Joseph Tacopina

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in New York, NY

Tacopina, Seigel & DeOreo
 | 275 Madison Ave, 35 FL
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-227-8877
Fax: 212-619-1028
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2008, 2012 - 2013, 2016 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Italian
    Attorney Profile

    Joseph Tacopina, the founder and Managing Partner of the Manhattan based Law Offices of Tacopina, Seigel & DeOreo, specializing in criminal, civil, and securities litigation, is widely recognized as the “go to” criminal defense attorney in the country (nationwide). Tacopina is included in New York Magazine as New York area’s Top Rated Lawyer,” and named “the best-dressed, smoothest-talking, hardest-working criminal defense attorney going” in a six-page spread in GQ Magazine’s Power section.


    Tacopina skyrocketed in the legal profession since his early days as a Kings County District Attorney’s Office prosecutor, where he prevailed in 39 of 40 trials. After entering private practice, Tacopina displayed his talent not only for criminal defense law, but also in public and press relations, which he has elevated to a new level in the criminal defense field. Tacopina has earned the media’s praise and frequently appears as a much sought after legal analyst by media outlets nationwide, including CNN, NBC, ABC, FoxNews, CNBC, and MSNBC. Tacopina has also headlined Primetime, 48 Hours, E! Entertainment, and Dateline and served as a special correspondent for 20/20 to investigate the controversial murder prosecution of American exchange student Amanda Knox in Italy.  Notably, CBS's "The Guardian" used Tacopina's courtroom charm to model their main character and, one of James Patterson’s bestselling books, Private #1 Suspect  included Tacopina in Chapter 80 based on his reputation as one of the best criminal defense lawyers.


    Tacopina volunteers his time as an adjunct faculty member at Cardozo Law School's Intense Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP) and lectures to audiences nationwide on a variety of legal issues, including speaking before the Saratoga County Bar Association and at their Law Day Ceremony. He is a judge for Yale Law School’s Mock Trial Association and is AV rated by his peers in Martindale Hubble. Joe has been consistently chosen as one of New York’s Super Lawyers in The New York Times Magazine and was recognized by the Italian American Bar Association as “Man of the Year” for his outstanding achievements. NewsWeek Magazine recently named him a nationwide leading attorney and The Italian Tribune Columbus Day Executive Board awarded Tacopina the prestigious Christopher Columbus/Publisher’s Award, which has been conferred upon many prominent individuals of Italian heritage for over 40 years including President Ronald Reagan, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Joe DiMaggio.

    Because of his reputation as a premier trial attorney, Tacopina has been published in multiple venues on various aspects of trial litigation. Joe authored articles for both the New York Post and Daily News, and was a contributing author to Inside the Minds – Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in New York published by Westlaw and Take the Witness: The Experts Speak on Cross-Examination, published by Juris Publishing, Inc. 

    Tacopina has tried nearly 100 cases to verdict and received one of the largest civil verdicts in New Jersey, as well as an acquittal for a NYPD officer accused of rape and burglary in a case that garnered national media attention. Other notable cases where Tacopina has triumphed include the acquittal of a former New York State Senator accused of felony assault; an acquittal in the highly sensationalized trial accusing CBP officers of felony assault against Federal agents; as well as achieving a not guilty verdict in the publicized trial accusing his client of vehicular homicide. Tacopina has also represented former NY Yankee, Alex Rodriguez, in his controversial appeal with Major League Baseball as well as Meek Mill where Tacopina was successful in getting the rapper’s 2008 conviction overturned and granted a new trial.

    Joe has earned high praise from prominent media and press personalities throughout his career. Listed below are just a few.


    "Joe Tacopina, the best in business" - Ashleigh Banfield, CNN

    "The best defense attorney in the country" - Sid Rosenberg, WABC Radio

    "One of the best attorneys" - Reverand Al Sharpton

    "Mr. Tacopina is to the defense bar what Donald Trump is to real estate" – New York Times

    "Joe Tacopina, defense attorney... one of the best" – Matt Lauer, Today Show

    "[Tacopina] ranks among a group of top criminal defense lawyers" – The Wall Street Journal

    "Elevated to the upper level of prominence" – USA Today

    "One of New York's fiercest defenders" – NY Daily News

    "Top-shelf, high powered litigator" – New York Post

    "High profile, high powered New York defense attorney" – ABC Primetime

    "One of the great defense attorneys of all time” – Sean Hannity, Fox News

    "When you hire Joe Tacopina – it's over" – Don Imus

    "Joe Tacopina is one of New York's best criminal defense attorneys" – Geraldo Rivera, Fox News

    "Tacopina's unbelievable. That guy works magic. He is the real deal. He's not to be messed with" – Don Imus, Imus in the Morning

    "One of the great trial lawyers in America who wins cases that nobody else could win" - Rikki Klieman, Court TV Analyst

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • 30%Criminal Defense
    • 10%Business Litigation
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Debt, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


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    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2008, 2012 - 2013, 2016 - 2021

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    White Papers

  • Take The Witness: The Experts Speak on Cross Examination - Contributor (Chapter 13) to Take The Witness: The Experts Speak on Cross Examination.  This volume is designed for educating lawyers who are starting their trial practice and by suggesting to seasoned ones more effective approaches.

  • Daily News, Guest Columnist (2012) - Tacopina, guest columnist for the NYDaily News, weighs in on the DA's investigation into Greg Kelly for allegedly raping a young intoxicated woman

  • About Joseph Tacopina

    Admitted: 1992, New York

    Professional Webpage:


    • Billboard’s Top Most Influential People in Hip Hop, 2019, Billboard's 2018 R&B/Hip-Hop 100 Power Players, 2018
    • Man of the Year award by New York State’s Commission for Social Justice, 2019
    • The Italian Tribune Columbus Day Executive Board awarded Tacopina the prestigious Christopher Columbus/Publisher’s Award, which has been conferred upon many prominent individuals of Italian heritage for over 40 years. Past honoree’s include President Ronald Reagan, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Joe DiMaggio, among other greats, Christopher Columbus/Publisher's Award, Italian Tribune, 2011
    • The National Action Network, President's Award for Service & Humanitarian Efforts, 2019, The National Action Network, 2019, 2019
    • Awarded by the National Italian American Bar Association as a "Distinguished Member of the Community"., Man of the Year Award, 2005

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Discussed topics and shared invaluable strategies associated with courtroom trials, All-Stars of the Courtroom Forum, St.Thomas University School of Law in Miami Gardens, FL, 2019
    • Law in the limelight: A career of high-profile cases, Sacred Heart University, Department of Management, 01/29/2020, Law in the limelight: A career of high-profile cases, Sacred Heart University, Department of Management, 2020
    • Faculty, Harvard Law School, Trial Advocacy Workshop, Faculty, Harvard Law School Winter 2020 Trial Advocacy Workshop, Harvard Law School , 2020


    • Meek Mill Appeals House Arrest—LET ME RAP, JUDGE!!! , 2016
    • Judge dismisses $17M fraud case against Putnam stockbroker, 2017
    • Maroon 5 Bassist Michael Madden granted conditional dismissal of all drug related charges, 2016
    • Miss Honduras Pageant Re-Crowns Her After Legal Threat, 2016
    • People v. Lillo Brancato - Bronx Tale actor is acquitted of murder (Bronx County, NY); People v. Aristotle Plagianakos - teen acquitted of charges involving a tragic accident on jetskis resulting in a death. (Kings County, NY); People v. Hiram Monserrate - State Senator is acquitted of felony charges. (Queens County, NY); People v. Kenneth Moreno - NYPD veteren cop acquitted of rape and burglery (New York County, NY); 7.4 Million Dollar Verdict - A Jury slammed the Excelsior apartment complex in Hackensack with a $7.4 million judgment finding that an underage man was allowed to drink at a party there before causing a car crash that severely injured a prominent cardiologist., 2011
    • Pet shop owner facing animal cruelty hires celebrity lawyer , 2016

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Recently, The New York State Commission for Social Justice, the anti-defamation arm of the Order Sons of Italy in America awarded Tacopina The Man of the Year for his achievements, and contributions to society., 2017
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    Office Location for Joseph Tacopina

    275 Madison Ave
    35 FL
    New York, NY 10016

    Phone: 212-227-8877

    Fax: 212-619-1028

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    Last Updated: 4/28/2021

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