Criminal Defense Lawyers - New York City, NY - Michael A. Scotto
Michael A. Scotto
Michael A. Scotto is of Counsel in the Litigation Department at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. and devotes a substantial part of his practice to criminal defense. Mr. Scotto's practice includes representing individual clients, businesses, unions, and other entities in grand jury and internal investigations, and serving as an Independent Private Sector Inspector General (“IPSIG”).
Notable experience includes:
- Successfully represented an individual in connection with a federal investigation involving allegations of wire and bank fraud, persuading the government not to file charges
Persuaded state prosecutor to dismiss charges based on an actual innocence claim
Obtained complete dismissal, by motion, of a law suit alleging professional malpractice by architect clients.
Mr. Scotto has lectured for the Nassau County Bar Association on Crime in the Construction Industry. He also has presented CLE lectures for both the District Attorney’s office and the New York City Department of Investigation, including the law of bribery, larceny, New York State's Organized Crime Control Act and issues relating to parallel state and federal prosecutions.
Mr. Scotto is the recipient of the 2013 Long Island Public Interest Attorney of the Year for Touro Law School.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Scotto worked for the New York County District Attorney’s Office where he held several positions. Most recently, he was a Chief of the Rackets Bureau and Deputy Chief of the Investigation Division. Before that, he was a Chief of the Labor Racketeering Unit/Construction Industry Strike Force. Prior to serving as Chief, Mr. Scotto was an Assistant District Attorney within the Labor Racketeering Unit where he prosecuted criminal cases involving corruption and organized crime influence in New York City labor unions, the New York City Construction industry, public corruption, and theft of public money. Mr. Scotto was the lead attorney in “Operation Textbook,” a two year investigation which involved extensive use of wiretaps and resulted in charges being brought under New York’s Organized Crime Control Act against thirty-eight individuals, including high ranking members of the Lucchese Crime Family, and a dozen contracting companies. Mr. Scotto has extensive experience litigating complex motions in criminal cases, including matters involving court ordered eavesdropping. Mr. Scotto was also an Assistant District Attorney in the Trial Division where he prosecuted street crime.
Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1989
New York University, B.A., 1986
American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section Ad Hoc Task Force on Corporate Monitors
New York City Bar Association, Criminal Advocacy Committee, Member
District Attorney’s Trial Advocacy Program, Judge and Advisor
Nassau County Bar Association, Construction Law and Criminal Court Law and Procedure Committees, Member
Manhasset Bay Estates Association, Legal Chair
New York State
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District
of New York