Cases

Maurice H. Sercarz and Roland G. Riopelle represent one of the five former employees of Bernard L. Madoff.

After his client had been convicted at trial while represented by another lawyer, Mr. Riopelle was retained to prosecute an appeal on behalf of the client.

Mr. Sercarz and Mr. Riopelle jointly represented a defendant in the longest single criminal trial in the history of the Eastern District of New York, in a case involving complex allegations of accounting fraud, securities fraud, insider trading and mail fraud.

In connection with the government’s investigation of insider trading at the Galleon Hedge Fund and related entities, Mr. Riopelle represented several individuals who were investigated for possible insider trading violations.

Mr. Riopelle represented the National Arts Club and its Board in connection with a myriad of notorious civil litigations and regulatory investigations relating to alleged wrongdoing by a small clique of individuals who had dominated and controlled the Club for many years.

In Federal Court in Brooklyn, Roland Riopelle secured the acquittal of a day trader alleged to have committed securities fraud in what became known as the “squawk box” case.

Maurice Sercarz and Roland Riopelle secured the acquittal of Richard Volpe, in one of the highly publicized NYSE specialist cases.

After a two week long trial, Maurice Sercarz won the acquittal of Brian Bartlett, a decorated detective with the NYPD who had been accused of accepting bribes and unlawful gratuities from a local peddler.

Mr. Riopelle represented several AIG Executives in connection with the criminal investigations and class action litigations alleging wrongdoing in the operations at AIG.

In the early 1980’s, Maurice Sercarz’s defense of Eve Rosahn resulted in the dismissal of all criminal charges against her. Miss Rosahn, an alleged member of the radical Weather Underground, was accused of providing the getaway vehicles used in the notorious armed robbery of a Brink’s armored truck which ended with the slaying of three men, including two Nyack police officers, and a loss of $1.6 million.

Maurice Sercarz represented a father, who along with his two sons, was accused in the late 1980’s of participating in the “largest Medicaid fraud in history.”

After a weeklong trial, Maurice Sercarz won the acquittal of Hyala Eller, a 35-year-old schoolteacher, who was the first woman to be criminally prosecuted for “kidnapping” her own children.