Deborah Colson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in New York, NY

Colson Law PLLC
 | 80 Broad St, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Phone: 212-257-6452
Fax: 212-257-6453
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1996
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (40%),
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Securities Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Deborah Colson is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who defends individuals in criminal matters and regulatory proceedings. She holds herself to the highest standards and obtains favorable results for her clients through zealous advocacy, meticulous preparation, and strategic decision making. Her white collar cases have involved allegations of securities fraud, money laundering, health care fraud, and insider trading. In the criminal sphere, Deborah represents clients charged with national security offenses and violent crimes. 

    Deborah attended Harvard Law School and clerked for the Honorable Nina Gershon in the Eastern District of New York. Prior to establishing Colson Law PLLC, she was a founding partner of Colson & Harris LLP and an assistant federal defender in the Eastern District of New York. She also served in the Law & Security Department at Human Rights First where she managed the organization’s Guantanamo monitoring program and spoke and wrote frequently on issues of terrorism and national security. Deborah is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been named since 2012 in the New York edition of Super Lawyers in the areas of white collar crime and criminal defense.

    Deborah is admitted to practice in New York State, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She serves on the Federal Criminal Practice Committee of the Federal Bar Council. She also is a member of the Board of Directors of Just Detention International and a Vice Chair of the Board of the National Dance Institute.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • 50%Criminal Defense
    • 10%Securities Litigation
    Focus Areas

    White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Arrest & Arraignment, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Probation, Tax Evasion, Theft


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    Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021

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    About Deborah Colson

    Admitted: 1996, New York

    Professional Webpage:


    • Named since 2012 in the New York edition of Super Lawyers in the areas of white collar crime and criminal defense

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • United States District Courts for the Eastern Districts of New York
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2019-present
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • United States District Courts for the Southern Districts of New York
    • Association of the City Bar of New York, Criminal Advocacy Committee, 2016-2019
    • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors, 2011-2013
    • Board of Directors, Just Detention International, 2019-present
    • Federal Bar Council, Criminal Practice Committee, 2016-present

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • National Dance Institute, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, 2012-present
    • Partnership for Children’s Rights, Board of Trustees, 2010-2018

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Panelist, "ABCs of Federal Criminal Practice: A Practice Primer," New York City Bar Association, April 2006
    • "Safe Enough to Learn: Placing an Affirmative Duty of Protection on Public Schools under 42 U.S.C. § 1983," 30 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 169 (1995)
    • "Tortured Justice: Using Coerced Evidence to Prosecute Terrorist Suspects," Human Rights First (April 2008)
    • "The Case Against a Special Terrorism Court," Human Rights First (March 2009)
    • Panelist, "Sentencing Advocacy After Booker/Fanfan," U.S. District Court, EDNY, November 2005
    • Panelist, "Running Your Own Law Firm," Harvard Law School, September 2013
    • Panelist, "Looking Past Guantanamo: Are New Concepts Needed for Terrorist-Related Detentions?" Washington College of Law, American University, September 2008
    • Panelist, "Righting the Wrongs of the War on Terror," Cardozo School of Law, October 2008
    • Panelist, "A Two Panel Debate: Can the criminal justice system handle all terrorism cases?" William Mitchell College of Law, March 2009
    • Speaker, Federal Practice for State Practitioners, “Investigation, Arrest and Surrender, Bail, Complaints v. Indictments," U.S. Courthouse, September 2011
    • Panelist, "Strategies for Handling Parallel Proceedings in Federal Court," New York City Bar Association, June 2012

    Educational Background:

    • Wesleyan University, BA, 1991
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    80 Broad St
    19th Floor
    New York, NY 10004

    Phone: 212-257-6452

    Fax: 212-257-6453

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