Joseph Tacopina

Top rated White Collar Crimes attorney in New York, New York

Tacopina, Seigel & DeOreo
Joseph Tacopina
Tacopina, Seigel & DeOreo

Practice Areas: White Collar Crimes, Criminal Defense, Business Litigation; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1992

Education: Quinnipiac University School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Italian

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2008, 2012 - 2013, 2016 - 2023

Tacopina, Seigel & DeOreo

275 Madison Ave
35 FL
New York, NY 10016 Visit website


Attorney Joseph Tacopina is senior partner with the Tacopina, Seigel & DeOreo law firm in New York, New York, and he serves as the firm's lead trial counsel. Nationally recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in the country, Mr. Tacopina has achieved unprecedented success fighting for the rights and liberties of those accused of a wide range of felony and misdemeanor offenses.

In addition to handling all areas of criminal and white collar criminal defense, Mr. Tacopina has extensive experience dealing with personal injury claims and employment litigation arising from workplace sexual harassment, discrimination and other serious matters. He also routinely handles a variety of civil litigation cases, and he has become known for his impassioned advocacy and aggressive approach to helping his clients obtain the favorable outcomes they seek efficiently and cost-effectively.

Honored for his remarkable professionalism and outstanding client service, Mr. Tacopina is AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell. He has also won several awards, including the National Italian American Bar Association’s Man of the Year recognition, the Man of the Year award from the New York State Commission for Social Justice and the Humanitarian of the Year award by The National Action Network.

Furthermore, he has received endorsements from a broad range of high-profile celebrities and public figures, and he regularly appears on various news outlets, where he offers in-depth legal commentary on a variety of topics.

A 1988 graduate of Skidmore College, Mr. Tacopina obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1991 from the University of Bridgeport Law School (now Quinnipiac University School of Law). He holds his license to practice in Connecticut and New York, and he is admitted to practice before all U.S. District Courts in New York as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Districts of New Jersey and Connecticut.

Mr. Tacopina is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and its committee on federal legislation as well as the Judicial Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is also active in other legal organizations, and he has served on the faculty at Harvard Law School.

*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 Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense: White Collar, Criminal Defense, Business Litigation, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault, Assault & Battery, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Criminal Law - Federal, Debt, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Trucking Accidents, White Collar Crime, Wrongful Death

  • 50% Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 30% Criminal Defense
  • 10% Business Litigation
  • 10% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1992, New York

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Federal Bar Council, Member
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Coordinator at Large, Legislative Committee
  • Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney, 1991 to 1994
  • New York State Court Officers Association, Of Counsel
  • Judicial Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Member
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, Committee on Federal Legislation
White Papers:
  • Contributor (Chapter 13) to Take The Witness: The Experts Speak on Cross Examination.  This volume is designed for educating lawyers who are starting their trial practice and by suggesting to seasoned ones more effective approaches., Take The Witness: The Experts Speak on Cross Examination
  • Tacopina, guest columnist for the NYDaily News, weighs in on the DA's investigation into Greg Kelly for allegedly raping a young intoxicated woman, Daily News, Guest Columnist, 2012
  • Meek Mill Appeals House Arrest—LET ME RAP, JUDGE!!! , 2016
  • Judge dismisses $17M fraud case against Putnam stockbroker, 2017
  • Maroon 5 Bassist Michael Madden granted conditional dismissal of all drug-related charges, 2016
  • Miss Honduras Pageant Re-Crowns Her After Legal Threat, 2016
  • People v. Lillo Brancato - Bronx Tale actor is acquitted of murder (Bronx County, NY); People v. Aristotle Plagianakos - teen acquitted of charges involving a tragic accident on jetskis resulting in a death. (Kings County, NY); People v. Hiram Monserrate - State Senator is acquitted of felony charges. (Queens County, NY); People v. Kenneth Moreno - NYPD veteran cop acquitted of rape and burglary (New York County, NY); 7.4 Million Dollar Verdict - A Jury slammed the Excelsior apartment complex in Hackensack with a $7.4 million judgment finding that an underage man was allowed to drink at a party there before causing a car crash that severely injured a prominent cardiologist, 2011
  • Pet shop owner facing animal cruelty hires celebrity lawyer, 2016
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Recently, The New York State Commission for Social Justice, the anti-defamation arm of the Order Sons of Italy in America awarded Tacopina The Man of the Year for his achievements, and contributions to society, 2017
  • Billboard’s Top Most Influential People in Hip Hop, 2018
  • Humanitarian of the Year by The National Action Network, 2019
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • Rated by Super Lawyers
  • Man of the Year award by New York State’s Commission for Social Justice, 2019
  • The Italian Tribune Columbus Day Executive Board awarded Tacopina the prestigious Christopher Columbus/Publisher’s Award, which has been conferred upon many prominent individuals of Italian heritage for over 40 years. Past honoree’s include President Ronald Reagan, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Joe DiMaggio, among other greats, Christopher Columbus/Publisher's Award, Italian Tribune, 2011
  • President's Award for Service & Humanitarian Efforts, 2019, The National Action Network, 2019
  • Man of the Year Award, Awarded by the National Italian American Bar Association as a "Distinguished Member of the Community"., 2005
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Discussed topics and shared invaluable strategies associated with courtroom trials, All-Stars of the Courtroom Forum, St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami Gardens, FL, 2019
  • Presentations for members of the New York State Bar Association, National Council of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Federal Bar Council
  • Law in the limelight: A career of high-profile cases, Sacred Heart University, Department of Management, 01/29/2020, Law in the limelight: A career of high-profile cases, Sacred Heart University, Department of Management, 2020
  • Faculty, Harvard Law School, Trial Advocacy Workshop, Faculty, Harvard Law School Winter 2020 Trial Advocacy Workshop, Harvard Law School, 2020

Office location for Joseph Tacopina

275 Madison Ave
35 FL
New York, NY 10016

Phone: 212-227-8877


13 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2008, 2012 - 2013, 2016 - 2023

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