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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

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WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Elkan Abramowitz is lauded as a leading light in the US white-collar crime bar and is recognised for defending corporates and individuals.

Biography

Elkan Abramowitz is a leading white-collar criminal defence lawyer experienced in handling civil and criminal matters in state and federal court for individual and corporate clients. He has built his career as a trial lawyer representing prestigious clients who have fallen into high stakes personal and professional crises both in and outside the courtroom. 

Elkan is the recipient of the 1999 Milton S Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy presented by the Office of the Appellate Defender, and the recipient of the 2008 New York Council of Defense Lawyers’ Norman S Ostrow award for the defence of liberty and the preservation of individual rights. More recently, Elkan received the New York Law Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also selected by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business to receive its Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been named a leading lawyer by Chambers USA in the litigation: white-collar crime and government investigations chapter every year since its 2003 launch in the US. The guide describes him as “an unquestioned dean of the field … with a potent combination of experience, intelligence and composure”. In addition, Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys named him “Trial Lawyer of the Year” as well as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer in America”, a “Top 10 Practitioner” and a “Litigation Star” in the area of white-collar crime/enforcement/investigations. Elkan is listed as a “Leading Lawyer” and a “Leading Trial Lawyer” in white-collar criminal defence by The Legal 500: United States. Elkan was named a white-collar “MVP of the Year” and “Trial Ace” by Law360, and a “White-Collar Crime Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal. He is recognised by Best Lawyers in America in bet-the-company litigation and criminal defence: white-collar. In addition, Who’s Who Legal named Elkan one of the eight “most highly regarded individuals” and a leading business crime defence lawyer. The guide states: “Sources describe him as a ‘towering figure’ in the legal market and ‘cannot recommend him highly enough’.” The guide adds: “Elkan is a ‘superb strategist and tactician’ who has represented a host of well-known individuals and corporates over the course of his ‘illustrious career’ to date.” He is also recognised in Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers and named to its top 100 list.

Elkan became a principal at a predecessor firm to Morvillo Abramowitz in 1979. He was appointed special deputy commissioner of the Department of Investigation for the City of New York in 1990 to investigate a stock transfer by Mayor David Dinkins to his son. He served as counsel to the special master in the garment centre antitrust case in 1992. Elkan has also served as assistant deputy mayor for the City of New York, as a special counsel to the select committee on crime for the US House of Representatives, and as the chief of the Criminal Division in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. 

He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a former director of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. He is also a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations, the New York City Bar Association (former member of the criminal law, federal courts, ethics and judiciary committees), and the Federal Bar Council. Elkan is a co-author of “Corporate Sentencing Under the Federal Guidelines”, a chapter in the treatise White-Collar Crime: Business and Regulatory Offenses; and the “White-Collar Crime” column in the New York Law Journal.

Elkan was educated at the New York University School of Law (JD, Pomeroy Scholar, editor, Law Review) and Brown University (BA).

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Elkan Abramowitz possesses a stellar reputation in the market and clients benefit from his years of substantial experience as a trial lawyer representing individuals in complex cases.

Biography

Elkan Abramowitz is a leading white-collar criminal defence lawyer experienced in handling civil and criminal matters in state and federal court for individual and corporate clients. He has built his career as a trial lawyer representing prestigious clients who have fallen into high stakes personal and professional crises both in and outside the courtroom. 

Elkan is the recipient of the 1999 Milton S Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy presented by the Office of the Appellate Defender, and the recipient of the 2008 New York Council of Defense Lawyers’ Norman S Ostrow award for the defence of liberty and the preservation of individual rights. More recently, Elkan received the New York Law Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also selected by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business to receive its Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been named a leading lawyer by Chambers USA in the litigation: white-collar crime and government investigations chapter every year since its 2003 launch in the US. The guide describes him as “an unquestioned dean of the field … with a potent combination of experience, intelligence and composure”. In addition, Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys named him “Trial Lawyer of the Year” as well as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer in America”, a “Top 10 Practitioner” and a “Litigation Star” in the area of white-collar crime/enforcement/investigations. Elkan is listed as a “Leading Lawyer” and a “Leading Trial Lawyer” in white-collar criminal defence by The Legal 500: United States. Elkan was named a white-collar “MVP of the Year” and “Trial Ace” by Law360, and a “White-Collar Crime Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal. He is recognised by Best Lawyers in America in bet-the-company litigation and criminal defence: white-collar. In addition, Who’s Who Legal named Elkan one of the eight “most highly regarded individuals” and a leading business crime defence lawyer. The guide states: “Sources describe him as a ‘towering figure’ in the legal market and ‘cannot recommend him highly enough’.” The guide adds: “Elkan is a ‘superb strategist and tactician’ who has represented a host of well-known individuals and corporates over the course of his ‘illustrious career’ to date.” He is also recognised in Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers and named to its top 100 list.

Elkan became a principal at a predecessor firm to Morvillo Abramowitz in 1979. He was appointed special deputy commissioner of the Department of Investigation for the City of New York in 1990 to investigate a stock transfer by Mayor David Dinkins to his son. He served as counsel to the special master in the garment centre antitrust case in 1992. Elkan has also served as assistant deputy mayor for the City of New York, as a special counsel to the select committee on crime for the US House of Representatives, and as the chief of the Criminal Division in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. 

He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a former director of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. He is also a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations, the New York City Bar Association (former member of the criminal law, federal courts, ethics and judiciary committees), and the Federal Bar Council. Elkan is a co-author of “Corporate Sentencing Under the Federal Guidelines”, a chapter in the treatise White-Collar Crime: Business and Regulatory Offenses; and the “White-Collar Crime” column in the New York Law Journal.

Elkan was educated at the New York University School of Law (JD, Pomeroy Scholar, editor, Law Review) and Brown University (BA).

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
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