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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: 646-475-3627
Fax: 646-292-5169
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021
Licensed in New York Since: 2001
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense: White Collar (70%), Criminal Defense (30%)
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Attorney Profile

As one of the nation’s top white collar and criminal defense attorneys, former prosecutor Vinoo Varghese takes on trials and appeals other lawyers won’t—and wins. Yet, he prides himself on the fact that he has repeatedly convinced prosecutors to end cases against his clients without charges or gaining public attention, allowing those he defends to resume their lives.


Varghese is a visiting faculty member at Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop. He is a member of the Forbes Business Council and the Entrepreneurs Organization. Varghese has been included on The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 list for eight consecutive years. He has been
named a Super Lawyer for the past seven years and Martindale-Hubbell has rated him AV Preeminent for five straight years. Earlier in Varghese’s career, the New York Law Journal recognized him as a Rising Star.


The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Law Journal, and Law360 have quoted Varghese multiple times for his vigorous advocacy of clients. In addition, multiple newspapers have published his op-eds highlighting prosecutorial quandaries in the cases of O.J. Simpson, George Floyd, and the Central Park “Karen.” In an op-ed published on March 21, 2020, Varghese challenged then Governor Cuomo’s failure to include criminal defense attorneys as “essential workers.” The next day criminal defense lawyers were deemed “essential.”


Known as one of the nation’s foremost white collar and criminal legal experts, Varghese is a regular guest commentator on cable networks ranging from FOX to CNN, and international networks from BBC to Sky News Arabia. His expert status led Vanity Fair to have him fact check Hollywood scenes from The Wolf of Wall Street to Billions. Varghese graduated from Brooklyn Law School, New York University, and Chaminade

High School. In 2000, Varghese began his career as a prosecutor and in 2006, he founded Varghese & Associates, P.C., a white-collar and criminal defense firm dedicated to helping clients across America resume their lives.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 30%Criminal Defense
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

7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021

About Vinoo Varghese

First Admitted: 2001, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.vargheselaw.com/vinoo-varghese-principal-attorne...

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

Educational Background

  • Chaminade High School, 1990
  • B.A. Philosophy, New York University, 1996
  • Brooklyn Law School, 2000

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

Verdicts/Settlements

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

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
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Office Location for Vinoo Varghese

2 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005

Phone: 646-475-3627

Fax: 646-292-5169

Last Updated: 12/27/2021

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