Avi Moskowitz, a 1980 graduate of Columbia Law School and a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York (1985-1991), focuses on criminal defense and commercial litigation matters.
His criminal defense cases have run the gamut from securities fraud, tax fraud and public corruption to capital murder and racketeering and virtually every type of case in between. He has successfully represented clients in investigations and prosecutions in the federal courts in New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania, as well as the state courts in New York.
Equally as important, he has helped clients, both individuals and corporations who were under investigation, to avoid indictment by providing sound advice and effectively advocating on behalf of his clients before prosecuting and regulatory authorities. Avi has conducted internal investigations on behalf of companies and has represented individuals during internal corporate investigations assisting them in navigating through the perils of parallel civil and criminal investigations.
In addition to his white-collar criminal practice, Avi is one of only a handful of attorneys to have tried a federal capital case to verdict, helping his client avoid the death penalty in United States v. Quinones and Rodriguez . In the past twenty years, Avi has successfully represented more than fifty clients charged with capital crimes in the federal courts of New York.
In his civil practice, Avi has handled all types of cases including civil RICO, breach of contract, employment discrimination, insurance coverage, products liability and intellectual property matters. He also represents institutions and individuals in litigation brought under the New York State Child Victims Act.
During his tenure as Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, Avi tried twenty-four cases to verdict, and successfully argued numerous appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. As a defense lawyer, Avi has tried more than twenty-five cases in the federal and state courts in New York.
Since 1991, Avi has been an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at New York Law School. He has also taught trial advocacy to lawyers as a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA).
Avi’s superior skills and integrity have been recognized by his peers who have given him an AV rating, the highest peer rating in the Martindale-Hubbell ratings system. In 2011, Avi was elected by his peers as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, in recognition of his outstanding skills as a trial lawyer. Avi has also been recognized by his peers as a “Super Lawyer” for the past decade.