Service & Results.

nyc criminal lawyers over 30 years of experienceWe Know How To Win Cases

Spodek Law Group handles tough cases
nationwide, that demand excellence.

Get Free Consultation

Faced 5+ Years in Prison

People Vs Joseph Amico

Covered by NYDaily News. Las Vegas man accused of threatening a prominent attorney and making vile remarks.

Faced 10+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Anna Sorokin

Covered by New York Times, and other outlets. Fake heiress accused of conning the city’s wealthy, and has an HBO special being made about her.

Faced 3+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Genevieve Sabourin

Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.

Faced Potential Charges

Ghislaine Maxwell Juror

Juror who prompted calls for new Ghislaine Maxwell trial turns to lawyer who defended Anna Sorokin.

Why Choose Us

Clients can use our portal to track the status of their case, stay in touch with us, upload documents, and more.

Regardless of the type of situation you're facing, our attorneys are here to help you get quality representation.

We can setup consultations in person, over Zoom, or over the phone to help you. Bottom line, we're here to help you win your case.

Law in the Media

View All

Meet Todd Spodek


The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

Todd Spodek is a second generation attorney with immense experience. He has many years of experience handling 100’s of tough and hard to win trials. He’s been featured on major news outlets, such as New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post, Insider.com, and many others.

In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.

Why Clients Choose Spodek Law Group

The reason is simple: clients want white glove service, and lawyers who can win. Every single client who works with the Spodek Law Group is aware that the attorney they hire could drastically change the outcome of their case. Hiring the Spodek Law Group means you’re taking your future seriously. Our lawyers handle cases nationwide, ranging from NYC to LA. Our philosophy is fair and simple: our nyc criminal lawyers only take on clients who we know will benefit from our services.

We’re selective about the clients we work with, and only take on cases we know align with our experience – and where we can make a difference. This is different from other law firms who are not invested in your success nor care about your outcome.

If you have a legal issue, call us for a consultation.
We are available 24/7, to help you with any – and all, challenges you face.

Staten Island White Collar Crime Lawyers

By Spodek Law Group | July 20, 2023
(Last Updated On: July 28, 2023)

Last Updated on: 28th July 2023, 07:32 pm

White collar crime. It’s a phrase that elicits intrigue and images of sharply-dressed executives engaging in high-stakes corporate espionage. But what does it really entail? As a New York City criminal defense attorney focusing on white collar cases for over 20 years, I’m here to give you the inside scoop on this complex area of law.

Let’s start with the basics – what exactly constitutes white collar crime? While definitions vary, it typically encompasses non-violent, financially-motivated crimes committed by businesses or high-level professionals. We’re talking wire fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, tax evasion, bribery, insider trading – you know, the “suite” stuff.

But don’t let the fancy job titles fool you. White collar crime can be just as serious as street crime, with severe punishments like massive fines, asset forfeiture, and years in prison. The financial stakes are high, with losses often totaling millions or billions of dollars. Enron, Bernie Madoff, the 2008 financial crisis – white collar crime has had a huge impact on our economy and way of life.

So who commits these sophisticated crimes? Contrary to popular belief, it’s not only bigwig CEOs and Wall Street bankers. White collar crime knows no social boundaries and affects companies and organizations of all sizes. Even trusted professionals like lawyers, accountants, and doctors have been implicated. Some common culprits I’ve encountered in my career include:

  • Rogue employees – These folks abuse their position and access to commit crimes like embezzlement or fraud, often for years before detection. Think trusted bookkeepers wiring money to themselves or data entry clerks creating phantom vendor accounts.
  • Greedy executives – Higher-ups like CFOs and directors cook the books and creatively “interpret” numbers to mislead investors, regulators, and the public. See: Enron, WorldCom, Tyco.
  • ** Dishonest corporations** – From bribing officials to ignoring safety standards, companies often prioritize profits over ethics and legal compliance. Big pharmaceutical and financial players are frequent offenders.
  • Organized crime operations – Surprisingly, the mafia and other criminal organizations rely heavily on white collar schemes like money laundering, credit card fraud, and identity theft. Al Capone went down for tax evasion, after all.

So what tools do these white collar offenders rely on? Their weapons are not guns or force, but deception, influence, and exploiting trust. Common techniques include:

  • Cooking the books – Manipulating financial accounts, earnings reports, and other records to misrepresent a company’s assets and performance. Think creative accounting tricks.
  • Embezzlement – Secretly misdirecting company funds into personal accounts. Expense reports and dummy vendors are oft-used methods.
  • Tax fraud – Underreporting income, overstating deductions, hiding assets/income sources, and other shady tactics to lower tax liability.
  • Bribery & kickbacks – Exchanging favors, cash, or gifts for preferential treatment, government contracts, regulatory lenience, etc. Corruption is key.
  • Insider trading – Using nonpublic insider knowledge to profit from stock trades. Think tips from corporate execs to make strategic buys/sells.
  • Money laundering – Disguising the true criminal origins of funds through a web of transactions and accounts. Cleaning dirty money, basically.

With such complex crimes, you can bet white collar cases are never open and shut. As a defense lawyer, my job is to scrutinize the evidence, analyze reams of financial records, understand complex accounting methods, and identify legal technicalities. It’s about precision, persistence, and procedure. A single misapplied law or faulty calculation can make or break the case.

Here’s an example. I once defended an accountant charged with embezzlement and falsifying corporate tax returns. By poring over 10 years of corporate records I discovered a key error: the IRS applied the wrong tax credit in its audit, failing to account for recent changes in the tax code. This mistake negated a huge chunk of the alleged tax fraud. In the end, we got most charges dismissed on procedural grounds.

See, most laymen don’t realize how often these cases hinge on legal subtleties vs. slam dunk evidence. The prosecution must prove each element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Unlike a violent crime with tangible evidence like fingerprints or eyewitnesses, financial crimes rely on documentation that can easily be misinterpreted.

This nuance allows us to craft technical arguments about burdens of proof, evidentiary rules, sentencing guidelines, and more. I once succeeded in getting felony charges reduced to misdemeanors simply by demonstrating the questionable reliability of a key witness. Little things make a big difference.

Here’s my bottom line advice: if you’re being investigated for white collar crimes or already facing charges, call a lawyer immediately. The earlier I get involved, the better I can protect you. Here are some key steps I’ll take:

  • Review the prosecution’s evidence and search warrants to identify potential legal defenses
  • Assemble a defense team with forensic accountants and financial experts to re-examine the records
  • Scrutinize transaction timelines to construct alibis and highlight accounting discrepancies
  • Exploit legal errors, procedural missteps, or evidentiary vulnerabilities by the prosecution
  • Negotiate with prosecutors for reduced charges or dismissal of flawed counts
  • Develop an alternative theory of the financial records to rebut the accusations
  • Work closely with you to prepare a compelling testimony disputing fraudulent intent

With my robust defense and the high burden of proof, we can frequently achieve favorable outcomes, even dismissal of all charges. White collar cases demand sophisticated legal skills – don’t leave your future in amateur hands. If you’re charged with financial crimes in the New York City area, please call me at [PHONE NUMBER] or contact my firm [INSERT WEBSITE] for a free consultation today. I’ve spent decades helping clients fight and beat white collar accusations. Let my experience work for you.

White Collar Crime is Not a Victimless Act

When you hear “white collar crime,” you may picture wealthy businessmen bilking investors or cooking corporate books. You may think it’s a harmless exercise in greed. But make no mistake: white collar crime has real victims and consequences. As a criminal defense lawyer who has handled hundreds of white collar cases, I’m here to shed light on the far-reaching human impacts of these financial schemes.

Contrary to the stereotype of privileged executives enriching themselves, white collar crimes often exploit vulnerable populations. Take healthcare fraud. When doctors and hospitals falsely bill Medicare and Medicaid, crucial services for the elderly and poor get slashed. Patients may be denied access simply because unscrupulous clinics drained the budget. How’s that for harming society’s most vulnerable?

What about Ponzi schemes like Bernie Madoff’s? He conned thousands of regular middle-class investors out of their life savings and retirement funds. Many were left destitute and distraught in their old age after Madoff’s $20 billion scam collapsed. White collar crime can devastate hard-working families financially and emotionally.

Beyond the direct victims are the countless indirect victims. Let’s say a Wall Street firm peddles toxic mortgage securities to pension funds and municipalities. When the housing bubble bursts, towns, schools, hospitals and more suffer major losses. Now teachers lose their jobs and kids miss out on academic programs that get cut. Here, “victimless” white collar crimes have cascading impacts across communities.

At my firm, I’ve seen clients who lost their houses because of a broker’s mortgage fraud. Parents who can’t afford healthcare for sick kids after being fleeced in a securities scam. Retirees drained of savings meant for a lifetime of security. Collateral damage is immense but overlooked. Of course, massive corporations also fall victim when executives fudge numbers and cheat investors. The human toll gets lost amid big names like Enron and WorldCom.

I’m not saying we should deprive white collar defendants of fair legal defense. But let’s not assume they merely fudged some paperwork. Financial crimes manifest in tragic ways. I’ve seen families grappling with substance abuse, depression, even suicide in the wake of shattering white collar schemes. Savings spent on rehab instead of college. Medical bills unpaid. Career dreams destroyed. These crimes have faces and names and real-world consequences.

My role as a defense lawyer is to ensure the legal process is just. But I never lose sight of the human impact. If you or a loved one are wrongly accused, contact me for a free consultation. With two decades of experience in white collar law, I have the sophistication to prove innocence or achieve leniency. But I also understand the prosecution usually pursues these cases for good reason – real harm has been done. Justice demands acknowledging victims, not dismissing crimes as “victimless.”

White collar crime is complex, but humanity is simple. Though my clients face daunting allegations, there are always real people and suffering underlying the financial abstractions. I aim to strike the delicate balance between vigorous legal defense and compassion for those harmed. If you face prosecution in the New York City area, rely on my expertise to protect your rights while also respecting the damage done. Let’s have an honest conversation about achieving justice. Call me at [PHONE NUMBER] or reach out via [INSERT WEBSITE]. The truth is never black and white.

Navigating White Collar Investigations: A Survival Guide

Few experiences generate more dread and confusion than learning you’re the subject of a white collar investigation. Maybe the SEC sent a subpoena about your hedge fund. Or the FBI arrived with search warrants and left with boxes of files. Now fears of prison, fines, and destroyed reputation loom.

What do you do?

Having defended executives, entrepreneurs and professionals facing scrutiny for over 20 years, I know how terrifying this moment feels. But I’m here to tell you: you have more power than you realize. With the right legal strategy, you can counter the intense pressure and move towards the best possible outcome, whether dismissal, reduced charges or a favorable settlement.

If you’re under white collar investigation, see this survival guide:

Get organized FAST. Compile relevant documents, emails, financial records, phone logs, calendars, texts, anything to reconstruct your activities. You need clarity on stakes and timelines ASAP. Don’t leave it to memory.

Say nothing to authorities without counsel present. I know investigators will claim it “looks bad” and that this is just an informal chat. Don’t believe it! They are building a case.

Hire a white collar specialist immediately. The biggest mistake I see is people trusting their divorce or DUI lawyer to handle a complex financial investigation. Don’t go that route.

Launch an internal investigation. Reconstruct critical events, transactions, communications. Experts may be needed to analyze financial records and account activity. The goal is to proactively identify potential problem areas.

Make urgent damage control decisions. Are staff shakeups required? Should questionable financials be revised? If misconduct occurred, take corrective actions immediately. It can impact charging decisions later.

Get ahead of civil liability. Consider ways to protect personal assets from potential SEC disgorgement or civil lawsuits down the road. Asset protection planning is key.

Stay quiet on social media. Delete venting posts about the case. Don’t humiliate yourself now by generating evidence that will embarrass you for years.

Take care of yourself. The pressure is immense. Lean on loved ones, talk to therapists, exercise daily. You must care for your mental health to help your legal case.

The path ahead will be draining, but stay strong and know I’m here to help. My expertise in securities enforcement, financial fraud, money laundering and other white collar cases can mean the difference between prison and freedom. If you or a loved one need counsel, contact me today for urgent legal strategy. Don’t wait! Early intervention is key. Call me at [PHONE NUMBER] or reach out via [INSERT WEBSITE].

Insider Trading: When Does Information Sharing Cross the Line?

You landed a stock tip from your college roommate who works at Goldman Sachs. Or overhear an insider whisper about upcoming mergers at the country club. If you trade on this information, have you crossed ethical and legal boundaries?

As an attorney who has defended insider trading cases for over 20 years, I’m often asked: what differentiates lawful information sharing from criminal misuse? It’s a gray area that demands nuance, not blanket assumptions.

At its core, insider trading bans the use of non-public, material information to trade securities like stocks. Information is material if it would impact the investment decisions of a reasonable investor. Think earnings reports, regulatory approvals, management changes, mergers – events that would clearly affect share value once made public.

It gets trickier when determining who constitutes an unlawful “insider.” Insiders with fiduciary duties of confidentiality can’t exploit their knowledge for profit. But defining fiduciary duty is complicated. It extends beyond formal company insiders to include lawyers, bankers, consultants hired by the firm. Even your drinking buddy at the country club could be off limits.

But not all information sharing is automatically illegal. For example, you overhear a stranger announce bad financial news about Company X on his phone. You sell your stock in Company X before the news hits. That isn’t insider trading because the stranger doesn’t owe you confidentiality.

The key distinction revolves around the existence of a fiduciary duty. Relationships imposing confidentiality obligations make information off limits for personal profit. Relationships between total strangers don’t create that ethical duty. See the difference?

Here are some common examples I’ve seen of non-fiduciary “outsiders” who can legally trade on special knowledge:

  • Former employees who retain no confidentiality duties.
  • Spouses and friends of insiders who discuss work.
  • Taxi drivers or wait staff who overhear insider conversations.
  • Journalists or experts who piece together clues about a company.

But legal gray zones persist. Can business friends swap tips? College alumni? The SEC takes an expansive view of what constitutes a “personal benefit” and forbidden tipping. As you can see, insulating legitimate research from shady misconduct is tricky.

My guidance? Avoid recklessly exploiting loose inside information. Seek good faith counsel if unsure. And never make assumptions in this high-stakes field. If contacted by SEC regulators or you already face charges, call me urgently at [PHONE NUMBER]. My insider trading experience is vital for protecting your rights in this complex arena. Let’s have a frank talk regarding your case – you need someone who truly understands the nuances. Don’t get burned by the ambiguity. The rules are rarely black and white. Reach out to me at [INSERT WEBSITE] for urgent counsel.

Busted for Insider Trading? How to Protect Your Rights

Imagine this: the FBI appears at your home with warrants to seize computers, phones, and trading records. You’re confused, shocked, terrified. It only gets worse after the SEC files a complaint accusing you of profiting from illegal insider tips.

If you’re embroiled in an insider trading investigation, don’t panic. As a veteran securities enforcement attorney, I’m here to guide you through these dire straits. But first, crucial facts you must know to protect yourself:

Stay Silent

Without legal counsel present, say absolutely nothing to the SEC or prosecutors. No matter how innocent or helpful you want to appear, do not submit to “voluntary” interviews. They are building a case – don’t aid them.

Gather Records

Federal agents likely seized documents, devices, and accounts. You or your attorney needs to immediately compile any related records not taken by the government. Don’t leave this to memory or chance – you want full clarity.

Seek Specialized Counsel

Find legal counsel with specific experience fighting the SEC and insider trading cases. This is a hyper-technical arena. Without real expertise, your lawyer could sink your chances unintentionally. Vet them thoroughly.

Conduct an Internal Investigation

With expert help, analyze the trades, timing, information flows and other circumstances under scrutiny. You want to proactively identify vulnerabilities and prepare defenses before charges are filed. Don’t play defense only.

Scrutinize the SEC’s Case

Once their complaint is filed, we dig into the evidence and legal arguments. Even minor factual flaws or legal technicalities can dictate the outcome. We exploit every weakness.

Mitigate Future Civil Liability

Regardless of criminal outcomes, the SEC may pursue financial judgements against you later. It’s prudent to assess ways now to protect assets using legal strategies. Don’t leave yourself financially devastated.

Care For Your Reputation and Mental Health

Insider trading allegations ruin reputations and cause immense stress. Pause destructive social media rants. Lean on loved ones for support and speak to a therapist if needed. Take care of yourself and your future.

The SEC wields tremendous leverage, but skilled defense can still bring positive results. With my seasoned guidance protecting your rights, we can often achieve reduced charges, civil settlements, or even total vindication. Don’t wait – call me now at [PHONE NUMBER] if you’re embroiled in an insider trading case. The first days are crucial! Visit [INSERT WEBSITE] to reach my team 24/7.

Tax Evasion Charges? How an Attorney Can Help

Few allegations impugn your integrity and freedom like criminal tax fraud. Maybe the IRS claimed you underreported income or took excessive deductions. Or falsified credit claims, withheld payroll taxes, hid offshore accounts – the possibilities span a maze of technicalities.

With prison and massive fines on the line, fear and confusion are natural. But take heart: an experienced tax fraud attorney can guide you through this crisis. Having represented numerous clients in battles with the IRS and Justice Department, I’m here to explain how skilled counsel makes a major difference.

My first job is to fully understand the government’s allegations. I dig into the supposed falsehoods, omissions, timeline of events – anything relevant. This allows us to begin constructing factual rebuttals and alternative interpretations of the accounting details. When dealing with complex taxes and books, there are always counterarguments to explore.

Next, I leverage my tax law mastery to identify technical flaws in the IRS’s legal positions. Even seasoned agents make mistakes applying the mammoth tax code or grossly misinterpreting a key regulation. We exploit these overreaches to achieve dismissed charges or reduced penalties.

Free Consultation


I was searching for a law firm with some power to help me deal with a warrant in New York . After 6 days I decided to go with Spodek Law Group. It helped that This law firm is well respected by not only the top law firms in New York , but the DA , Judge as well. I...

~Fonder Brandon

5 Stars
It was my good fortune to retain Spodek Law Group for representation for my legal needs. From the beginning, communication was prompt and thorough. Todd, Kenneth and Alex were the first people I worked with and they all made me feel comfortable and confident that the team was going to work hard for me. Everything was explained and any concerns...

~A G

5 Stars
After meeting with several law firms, I chose the Spodek Law Group not only for their professionalism and experience, but for the personal attention given to me right from the initial consultation. It is important to recognize how crucial having the right legal team is when faced with potentially life altering events that impact families and the lives of loved...

~George Cherubini

Spodek Law Group

White Glove Service

We Provide Superior Service, Excellent Results, At A Level Superior To Other Criminal Defense Law Firms. Regardless Of Where Your Case Is, Nationwide, We Can Help You.
View More

Request Free Consultation

Please fill out the form below to receive a free consultation, we will respond to
your inquiry within 24-hours guaranteed.


85 Broad St 30th Floor, New York, NY 10004


get directions

Los Angeles

611 S Catalina St Suite 222, Los Angeles, CA 90005


get directions


35-37 36th St, 2nd Floor Astoria, NY 11106


get directions


195 Montague St., 14th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201


get directions
Call Now!