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Brent M. Tunis

Brent M. Tunis


New York

Brent M. Tunis represents companies and individuals in complex civil litigation in federal and state courts, securities and regulatory enforcement actions, white-collar criminal defense matters, and appeals.  Brent has extensive experience litigating a wide range of civil and criminal matters.  His cases have involved allegations of securities fraud, wire fraud, breach of contract, employment discrimination, investment adviser fraud, and Bankruptcy Code violations. 

Brent is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Litigation Committee.  He is also a member of the UJA-Federation’s Young Lawyers Leadership Committee.  In 2019, Brent received the Pro Bono Publico Award from The Legal Aid Society for outstanding service to a pro bono client in connection with a criminal tax matter.

Before joining Morvillo Abramowitz, Brent practiced at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where he litigated several cases at the trial and appellate level in federal and state courts, and also participated in a cross-border bankruptcy trial. 

Brent received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2012, magna cum laude, where he was an Executive Editor of the American Criminal Law Review, elected to membership in The Order of the Coif honor society, and received three CALI Excellence for the Future Awards.  He received his B.A. from Georgetown University in 2009, summa cum laude, with honors in the Political Economy major.

Selected Representations:

  • Former Platinum Partners hedge fund employee charged by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and SEC in connection with allegations that fraudulent misrepresentations were made to investors. The criminal case was resolved with a deferred prosecution agreement, in which the government agreed to dismiss the indictment against the client with prejudice after expiration of a two-year deferral period.
  • Investment advisor firm in SEC investigation concerning the fees received from investing clients in certain mutual funds.
  • Public figure in affirmative litigation for breach of contract and defamation in connection with #MeToo-related matters.
  • Former corporate executive in connection with individual and class action claims for employment discrimination, and a criminal investigation conducted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
  • Founder and President of company charged by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York with securities fraud and wire fraud.
  • Investment advisor firm in SEC investigation into bank sweep programs.
  • Former bank employee in matter brought by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in connection with alleged use of confidential bank documents.