Vinoo Varghese

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in New York, NY

Varghese & Associates
 | 2 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005
Phone: 646-835-0116
Fax: 646-292-5169
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2001
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (70%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Vinoo Varghese, the founding partner of Manhattan based Varghese & Associates P.C., began his prestigious 20-year career as a prosecutor.  With pinpoint precision, Mr. Varghese’s firm successfully represents those charged in federal courts across the country and throughout New York State. 

As managing and senior trial attorney, Mr. Varghese vigorously and aggressively represents individuals and companies in all types of criminal cases, including those charged with white-collar crimes, state felonies and misdemeanors, criminal appeals, internal corporate investigations, and asset-forfeiture matters. 

Mr. Varghese gained national recognition for his frequent legal commentary on various media outlets such as CBS News, Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.  He provides analysis for various international news channels including CTV, ZDF, i24, and TRTWorld. He published a New York Post op-ed on O.J. Simpson’s parole release.  Fortune, Money, and Bloomberg Businessweek have all featured him. Mr. Varghese has been quoted multiple times in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the New York Law Journal, Law 360, and has been interviewed on numerous local television news programs, including NY1, Fox5NY, WABC, WCBS, and WNBC.  

Well respected among his peers, Mr. Varghese has been selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list every year since 2015.  He has been rated a Martindale AV Preeminent Rated 5.0 Star Attorney since 2017 and has been on the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 list consistently since 2014.  Additionally, earlier in his career, Mr. Varghese was named a New York Law Journal Rising Star honoree. 

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. He has presented continuing legal education programs for the New York Law Journal on white collar criminal sentencing, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for the New York Chapter for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and on Internal Investigations for Thomson Reuters.  His efforts include 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 Sciences students. He has also taught clinical students from Brooklyn Law School and Hofstra School of Law.  

 
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, Murder, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, 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, Murder, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019

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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
  • 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, AV Preeminent® 5.0 Rating, Martindale, 2018
  • 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. 5.0 Rating., AV Preeminent® 5.0 Rating, Martindale, 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • NAPABA's Best Lawyers Under 40, 2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • Southern District of New York
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Northern District of New York
  • Western District of New York
  • Western District of Pennsylvania
  • District of Connecticut
  • District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for D.C.
  • Northern District of Texas
  • Eastern District of Texas
  • Southern District of Texas
  • Western District of Texas
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Western District of Oklahoma
  • District of Colorado
  • North American South Asian Bar Association, Former board member
  • 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
  • New York County Lawyers' Association, Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee, 2007-2011
  • South Asian Bar Association of New York, Former board member
  • Asian American Bar Association of New York, Board of Directors, 2010-2014
  • North American South Asian Bar Association, Criminal Justice Committee co-chair
  • 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: 6/18/2019

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