Arthur L. Aidala

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in New York, New York

Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins, P.C.
Arthur L. Aidala
Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins, P.C.

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation view more

Licensed in New York since: 1992

Education: The City University of New York School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Italian

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2018, 2021 - 2024

Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins, P.C.

546 Fifth Avenue
6th Floor
New York, NY 10036 Phone: 212-486-0011 Email: Arthur L. Aidala Visit website


In his capacity as the managing partner of the Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins, PC law firm, Arthur Aidala oversees every aspect of the practice, including all of the criminal cases, civil litigation, and corporate matters. 

Mr. Aidala has more than twenty-five years experience in the area of criminal law. He has represented hundreds of privately retained clients in both Federal and State courts in jurisdictions throughout the country. He has handled complicated matters on behalf of his clients involving all aspects of white collar crime, including allegations of securities fraud, accounting and bank fraud, RICO violations, bribery, bid-rigging, extortion, and embezzlement. Individuals, corporations and companies of varied sizes have retained Mr. Aidala regarding investigations and prosecutions by the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Among the highlights of his trial cases are:

  • Successful defense of NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor in Federal Court 
  • Obtaining a full acquittal of William Rapetti in the New York City crane collapse case 
  • Securing a mistrial of real estate developer Abe Hirshfeld in his “Murder for Hire” case. 

In addition to his trial work, Mr. Aidala has handled appeals in the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the New York State Appellate Division for the 1st and 2nd Departments.

Since 2012, his peers have acknowledged Mr. Aidala as one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the New York Metropolitan area, as reported in Super Lawyers Magazine.

On-air Television and Radio Legal Analyst

Mr. Aidala has appeared on every show of the two FOX channels on a regular basis, analyzing the most current and compelling cases in our nation. He reported regularly on the shooting and riots in Ferguson, Missouri, the Baltimore police officer trial and the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing. He was chosen as the attorney to be live on the air for the verdicts in the prosecutions of Michael Jackson, O.J. Simpson, Casey Anthony, Jerry Sandusky, and Jodi Arias, amongst others. Mr. Aidala also reported live on decisions by the United States Supreme Court as they were handed down, such as the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, Second Amendment rights and same-sex marriage.

Mr. Aidala’s legal commentary can often be heard on the radio as well as television. He has been a recurrent guest on the Imus in the Morning Show, the Joe Piscopo Show, the Geraldo Rivera show, the John Gambling show, the Bernie and Sid and ‘Radio Night Live’ with Kevin McCullough to name a few.

Mr. Aidala hosts a daily 6PM local radio show on AM970 The Answer.  The Arthur Aidala Power Hour radio show blends Arthur’s courtroom experiences with his perspective as a lifetime New Yorker riding the subways, eating at our local restaurants, enjoying the theater, sports events, and more. The show is a mix of timely news and current events from a legal perspective. Arthur combines compelling discussions with high-profile guests and everyday folks calling in, and a round-up of discussions on various topics from tri-state politics, New York City lifestyle and entertainment, health, wellness, and more. 


Kings County District Attorneys Office,  Senior Assistant District Attorney

Mr. Aidala tried dozens of felony cases to verdict during the most crime-ridden period in New York City’s history. After swiftly advancing through the ranks of the Office, Mr. Aidala was promoted to a senior trial attorney after only two years as a prosecutor. He convicted some of the most heinous criminals on the streets of New York for crimes such as rape, robbery, burglary, gun possession, drug sales, and murder. Mr. Aidala also secured the first murder conviction under a new state statute whereby the defendant was sentenced to prison for life without the possibility of parole.

In addition to perfecting and arguing appeals at the Appellate Division for the Office, he was a Bureau Supervisor in the Investigations and Intake Bureaus.



  • United States Supreme Court, Sponsored by Justice Antonin Scalia


  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District


  • New York State Bar
  • New Jersey State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, New Jersey

1992  Juris Doctor  City University of New York School of Law

1990  Siena, Italy  Constitutional Law Seminar with Justice Antonin Scalia

1989  B.A. State University of New York at Purchase


Legal Affiliations

  • Brooklyn Bar Association, Past President, Member of Board of Directors
  • Columbian Lawyers Association, First Judicial Department, Past President
  • American Bar Association, Former Member House of Delegates
  • New York State Bar Association, Member House of Delegates
  • Kings County Criminal Bar Association, Secretary
  • National Italian American Foundation
  • National Italian American Bar Association
  • New York Criminal Bar Association
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild
  • Columbian Lawyers Association of Kings County
  • Kings County District Attorney Alumni Association
  • Bay Ridge Lawyers Association


Awards and Acknowledgments

  • United States Congress
  • New York State Senate
  • New York State Assembly
  • New York City Council
  • Greater N.Y. Council of the Boy Scouts of America
  • Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
  • Columbian Lawyers Association
  • Federation of Italian American Organizations
  • American Italian Coalition of Organizations
  • DROR Jewish Association
  • Guild for Exceptional Children
  • Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club

Academic Speaking Engagements

  • Justice Antonin Scalia, His Life and the Law

– Quinnipiac University School of Law

  • A Judge’s Life with Justice Samuel Alito and Judge Andrew Napolitano

– Brooklyn Bar Association

  • Criminal Law Seminar with Professor Alan Dershowitz

– Harvard Law School

  • Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts with Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner

– Brooklyn Bar Association

  • Media and the Law, Handling the High Profile Case with Geraldo Rivera

– Columbian Lawyers Association

  • Polygraphs and Their Use in Criminal Proceedings

– Kings County Criminal Bar Association

  • Trial Advocacy and the Art of Cross Examination

– Fordham Law School

– Brooklyn Law School

– St. John University School of Law

– John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Mr. Aidala is married and has two sons and resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, 2012 – 2023
  • Lawyers of Distinction, 2023


Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Real Estate: Consumer

First Admitted: 1992, New York

Professional Webpage:

Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Obtained a full acquittal of William Rapetti in the New York City crane collapse case 
  • Master of Defense, Cranes New York Business
  • Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2018, Managing Partner
  • New Go to Lawyer for Those in Big Trouble, Cranes New York Business
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Harvard Law School - Criminal Law Tactics and Ethics, Guest Lecturer
  • All Stars of the Courtroom Forum – St. Thomas University School of Law, Guest Lecturer, All Stars of the Courtroom Forum, Law, 2019
  • St. John's University School of Law - Trial Advocacy, Guest Lecturer
  • Brooklyn Law School - Trial Advocary, Guest Lecturer
  • Fordham University School of Law - Trial Advocacy, Guest Lecturer
Bar/Professional Activity:
Educational Background:
  • Juris Doctor - City University of New York School of Law 1992, 1992
  • Constitutional Law Seminar with Justice Antonin Scalia - Siena, Italy , 1990
  • B.A. - State University of New York, College of Purchase, 1989, 1989
Representative Clients:
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • The Christian J. Santo Legacy Foundation, Inc.The mission of the Christian J. Santo Legacy Foundation, Inc. is to provide financial assistance to those in need for education, health and sports related purposes. Our members hand pick recipients who we believe will not only benefit from, but prosper in their lives with the financial assistance we deliver.  General Counsel, 2022

Office location for Arthur L. Aidala

546 Fifth Avenue
6th Floor
New York, NY 10036


11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2018, 2021 - 2024

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