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One of the country’s leading securities regulation and enforcement and white collar defense attorneys, Lawrence Iason represents financial institutions, major corporations and their senior corporate officers, and prominent individuals in a wide variety of high-profile and complex white collar cases. He has successfully represented clients in investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Larry is an experienced trial attorney who has successfully represented clients at all stages of criminal and civil trials, in arbitrations and on appeal. He has also counseled corporate boards in connection with numerous issues, including corporate governance and accounting issues.
Larry's career has included both private practice and public service. He entered private practice in 1979 and became a principal at a predecessor firm to Morvillo Abramowitz in 1985. In 1988, Larry left the firm to head the Securities and Exchange Commission’s New York Regional Office where he supervised all enforcement and regulatory operations in the SEC's largest region. He returned to the firm in 1991. Larry also served as an Assistant Special Prosecutor in the Watergate Special Prosecution Force and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
From October 2012 to October 2013, Larry served as a member of the New York State White Collar Crime Task Force, to which he was appointed by the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York. The Task Force was charged with examining New York's anti-fraud and anti-corruption laws.
Larry is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the New York City, New York State and American Bar Associations, the Federal Bar Council, and the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. Securities Docket named Larry as one of its inaugural "Enforcement 40," a list of the forty top securities defense attorneys. He has been named a leading lawyer by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations. Larry has also been recognized by Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a “Litigation Star” in the area of White-Collar Crime/Enforcement/Investigations. The Legal 500 United States has recognized him in the area of Securities: Shareholder Litigation. Larry has been named under the areas of Criminal Defense: White Collar, Bet-the-Company Litigation, and Corporate Governance & Compliance Law by Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Who’s Who Legal – The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers has recognized Larry as a leading business crime defense lawyer and described him as “the cream of the crop for securities regulation and enforcement.” Larry has also been recognized in Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers.