Michael Cornacchia
Attorney at Law


260 Madison Avenue
22nd Floor New York, NY 10016
(Located on Madison
Avenue between 38th and
39th Streets)

Phone: (646) 278-4297
Mobile: (917) 747-8950
Fax: (646) 839-2538

mcornacchia@mtclegal.com

Michael Cornacchia defends clients charged with criminal offenses, in federal, state and local courts, and in grand jury, law enforcement, administrative and regulatory investigations and proceedings. Michael also represents clients in corporate internal investigations as well as with employment entry and exit issues. 

Since he has tried to verdict over 100 cases, Michael is prepared to seek vindication of his clients in the courtroom. However, it is his goal to prevent his clients from being charged with an offense or sued civilly. Accordingly, Michael ensures the best negotiated outcome possible for them, short of trial, by exhibiting a strong and well-prepared case. 

 

Biography

Prior to establishing his practice, Michael served extensively in public service. 

As Chief Investigative Counsel for the Volcker Commission, led by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul A. Volcker, Michael investigated corruption in the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Michael and his Commission staff developed evidence that billions of dollars were skimmed from oil sales by Iraqi officials, in collusion with UN officials and assisted in their prosecution and conviction for receipt of kickbacks and bribes.

Michael was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. There, he served in the Criminal Division, first as a Deputy Chief in the Long Island Section and, thereafter, as the Senior Litigation Counsel for the Business and Securities Fraud Section. Michael investigated, and prosecuted, cases involving wire, mail and securities fraud, tax evasion and money-laundering. 

As an Assistant Suffolk County District Attorney, Michael investigated, and tried cases, involving homicide, sex crimes, fraud and public corruption.

Michael is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service from which he received a B.S.F.S. in International Affairs, cum laude, and Fordham University School of Law where he was a member of the Urban Law Journal.

Michael is admitted to practice law before all New York courts, the U. S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and U.S. Tax Court. 

Past Clients

(Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome)

Detective indicted for murder in the Maryland Road-Rage Shooting Case. Michael’s defense team obtained an acquittal of all charges for their client after a jury trial. The State’s Attorney who authorized the prosecution was voted out of office and the trial prosecutor fired.

Consultant under investigation by both the Westchester County’s District Attorney and Child Protection Service for allegations of sexual abuse. Michael presented evidence that undermined the credibility of the accuser and neither agency brought charges against his client.

College athlete indicted for rape in the Duke Lacrosse Case. Michael’s defense team obtained dismissal of all charges, without a trial, and their efforts led to the North Carolina State Attorney General’s declaration that their client was “innocent” and “a crime had not occurred.” Thereafter, Michael and his team presented evidence against the Durham District Attorney to the North Carolina authorities, who disbarred and jailed him for withholding evidence.

Investor in start-up companies in investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and SEC into allegations of stock market manipulation. While his client’s partner was prosecuted, Michael’s advocacy resulted in no charges, civil or criminal, being brought against his client.

CEO of pharmaceutical company indicted by the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section of the U.S. Department of Justice for importation of misbranded and counterfeit drugs and money-laundering and facing imprisonment under the federal sentencing guidelines. Michael’s defense team persuaded the presiding  judge to sentence their client to probation rather than jail.

Writer charged by the Manhattan District Attorney with cyber-stalking and harassment. Michael obtained a non-criminal disposition after a period of interim probation with counseling for his client.

Doctor under grand jury investigation by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and DEA for the issuance of patient prescriptions for opiate drugs.  Michael presented extensive evidence to prosecutors, including an expert’s report, that proved his client had prescribed controlled substances for medical necessity and in accordance with accepted medical protocols. Thereafter, the investigation was closed without the filing of any criminal charges against his client.

Teacher charged by the Suffolk County District Attorney with driving while under the influence of drugs and drug possession, stemming out of an auto accident. Michael negotiated a disposition whereby his client pled guilty to non-criminal offenses, leaving him with no criminal record and enabling him to resume his teaching career.

Attorney at Wall Street firm charged by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and SEC for involvement in a multi-million dollar insider trading scheme. A negotiated plea resulted in a sentence of home detention without imprisonment.

Chiropractor charged with sexual abuse of patient by the Suffolk County District Attorney. Michael obtained an acquittal at trial by producing taped conversations that proved the accusations against his client were part of an extortion scheme.

Student charged with assault by the Manhattan District Attorney. With intensive investigation into the accuser’s background and the circumstances of the alleged assault, Michael obtained a dismissal.

High ranking New York Police Department official in grand jury investigation into allegations of corruption by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  The investigation was closed with no charges filed against Michael’s client.

Current Clients

CEO in grand jury investigation by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York into allegations of fraud in federal government contracts.

Public official charged with alleged workplace sexual harassment  by the New York State Division of Human Rights.

CEO in grand jury investigation by U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and the SEC into allegations of securities fraud. 

CPA in grand jury investigation by the Nassau County District Attorney into allegations of financial improprieties by insurance company CEO.

Physician in dispute with the U.S. Department of Justice Forfeiture Section over repayment of defaulted loans.

CEO in grand jury investigation into allegations of aiding a bail-jumping fugitive by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Executive in grand jury investigation into allegations of securities fraud by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

CEO in investigation into allegations of fraud in direct mailing by the Consumer Protection Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice.