Insight

A Master in Defending the Accused

The relentless pursuit of justice when everything is on the line.

Patrick A. Mullin
Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers

November 30, 2017 02:06 PM

Patrick A. Mullin is a veteran New York defense attorney whose repeated victories in high-stakes federal criminal and tax matters have vaulted him to the top of his profession. Over his 38 years of practice, Mullin has become a go-to lawyer for those under criminal or tax investigation, facing indictment, or pursuing an appeal. He is a graduate of NYU’s tax law program as well as a Harvard Law School alumnus. He has also served on the faculty of legendary Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College and presented oral argument before the United States Supreme Court in a federal criminal case.

In addition to being a seasoned attorney, you are an experienced martial artist, with black belts in two disciplines, as well as being a former instructor and an owner of a dojo. When founding your own law firm, how did you incorporate that experience into your practice?

PM: Like my martial arts, the foundation of my law practice mirrors the Samurai Code of Bushido. There are four core principles that especially guide our firm: laser focus, superb training, killer instinct, and relentless pursuit of justice. These are the standards that we follow daily in representing our clients.

Among the cases you have tried, which have been the most memorable?

PM: I’ve obtained repeated full acquittals in federal jury cases, which is a rare accomplishment, as well as having successfully defended numerous clients targeted by the feds. Especially memorable is a letter I once received from a juror in a federal criminal trial in which the juror wrote, “I am writing to compliment you on your very effective representation of [your client], and I am happy that my fellow jurors agreed to find him not guilty.” I keep this letter framed in my office as a reminder of the importance of connecting with juries.

Patrick, with your history of success in challenging criminal defense and tax defense cases, what advice do you have for people encountering these problems for the first time?

PM: People often initially think they can handle a criminal or tax matter by themselves. But as with many medical issues, early intervention is critical in resolving a criminal or tax matter—every decision that is made in the early stages can have significant implications later on.

Related Articles

Paying the Price in P.R.


by Best Lawyers

Isis Carballo-Irigoyen discusses discuss intergovernmental relations, opportunity zones, and why a move to Puerto Rico to ease your tax burden likely won’t be as simple as you might think.

An Interview With McConnell Valdés

In the News: New York


by Best Lawyers

News and Events for New York Lawyers

In the News: New York

Baraona Fischer & Cia on the Changes Coming to Tax Law in Chile


by Best Lawyers

Juan Manuel Baraona of the 2019 "Law Firm of the Year" award-winner for Tax Law in Chile discusses forthcoming regulations, career highlights, and his secrets to success in an interview with Best Lawyers CEO Phillip Greer.

Baraona Fischer & Cia LFOTY

Results Matter


by Sean Stonefield

With a history of record recoveries, Block O’Toole & Murphy continues to achieve some of New York’s largest personal injury verdicts and settlements.

Block O’Toole & Murphy

The Fighter From New York


by Justin Smulison

Benedict Morelli discusses recent successes and high-profile casework.

Morelli Law Firm

NYC Pay Transparency Law Gets New Start Date


by Justin Smulison

This historic law regarding pay transparency in New York City originally scheduled to take effect last week was rescheduled to Fall 2022.

NYC Stand Resolute on Pay Transparency

East Side Story


by Adam Leitman Bailey

The made-for-Hollywood tale of a 16-year legal tussle to help a dedicated band of Manhattan “homesteaders” take ownership of the buildings they had moved into and begun to rehab.

Rosario Dawson's Family Fight for NY Building

Results That Make a Difference


by John Fields

Thomas Moore and Judith Livingston continue to secure some of the largest verdicts in New York state for their injured clients.

Largest Injury Verdicts in New York State

Patrick A. Mullin, Esq. - Annual Report


by Patrick A. Mullin, Esq.

Veteran federal criminal defense attorney Patrick A. Mullin, Esq. provides an annual report of his victories in high-stakes criminal and tax matters.

Patrick A. Mullen Annual Report of Defense

A Reputation for Success


by Justin Smulison

Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” David Perecman on his 40-plus years representing injury victims.

A 40 Year Career in Personal Injury

New York's Best Lawyers 2022


by Best Lawyers

Our 2022 New York's Best Lawyers publication features top-ranked legal talent and legal editorial from firms in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

New York's Best Lawyers 2022

Prominent 9/11 Lawyer Still Racking Up Awards for Clients


by John Ettorre

Despite 20 years passing since the September 11 terrorist attacks, one lawyer is still working to help families of victims recover compensation.

Prominent Lawyer Helping 9/11 Clients

A Potentially Precedent-Shifting Verdict


by Sean Stonefield

Preeminent trial lawyer Benedict Morelli on achieving one of the highest pain-and-suffering awards in New York State history.

Benedict Morelli

Overcoming Obstacles


by Sean Stonefield

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, personal injury firm Block O’Toole & Murphy is on track for its most successful year.

Block O'Toole & Murphy

The 2021 Best Lawyers in New York Area


by Best Lawyers

Featuring the top legal talent in the New York area.

Best Lawyers New York 2021 Homepage Image

Flawed Relocation Program Leads to Litigation


by Victoria Langley

Newark’s lawsuit against NYC could impact how cities across the country tackle homelessness.

Relocation Program for Homelessness

Trending Articles

Announcing the 2023 The Best Lawyers in America Honorees


by Best Lawyers

Only the top 5.3% of all practicing lawyers in the U.S. were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 29th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

Gold strings and dots connecting to form US map

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America for 2023


by Best Lawyers

The third edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ highlights the legal talent of lawyers who have been in practice less than 10 years.

Three arrows made of lines and dots on blue background

Announcing the 2022 Best Lawyers® in the United States


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers listed in the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® and in the 2nd Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America for 2022.

2022 Best Lawyers Listings for United States

Famous Songs Unprotected by Copyright Could Mean Royalties for Some


by Michael B. Fein

A guide to navigating copyright claims on famous songs.

Can I Sing "Happy Birthday" in Public?

Announcing the 2023 The Best Lawyers in Canada Honorees


by Best Lawyers

The Best Lawyers in Canada™ is entering its 17th edition for 2023. We highlight the elite lawyers awarded this year.

Red map of Canada with white lines and dots

Choosing a Title Company: What a Seller Should Expect


by Roy D. Oppenheim

When it comes to choosing a title company, how much power exactly does a seller have?

Choosing the Title Company As Seller

What the Courts Say About Recording in the Classroom


by Christina Henagen Peer and Peter Zawadski

Students and parents are increasingly asking to use audio devices to record what's being said in the classroom. But is it legal? A recent ruling offer gives the answer to a question confusing parents and administrators alike.

Is It Legal for Students to Record Teachers?

Announcing the 2022 Best Lawyers in Canada™


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers listed in the 16th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada™ and 1st Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada.

Announcing the 2022 Best Lawyers in Canada™

Caffeine Overload and DUI Tests


by Daniel Taylor

While it might come as a surprise, the over-consumption of caffeine could trigger a false positive on a breathalyzer test.

Can Caffeine Cause You to Fail DUI Test?

The Real Camille: An Interview with Johnny Depp’s Lawyer Camille Vasquez


by Rebecca Blackwell

Camille Vasquez, a young lawyer at Brown Rudnick, sat down with Best Lawyers CEO Phillip Greer to talk about her distinguished career, recently being named partner and what comes next for her.

Camille Vasquez in office

Announcing the 2022 "Best Law Firms" Rankings


by Best Lawyers

The 2022 “Best Law Firms” publication includes all “Law Firm of the Year” recipients, national and metro Tier 1 ranked firms and editorial from thought leaders in the legal industry.

The 2022 Best Law Firms Awards

Wage and Overtime Laws for Truck Drivers


by Greg Mansell

For truck drivers nationwide, underpayment and overtime violations are just the beginning of a long list of problems. Below we explore the wages you are entitled to but may not be receiving.

Truck Driver Wage and Overtime Laws in the US

All Eyes to the Ones on the Rise


by Rebecca Blackwell

Our 2023 honorees recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch™ in America tell us more about how their path to law formed, what lead them to their practice areas and how they keep steadfast in their passion to serve others.

Person walking between glass walls towards window

Announcing The Best Lawyers in Australia™ 2023


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms from Australia.

The Best Lawyers in Australia™ 2023

Announcing the 2022 Best Lawyers™ in Australia


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms.

Announcing the 2022 Best Lawyers™ in Australi

Announcing the 2022 Best Lawyers in South Africa™


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms.

Announcing 2022 Best Lawyers in South Africa