Hope C. Lefeber

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Hope C. Lefeber, LLC
 | Two Penn Center, 1500 JFK Boulevard; Suite 1205
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 610-668-7927
Fax: 610-668-7929
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2015, 2017 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (80%),
  • Criminal Defense (20%)
Attorney Profile

Hope Lefeber is an aggressive criminal defense lawyer who brings more than three decades of experience in federal criminal defense matters to work in vigorously defending her clients against the government.  Honored as one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by The National Trial Lawyers," Ms. Lefeber has a national reputation as one of the top federal criminal defense lawyers.  She represents individuals and corporations accused of fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, securities violations, health care fraud, tax fraud, mortgage fraud, conspiracy, racketeering, internet crimes and drug offenses and appeals. As a former enforcement attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Ms. Lefeber knows how to prepare the best defense and leaves no stone unturned in fighting for her clients' constitutional rights at every stage of the case.  Ms. Lefeber has won numerous acquittals in federal court because of her unique approach and strategy.  She has a reputation for achieving the best results and personally handles every case from start to finish.

Ms. Lefeber's clients include, lawyers, doctors, Fortune 500 company executives, university professors, businessmen and women, engineers, securities traders, educators, corporations and people from all walks of life who have been charged or investigated by the government.  She is experienced in defending cases under investigation by numerous agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation("FBI"), Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"), Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA"), United States Securities & Exchange Commission ("SEC"), Environmental Protection Agencey ("EPA"), United States Postal Inspection Service ("USPS"), Office of Inspector General ("OIG"), Department of Homeland Security ("DHS"), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms ("ATF"), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") and the Office of the Attorney General of Pennsylvania.

Among Ms. Lefeber's recent notable cases is her successful defense of a world-renowned university professor who was charged with a $700,000 wire fraud in connection with federal grants from NASA.  This case involved numerous complex legal issues relating to the performance and fulfillment of federal grants.  Following a jury trial, the professor was acquitted on numerous counts of the Indictment and, because of Ms. Lefeber's extraordinary and vigorous defense, the amount of loss was reduced to $73,000.  The trial judge noted that it was the result of the exemplary quality of Ms. Lefeber's trial strategy and written motions and briefs that the defendant had his exposure so drastically reduced.  The Judge further noted that he considers Ms. Lefeber to be "preeminent" and among the best criminal defense lawyers in Philadelphia.   

In another recent important case, Ms. Lefeber's client, Wilbur Ross was found not guilty on all charges by a federal jury in a money laundering, tax structuring and wire fraud case.  This case involved ar least 40 wiretapped conversations, an informant and complex issues regarding tax structuring and money laundering.  Ms. Lefeber's devastating cross-examination of the government's expert from the U.S. Department of the Treasury ("FINRA") caused the expert to admit to the jury that the defendant's actions did not constitute a crime.  The jury found Mr. Ross NOT GUILTY on all counts.

Recently, in a complex case involving securities fraud, wire fraud and money laundering, where Ms. Lefeber's client pled guilty to a $1.5 million scheme to defraud investors worldwide, and was facing 8 years imprisonment, Ms. Lefeber's client was sentenced to serve only 10 months in prison.  Ms. Lefeber put on extensive mitigation testimony and video at sentencing in order to achieve this remarkable result.

In addition, Ms. Lefeber’s representation of  Jacqueline McCusker, a woman who was charged in a $14.4 million dollar mortgage fraud and money laundering scheme, resulted in a sentence of probation despite the government's arguments for a 10 year sentence.  In granting Ms. Lefeber's plea for a probationary sentence, Judge McLaughlin acknowledged the novel arguments of "first impression" that Ms. Lefeber raised and denied virtually all of the sentencing enhancements that the government sought.  Judge McLaughlin further recognized the vigorous defense presented by Ms. Lefeber and held that the government failed to prove its case regarding the amount of loss. As a result of  Ms. Lefeber's trial strategy and comprehensive attack on the government's theories of loss, Ms. Lefeber was able to achieve this extraordinary victory for her client.

Ms. Lefeber prides herself on her intense preparation, her strong courtroom presence and her vast knowledge of federal criminal law. She works tirelessly for her clients and is always accessible to them.  Over thirty years of practicing federal criminal law, Ms. Lefeber has developed trust and respect amongst prosecutors, Judges and the criminal bar.  These relationships enable her to navigate through the difficult path of a federal criminal case to achieve the best results for her clients.

 Ms. Lefeber attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in honors economics. She went on to receive her Juris Doctor from the Rutgers School of Law-Camden. She is admitted to practice before multiple federal district courts and federal circuit courts of appeal, as well as the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as a member of its invitation-only Top 100 Trial Lawyers organization, and the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys as one of the Top Ten Criminal Defense Attorneys in Pennsylvania, Ms. Lefeber is a member of several associations, including the Criminal Law Committee of the Federal Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Montgomery Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In addition to publishing multiple legal articles, she lectures on federal criminal law and has offered her insight on television news programs.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: White Collar (80%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Criminal Defense (20%): Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Tax Evasion

Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Tax Evasion


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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2015, 2017 - 2018

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About Hope Lefeber

Admitted: 1979, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: http://www.hopelefeber.com/attorney/


  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - National Trial Lawyers Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Pennsylvania; Ten Best Criminal Defense Lawyers for Client Satisfaction 2016 - American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys; National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys; Global Who's Who of Women Professionals, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2014

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1979
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers ("NACDL")
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2003
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1979
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1979
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, United States District Court For the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Historical Society, 2009
  • Federal Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member of Federal Court Criminal Justice Act Panel, 1981

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Forfeiture & Restitution In Federal Criminal Law, Lecturer at Federal Defender's Association Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. 2014 Federal Criminal Sentencing Guidelines, Lecturer, Law Review CLE, Philadelphia, PA, 2011, Lecturer, 2014


  • United States v. Yujie Ding, Estern District of Pennsylvania 15-00035., 2015
  • United States v. Jacqueline McCusker.  E.D. Pa. 2014.  Crim. No 09-771.  The defendant was charged in a $14.4 million dollar mortgage fraud and money laundering conspiracy.  Ms. Lefeber's cross-examination at trial resulted in a finding by Judge Mary McLaughlin that the government failed to prove its case as to loss and the loss amount was reduced to below $400,000.  Nonetheless, the government sought a sentence of 10 years imprisonment for Ms. Lefeber's client. Ms. Lefeber challenged each and every sentencing enhancement, raised some issues of first impression.  The client received a sentence of probation.
  • United States v. Wilbur Ross, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Crim. No 12-285
  • McCabe v. McCabe, 575 A. 2d 87, Supreme Ct. 1990
  • United States v. Donald Fetzner, 126 Fed. Appz 580, 3rd Cir. 2005
  • United States v. Joseph Pungitore, 910 F. 1084, 3rd Cir. 2005
  • United States v. Manny Baker, 221 F. 2d 438, 3rd Cir. 2000
  • United States v. Thomas Chau, 293 F. 3d 96, 3rd Cir. 2002
  • United States v. Thomas Chau, 293 F. 3d 96, 3rd Cir. 2002
  • United States v. William Beith, 407 F. 3d 881, 7th Cir. 2005
  • United States v. Harold Ford, 618 F. Supp 368, E.D. Pa., 2009

Representative Clients:

  • Health Care Technologist charged with health care fraud; Businessman charged with mail and insurance fraud; Engineer charged with false statements; Online Businessman investigated for wire fraud; Venture Capitalist charged with securities violations; Businessman charged With RICO; Business Consultant charged With securities law violations


Educational Background:

  • Rutgers Law School, J.D., 1979
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A. Honors Economics, Magna Cum Laude – Philadelphia, 1976
Office Location for Hope C. Lefeber

Two Penn Center
1500 JFK Boulevard; Suite 1205
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone: 610-668-7927

Fax: 610-668-7929


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Last Updated: 5/14/2018

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