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J. Bruce Maffeo

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Law Practice
J. Bruce Maffeo is the co-chair of the Criminal Defense law practice in the New York City office of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. Mr. Maffeo joined the firm as a member in January 2007 and represents individuals and organizations charged with crimes and regulatory offenses before the state and federal courts.  He has litigated cases involving public corruption,  securities fraud, tax evasion, and RICO. Among other matters, he successfully argued to limit the use of the federal mail fraud statute in prosecuting state public officials, United States v. Ganim, 2002 WL 31780856 (D. Conn. Dec. 12, 2002), and secured an acquittal and dismissal of all charges against the former chief operating officer of a day-trading firm indicted for securities fraud in the "Squawk Box" prosecution. United States v. Mahaffy, et al. Mr. Maffeo recently negotiated a non-prosecution agreement for a senior executive of a national corporation implicated in a federal bribery investigation and the dismissal of all charges against corporations indicted for racketeering and tax charges in the District of Connecticut.
In 2006, Mr. Maffeo was appointed Ethical Practices and Compliance Officer for AFSCME District Council 37, New York City's largest municipal union, in which capacity he investigates allegations of financial impropriety and wrongdoing. He has written and lectured extensively on the criminal prosecution and government regulation of labor unions and conducted internal investigations on behalf of several unions. He currently serves as outside counsel to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. 
Professional Profile
Prior to joining the firm Mr. Maffeo was in private practice since 1989. From 1984-1989, Mr. Maffeo served as a prosecutor in the United States Department of Justice's Organized Crime Strike Force for the Eastern District of New York where he was responsible for bringing a number of publicized RICO prosecutions, including United States v. Schwimmer, 924 F.2d 443 (2d Cir. 1991), which expanded the scope of criminal liability for financial advisors to employee benefit plans, and United States v. Vario, et al., a labor racketeering indictment returned against the leadership of Laborers Local 66, the largest construction union on Long Island. Before joining the Justice Department, Mr. Maffeo served as a senior trial attorney in the Homicide Bureau of the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office from 1979-1984.

Professional Affiliations & Recognitions
In 2009, Mr. Maffeo was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers and selected by Super Lawyers as one of the top attorneys practicing white collar criminal defense in the metropolitan New York area.  Mr. Maffeo is rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell, and is a member of the New York Council of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

A 1979 graduate of the Boston University School of Law, Mr. Maffeo is a member of the bar of the States of New York and New Hampshire as well as the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the District of Connecticut, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Boston University School of Law - J.D., 1979

Boston University - B.A., 1974

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Case History

United States v. Ganim — litigated scope of federal mail fraud statute as applied to public officials
United States v. Schwimmer — expanded scope of criminal liability against union pension fund advisors
United States v. IBT (Giacumbo) — Reversal of life-time bar imposed against International Vice-President of IBT
United States v. Ganim — litigated scope of federal mail fraud statute as applied to public officials

Office Location

45 Broadway, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10006
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense: General Practice of the New York City Metro Area
J. Bruce Maffeo has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: General Practice
Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Other Information

Gender: Male