Mr. Caliendo was referred to as "legal muscle" in an article that described Sercarz & Riopelle as "one of the city's top white-collar defense firms."

Mr. Riopelle was selected one of the "Litigators of the Week" by the American Lawyer in connection with his representation of Thomas Bradley Strickland in an enforcement action brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").


Mr. Riopelle represented Thomas Bradley Strickland in an enforcement action brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).  After a two week trial, the jury found in favor of Mr. Riopelle’s client, and the other defendants.

Mr. Riopelle represented Annette Bongiorno, a former executive assistant for Bernard Madoff, during a trial that lasted nearly six months.  Mr. Riopelle did so despite the financial pressures and stresses such a lengthy trial imposes on an attorney with a small firm.

Two Long Island lawyers were acquitted Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn of conspiracy, fraud and money-laundering charges linked to corruption at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).

A federal jury has acquitted two attorneys and a real estate developer of taking part in a kickback and bribery scheme connected to projects by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

Mr. Sercarz, who represented the woman charged with stalking Alec Baldwin, based, in part, on the content of emails, filed a motion arguing that the crime of Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree was a violation of the First Amendment.

Maurice Sercarz represented an individual charged with sex trafficking.

Roland Riopelle provides legal insight and commentary to the New York Times on high profile white collar crime cases such as the late trading mutual fund case and the prosecution of Richard M. Scrushy, the former chief executive of HealthSouth.

As the Chairman of the Criminal Advocacy Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Roland Riopelle was asked by Stand Up for What is Right and Just, a non-profit organization aimed at reforming the criminal justice system, and the New York Times to provide expert legal insight into a Department of Justice’s 2003 directive which limited the use of plea bargains in criminal prosecutions.

Maurice Sercarz represented a married couple accused of masterminding a multimillion dollar marijuana ring and was quoted in the media for opposing hours of electronic eavesdropping on his clients by the police.

Roland Riopelle represented “money manager to the stars,” Dana Giacchetto. Mr. Giacchetto provided financial advice to the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz and Ben Affleck. In 2001, Mr. Giacchetto was prosecuted for allegedly stealing his celeb clients’ money.

Roland Riopelle was extensively quoted in the New York Times providing legal insight during the prosecution and trial of Martha Stewart.

Roland Riopelle represented a defendant in the 2004 trial of former New York State Labor Commissioner James McGowan in which Mr. Riopelle defended against the government’s allegations of political power playing, mail fraud, conspiracy, and bribery. Mr. Riopelle’s opening statement in which he “assailed” a cooperating witness was quoted in the Journal News.

Maurice Sercarz was quoted in the New York Times and a series of articles in the Village Voice by Tom Robbins in connection with Mr. Sercarz’s representation of the lead defendant in a multi-defendant case in which the government alleged that purported members of the Gambino Crime Family bilked consumers of hundreds of millions dollars in scams involving pornographic internet websites and 1-900 telephone services.

September 5, 2008
Admission of coconspirators’ plea allocutions requires reversal of convictions, circuit says