Hon. Loretta A. Preska, Former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

New York Criminal Lawyer

Benefit from over two decades of legal experience and knowledge.

When the legal stakes are high, clients turn to NYC criminal defense attorney Harlan Protass. With an impressive history of more than 20 years’ experience, Harlan Protass is a well-respected authority in the areas of criminal defense and sentencing, post-conviction litigation and securities enforcement and regulatory proceedings. No matter the allegation or venue, our intervention could mean all the difference.

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Awards & Recognition

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02   Practice Areas

Criminal Defense

Our Reputation Precedes Us

Manhattan criminal attorney Harlan Protass has been representing individuals and business entities in traditional and white-collar criminal matters for over 20 years, achieving outstanding results through relentless advocacy, professionalism and integrity.

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Appeals & Post-Conviction Litigation

High-Level Review and Advocacy

An authority in this learned area, appellate attorney Harlan Protass is practiced in identifying issues for appeal and has the skillset to craft persuasive arguments aimed at reversing unjust convictions and sentences. 

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Securities & Regulatory Proceedings

High-Profile Legal Counsel

Manhattan attorney Harlan Protass routinely assists individuals, hedge funds, private equity shops and similar players in the financial services industry in defending against investigations and enforcement actions brought by the SEC, FINRA, state banking authorities and other regulatory authorities.

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03   Our Clients Speak For Themselves

Harlan literally saved my life.

Attorney Protass found a way to reduce my federal life sentence to time served after I’d already served more than 20 years behind bars. I’m now out of prison, working, and enjoying my family. I had many lawyers over the years. Harlan was the only attorney with the skills, legal know-how, and persistence to find grounds for my release. Harlan literally saved my life.

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Drug Kingpin

Appeals and Post-Conviction Litigation

…He litigated & we beat the SEC [at trial]…

Harlan represented me when the SEC filed charges of securities fraud against me. Rather than back down, he litigated fiercely and prevailed. We beat the SEC [at trial] because of Harlan’s thorough understanding, well-thought-out strategy, and skill. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Harlan to anyone facing investigation or charges brought by the SEC or any securities watchdog.

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New York Hedge Fund Manager

Securities Enforcement and Regulatory Proceedings

…Harlan will be my first call.

I’ve dealt with numerous investigations and always turn to Harlan because of his smarts, tireless work ethic, and dedication. He treats every case as if it’s the most important case he has and always goes the extra mile. Harlan used his considerable negotiating skills to get me deals that I (and my family) could live with. I hope that I never have to face another investigation, but, if it happens, Harlan will be my first call.

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Independent Investment Banker

Criminal Defense

05   Track Record of Excellence

Your Case Deserves a Real Impact

From minor misdemeanors to the most serious of felonies, whether in state or federal court, if you’re targeted by law enforcement, we know how to handle it.

Regardless of where you are in the process, our knowledge, judgment, and insight allow us to successfully help clients navigate difficult circumstances and resolve challenging problems. By examining the facts and evidence from every angle, we assist individuals and business entities in assessing their options, building proactive strategies, and aggressively pursuing the best possible outcome.

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57-Year Sentence Reduced to Time Served After 19 Years

Appointed by a federal judge to represent a man convicted of three armed car-jackings who was serving a 57+ year sentence, attorney Harlan Protass persuaded federal prosecutors - 19 years after conviction - to vacate two of his client’s convictions, resulting in his client's release from prison.

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