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Howard Tanner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in White Plains, NY

Tanner & Ortega, L.L.P.
175 Main St, Suite 800
White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: 914-358-5998
Fax: 212-962-1778
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
Licensed in New York Since: 1989
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (50%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%), Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%), Administrative Law (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Howard Tanner co-founded the well-known New York City law firm of Tanner & Ortega, L.L.P., in 1998. As the firm's managing partner, he focuses his practice on protecting the rights of individuals facing criminal charges in New York state. In addition to his criminal defense practice, he also represents clients in matters related to labor and administrative law.

Mr. Tanner began his legal career in 1990 after earning his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law and his approval to practice law in the state of New York. The following year, the state of New Jersey issued its approval for him to practice in its courtrooms, and he has represented clients from both states for the past 30 years.

Throughout Mr. Tanner's career, he has had a reputation as one of the country's leading criminal defense attorneys. In fact, he has appeared on all major television networks, and he served as a Court TV legal analyst. He has been featured on the front page of the Miami Herald, his cases detailed on 48 Hours featured and Dateline NBC and has been sought by national and local television, radio and newspaper programs for his expert commentary on trending cases.

Thanks to Mr. Tanner's excellent reputation as a skilled trial attorney and aggressive defense lawyer, he has earned a multitude of honors from the legal community. The National Trial Lawyers lists him among the country's top 100 attorneys for the past 7 years, and he has a "Superb" 5-star rating from Avvo. his firm, Tanner & Ortega has a stellar reputation as a trusted business by the Better Business Bureau.

Mr. Tanner is an active member of the legal community, thanks to his membership in numerous organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Federal bar Councel and others He is appointed to Criminal Justice Panel for the Southern District of New York as well as the Felony and Homicide Panels in Brooklyn, New York. 

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10%Administrative Law
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021

About Howard Tanner

First Admitted: 1989, New York

Professional Webpage:,-Managing-Pa...

Educational Background

  • University of Florida, Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, 1986

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Appeared on local cable news and radio stations such as NY1, News 12 Westchester, 1010 WINS and 880 WCBS
  • Featured on the front page of the Miami Herald
  • Appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX and Legal analyst on Court TV
  • Interviewed on Dateline NBC and his case featured on 48 Hours, Investigation Discovery Channel, Anderson Cooper Live
  • Frequently quoted in or interviewed by New York Times, New York Post, New York Daily News, Journal News, Miami Herald, Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinal, the Associated Press and The Chief-Leader

Bar/Professional Activity

  • District Court of New Jersey
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • New Jersey
  • Federal Courts for the Eastern District of New York
  • Kings County Criminal Bar Association, Member
  • New York
  • Federal Courts for the Southern District of New York
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal Bar Council, Westchester Committee
  • New York County Lawyers Association, Member
  • District of Columbia


  • , Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New York,, 2021
  • 5-star rating, Avvo, "Superb" Rating 10,, 2021
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Office Location for Howard Tanner

175 Main St
Suite 800
White Plains, NY 10601

Phone: 914-358-5998

Fax: 212-962-1778

Last Updated: 7/7/2021

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