Susan R. Necheles

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Susan R. Necheles has extensive experience representing individuals and corporations in corporate and government investigations. Sample representations include representing the former CFO of KPMG in a major tax fraud case; the former Comptroller of Nortell Networks Corporation in a securities fraud case; a New York State Senator under investigations by the New York State Attorney General's office; a real estate appraisal company under investigation for allegedly inflating appraisals and thereby committing mortgage and securities fraud; brokers charged with market timing in mutual funds; and numerous other federal and state investigations. Ms. Necheles often convinces prosecutors and regulators that no indictment, civil charges or disciplinary proceedings should be brought against her clients.

Ms. Necheles has successfully tried many cases as a defense attorney. They include the acquittal of a defendant in an internet sting case after a two week trial in Federal court, the acquittal of a defendant charged with committing perjury after a month long trial in State court, the acquittal on all securities fraud charges for a President of a brokerage company charged with securities fraud and commercial bribery after a three month trial in Federal court, the acquittal of a New York State Senator charged with health care fraud and obtaining illegal contributions after a three month trial in State court, and the acquittal after trial in Puerto Rico of a businessman charged with illegal campaign contributions to a United States Senator after a two week trial in Federal Court in Puerto Rico.

Ms. Necheles also often obtains favorable dispositions for her clients without a trial. She and other attorneys obtained a landmark decision, dismissing the charges against defendants who were charged with the largest tax fraud in United States listing in connection with the sale of tax shelters through KPMG. In another case, Ms. Necheles convinced federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York that they had indicted an innocent man, based on perjured testimony of a cooperating witness. All charges against her client, who was charged with money laundering and mail fraud who faced ten years in jail, were dismissed.

Ms. Necheles has represented individuals charged with sexual misconduct. She obtained an acquittal at trial of an individual charged in an internet sting operation. On several occasions she represented lawyers under investigation for rape, convincing prosecutors not to bring any charges. She obtained a dismissal of all charges against an individual indicted for felony sex abuse, based on allegations of abuse by an ex-girlfriend. She successfully convinced prosecutors to dismiss criminal charges against a dentist in a case where a woman claimed she was touched in a sexual manner by the dentist, and she convinced prosecutors to dismiss charges against a seventeen year old boy charged with statutory rape of his girlfriend who was also a minor.
Ms. Necheles graduated from Yale Law School in 1983, where she was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Ms. Necheles has been recognized by her peers as a leader in the Criminal Defense Bar. She has repeatedly been among the 5% of lawyers chosen by her peers for a listing in "New York Super Lawyers" and received an "AV Peer Rating" in Martindale-Hubbell, the preeminent rating, indicating the highest level of legal ability and ethics.

From 2001 through 2006 Ms. Necheles headed the New York Women's Criminal Defense Lawyers' Group. She was elected to and currently serves on the Board of New York Council of Defense Lawyers. She was a Master in the Federal Bar Council's Inn of Court and is a member of the Federal Bar Counsel, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

She has been a guest lecturer at Fordham Law School and at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She has taught CLE course on topics ranging from attorney's ethical obligations, pre-trial practice, criminal advocacy, federal sentencing guidelines, evidentiary issues, and federal criminal practice.

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