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The Law Office of Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma is a client-centered, trial-ready law practice that fights for defendants in important, complicated criminal cases in federal and New York state courts. We focus on federal crimes, including sex crimes such as child pornography possession and distribution. We handle New York State sex offender registration risk level determinations, positioning our clients from the beginning of a case to stay off the New York sex offender internet registry. We defend white-collar clients including bankers, lawyers, doctors, teachers and other professionals accused of fraud, including bank fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud and access device fraud. We represent people accused of organized crime, terrorism, and drug-trafficking offenses like smuggling and distribution of heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana. We take on cases involving serious violations of our clients’ civil rights, including wrongful convictions and excessive use of force by police and corrections officers. Please see our Practice Area links for more information on these cases.

Two principles motivate the way our New York federal criminal lawyers advise clients. First, we are client-centered: we work hard to listen, investigate and understand your legal problems. You come to us on the worst day of your life, after learning that everything good you have accomplished could be lost. Our job is to find out everything we can about your case, first by listening to you, the client. We remain in constant communication with clients and their families by cell phone, text, and email until the case is resolved. We gather all relevant information, employing private investigators, forensic accountants, psychiatrists and other experts to assist us. We do not give advice until we thoroughly understand what you are up against.

Second, we are trial-ready: we are always willing to take a decision to a jury, the presiding judge, the appeals court, or the United States Supreme Court. Unfortunately, many criminal lawyers and defendants feel overwhelmed by the weight of the prosecution’s evidence and investigative resources. They may be tempted to negotiate from a position of weakness. Our office is prepared to go to trial in every case; we approach every case as though a trial is inevitable. Trials are expensive and exhausting for everyone involved—and the prosecution knows it. New York City prosecutors—assistant district attorneys from Manhattan, Westchester, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx and assistant U.S. attorneys from the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York—also know our office tries a lot of cases. The credible threat of a trial ensures we get the best possible outcome, whether or not a trial proves necessary. And if the offer is not good enough, or the case is winnable, we are glad to present it to a jury.

Our office was founded in 2004 by principal attorney Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma. Mr. Margulis-Ohnuma graduated from Columbia College in 1989 and New York University School of Law in 1999 after a seven-year stint as an investigative reporter. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Andrew J. Peck of the Southern District of New York and practiced law at the large white-shoe law firm Weil Gotshal & Manges, second-seating a jury trial in his second year of practice. Since founding the Law Office of Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma, Mr. Margulis-Ohnuma has served on the prestigious Criminal Justice Act panels for both the Eastern and Southern District of New York. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers and the Top 100 Trial Lawyers since 2013. He has fought and won many important cases, including the exoneration of Antonio Yarbough in 2014, a narcoterrorism case brought against a Malian tribesman in 2010, a high-tech motion to suppress evidence from an iPhone in 2015, and an appeal establishing that sexual abuse in prison violates the U.S. Constitution . He has won millions of dollars for his clients in civil suits alleging police misconduct and prison abuse. The office also brings together associate Adam Elewa, Esq., who has trial and appellate experience around the country in technology and computer-related prosecutions. In addition, we have a staff of paralegals and interns who work tirelessly on behalf of our clients.

Selecting the right lawyer is one of the most important life decisions you will ever make. If you or someone you love is defending a criminal case in New York, please call us. If you retain our New York federal criminal attorneys, we will identify your legal objectives, investigate your case, discuss your options, and fight hard to achieve the best possible outcome. If needed, we will coordinate with psychiatrists, accountants, private investigators and other experts to prove the prosecution is wrong. Once retained, we will always act solely in your best interests with honesty, integrity and open communication. No one ever wants to be in a position where they need a criminal lawyer, but if you or a loved one finds yourself there, you owe it to yourself to find the best possible lawyer for your defense.

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Zachary is a brilliant attorney - he has a keen understanding of the law, with years of experience and practices with diligence and integrity. It was a pleasure to work with and learn from Zach, as he provided thoughtful and meticulous guidance. Zach is undoubtedly a devoted and passionate advocate for his clients, who operates with confidence, reliability, and the utmost professionalism. Vidya P.
Zachary is an excellent lawyer with great concern for his clients and equally great skills and thinking outside the box. I met him as an adversary and chose to keep him as a friend. He is both able and dedicated. In his areas of practice, he is outstanding. Joel A.
I highly recommend Zachary as a defense attorney. I hired him on a very serious jury case and the bottom line is we won. It is the best decision of my life at a critical point in my life. Zach was very professional, personable, a diligent expert, a masterful strategist but most importantly he took the time to understand my perspective. Ronald C.
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