt of Court and incarcerating him.  No wrongdoing found.  Complaint dismissed, 2014
    • SITTING GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION Nassau County: Police officer investigated for Assault and Falsifying Business Records. No true bill. Investigation closed, 2015
    • EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK INVESTIGATION Following Nassau County Plea to Forgery/Larceny in PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v. Doe, no federal charges filed, 2015
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v John DoeNassau County Court, New York: Police officer indicted on Felony Assault in the Second Degree for on-duty incident. Found Not Guilty of all charges after bench trial, 2015
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v Doe Nassau County Court, New York: 19 year old indicted on Murder in the Second Degree and Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. Following a pre-trial hearing, pled to Murder in the Second Degree. Sentenced to 18 years’ to life, 2015
    • UNITED STATES V Doe Eastern District of New York: Charged with Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance (ten year mandatory minimum). Sentencing guidelines range of 210-262 months’ imprisonment. Probation recommended sentence of 72 months (awaiting sentence), 2016
    • UNITED STATES v DoeEastern District of New York: Charged with Distribution of a Controlled Substance - 3 counts.  Sentencing guidelines range of 57-71 months (no mandatory minimum). Defendant sentenced to 3 years’ probation, 2018
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v Doe Nassau County Court, New York: Charged with Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree and DWI. Evidence suppressed at pre-trial hearing. 1 year sentence and 5 years’ probation on plea to indictment, 2016
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v Doe Suffolk County Court, New York: Correction officer indicted on Felony Falsifying Business Records, Offering a False Instrument for Filing, Assault and Official Misconduct. Case resolved with reduced plea to Disorderly Conduct, 2017
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v. T.K. Suffolk County Court, New York: Attorney charged with Felony DWI (accident). Pled guilty to Misdemeanor DWI. 3 years’ probation, including community service, 2017
    • SITTING GRAND JURY INVESTIGATING  Police officer investigated for Bribery, Official Misconduct and related charges. No charges filed. Investigation closed, 2018
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v Doe Supreme Court, Queens County, New York: Attorney charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident in the 3rd Degree. Investigated for potential Insurance Fraud and Driving While Intoxicated/Ability Impaired. Negotiated dismissal of the charges, 2018
    • UNITED STATES v Doe Eastern District of New York: Police officer charged with Deprivation of Civil Rights. Original offer - 135-168 months’ imprisonment. Negotiated plea to misdemeanor violation. Negotiated sentence of 1 year prison (awaiting sentence), 2018
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v Doe Nassau County Court, New York: Police officer charged with Unlawful Surveillance in the Second Degree. Defense investigation and evidence uncovered led to the District Attorney’s application to dismiss. Case dismissed in the interest of justice, 2018
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v Doe Nassau First District Court, New York: Attorney/County Legislator charged with Assault in the Third Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Case resolved with reduced plea to Disorderly Conduct, 2018
    • PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK v DoeNassau County Court, New York: Police officer indicted on Felony Assault in the Second Degree, Falsifying Business Records and Offering a False Instrument for Filing for on-duty incident. Found Not Guilty of all charges after bench trial, 2018

    Educational Background:

    • St. John’s University, B.A.
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    Office Location for William Petrillo

    1103 Stewart Ave
    Suite 200
    Garden City, NY 11530

    Phone: 646-396-3516

    Fax: 516-977-1977

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