Samuel Braverman is a shareholder in the New York office of Anderson Kill 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, 10 federal districts, and 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 and 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.
Super Lawyers Criminal Defense (2013-2023); Super Lawyers White Collar Defense (2015-2023); Super Lawyers Business Law (2015-2016).
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
- 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.