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
Fax: 646-292-5169
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2001
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (70%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
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 five 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.

Mr. Varghese is frequently requested to share his law expertise by various media outlets. He has given the professional perspective of a criminal defense attorney on news outlets such as CBS News, Fox News, and HLN.

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. In 2017 Varghese published an op-ed in the New York Post about O.J. Simpson’s parole release and was featured in Fortune, Money, and Bloomberg Businessweek. Varghese 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.

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. Since 2014, Mr. Varghese has acted as an alumni mentor to NYU College of Arts and Science students. 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, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2018

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About Vinoo Varghese

Admitted: 2001, New York

Professional Webpage: http://vargheselaw.com/about-us/vinoo-p-varghese/

Honors/Awards:

  • 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
  • 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, 2017
  • NAPABA's Best Lawyers Under 40, 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2014

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • Eastern District of New York
  • District of Columbia Circuit
  • North American South Asian Bar Association, Former board member
  • Eastern District of Texas
  • 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
  • Southern District of Texas
  • District of Colorado
  • Southern District of New York
  • District of Connecticut
  • New York County Lawyers' Association, Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee, 2007-2011
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • South Asian Bar Association of New York, Former board member
  • Western District of Oklahoma
  • Northern District of New York
  • Western District of New York
  • Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Asian American Bar Association of New York, Board of Directors, 2010-2014
  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for D.C.
  • North American South Asian Bar Association, Criminal Justice Committee co-chair
  • Northern District of Texas
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lecturer, Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, Cardozo Law School (2011-2014), Lecturer, Faculty, Cardozo Law School's ITAP
  • 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
  • Best Practices for Responding to Possible Violations - Reporting and Remediating Misconduct, West LegalEd Center And Thomson Reuters, Panelist, 2013
  • Presentation on recent Second Circuit sentencing trends, Presenter, The White Collar Crime Landscape, New York Law Journal, 2013
  • 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
  • — 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

Verdicts/Settlements:

Representative Clients:

  • 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
  • Construction company owner Tomas Olazabal charged with filing false tax returns, 2015
  • 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:

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

2 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005

Phone: 646-835-0116

Fax: 646-292-5169

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Last Updated: 10/26/2018

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