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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. He has been named a leading lawyer by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in the area of Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations every year since 2008. Larry has also been recognized by Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a national and local litigation star and has been named under the areas of "Criminal Defense: White-Collar," "Bet-the-Company Litigation," and "Corporate Governance & Compliance Law" by Best Lawyers - New York Area. In October 2013, Larry was named by Securities Docket as one of its inaugural "Enforcement 40," a list of the forty top securities defense attorneys.