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Stephen M. Juris has represented individuals and organizations in a wide variety of civil, criminal, and administrative matters, including criminal and enforcement matters involving allegations of securities, commodities, tax, accounting, insurance, and mail fraud; investigations by regulators into broker-dealer trading practices, alleged labor law violations, and the oversight of not-for-profit entities; civil RICO and other complex business litigation; investigations relating to enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and antitrust laws; bankruptcy-related litigation; and litigation regarding the structuring and sale of CDOs, asset-backed securities, and other complex financial products. He has represented individuals and entities in sophisticated commercial and appellate litigation in state and federal courts, and has also conducted internal investigations for corporate clients in a diverse range of industries.
Stephen was recognized as a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys. He also was recognized by The Legal 500 United States in its White Collar Criminal Defense category, which described Stephen as “extremely responsive and knowledgeable,” and by New York Super Lawyers as a New York Metro Super Lawyer and “Rising Star.”
After serving as law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Sweet, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, Stephen was associated with Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he concentrated principally on securities litigation, bankruptcy-related litigation, internal investigations, and litigation concerning complex accounting and financial matters.
Stephen is a member of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, the New York City Bar Association, the Federal Bar Council, the New York State Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and has been a contributor to the Business Crimes Bulletin, the New York Law Journal, Law360, and the Bloomberg Technology and Law Report. He also is a regular contributor to The Insider Blog on Forbes.com concerning matters relating to governmental investigations and securities enforcement. Stephen has spoken extensively on issues relating to federal criminal practice, regulatory enforcement, and corporate internal investigations, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on White Collar Criminal Litigation, that Association’s Hedge Fund and Capital Markets Litigation Committee, and the American Bar Association’s White Collar Crime Committee.
- A national bank as co-counsel in pending New York civil litigation arising from the third-largest hedge fund fraud in U.S. history;
- A Fortune 500 aerospace company in pending contract-related litigation in New York arising out of the return of a leased commercial jet aircraft;
- A former employee of a major investment bank in connection with multiple inquiries by federal, state, and congressional authorities regarding the structuring and sale of CDOs and structured credit products, in connection with which no charges or enforcement proceedings ultimately were brought against our client;
- An electronic trading facility in connection with CFTC and criminal investigations relating to alleged insider trading relating to the energy markets, in connection with which no charges or enforcement proceedings ultimately were brought against our client;
- A former commodities broker at a major investment bank regarding investigations by the CFTC and Manhattan District Attorney into energy trading activity, in connection with which no charges or enforcement proceedings ultimately were brought against our client;
- Multiple Section 524(g) asbestos personal injury trusts in connection with multidistrict bankruptcy and other litigation pending in New York, Delaware, and North Carolina, including In re Motors Liquidation Co., et al., f/k/a General Motors Corp., 09-50026 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.), In re Specialty Products Holding Corp., No. 10-11780 (Bankr. D. Del.), In re Garlock Sealing Techs. LLC, No. 10-31607 (Bankr. W.D.N.C.), and Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA v. Porter Hayden Co., 1:11-mc-00002 (D. Del.);
- A major New York real estate developer in connection with pending New York and French litigations relating to a prior representation in which all claims against the client were dismissed following extensive motion practice;
- Multiple individuals in connection with a civil investigation into the activities and assets of a not-for-profit entity by the Charities Bureau of the New York Office of the Attorney General, in connection with which no claims ultimately were asserted against our clients;
- A popular restaurant chain and its founder as litigation co-counsel in New York civil litigation involving fraudulent inducement and other claims brought by a celebrity chef, in connection with which all claims against our client were dismissed;
- A fixed income trader at a major broker-dealer in connection with investigations relating to the purchase and sale of collateralized loan obligations (CLOs);
- An internationally respected auction house in connection with multiple matters relating to foreign cultural patrimony laws and the enforcement of federal wildlife laws and regulations;
- The principal of a security technology company in connection with a Department of Justice investigation into alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA);
- An insurance broker in connection with a federal criminal investigation relating to the purchase and sale of stranger-initiated life insurance (STOLI) policies;
- A fine arts not-for-profit in connection with an internal investigation conducted by us on behalf of the client regarding the oversight and disposition of the not-for-profit’s assets;
- A senior Russian Federation governmental official regarding civil RICO and other claims brought in the Southern District of New York, in connection with which all claims against our client were dismissed;
- An employee of a U.S. subsidiary of a foreign automotive parts company in connection with an investigation by the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division into alleged domestic and foreign anticompetitive conduct;
- The former CEO of a Fortune 500 automotive parts supplier and private equity firm partner regarding a federal indictment charging him with securities and bank fraud, in connection with which the government ultimately dropped all charges against our client following extensive post-indictment advocacy;
- A public relations firm and its principal in connection with transnational litigation arising out of a business dispute in the Russian Federation;
- A senior elected official regarding the New York Attorney General’s “pay-to-play” investigation into the activities of placement agents, in connection with which the Attorney General’s office ultimately declined to take any action against our client;
- The former head of asset management at a major broker-dealer regarding an investigation by the New York Stock Exchange into alleged market manipulation and abusive trading practices, in connection with which no formal enforcement action ultimately was taken against our client;
- An employee of a major investment bank in connection with an investigation by the CFTC into unauthorized futures trading by a rogue futures trader, in connection with which no enforcement action ultimately was taken against our client;
- A French media company in commercial litigation regarding the acquisition of licensing rights to multiple television properties, in connection with which our client prevailed on the arguments presented in the New York portion of the litigation;
- A New York law firm and several of its key principals regarding civil RICO and other claims asserted in the Southern District of New York, in connection with which we secured dismissal of all claims asserted against our clients;
- A former New York Stock Exchange Specialist regarding securities fraud and other claims asserted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, in connection with which the client secured a favorable non-fraud settlement following a month-long administrative trial;
- A major insurance carrier in connection with insurance coverage litigation arising out of the September 11 World Trade Center terrorist attack, including appellate litigation before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit;
- An employee of a major investment bank regarding an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission into high-speed algorithmic trading, in connection with which no enforcement action was initiated against our client;
- An insurance broker in connection with investigations by the New York State Insurance Department and the Manhattan District Attorney relating to the alleged theft of insurance premiums;
- Multiple individuals and entities in connection with an investigation by the government into alleged violations of federal and state prevailing wage laws;
- The former CEO of a publicly-traded company in connection with an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission into alleged accounting violations, in connection with which no enforcement action ultimately was initiated against our client;
- A leading pharmaceutical company in connection with an internal investigation conducted by us on behalf of the client relating to intellectual property and potential trade secrets issues;
- The former Chief Accounting Officer of a Fortune 500 corporation in connection with accounting-related charges brought by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission; and
- Multiple individuals in connection with tax-related matters, including multiple matters involving participation in the IRS’s voluntary disclosure program and investigations by the Manhattan District Attorney into alleged evasion of sales and use tax in the purchase and sale of fine art and antiques.