Daniel M. Gitner
Daniel M. Gitner focuses his practice on defending individuals and entities in white-collar criminal and regulatory matters. He has represented corporations, corporate executives, financial professionals, lawyers, accountants, artists, and law firms before a wide array of federal and state authorities and courts, as well as in internal investigations. Those matters have involved allegations of securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, insider trading, accounting fraud, market manipulation, criminal antitrust, obstruction of justice, perjury, workplace discrimination and harassment, tax fraud, bribery, extortion, environmental law violations, money laundering, off-label marketing, immigration violations, insurance fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, trade secret violations, professional misconduct, asset forfeiture, and other criminal and/or regulatory issues. Mr. Gitner also has represented entities and individuals in complex federal and state civil litigation and claimants in restitution proceedings.
In July 2014, the American Lawyer named Mr. Gitner its “Litigator of the Week,” after he secured the first acquittal in a federal criminal insider trading case in recent memory. Chambers USA has named Mr. Gitner to its list of “Leaders in their Field.” The Legal 500 states that Mr. Gitner is a “superstar... who is particularly praised for his subject matter expertise and responsiveness.” In 2014, Benchmark Litigation named him a “National Litigation Star.” The New York Times has profiled Mr. Gitner in an article entitled “Meticulous, Superstitious, and Victorious.” Mr. Gitner routinely appears in Super Lawyers, New York's Best Lawyers, the International Who's Who of Business Crime Defense, and similar publications.
Prior to joining LS&W as a partner in 2005, Mr. Gitner served in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he was an Assistant United States Attorney from 1997 to 2005 and chief of the General Crimes Unit from 2003 to 2005. Mr. Gitner was a recipient of the Justice Department’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance and was named the Federal Prosecutor of the Year in 2003 by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.
Mr. Gitner has spoken at continuing education seminars, lectured at Columbia Law School on federal grand jury practice, and is an adjunct professor at New York Law School, where he has taught a course on sentencing. Mr. Gitner was also a lead author of Business Crime, a comprehensive treatise on white collar criminal matters, and is the author of numerous articles concerning white collar criminal and regulatory issues.
In 2013, Mr. Gitner was appointed to be a commissioner of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, an independent agency that investigates charges of police misconduct.
Mr. Gitner received a B.A. cum laude in 1992 from Cornell University with distinction in all subjects and a J.D. in 1995 from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Articles Editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems. Following law school, from 1995 to 1997, Mr. Gitner clerked for two different federal judges in the Southern District of New York.