White Collar Defense Attorney, Criminal Defense Attorney New York
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Roger  L. Stavis

Primary Practice Areas

White Collar Criminal Defense
Crisis Management


George Washington University Law School
J.D., with honors, 1982

Queens College of the City University of New York
B.A., magna cum laude, 1979


  • New York, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 1999
Roger L. Stavis
Tel: 212-935-3131, Ext. 332
Fax: 212-935-4514
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Roger Stavis is one of New York’s most experienced and respected criminal defense attorneys. He has tried more than 100 cases to verdict in state and federal courts, many of which were high-profile, complex, multi-defendant cases. Mr. Stavis has also argued more than 100 appeals in various state and federal courts around the country.

Mr. Stavis is a former prosecutor and is the former Chairman of the Criminal Courts Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Other Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Regulatory Investigations

In the News

Published Works

Recent Lectures and Presentations

  • “Federal Practice 101: An Introduction to the Nuts and Bolts of Federal Civil Practice,” New York City Bar Association, March 6, 2018
  • "Terrorism Trials and the Second Circuit," Federal Bar Council, January 11, 2017
  • "Key Issues in White Collar Criminal Defense," New York State Bar Association, December 14, 2015
  • New York Criminal Practice 101, New York City Bar Association, April 23, 2012
  • “New York Criminal Practice 101,” New York City Bar Association, March 23, 2011
  • “The Proper Role of the Courts in National Security,” American Bar Association, Washington, D.C. March 2, 2011
  • “New York Criminal Practice 101,” New York City Bar Association, April 19, 2010
  • “The NEW New York Rules of Professional Conduct and Their Impact on Criminal Practice,” New York City Bar Association, November 10, 2009

Public Service

  • Mediator, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2011 to present
  • Member, Independent Judicial Screening Panel for the Supreme Court, Democratic County Committee, 1991 and 1997
  • Assistant District Attorney and Supervising Attorney, Bronx District Attorney's Office, 1982-1986

Reported Cases

  • People v. Class, 494 N.E. 2d 444 (N.Y. 1986)
  • Associated Press v. Bell, 510 N.E.2d 313 (N.Y. 1987)
  • People v. Robert Chambers, 512 N.Y.S.2d 631 (N.Y. 1987)
  • United States v. Curtis, 32 M.J. 252 (U.S. Ct. Military. App. 1991)
  • United States v. Rodriguez, 968 F.2d 130 (2d Cir. 1992)
  • United States v. El Sayyid Nosair 854 F.Supp.251 (S.D. N.Y. 1994)
  • People v. Maher, 675 N.E. 2d 833 (N.Y. 1996)
  • United States v. Rahman, 189 F.3d 88 (2d Cir. 1999)
  • United States v. Kirkham, 195 F.3d 126 (2d Cir. 1999)
  • United States v. Pirro, 76 F.Supp. 2d 478 (S.D.N.Y. 1999)
  • United States v. Al Kassar, 660 F.3d 108 (2d Cir. 2011)
  • Universitas Education v. Nova Group, 784 F.3d 99 (2d Cir. 2015)
  • United States v. Binday, 804 F.3d 558 (2d Cir. 2015)
Read summaries of representative engagements.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Chair, Federal Courts Committee, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, New York City Bar Association, 2018-
  • Vice President and Counsel, Larchmont Historical Society, 2016-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Iona College, Department of Political Science, 2012-2015
  • Adjunct Faculty - Cardozo Law School, Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, 1993-2015
  • Guest Lecturer, JFK Special Warfare Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 1995-2006
  • New York City Bar Association (Chairman, Committee on Criminal Courts, 2007—2010; Member, Federal Courts Committee, 2017-present)
  • New York Council of Defense Lawyers, (Liason Committee, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, 2016-present)
  • New York State Bar Association (Committee On White Collar Criminal Litigation)
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


  • George Washington University Law School Trustee Scholar.
    • Recipient, Professional Achievement Award, The George Washington Law Alumni Association, 1995.
  • Selected as a “Super Lawyer” from 2007 through 2016. This is an honor given to fewer than five percent of the state’s most respected attorneys.