Richard E. Signorelli, Esq.

52 Duane Street, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10007

(917) 750-8842


Harvard Law School, J.D., Cum Laude

Princeton University, A.B., History, Magna Cum Laude


Criminal defense and civil litigation practice in the federal and state courts of New York State including significant trial and appellate experience.

Former Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, United States Department of Justice. Commendations received from: United States Secret Service; United States Drug Enforcement Administration; and Office of the Alabama Attorney General.

Substantive areas of civil litigation experience include: securities fraud; commercial disputes; partnership dissolutions; defamation/slander; civil rights; First Amendment; copyright/trademark infringement; fraud; civil RICO; real estate disputes; trusts and estates; insurance; entertainment; employment (discrimination/sexual harassment); breach of contract; tort claim defense; bankruptcy; malicious prosecution/false arrest; forfeiture; tax; accounting.

Substantive areas of criminal defense/prosecutorial experience include: securities fraud/insider trading; money laundering/structuring; extortion; obstruction of justice; insurance fraud; racketeering; tax evasion; embezzlement; bank fraud; credit card device; wire/mail fraud; sex offenses; identity fraud; counterfeiting; prescription drugs diversion; bank robbery; narcotics; firearms; postal offenses; immigration fraud; trademark infringement; healthcare fraud.

Super Lawyers Selection, New York Metropolitan area

United States District Court Criminal Justice Act Attorney

Founding and General Legal Counsel, East Villagers Against Crack, Inc.

Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Conflict Counsel for the City of New York


New York State (all state trial and appellate courts)
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York


Linkedin:     richard-e-signorelli    
Twitter:       @richsignorelli 


United States v. Richardson, 923 F.2d 13 (2d Cir. 1991)
United States v. White, 768 F.Supp. 447 (SDNY 1991), aff'd, 972 F.2d 16 (2d Cir. 1992)
Nicks v. United States, 760 F.Supp. 293 (SDNY 1990), rev'd, 955 F.2d 161 (2d Cir. 1992)
United States v. Tam, 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS (EDNY January 25, 1996); Newsday, 3/28/96
In the Matter of the Grand Jury Minutes, United States v. Tam, 1997 Westlaw 21369 (EDNY 1997)
Cleveland Entertainment Co., v. Sony Music Entertainment, Index no. 295530, Cleveland P.D., 2/19/98
Matter of Benedict
, New York Law Journal, 7/24/98 (QDS#: 94401427)
Palozzolo v. Correction Officer Benevolent Assoc., 255 A.D. 2d 372, 679 N.Y.S.2d 845 (2d Dep't 1998)
Wilhelmina Models, Inc. v. Elite Runway, Inc., New York Law Journal, 3/24/99 (QDS#: 22221447)
Wilhelmina Models, Inc. v. Major SRL, New York Law Journal, 4/16/99 (QDS#: 22310107)
In re Dawnwood Properties, 209 F.3d 114 (2d Cir. 2000)
United States v. Maher, 210 F.3d 356 (2d Cir. 2000)
United States v. Choiniere, 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42 (SDNY January 5, 2001)
Banks v. Yokemick, 144 F.Supp.2d 272 (SDNY 2001)
United States v. Espaillet, 380 F.3d 713 (2d Cir. 2004)
United States v. Jenkins, 324 F.Supp. 504 (SDNY 2004)
United States v. Gonzalez, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20495 (SDNY October 13, 2004)
Drew v. Menifee, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3423 (SDNY  March 4, 2005)
Drew v. Menifee, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9810 (SDNY May 20, 2005)
Matter of Crowe v. Kelly, 9 Misc. 3d 1111A, 806 N.Y.S.2d 444 (NY Sup Ct 2005)
United States v. Jenkins, 452 F.3d 207 (2d Cir. 2006)
Crowe v. Kelly, 2007 NY Slip Op 2603, 2007 NY App Div LEXIS 3846 (1st Dep't 2007)
Sankin v. Abeshouse, 545 F.Supp.2d 324 (SDNY 2008)
T.Z. v. City of New York, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14434 (EDNY February 26, 2008)
Castro v. Spice Place, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7678 (SDNY January 30, 2009)
United States v. David Ruiz, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19669 (SDNY  March 11, 2009)
T.Z. v. City of New York, et al., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 43600 (EDNY May 22, 2009)
United States v. Bari, 09-1074-cr (2d Cir. March 22, 2010)
United States v. Thompson, 453 Fed. Appx. 113 (2d Cir. 2012)
In re Madoff Securities, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78804 (May 15, 2012)
In re Madoff Securities, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108319 (August 2, 2012)
In re Madoff Securities, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2517 (January 4, 2013)
United States v. Bailey, et al., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62411 (April 29, 2013)
Martinez, et al. v. Spice Avenue, et al., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82787 (June 12, 2013)
In re Madoff Securities, 516 B.R. 18, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 58709 (April 28, 2014)
In re Madoff Securities, 513 B.R. 437, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90089 (June 30, 2014)
In re Madoff Securities, Adv. Pro. Nos. 08-01789 (SMB) (2015-2019) (numerous decisions)
Ranta v. The City of New York, et al., 14 CV 3794 (FB) (LB) (EDNY June 26, 2018)
Ranta v. The City of New York, et al., 14 CV 3794 (FB) (LB) (EDNY June 20, 2019)
United States v. Zimmian Tabb, 949 F.3d 81 (2d Cir. 2020), cert denied (2021)


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52 Duane Street is located at Foley Square, Manhattan, within blocks of all major State/Federal Courthouses and Government Offices. Most subway lines stop at or near 52 Duane Street including: the 4, 5, & 6 lines to the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall stop; the 1, 2, & 3 lines to the Chambers Street stop; the Q line to the Canal Street stop; and the R and W lines to the City Hall stop.


The beautiful corner office building located at 799 Broadway served as my office, 2003-2018. This building was designed in 1851 by James Renwick, Jr., the architect also responsible for the design of St. Patrick's Cathedral and Grace Church. For years it was known as the St. Denis Hotel. Many well known historical figures including Mark Twain, Sarah Bernhardt, Chester A. Arthur, Colonel William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, and General Ulysses S. Grant stayed there. The first demonstration of the telephone to New Yorkers by Alexander Graham Bell also took place there. This historic building has now been demolished and replaced by a new office structure.   


Please be advised that I cannot represent you or provide legal advice without first being retained as your attorney. There is a charge for all initial consultations. 


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