Richard E. Signorelli, Esq.

52 Duane Street, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10007

Telephone: (212) 254-4218 (main and direct); Facsimile: (212) 254-1396; Cellular: (917) 750-8842

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Harvard Law School, J.D., Cum Laude

Princeton University, A.B., History, Magna Cum Laude


Criminal Defense and General Civil Litigation Practice in the federal and state courts of New York State.


Former Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, United States Department of Justice. Commendations and praise received from the United States Secret Service, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Office of the Alabama Attorney General.

Former litigation partner at midtown Manhattan law firm.

Extensive civil and criminal litigation experience in federal and state courts including significant trial experience.

Substantive areas of civil litigation experience include: securities fraud, commercial disputes, partnership dissolutions, defamation and slander, civil rights, First Amendment, copyright and trademark infringement, fraud, civil RICO, real estate disputes, trusts and estates, insurance, entertainment, employment (discrimination and sexual harassment), breach of contract, tort claim defense, bankruptcy litigation, malicious prosecution and false arrest, forfeiture, tax, and accounting.

Substantive areas of criminal defense and prosecutorial experience include: securities fraud and insider trading, money laundering and structuring, extortion, obstruction of justice, insurance fraud, racketeering, tax evasion, embezzlement, theft, bank fraud, credit card (access device) fraud, wire and mail fraud, sex offenses, identity and document fraud, counterfeiting, diversion of prescription drugs, bank robbery, narcotics, firearms, postal offenses, immigration and visa fraud; copyright and trademark infringement; and healthcare fraud.

Super Lawyers Selection, New York Metropolitan area, 2008 to the present.

United States District Court Criminal Justice Act Attorney, 1999 to the present.

Founding and General Legal Counsel, East Villagers Against Crack, Inc., 1987-89.


New York State (all state trial and appellate courts)
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Western, and Northern Districts of New York


Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Federal Bar Council
New York Criminal Bar Association


United States v. Richardson, 923 F.2d 13 (2d Cir. 1991)
United States v. White, 768 F.Supp. 447 (SDNY 1991), aff'd, 972 F.2d 16 (2d Cir. 1992)
Nicks v. United States, 760 F.Supp. 293 (SDNY 1990), rev'd, 955 F.2d 161 (2d Cir. 1992)
United States v. Tam, 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS (EDNY January 25, 1996); Newsday, 3/28/96
In the Matter of the Grand Jury Minutes, United States v. Tam, 1997 Westlaw 21369 (EDNY 1997)
Cleveland Entertainment Co., v. Sony Music Entertainment, Index no. 295530, Cleveland P.D., 2/19/98
Matter of Benedict
, New York Law Journal, 7/24/98 (QDS#: 94401427)
Palozzolo v. Correction Officer Benevolent Assoc., 255 A.D. 2d 372, 679 N.Y.S.2d 845 (2d Dep't 1998)
Wilhelmina Models, Inc. v. Elite Runway, Inc., New York Law Journal, 3/24/99 (QDS#: 22221447)
Wilhelmina Models, Inc. v. Major SRL, New York Law Journal, 4/16/99 (QDS#: 22310107)
In re Dawnwood Properties, 209 F.3d 114 (2d Cir. 2000)
United States v. Maher, 210 F.3d 356 (2d Cir. 2000)
United States v. Choiniere, 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42 (SDNY January 5, 2001)
Banks v. Yokemick, 144 F.Supp.2d 272 (SDNY 2001)
United States v. Espaillet, 380 F.3d 713 (2d Cir. 2004)
United States v. Jenkins, 324 F.Supp. 504 (SDNY 2004)
United States v. Gonzalez, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20495 (SDNY October 13, 2004)
Drew v. Menifee, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3423 (SDNY  March 4, 2005)
Drew v. Menifee, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9810 (SDNY May 20, 2005)
Matter of Crowe v. Kelly, 9 Misc. 3d 1111A, 806 N.Y.S.2d 444 (NY Sup Ct 2005)
United States v. Jenkins, 452 F.3d 207 (2d Cir. 2006)
Crowe v. Kelly, 2007 NY Slip Op 2603, 2007 NY App Div LEXIS 3846 (1st Dep't 2007)
Sankin v. Abeshouse, 545 F.Supp.2d 324 (SDNY 2008)
T.Z. v. City of New York, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14434 (EDNY February 26, 2008)
Castro v. Spice Place, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7678 (SDNY January 30, 2009)
United States v. David Ruiz, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19669 (SDNY  March 11, 2009)
T.Z. v. City of New York, et al., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 43600 (EDNY May 22, 2009)
United States v. Bari, 09-1074-cr (2d Cir. March 22, 2010)
United States v. Thompson, 453 Fed. Appx. 113 (2d Cir. 2012)
Securities Investor Protection Corp. v. Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC ("In re Madoff Securities"), 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78804 (May 15, 2012)
In re Madoff Securities, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108319 (August 2, 2012)
In re Madoff Securities, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2517 (January 4, 2013)
United States v. Bailey, et al., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62411 (April 29, 2013)
Martinez, et al. v. Spice Avenue, et al., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82787 (June 12, 2013)
Sec. Investor Prot. Corp. v. Bernard L. Madoff Inv. Sec. LLC, 516 B.R. 18, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 58709 (April 28, 2014)
Sec. Investor Prot. Corp. v. Bernard L. Madoff Inv. Sec. LLC, 513 B.R. 437, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90089 (June 30, 2014)
In re: Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, Debtor, Adv. Pro. Nos. 08-01789 (SMB) (2015-2019) (numerous decisions)
Ranta v. The City of New York, et al., 14 CV 3794 (FB) (LB) (EDNY June 26, 2018)


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52 Duane Street is located in the Foley Square area of Manhattan, within blocks of all major State and Federal Courthouses. Most subway lines stop at or near 52 Duane Street including: the 4, 5, and 6 lines to the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall stop; the 1, 2, and 3 lines to the Chambers Street stop; and the R and W lines to the City Hall stop.


There are a number of parking garages within a short walking distance of 52 Duane Street including one located at 101-117 Worth Street. 


The beautiful corner office building located at 799 Broadway (with an alternate address of 80 East 11th Street) served as my office location from September 2003 through April 2018. This building was designed in 1851 by James Renwick, Jr., the architect also responsible for the design of the St. Patrick's Cathedral and Grace Church which is located across the street from 799 Broadway. For a number of years it was known as the St. Denis Hotel and many well known historical figures including Mark Twain, Sarah Bernhardt, Chester A. Arthur, and Colonel William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, stayed there. Following the Civil War, General Ulysses S. Grant had an office here. The first demonstration of the telephone to New Yorkers by Alexander Graham Bell also took place at the St. Denis Hotel. This historic building has been demolished to make way for a new structure.   


Please be advised that I cannot represent you or provide legal advice without first being retained as your attorney. There is ordinarily a charge for all initial consultations. 


This website has been consciously designed so that it is fully accessible to the visually impaired.  For example, it is keyboard-friendly so that all features can be accessed without the use of a mouse such as by using the tab key. All content is readily accessible on the same page and no automatic media or navigation features are used. The only visual image is a photograph of Richard E. Signorelli near the top of the website and no colors or other images are used in the design of this website. All links are described with sufficient particularity and all headers clearly detail the information contained in each section of the site. If anyone with visual impairments has any questions or issues with the accessibility features of this website, please contact Richard Signorelli directly.

The office building located at 52 Duane Street is also completely accessible to anyone experiencing any form of physical disability and in full conformance with all legal mandates. For example, there is a wheelchair compatible ramp outside of the building allowing access to the building lobby. Accessible elevators can then be used to travel from the lobby to the seventh floor which is also fully accessible including having appropriate bathroom facilities. 

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19.7ed. (May 2019)
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