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Elkan Abramowitz is a leading white collar criminal defense lawyer experienced in handling civil and criminal matters in state and federal court for individual and corporate clients. He has built his career as a trial lawyer representing prestigious clients fallen into high stakes personal and professional crises both in and outside the courtroom. Elkan is the recipient of the 1999 Milton S. Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy presented by the Office of the Appellate Defender. Recently, Elkan received the New York Law Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also selected by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business to receive its Lifetime Achievement Award and has been named a leading lawyer by Chambers USA in the area of Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations every year since Chambers’ 2003 launch in the United States and described as “an unquestioned dean of the field … with a potent combination of experience, intelligence and composure.” In addition, Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys awarded him “Trial Lawyer of the Year” as well as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer in America,” a “Top 10 Practitioner,” and a “Litigation Star” in the area of White-Collar Crime/Enforcement/Investigations. Elkan is listed as a “Leading Lawyer” and a “Leading Trial Lawyer” in White Collar Criminal Defense by The Legal 500 United States. Elkan was named a “Trial Ace” by Law360, and a “White Collar Crime Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal. He is recognized by Best Lawyers in America in Bet-the-Company Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar. In addition, Who’s Who Legal – The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers named Elkan one of 8 “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” as well as a leading business crime defense lawyer. “Sources describe him as a ‘towering figure’ in the legal market and ‘cannot recommend him highly enough.’” Elkan is a “‘superb strategist and tactician’ who has represented a host of well-known individuals and corporates over the course of his ‘illustrious career’ to date.” He is also recognized in Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers and named to its Top 100 list. In 2008, he was honored with the New York Council of Defense Lawyers’ Norman S. Ostrow award for the defense of liberty and the preservation of individual rights.
Elkan became a principal at a predecessor firm to Morvillo Abramowitz in 1979. He was appointed Special Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Investigation for the City of New York in 1990 to investigate a stock transfer by Mayor David Dinkins to his son. He served as counsel to the Special Master in the garment center antitrust case in 1992. Elkan has also served as Assistant Deputy Mayor for the City of New York, as a Special Counsel to the Select Committee on Crime for the U.S. House of Representatives, and as the Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a former director of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. He is also a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations, the New York City Bar Association (past member of the Criminal Law, Federal Courts, Ethics, and Judiciary Committees), and the Federal Bar Council. Elkan is a co-author of both “Corporate Sentencing Under the Federal Guidelines,” a chapter in the treatise White Collar Crime: Business and Regulatory Offense, and the “White Collar Crime” column in the New York Law Journal.