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Mr. Tirschwell practices primarily in the areas of white collar criminal defense and complex civil and constitutional litigation, drawing on 20 years of experience handling a wide range of cases as both a defense lawyer and federal prosecutor.Mr. Tirschwell has defended individuals and corporations in investigations and at trial in matters initiated by the SEC, various U.S. Attorney's Offices, the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, the New York State Attorney General, the Manhattan D.A.'s Office, and FINRA (formerly the NASD and NYSE). In addition, Mr. Tirschwell has conducted numerous internal corporate investigations and handles complex civil litigations during both pre-trial proceedings and at trial, including securities fraud class actions, complex business disputes and, currently, a high-profile numismatic suit with the federal government to recover ten 1933 Double Eagle gold coins.
Mr. Tirschwell was recognized by Lawdragon as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America and has been chosen as a “Super Lawyer” in the area of white collar criminal defense every year since 2006 in New York Super Lawyers, a special supplement to The New York Times. He is co-author of the widely used textbook The Practice of Federal Criminal Law: Prosecution and Defense (2006, Thomson/West, American Casebook Series), which a review in the New York Law Journal called a "valuable and savvy text...distinguished by its practical approach and insight into the federal criminal system," as well as numerous other articles on federal criminal practice. Mr. Tirschwell is an expert in federal sentencing. He has represented numerous clients at the sentencing phase of federal criminal cases, and also has handled several sentencing appeals. He is one of only 17 federal criminal practitioners nationwide to be appointed in 2008 by the United States Sentencing Commission to the Commission's Practitioners Advisory Group, where he served as the single voting member representing the Second Circuit, and in 2010 he was appointed by the Commission to be the National Vice Chair. Mr. Tirschwell has testified before the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and he has published several articles about sentencing issues. From 1997 through 2002, Mr. Tirschwell served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, representing the United States as lead counsel in scores of federal criminal cases -- including numerous jury trials -- involving securities fraud, mortgage fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, embezzlement from federal programs and international narcotics trafficking. Mr. Tirschwell served as a deputy section chief, training and supervising new prosecutors, and was awarded the Department of Justice's Director's Award for Superior Performance in recognition of his successful prosecution of white collar crimes.