Linda Imes

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in New York, NY

Spears & Imes LLP
 | 51 Madison Ave, 25th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212-213-6659
Fax: 212-213-0849
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%),
  • Securities Litigation (30%),
  • General Litigation (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Linda Imes is a founding partner of the highly respected New York City law firm of Spears & Imes LLP.  A former federal prosecutor with substantial trial and appellate experience, Ms. Imes has built an excellent reputation for serving individual and business clients in New York, across the United States, and internationally who face complex legal challenges and parallel proceedings in the following areas: 

    • White collar crime (including money laundering, FCPA, tax and business crimes)
    • Complex litigation
    • Securities enforcement

    In 2017, Ms. Imes received the Norman S. Ostrow Award from the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. The award, which is given annually, recognizes a lawyer for “outstanding contribution to the defense of liberty and the preservation of individual rights” and whose career has been “marked by numerous examples of a lawyer fighting for a client with vigor, dignity, and expertise.”  Since 2009, Ms. Imes has been named by Chambers & Partners as a Leader in the Field of White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations. Chambers reports that she is widely commended for her “ferocious attention to detail and extremely effective advocacy on behalf of her clients.”

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • 30%Securities Litigation
    • 20%General Litigation
    Focus Areas

    White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


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    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021

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    About Linda Imes

    Admitted: 1984, New York

    Professional Webpage:


    • Leader in the Field of White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, Chambers & Partners, 2009
    • Norman E. Ostrow Award, New York Council of Defense Lawyers, 2017

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • New York’s Appellate Division
    • Eastern District of New York
    • Member, Federal Bar Council
    • Member of the Board, New York Council of Defense Lawyers, 1997 - 1999 and 2012 - 2014
    • Southern District of New York
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • New York Court of Appeals
    • New York
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Practicing Law Institute, Expert Witness 2012, Role of Expert Witnesses in Complex Litigation (June 2012)
    • Articles Editor, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Northwestern University School of Law
    • Practicing Law Institute, Expert Witness 2015, Expert Witnesses at Trial (June 2015)
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Eighth Annual Defending the White Collar Case: In & Out of Court (November 2012)
    • American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Nothing Mock About It: Using Jury Consultants in the Real World (April 2010)
    • New York State Bar Association, Financial Penalties and Victims' Rights in White Collar Cases (November 2009)
    • National Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations and In-House Counsel, To Preserve and Protect: D&O Insurance, Indemnification and Advancement (May 2009)

    Educational Background:

    • Northwestern University, B.S., with honors, 1978
    • Northwestern University, M.A., with honors
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    Office Location for Linda Imes

    51 Madison Ave
    25th Floor
    New York, NY 10010

    Phone: 212-213-6659

    Fax: 212-213-0849

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    Last Updated: 3/17/2021

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