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Samuel M. Braverman

Shareholder / New York / Newark

Profile

Samuel Braverman is a shareholder in Anderson Kill's New York office and co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense Group.

Sam has been practicing law in the courtroom, at both the trial and the appellate level, for more than three decades and has conducted more than 100 trials as lead counsel. He represents individuals and corporate clients in complex and sensitive criminal and regulatory matters, and his practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, including securities fraud, commercial bribery, honest services fraud, conspiracy, bank fraud, Stark violations, and tax litigation. He has won acquittals in high-profile cases, and he has represented clients in more than 40 state counties and 10 federal districts, as well as before investigative agencies such as FINRA, SEC, state medical boards, the Commission on Judicial Conduct, and attorney disciplinary committees. He has won reversals on appeal at the New York State Court of Appeals, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has won writs of habeas corpus in the SDNY.

Sam’s decades of work in white collar criminal defense include extensive experience in corporate internal investigation, FCPA, AML, and Anti-Bribery investigation, Title IX investigation, and fraud investigation that arise out of civil investigation. His services include meeting with agents, investigators, prosecutors and adversaries, and negotiating a declined or deferred prosecution whenever possible; representing corporations and individuals subpoenaed to the grand jury; extensive discovery and motion practice to limit client liability; bench and jury trials; sentence mitigation; state and federal appeals; and post-conviction relief motion practice.

Sam has represented judges and prosecutors, board presidents and directors, doctors and lawyers, hedge fund managers and salesmen.  Sam also provides strategic and tactical legal advice to small and growing companies and their executives. He is a trained mediator in commercial litigation and is often called in to negotiate, arbitrate, or mediate commercial or intra-corporate disputes.

Sam has worked as a prosecutor, a law professor, an author, and a public defender, is a frequent lecturer for CLEs on trial practice around the country and is a frequent commentator in media on trials of national interest. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in New York and New Jersey since 2013.

Memberships

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Chair of the Federal Practice and White Collar Defense Committee, current Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee

New York State Bar Association - Member, House of Delegates

Dartmouth Lawyers Association - Director and Member-At-Large of the Executive Committee

Bronx County Bar Association - former President, current member BCBA subcommittee to the Judiciary Committee of the City Bar Association

Network of Bar Leaders - former Director

Experience

  • Represented medical doctor in $10m honest services bribery and medical fraud case post trial-obtained a 95% below-guideline sentence.
  • Represented pharmacy owner in alleged $10m Stark violation and bribery conspiracy matter-all charges dismissed after three-year investigation.
  • Represented broker/dealer accused of $3m fraud, money laundering-obtained probationary sentence.
  • Represented investment bank in alleged civil RICO and FINRA violation lawsuit-won summary judgment compelling arbitration for our client, then plaintiff failed to pursue arbitration while it litigated against other remaining defendants, and then time for arbitration expired, matter dismissed in all forums.
  • Represented large commercial real estate company in dispute with New York City Department of Buildings in dispute related to tax subsidies-no liability found against client.
  • Represented foreign bank in $5m commercial litigation with criminal money laundering implications in federal court-settled matter without liability finding against client.
  • Represented broker/dealer accused of honest services bribery conspiracy with fund manager for state asset fund-obtained 90% below-guideline sentence.
  • Represented attorney in bribery and honest services conspiracy with state and municipal politicians-obtained lowest sentence of all members of conspiracy.
  • Represented member of municipal government investigated for election fraud-met with investigators and presented defense, no charges filed.
  • Represented company and conducted internal investigation after client subpoenaed by state licensing board of misdirection of state licensed cannabis products-no loss of license or penalties assessed by state against company.
  • Represented CFO of international corporation in >$350m fraud matter-obtained 90-day sentence (below lifetime imprisonment guideline).
  • Represented broker/dealer before SEC in debt-to-equity conversion investigation-no criminal charges filed, no SEC finding against B/D.
  • Represented two students in university Title IX investigations-both students allowed to graduate with full degree.
  • Represented dozens of witnesses before federal and state grand juries, parallel investigations (SEC, DOJ, state tax or licensing boards).
  • Represented many attorneys before state disciplinary committees and before courts in contempt proceedings.
  • Represented several judges before New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Speaking Engagements

Examining Police Liability Cases: Wrongful arrest, excessive force, denial of fair trial rights, and interference with constitutional rights

My Law CLE / June 12, 2024

Roundtable Discussion on “How to Start A Private Defense Practice”

NYSACDL / March 27, 2024

Dartmouth Lawyers Association Annual Mid-Winter Meeting

Dartmouth Lawyers Association / January 26, 2024

Defending a Murder Case: Death is Different – Overview of the Homicide Trials

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDL) / October 20, 2023

Federal Trial Techniques You Should Bring to Your State Trials

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers / May 19, 2023

The Role of the Criminal Defense Attorney in Homicide Prosecutions

INLETS / April 11, 2022

Departures and Variances at Sentencing in Federal Court

Fordham Law School / April 5, 2022

Negotiating Plea Agreements in Federal Court

Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey / February 5, 2022

Government, Privacy, and Ethics in the Digital Age

Elizabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University / October 22, 2020

Federal Practice for the State Practitioner: “Advocating for Your Client at Sentencing”

September 21, 2020

Publications

THE TRUMP INDICTMENT IS FAR FROM AN OPEN-AND-SHUT CASE: BUT ITS MAIN WEAKNESSES ARE FACTUAL, NOT LEGAL, AND COURTS WON’T OBJECT TO IT AS SELECTIVE PROSECUTION

The Wall Street Journal / March 30, 2023

D.A. FACES SIGNIFICANT HURDLES IN TRUMP ‘HUSH MONEY’ CASE

New York Law Journal / March 21, 2023

News

Super Lawyers Recognizes 16 Anderson Kill Attorneys in 2023

September 25, 2023

Former Buildings Chief Accused of Trading Favors for $150,000 in Bribes

September 13, 2023

One-on-One with One of the Attorneys in “Newburgh Four” Case

July 30, 2023

Trump Facing 34 Criminal Charges

April 5, 2023

CNN Tonight: Trump Indictment

April 3, 2023

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Samuel M. Braverman

Shareholder , New York, Newark

Profile

Samuel Braverman is a shareholder in Anderson Kill's New York office and co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense Group.

Sam has been practicing law in the courtroom, at both the trial and the appellate level, for more than three decades and has conducted more than 100 trials as lead counsel. He represents individuals and corporate clients in complex and sensitive criminal and regulatory matters, and his practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, including securities fraud, commercial bribery, honest services fraud, conspiracy, bank fraud, Stark violations, and tax litigation. He has won acquittals in high-profile cases, and he has represented clients in more than 40 state counties and 10 federal districts, as well as before investigative agencies such as FINRA, SEC, state medical boards, the Commission on Judicial Conduct, and attorney disciplinary committees. He has won reversals on appeal at the New York State Court of Appeals, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has won writs of habeas corpus in the SDNY.

Sam’s decades of work in white collar criminal defense include extensive experience in corporate internal investigation, FCPA, AML, and Anti-Bribery investigation, Title IX investigation, and fraud investigation that arise out of civil investigation. His services include meeting with agents, investigators, prosecutors and adversaries, and negotiating a declined or deferred prosecution whenever possible; representing corporations and individuals subpoenaed to the grand jury; extensive discovery and motion practice to limit client liability; bench and jury trials; sentence mitigation; state and federal appeals; and post-conviction relief motion practice.

Sam has represented judges and prosecutors, board presidents and directors, doctors and lawyers, hedge fund managers and salesmen.  Sam also provides strategic and tactical legal advice to small and growing companies and their executives. He is a trained mediator in commercial litigation and is often called in to negotiate, arbitrate, or mediate commercial or intra-corporate disputes.

Sam has worked as a prosecutor, a law professor, an author, and a public defender, is a frequent lecturer for CLEs on trial practice around the country and is a frequent commentator in media on trials of national interest. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in New York and New Jersey since 2013.

Memberships

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Chair of the Federal Practice and White Collar Defense Committee, current Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee

New York State Bar Association - Member, House of Delegates

Dartmouth Lawyers Association - Director and Member-At-Large of the Executive Committee

Bronx County Bar Association - former President, current member BCBA subcommittee to the Judiciary Committee of the City Bar Association

Network of Bar Leaders - former Director

Experience

  • Represented medical doctor in $10m honest services bribery and medical fraud case post trial-obtained a 95% below-guideline sentence.
  • Represented pharmacy owner in alleged $10m Stark violation and bribery conspiracy matter-all charges dismissed after three-year investigation.
  • Represented broker/dealer accused of $3m fraud, money laundering-obtained probationary sentence.
  • Represented investment bank in alleged civil RICO and FINRA violation lawsuit-won summary judgment compelling arbitration for our client, then plaintiff failed to pursue arbitration while it litigated against other remaining defendants, and then time for arbitration expired, matter dismissed in all forums.
  • Represented large commercial real estate company in dispute with New York City Department of Buildings in dispute related to tax subsidies-no liability found against client.
  • Represented foreign bank in $5m commercial litigation with criminal money laundering implications in federal court-settled matter without liability finding against client.
  • Represented broker/dealer accused of honest services bribery conspiracy with fund manager for state asset fund-obtained 90% below-guideline sentence.
  • Represented attorney in bribery and honest services conspiracy with state and municipal politicians-obtained lowest sentence of all members of conspiracy.
  • Represented member of municipal government investigated for election fraud-met with investigators and presented defense, no charges filed.
  • Represented company and conducted internal investigation after client subpoenaed by state licensing board of misdirection of state licensed cannabis products-no loss of license or penalties assessed by state against company.
  • Represented CFO of international corporation in >$350m fraud matter-obtained 90-day sentence (below lifetime imprisonment guideline).
  • Represented broker/dealer before SEC in debt-to-equity conversion investigation-no criminal charges filed, no SEC finding against B/D.
  • Represented two students in university Title IX investigations-both students allowed to graduate with full degree.
  • Represented dozens of witnesses before federal and state grand juries, parallel investigations (SEC, DOJ, state tax or licensing boards).
  • Represented many attorneys before state disciplinary committees and before courts in contempt proceedings.
  • Represented several judges before New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Speaking Engagements

Examining Police Liability Cases: Wrongful arrest, excessive force, denial of fair trial rights, and interference with constitutional rights

My Law CLE / April 17, 2024

Roundtable Discussion on “How to Start A Private Defense Practice”

NYSACDL / March 27, 2024

Dartmouth Lawyers Association Annual Mid-Winter Meeting

Dartmouth Lawyers Association / January 10, 2024

Defending a Murder Case: Death is Different – Overview of the Homicide Trials

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDL) / October 16, 2023

Federal Trial Techniques You Should Bring to Your State Trials

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers / May 19, 2023

The Role of the Criminal Defense Attorney in Homicide Prosecutions

INLETS / April 11, 2022

Departures and Variances at Sentencing in Federal Court

Fordham Law School / April 5, 2022

Negotiating Plea Agreements in Federal Court

Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey / February 5, 2022

Government, Privacy, and Ethics in the Digital Age

Elizabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University / October 22, 2020

Federal Practice for the State Practitioner: “Advocating for Your Client at Sentencing”

September 21, 2020

Publications

THE TRUMP INDICTMENT IS FAR FROM AN OPEN-AND-SHUT CASE: BUT ITS MAIN WEAKNESSES ARE FACTUAL, NOT LEGAL, AND COURTS WON’T OBJECT TO IT AS SELECTIVE PROSECUTION

The Wall Street Journal / March 30, 2023

D.A. FACES SIGNIFICANT HURDLES IN TRUMP ‘HUSH MONEY’ CASE

New York Law Journal / March 21, 2023

News

Super Lawyers Recognizes 16 Anderson Kill Attorneys in 2023

September 25, 2023

Former Buildings Chief Accused of Trading Favors for $150,000 in Bribes

September 13, 2023

One-on-One with One of the Attorneys in “Newburgh Four” Case

July 30, 2023

Trump Facing 34 Criminal Charges

April 5, 2023

CNN Tonight: Trump Indictment

April 3, 2023

Awards & Honors
  • Super Lawyers: Criminal Defense since 2013
  • Super Lawyers: White Collar Defense since 2015
  • Super Lawyers: Business Law 2016
  • Super Lawyers: Business Law 2015
Education
  • Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth, Advanced Management Program
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D.
  • Dartmouth College, B.A.
Bar Admissions
  • New York
  • New Jersey
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States
Practice Areas
Industry Group

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