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Paul R. Grand is a leading white collar criminal defense attorney with extensive experience handling complex criminal and civil matters in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the country, including in the United States Supreme Court. Paul received the New York Council of Defense Lawyers’ Norman Ostrow Award in 1993 for significant contribution to the defense function. He has been named a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys. Paul has also been recognized in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar by U.S. News - Best Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. Who’s Who Legal – The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers has listed Paul among the world's leading business crime defense lawyers and has heralded his "fantastic reputation." He is also listed in New York Magazine – The New York Area’s Best Lawyers and Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers.
As an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York he became Chief of its Securities Frauds Unit. He was a founding partner of Grand & Ostrow, a Morvillo Abramowitz predecessor, and became a principal of Morvillo Abramowitz in 1989.
Most recently, Paul represented Anil Kumar, a key witness in the trial of Raj Rajaratnam, and successfully argued for a sentence of probation. He successfully defended Afshin Mohebbi, the former President of Qwest Communications International, Inc. in SEC v. Nacchio, et al. in the District of Colorado. He also defended Timothy Rigas, the former Chief Financial Officer of Adelphia Communications Corporation in U.S. v. Rigas, et al. in the Southern District of New York.
Paul is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a former director of the Federal Bar Council and of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. Paul has served as chairman of the Magistrates Selection Panel for the Southern District of New York. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Criminal Justice, White Collar Crime, and Litigation Sections), the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. He speaks frequently on various topics related to white collar criminal cases.