Victoria N. Medley is a criminal defense and civil rights attorney focusing on federal prosecutions, prisoners’ rights litigation, and sex crimes defense. As an associate attorney at the Law Office of Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma, she routinely represents defendants accused of child pornography and other sexual crimes and handles proceedings under the New York Sex Offender Registration Act, including SORA hearings and petitions for modification of SORA risk level. She also represents victims of serious sex crimes, including prison inmates, in lawsuits against their attackers. She provides responsive, aggressive advocacy for her clients and is well respected by judges and fellow attorneys alike.
Ms. Medley graduated from Brooklyn Law School, where she earned a Criminal Law Certificate and was awarded the Edward V. Sparer Fellowship, Platinum Pro Bono Award, and the Michael Madow Bar Grant in recognition for her excellence in service to criminal defendants. During law school, Ms. Medley participated in several clinics and externships, including the Exoneration Initiative and the Capital Defense and Federal Habeas clinic. As President of Brooklyn Law School's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, she organized the Martin Luther King Commemoration Ceremony, the Stop and Frisk Panel in the wake of Floyd, and the NSA/Snowden Debate.
After law school, Ms. Medley completed a year-long fellowship with the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Appeals Bureau, where she obtained parole for numerous clients by advocating before the New York State Board of Parole. She also filed a successful appeal at the Appellate Division – First Department for reversal of a client’s conviction and for the application of youthful offender treatment.
Prior to joining the Law Office of Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma in 2018, Ms. Medley was an associate at Perlmutter & McGuinness, P.C., which recently dissolved when senior partner Adam D. Perlmutter, was appointed as a judge of the New York City Criminal Court. While at P & M, Ms. Medley defended clients against a range of charges including murder, drug trafficking, conspiracy to distribute narcotics, production of child pornography, embezzlement, wire fraud, and RICO violations. In federal cases, Ms. Medley frequently obtained sentences below the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines for her clients.
Ms. Medley is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Civil Rights Committee, where she is involved with subcommittees focused on bail reform, reform of New York Executive Law 50-a, and police misconduct. Ms. Medley is also a member of the City Bar's Capital Punishment Special Committee, which hosts an annual Capital Punishment and Post-Conviction Relief Training.
She is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the District of New Jersey.