About Us

Serving our clients' most sensitive litigation needs – white collar defense, regulatory enforcement, business and securities litigation – since 1973.

Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC provides representation for White Collar Defense; Securities Enforcement, Regulatory & Government Investigations; and Civil Litigation on a scale that is unique in the U.S. legal market. As a litigation boutique we are best known for our unmatched depth of experience in white collar defense, securities enforcement, and regulatory matters. It is who we are and what we do.

An important part of the firm’s practice is sophisticated Civil Litigation for a diverse group of clients – both plaintiffs and defendants. Complex civil and commercial litigation disputes necessitate negotiating prowess and courtroom confidence. We have both.

Our lawyers litigate cases at all levels of the federal and state courts, in arbitration, and before government agencies, regulatory organizations and other tribunals. Our firm has an active trial docket, and our Partners have substantial trial experience. This ensures that our clients will receive the best possible representation at trial.

We have had notable success in convincing the government not to indict identified grand jury targets, thereby also helping individuals and corporations avoid criminal charges altogether. Where there is an indictment, we are often able to obtain favorable pretrial dispositions. Similarly, in civil disputes, our ability and willingness to try high-stakes cases often helps us achieve advantageous settlements without trial.

The firm also has broad experience conducting internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients and provides litigation-avoidance advice and other confidential legal counseling, often in highly sensitive contexts.

Our firm has a long history of dealing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the United States Department of Justice, state regulatory agencies, and state law enforcement officials. Many of our Partners have served as prosecutors and senior government advisors. These include positions in the Offices of the United States Attorneys for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York including two Chiefs of the Criminal Division, a Chief Appellate Attorney, and a Chief of the Securities Fraud Unit. Our ranks also include a former Regional Administrator of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Our reputation for excellence in the white collar arena enables us to attract high-qualified, talented Associates, most coming to us after serving as judicial law clerks or after obtaining experience at other prominent law firms. 

We pride ourselves on delivering what really matters: efficiently delivered results. We staff our matters leanly with highly focused, smart teams so that each member is fluent in all aspects of a representation. This consolidation of knowledge reduces fees by avoiding unnecessary duplication. We make a point of staffing our cases, whenever possible, with one actively engaged Partner and one Associate.

Our firm’s size promotes efficiencies and maximizes the service we provide to our clients. We are agile and able to quickly move the right talent to where specific expertise is needed. We are small enough to engage in a constant exchange of ideas and information, which permits the full breadth of the firm’s aggregate experience to be applied for the benefit of each client. And we are large enough to add lawyers at virtually any seniority level when the case warrants a larger team, or when the client so requests.

The firm’s Partners lecture regularly in a variety of continuing legal education and bar association programs, are active in the legal community, and serve in numerous capacities on judicial and bar association committees. Included among our ranks are the current president of the Federal Bar Council, a former vice president of the New York Women’s Bar Association, the current president of the New York County Lawyers' Association and the former chair of that association's Federal Courts Committee, a former chair of the Committee on Professional Responsibility for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the former chair of that association’s Committee on Professional Discipline.

Our lawyers contribute regularly to the New York Law Journal and other legal and business news publications. The firm’s blog, The Insider: White Collar Defense and Securities Enforcement, is hosted by Forbes.com. Our Partners have co-authored or edited treatises in the white collar field, and have co-authored the definitive two-volume treatise, Civil Practice in the Southern District of New York

Four of our Partners are Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers – one of the highest accolades that can be bestowed on a trial lawyer.