Mark Bederow, a former prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney's
Office, is well-known for aggressive advocacy on behalf of his clients.
He has successfully represented clients in serious matters where people's
liberty and future rest in the balance. An experienced and creative advocate,
Mr. Bederow has gained favorable outcomes for his clients through trials,
contested legal proceedings, legal argument, negotiation, and demonstrating
clients' innocence. Mr. Bederow's practice is concentrated on
traditional street crime and white collar crime prosecuted in New York's
federal and state courts.
Mr. Bederow's clients include individuals and business entities, including:
- Public officials
- Law enforcement officers
- FBI agents
- NYPD captains
- Business owners
- Financial executives
- Real-estate professionals
- Professional musicians
- Hollywood personalities
New York Times author
- A well-known publishing executive
- An internationally acclaimed artist
- Many others
Over the course of more than 15 years practicing criminal law as a Manhattan
assistant district attorney and in private practice, Mr. Bederow has earned
a reputation as a zealous advocate, a legal strategist, and a top-notch
trial attorney. This skill set has served his clients well; Mr. Bederow
works tirelessly to reach a favorable outcome for his clients, and as
an accomplished trial attorney, he is prepared to try a case if it is
in the best interest of a client.
A Reputation For Victory
Mr. Bederow has an exceptional track record of success as a defense attorney
or prosecutor. In one case which received worldwide media attention, he
successfully defended a former Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI against four counts of murder arising out of allegations that he assisted
a notorious Mafia informant commit organized-crime related murders in
Brooklyn. All charges were dismissed mid-trial after defense cross-examination
exposed that the prosecution's chief witnesses were lying.
In another well-known case, Mr. Bederow
successfully represented a Florida landscaper who faced several years in prison for accidentally bringing a loaded firearm into Manhattan. Mr. Bederow's
client was acquitted by a jury after less than 30 minutes of deliberation.
Among his many trial successes are acquittals in serious sexual assault
cases and several self-defense cases, including a well-known Manhattan
case in which an
opera singer was accused of assaulting a doctor over a petty dispute at a Trader Joe's store in Manhattan.
Mr. Bederow has successfully defended several citizens who unknowingly
found themselves facing years in state prison after being accused of violating
New York's stringent gun possession laws. In addition to the Florida
case referenced above, he recently represented another Florida resident
who accidentally brought a firearm into New York. Although the Queens
District Attorney sought prison, all charges were dismissed against Mr.
Bederow's client after he appeared before a grand jury.
Mr. Bederow's advocacy has resulted in the dismissal of charges or
non-criminal resolutions for several clients arrested with firearms at
LaGuardia and JFK airport. Finally, in a case which received national
attention about the wisdom of New York's gun law, Mr. Bederow
successfully negotiated a non-jail resolution for a former Marine arrested at the Empire State Building with a loaded firearm.
Attorney Bederow Never Stops Fighting
In addition to representing clients in open criminal matters, Mr. Bederow
assists clients with wrongful convictions and post-conviction re-investigation
and litigation. His relentless advocacy recently
resulted in an innocent client who was wrongfully prosecuted in Brooklyn
being released after being incarcerated for one year. This injustice received prominent
media attention and became a key issue in the most recent campaign for
Brooklyn District Attorney. Among Mr. Bederow's current clients is
John Giuca, whose 2005 wrongful conviction for a high-profile 2003 Brooklyn
presently being reviewed by the Brooklyn DA's Conviction Review Unit.
History of Success
Prior to entering private practice in 2004, Mr. Bederow served as an assistant
district attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, which
is the pre-eminent state prosecutor's office in the United States.
As a prosecutor at the nation's leading prosecutor's office, Mr.
Bederow conducted many significant investigations and prosecutions. In
a case which received worldwide attention, he prosecuted one of the first
indictments under New York's hate crime statute when he
successfully prosecuted a German national who attempted to burn down a Jewish neighbor's apartment in a Manhattan
high-rise apartment building.
He successfully tried a police officer who, only months after 9/11, assaulted
an Egyptian cab driver. While in the Manhattan District Attorney's
Office, Mr. Bederow also trained younger prosecutors in trial practice
and supervised several attorneys in making charging decisions for new
arrests. Mr. Bederow also successfully tried
People v. Sumpter, 190 Misc.2d 115 (App. Term 1
st Dept 2001)
, a sexual abuse prosecution which clarified the New York standard on what
constitutes "sexual gratification."
Mr. Bederow spent four years at a large international law firm, where he
represented business entities and individuals in substantial white collar
matters, including federal criminal proceedings and internal investigations.
Mr. Bederow's reputation and experience have resulted in his frequently
being called upon to provide legal commentary on criminal matters of public
interest in national and local television and print media.