Practice Areas

The Law Office of Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma handles complex state and federal criminal cases in New York. We are high-energy, client-focused and trial-oriented. We pride ourselves on listening to clients and finding creative solutions to the most challenging legal problems. We have experience in numerous different types of proceedings on behalf of our clients.

There is no such thing as a routine criminal case and no two criminal cases are the same. Typical cases we have handled have included white-collar crime, organized crime, extortion, money laundering, fraud, child pornography, gun possession and official misconduct. We are deeply committed to meeting our ethical obligation of zealous advocacy for every client we represent. The cases we handle change our clients’ lives: it is our job to make sure that we get the best possible outcome that the law permits. We do not rest until that is achieved.

 Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma Although we are a small practice, the Law Office of Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma has the same legal resources available to it as larger firms. We frequently work with other carefully screened professionals including private investigators, forensic psychologists, accountants, interpreters and other attorneys. We have access to the latest electronic databases, including court documents and case data. We engage professional appellate printers, process servers, court services and computer professionals when needed.

If you have been accused of a crime in New York State, please call us at 212-685-0999 or email us at for an immediate personal response. For more information on criminal cases, please see Understanding the Criminal Court Process. For specific information on fraud and business crime prosecutions, visit our White Collar Crime page. If you or someone you love has been accused of a sex crime, go to Sex Crimes Advocacy. If you have already been convicted of a crime, please visit our criminal appeals page.

In addition to criminal defense, we handle a small number of select civil rights cases. In 2009, we won a $1 million jury verdict for a Rikers Island inmate. In 2015, we achieved a $3.6 million settlement from the State of New York for Antonio Yarbough, who spent almost 21 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. We also represent victims, witnesses, and potential witnesses in criminal and civil cases who need advice on asserting their rights. Most of our civil rights cases involve novel legal or factual issues. Some of them arise out of criminal cases we have handled. As with our criminal cases, we provide focus and commitment to civil cases that frequently have life-altering consequences.