Richard D. Willstatter

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in White Plains, NY

Green & Willstatter
 | 200 Mamaroneck Ave Ste 605, White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: 914-948-5656
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%),
  • Appellate (20%)
Attorney Profile

A co-founder of Green & Willstatter, Richard D. Willstatter is a highly regarded criminal defense attorney. From the firm's office in White Plains, New York, he represents New York City metropolitan area residents who have been charged with federal or state offenses such as securities fraud and other white collar crimes, domestic violence, drug possession and trafficking, and driving under the influence. Among his successes on behalf of his clients is a reversal on appeal of a $100 million RICO verdict.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Willstatter attended Dickinson College where he majored in political science and received a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in 1977. He then enrolled at Duke University School of Law, graduating with his Juris Doctor in 1980. Mr. Willstatter was a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society in New York City before co-founding his firm in 1989. Admitted to practice in New York, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 4th Circuits.

Mr. Willstatter is a past president of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and remains active in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is frequently asked to deliver presentations at continuing legal education seminars on topics such as fingerprint evidence and cross-examinations. Highly regarded by his fellow attorneys, Mr. Willstatter has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. He has also written several articles for Atticus, the quarterly publication of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Traffic Violations

Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%): White Collar Crime

Appellate (20%)

Focus Areas

Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Traffic Violations, White Collar Crime


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Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2018

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About Richard Willstatter

Admitted: 1981, New York

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Federal Bar Council, 2010-present
  • New York Council of Defense Lawyers, 2012-present
  • Westchester County Bar Association, Member, 1990-present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 1992 to present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Vice Chair, 2nd Circuit Amicus Curiae Committee, 2002-present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member since 1990
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Chair, Amicus Committee, 2004-2011
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President, 2012-13 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1981
  • New York, 1981

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “Supreme Court Updates,” Atticus, Summer 2013
  • “What must you do if you are relieved as counsel?”, Atticus, Summer 2011
  • “The Federal Criminal Mental Competency System”, The Champion, June, 2006
  • “Habeas Corpus Challenges to the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ New Policy on CCC Placement”, The Mouthpiece, NYSACDL Newsletter, May/June, 2004
  • “Dealing with Fingerprint Evidence: Confronting the Prosecutor’s Evidence and Creating Your Own”, The Mouthpiece, NYSACDL Newsletter, January/February, 2003


  • People v. Marc D., 12 Misc. 3d 130A; 819 N.Y.S.2d 212 (App. Term. 2d Dept. 2006)
  • People v. Donald Greaves, 1 A.D.3d 979, 767 NYS2d 530 (4th Dept. 2003)
  • United States v. Zagari, 111 F.3d 307, 522 U.S. 988, 118 S.Ct. 455 (2d Cir. 1997)
  • United States v. Guevara, 277 F.3d 111, 298 F.3d 124, 123 S.Ct. 1613 (2d Cir. 2001)
  • United States v. Fuller, 332 F.3d 60 (2d Cir. 2003)
  • Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics v. Mutual of America, 2003 U.S. Dist. Lexis 16094 (S.D.N.Y. 2003)
  • United States v. Oskowitz, 294 F.Supp.379 (E.D.N.Y. 2003)
  • Zucker v. Menifee, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 724 (S.D.N.Y. 2004)
  • United States v. Zakhary, 357 F.3d 186 (2d Cir. 2004)
  • Bank of China, New York Branch v. NBM, et. al, 359 F.3d 171 (2d Cir. 2004) (cert. dismissed, 126 S.Ct. 675 2003 )

Educational Background:

  • Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, B.A. in Political Science, Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Office Location for Richard D. Willstatter

200 Mamaroneck Ave Ste 605
White Plains, NY 10601

Phone: 914-948-5656

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Last Updated: 3/23/2018

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