AREAS OF PRACTICE

Felonies • Misdemeanors • DWI •Traffic

EDUCATION

Union College – B.A. Political Science 1987
Honors for Oral Defense of Senior Thesis
Legislative Assistant to New York State
Assemblyman Robert Wertz 1985-1988

Albany Law School – J.D. 1990
Founder and President of Albany Law School’s
Christian Law Society
Domenick L. Gabrielli Moot Court Competition Participant

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

New York State Defenders Association

“NOT GUILTY.”

The most rewarding moments of my practice are the few seconds immediately after a client has heard a jury foreperson announce that verdict. The emotional response when a client hears that he will not go to prison can be overwhelming. Seeing a client gasp, cheer, clap a hand over his mouth, burst into tears, or turn and hug me, are moments I always remember.

PREPARATION BRINGS SUCCESS

Triumphs such as these do not happen spontaneously. Trials often are won or lost before the first juror is sworn. Preparation can determine whether a trial ends with the defendant taken from the court room in handcuffs or walking out the court room door in freedom. The most prominent trait of my representation is vigorous, thorough pre-trial motion practice. My representation includes meticulous demands for all information which the prosecution must disclose, and pre-trial motions which include all possible grounds for dismissal of charges and for the exclusion of evidence which the prosecution may present at trial.

FIGHT SMARTER, NOT HARDER

When trial begins, the accused needs an attorney who will champion his rights, asking tough questions when necessary but always within the context of a clear strategy, never just for show. Every question asked of each witness must be crafted to match the defense’s overall theory of the case. This is where pre-trial preparation can yield powerful results. Five carefully planned questions can have more effect than a hundred aimless questions asked by a lawyer who is simply putting on a show. Sometimes the most advanced tactic is knowing when not to ask the wrong question. The principle by which I defend each client against the awesome power of the state is simple: “Fight smarter, not harder.”

ACQUITTALS, DISMISSALS, AND OTHER VICTORIES

I have devoted my practice to criminal law since I opened for business on April 3, 1992. Some of my proudest accomplishments appear here →

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