Daniel M. Gitner

Twice named the New York White Collar and Government Investigations Lawyer of the Year by Chambers USA, Dan has earned a national reputation for “his breadth of expertise and his deft handling of high-profile cases” (Chambers USA).  A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he is Chambers-ranked for both White Collar and Government Investigations  and as a Trial Lawyer, and has been profiled by leading publications including the New York Times and The American Lawyer.

Dan has represented corporate executives, financial professionals, lawyers, accountants, artists, law firms, and corporations 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 violations, 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 regulatory issues. In addition, Dan has represented individuals and organizations in complex federal and state civil litigation and claimants in restitution proceedings.

Prior to joining LSW as a partner in 2005, Dan served in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. During his tenure, he received 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.

Dan’s contributions to the legal community are wide-ranging. He regularly sits on panels to discuss developments in insider trading law, trial skills,  and other aspects of white collar criminal defense. Dan speaks at continuing education seminars, he has lectured at Columbia Law School and currently serves as an adjunct professor at New York Law School. Dan is also a lead author of Business Crime, a comprehensive treatise on white collar criminal matters, and publishes on white collar criminal and regulatory issues.

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“Dan Gitner is one of the best trial attorneys in the country, and he has had a remarkable string of victories while at LSW. He gives his all to every case, and he is a pleasure to work with.”

The Legal 500

“A natural in the courtroom.”

Chambers USA

“He has an everyman approach to the jury, which is something that resonates with them and is pretty unique in this space.”

Chambers Global

“The full package, just the whole thing.”

Chambers USA

“He’s one of the smartest lawyers on earth … a tremendous trial attorney.”

Chambers USA

“Wins widespread praise for his sophisticated white-collar practice which regularly sees him represent individuals in high-profile criminal proceedings.”

Chambers USA

“You’d be hard-pressed to find a finer criminal defense lawyer in New York City than Dan Gitner.  If someone you love is in trouble with federal authorities, you want Dan on the case.”

The Legal 500

“Described as incredibly skilled and gifted in the courtroom, with amazing client skills.”

Chambers USA

“[A] superstar … who is particularly praised for his subject matter expertise and responsiveness.”

The Legal 500

Representative Matters

  • Defended a hedge fund manager accused of criminal insider trading in a two-month jury trial in federal court in Manhattan, winning first insider trading acquittal in recent memory.
  • Defended a corporate executive accused of bribery in a high-profile political corruption case, securing a hung jury after a two-month federal trial.
  • Defended a financial executive in a month-long federal criminal trial brought by the DOJ Antitrust Division involving allegations of conspiracy and fraud in the municipal bond industry, which resulted in victory on appeal.
  • Represented major quasi-governmental international organization in several high-profile corruption investigations.
  • Represented non-U.S. financial professionals in major DOJ and CFTC investigation involving alleged manipulation of LIBOR benchmark rates, which resulted in no U.S. charges filed.
  • Represented financial professional in DOJ and Federal Reserve investigation involving alleged manipulation of the foreign currency markets.
  • Represented CFO of a major public company in SEC investigation regarding disclosure issues.
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Off-Label Drug Promotion and the First Amendment, New York Law Journal (February 1, 2013)

Obtaining Restitution for Crime Victims Without Sacrificing Privacy, New York Law Journal (January 2, 2013) (co-author with Patrick C. Toomey)

Seeking Restitution for the Costs of Internal Investigations, New York Law Journal (September 29, 2008) (co-author with Brian Jacobs)

Challenging the Guidelines’ Loss Table, Federal Sentencing Reporter (February 1, 2008) (co-author with Gabrielle S. Friedman, Kan Nawaday)

Must a Firm Report Child Porn on Company Server?, New York Law Journal (November 15, 2007) (co-author with Gabrielle S. Friedman)

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  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Fellow
  • Chambers USA
    • White Collar and Government Investigations Lawyer of the Year – New York (2015 & 2019)
    • Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations New York, Band 1
    • National Trial Lawyers
  • Chambers Global
    • USA-Litigation
  • The Legal 500
  • Benchmark Litigation
    • National Practice Area Star and Local Litigation Star in White Collar Crime
  • Expert Guides (White Collar Crime)
  • The New York Times
  • The American Lawyer
  • U.S. Department of Justice
    • Director’s Award for Superior Performance (during service as AUSA)
  • U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Foundation
    • Federal Prosecutor of the Year (2003) (during service as AUSA)
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Professional Affiliations

  • New York Council of Defense Lawyers
    • Board Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • NACDL Task Force for Rule 16
  • UJA Federation of New York
    • Chair, Criminal Law Executive Group Council (2016-2018)
  • New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board
    • Commissioner (2013-2015)
  • The Fund for Modern Courts
    • Board Member
  • New York City Bar Association
    • Criminal Law Committee
  • New York Law School
    • Adjunct Professor
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Community Activities

  • Parkinson’s Foundation
    • Development Committee
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Speaking Engagements

Dan Gitner Participates in Annual New York Fair Trial Free Press Conference, New York State Bar Association (October 30, 2019)

Dan Gitner Participates in “First Monday in October,” OAD’s Annual Mock Supreme Court Oral Argument, Office of the Appellate Defender (October 7, 2019)

Dan Gitner Speaks on “Lessons from Recent Trials” at 8th Annual White Collar Crime Institute, New York City Bar Association (May 15, 2019)

Dan Gitner Participates in Panel Discussion on Corporate Prosecutions, Conference Board (March 25, 2019)

Dan Gitner Moderates Panel Discussion on Insider Trading Law, Practising Law Institute (September 20, 2018)

Dan Gitner Serves as Panelist on Hot Topics in Antitrust Law, New York City Bar Association (April 30, 2018)

“Insider Trading Law 2017: A Pivotal Time for Insider Trading Law,” Panelist, Practising Law Institute (July 21, 2017)

“Role of Experts,” Panelist, New York City Bar Association 5th Annual White Collar Crime Institute (2016)

“Lessons Learned from Recent White Collar Trials,” Panelist, White Collar Crime 2015, Practising Law Institute (2015)

“Lessons Learned from Recent Major Trials,” Panelist, American Bar Association Annual Institute on White Collar Crime (2015)

“Investigating, Prosecuting, and Defending Insider Trading Cases,” Panelist, Navigant Consulting (2014)

“Insider Trading 2014: New Developments in Investigating, Prosecuting & Defending Cases,” Panelist, New York City Bar Association (2014)

“Insider Trading and SEC Investigations,” Panelist,  Defending Corporations and Individuals in Government Investigations, Thomson Reuters (2014)

“From the Trenches: High-Profile Trials 2013,” Panelist,  Practising Law Institute (2013)

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