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Eric A. Tirschwell


Phone: 212.715.8404 Fax: 212.715.8000 New York

Eric Tirschwell co-chairs Kramer Levin’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Group. Mr. Tirschwell represents individuals and companies in criminal and regulatory investigations and trials and handles complex business and constitutional litigation, drawing on 20 years of experience as both a defense lawyer and federal prosecutor.

Mr. Tirschwell has a long and successful record of defending clients in matters initiated by the SEC, various U.S. Attorney's Offices, the Department of Justice, the CFPB, the N.Y. Attorney General, and FINRA. In addition, he has conducted numerous internal corporate investigations for large and small companies and non-profits.

Mr. Tirschwell recently represented, for example, Bear Stearns/JPMorgan Chase in federal regulatory investigations and civil proceedings focused on the collapse of two hedge funds, persuading the government not to bring any corporate criminal charges and winning dismissal at summary judgment of a related multi-billion dollar CDO lawsuit in federal court.

Other recent representations include a major investment bank in a joint DOJ/SEC insider trading probe, a hedge fund executive in a criminal securities fraud trial, a private investment management firm in an internal investigation and DOJ criminal antitrust prosecution, a senior banker in a criminal and SEC investigation, and financial services firms in investigations by the SEC and CFPB and related shareholder litigation, and a national religious non-profit organization in a federal criminal tax fraud investigation.

Mr. Tirschwell was recognized by Lawdragon as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America and has been named a “Super Lawyer” in the area of white collar criminal defense for 2014 and every year since 2006.

Mr. Tirschwell is co-author of the widely used textbook The Practice of Federal Criminal Law and has written numerous articles on criminal defense. He is one of only 17 defense lawyers nationwide serving on the U.S. Sentencing Commission's Practitioners Advisory Group, has represented clients in numerous sentencing proceedings and appeals, and has written and testified about federal sentencing issues.

Earlier in his career Mr. Tirschwell served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and supervisor in the Eastern District of New York, representing the government as lead prosecutor in scores of criminal cases ranging from securities, mortgage, and mail fraud to money laundering, embezzlement and international narcotics trafficking.

He currently serves as Chair of Kramer Levin’s pro bono program.

J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1992
  • Board of Directors and Student Attorney, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Amherst College, 1988
New York, 1993
District of Columbia, 1995
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
Honorable David V. Kenyon,  U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1992 - 1994
    -Federal Bar Council, Public Service Committee (2012-present)
    -Lawyers Council, Citizens Crime Commission of New York City (2012-present)
    -United States Sentencing Commission, Practitioner's Advisory Group: National Vice Chair (2010-present); Second Circuit Representative (2009-2010)
    -Board of Directors, The Fund for Modern Courts (2009-present)
    -Federal Bar Council's Inn of Court (2001-2003)
    -Council on Judicial Administration, New York City Bar Association (1995-1997)


    -Fordham Law School, Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing (2001-2003)
    -New York University Law School, Guest Lecturer, Professional Responsibility in the Practice of Criminal Law (2004, 2005)