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NYC White Collar Crime Attorneys

An Award-Winning NYC White Collar Crime Lawyer So Respected Even Federal Prosecutors, Judges, Celebrities, and Tech CEOs Hire Him

New York City address – by appointment only:
30 Wall Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10005
John W. Sellers
Attorney John W. Sellers
New York City White Collar Crimes Team Lead
Former DOJ Trial Attorney envelope icon Contact John
Nick Oberheiden
Attorney Nick Oberheiden
New York City White Collar Crimes Team Lead envelope icon Contact Nick
Will Newman
Attorney Will Newman
New York City White Collar Crimes Team Lead
Litigation Counsel
Roger Bach
Roger Bach
New York City White Collar Crimes Team
Former Special Agent (DOJ)

Think about it. If current DOJ-Prosecutors and active FBI Special Agents hire NYC defense lawyer Dr. Nick Oberheiden to defend against federal criminal charges and white collar cases in New York, Nick’s reputation and demonstrated skillset can be trusted. Additionally, no other firm can boast of having a Former Director of National Intelligence, Former Secretary of State, Former DOJ Trial Attorneys, Former Federal Prosecutors, Former FBI, IRS, DEA, OIG, and Secret Service Agents on their team.

If you’re looking for an elite NYC firm to fight tenaciously for your rights, Nick Oberheiden should be your first call.

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Call 212-970-9468 now to speak with Nick.

Meet NYC white collar attorney Dr. Nick Oberheiden. Nick has dedicated his entire career to exclusively defending people accused of white-collar offenses. In thousands of federal cases spanning across the country, Nick has built an exceptional track record of avoiding criminal charges in many of his cases. Recent examples include:

  • Defense of New York Surgeon (Federal Grand Jury): No Charges.
  • Defense of New York Physician (DEA Investigation): No Charges.
  • Defense of New York Physician (Kickbacks): No Charges.
  • Defense of New York Business Owner (DEA/FBI Search Warrant): No Charges.
  • Defense of Business Executive (False Claims Act Case): Dismissed.
  • Defense of Large Business (False Claims Act Case): Dismissed.
  • Defense of Corporate Conglomerate (Qui Tam Case): Dismissed.
  • Defense of Out-of-State Business (Whistleblower Case): Dismissed.

Nick has prevailed in arguments before all major federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Secret Service, the FBI, the IRS, the DEA, the Office of Inspector General, as well as appeared at U.S. Attorney’s Offices and in federal courts across the entire United States.

Featured for his federal practice in Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg, and media stations in all 50 states, Nick offers executives, entrepreneurs, CEOs, accountants, lawyers, physicians, dentists, and business owners a unique experience and performance track record in government investigations. The difference between criminal defense by Nick and other lawyers is apparent when you call Nick. Instead of sending you to secretaries or paralegals, Nick answers all calls personally, including on weekends. What are you waiting for? Call 212-970-9468 and get answers to your most pressing white collar crime questions.

Put our highly experienced team on your side

Dr. Nick Oberheiden
Dr. Nick Oberheiden



Lynette S. Byrd
Lynette S. Byrd

Former DOJ Trial Attorney


Brian J. Kuester
Brian J. Kuester

Former U.S. Attorney

Amanda Marshall
Amanda Marshall

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Former U.S. Attorney

Local Counsel

John W. Sellers
John W. Sellers

Former Senior DOJ Trial Attorney

Linda Julin McNamara
Linda Julin McNamara

Federal Appeals Attorney

Aaron L. Wiley
Aaron L. Wiley

Former DOJ attorney

Local Counsel

Roger Bach
Roger Bach

Former Special Agent (DOJ)

Chris Quick
Chris J. Quick

Former Special Agent (FBI & IRS-CI)

Michael S. Koslow
Michael S. Koslow

Former Supervisory Special Agent (DOD-OIG)

Ray Yuen
Ray Yuen

Former Supervisory Special Agent (FBI)

The Nick Oberheiden White-Collar Defense Difference

Most lawyers you will interview will tell you one of two things: a) Don’t worry, you had no intent, and/or b) Let’s see what the government does and then we defend. Both statements are fatal.

Nick Oberheiden on-camera interview

No Intent. There is nothing less impressive for a prosecutor to hear from a white collar crime defense attorney that, yes, my client did these things, but he did not commit the offense knowingly, willfully, or intentionally. Prosecutors hear this all the time, every day, in court and in plea negotiations. The truth is the “no intent” objection that so many lawyers carelessly use is an absolute last resort. It’s never a starting point in civil and criminal defense matters even though it is abused and misinterpreted as such.

Factual Defenses. Much more powerful are factual defenses. But here is the problem: factual defenses require lawyers to actually listen to their clients and to care for their client’s side of the story. From taking over a few cases per week from other lawyers, Nick is shocked in every single case by how little time the previous lawyer has spent with the client and what minuscule effort was dedicated to factual analysis. At the end of the day, facts are the difference between being guilty and walking away. Facts are 100-times more compelling than the “no intent” argument. Your attorney should conduct internal investigations before and during the government investigations to ascertain the facts and bolster your defense.

Understanding the Law. Many lawyers don’t understand the law. No joke. Take a complicated Medicare Fraud case to a criminal defense attorney and ask him/her spontaneously how they would analyze Medicare Form 485 in this case. Don’t settle on “let me do some legal research.” If you have a serious legal problem, like health care Fraud, and your lawyer needs to do research, you may need to move on. If your lawyer does not know the law, he will never be able to convincingly explain the law to a jury. More so, your lawyer will be completely overwhelmed if, in the example of healthcare fraud, your lawyer has to defend your interests in a negotiation with highly trained FBI healthcare fraud agents and federal prosecutors in charge of civil and criminal Medicare fraud investigations.

The main lesson Nick learned early on was that the more time the government is given to investigate, the more likely they will bring charges. Vice-versa, the earlier an experienced attorney gets involved, intervenes, and introduces factual corrections and defenses, the less likely it is the government will pursue the case further.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation that your business is under investigation or you received a government subpoena, then don’t commit the number one mistake: don’t wait. Call our NYC white collar crime defense attorneys at 212-970-9468 for your criminal and civil matters before things escalate to your disadvantage.

Who Investigates White Collar Offenses in NYC?

The term white collar is used to describe non-violent offenses such as financial crimes and money laundering, theft and embezzlement, healthcare fraud, Medicare fraud, mortgage and bank fraud, securities and investment fraud, as well as public corruption and bribery.

  • Healthcare Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1347)
  • Bribery (18 U.S.C. 201)
  • Tax Fraud
  • Mail Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1341)
  • Wire Fraud 18 U.S.C. 1343)
  • Computer Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1030)
  • Tax Fraud (26 U.S.C. 7206)
  • Embezzlement
  • Bank Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1344)
  • Counterfeiting (18 U.S.C. 2320)
  • Money Laundering (18 U.S.C. 1956)
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Currency Schemes
  • Forgery
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Investment Fraud
  • Securities Fraud (15 U.S.C. 78j, 78jj; 18 U.S.C. 1348)
  • Insider Trading
  • Obstruction of Justice (18 U.S.C. 1512)
  • Perjury/ False Statement (18 U.S.C. 1001)
  • Intellectual Property Crimes
New York City White Collar Criminal Defense Attorneys

Most white collar investigations are federal. That means that the United States Department of Justice, the FBI, the SEC, the IRS, the DEA, and other law enforcement agencies are in charge of the case and your lawyer’s primary contacts. In NYC, most federal fraud cases are handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. In specialized matters, such as healthcare fraud, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MCFU) may lead the investigations.

How Do I Know If the Investigation Is Civil or Criminal?

When rumors of an investigation evolve, one of the imminent and most pressing questions is whether the case is civil or criminal in nature. Indeed, the early stage of a government investigation is sometimes not easy to read in terms of the scope, objective, and targets of the investigation. The good thing about white collar investigations compared to cases involving violent acts like kidnapping, rape, or murder is that almost always the investigation announces itself. The bad thing, however, is that too many people either ignore or deny clear signs of a criminal case and delay required and effective defense mechanisms.

Importantly, the mere fact that federal prosecutors or federal law enforcement agencies are involved is not conclusive by itself to determine the nature of the case. Unknown to many, the Department of Justice (and the FBI, etc.) is divided into a criminal and a civil section. Prosecutors in each of those two sections operate independently and exclusively meaning interaction and coordination between civil and criminal investigators is missing at times.

This division sometimes results in parallel proceedings, in which case a matter is both under civil and criminal scrutiny. You will know that your case is criminal if the investigation involves grand jury subpoenas, search warrants, seizure warrants, arrests, or an indictment. By contrast, most cases that are False Claims Act matters, whistleblower and qui tam cases, Civil Investigative Demands (CID), OIG subpoenas, or DOJ records subpoenas tend to be civil in nature.

If you experience any of these signs or become aware of federal agents attempting to interview you or your business affiliates, you need to consult with an experienced New York City white collar criminal defense attorney right away to keep the case civil and to protect your business from unjust fines and charges.

Nick Oberheiden interview at Old Parkland event

Why Does the U.S. Attorney’s Office in NYC Often Claim a “Federal Conspiracy” in Criminal Cases?

Prosecutors in the Southern District of New York tend to prefer conspiracy charges to squeeze multiple defendants as co-conspirators into one case rather than indicting a series of cases. Besides this aspect of convenience, conspiracy charges somewhat reduce the prosecutor’s burden of proof. Federal law does not require the government to prove that the individual defendants actually worked together, knew each other, or entered into a verbal or written agreement with one another. All the government needs to show (beyond a reasonable doubt) is that each conspirator knowingly participated in a criminal scheme.

For example, in a federal healthcare fraud conspiracy involving kickbacks, the government may charge a surgeon, a marketer, and a pharmacy owner: the surgeon for receiving kickbacks from the marketer, the marketer for paying kickbacks to the doctor, and the pharmacy owner for using the marketer to get business. Frequent examples of federal conspiracies are:

  • Conspiracy to Commit Medicare Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1347; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Accept or Receive Illegal Kickbacks (42 U.S.C. 1320a-7(b)(b); 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Obstruction of Justice (18 U.S.C. 1518, 1519; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Identity Theft (18 U.S.C. 1028A; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Make False Statements Relating to Healthcare Matters (18 U.S.C. 1035; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances (21 U.S.C. 841; 21 U.S.C. 846)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1347; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Theft or Embezzlement in Connection with Healthcare (18 U.S.C. 669; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Attempt or Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1349; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Medicaid Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1347; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Securities Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1348; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Unlawfully Use Health Information (42 U.S.C. 1320d-6; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Use Identification Information (18 U.S.C. 1028(a)(7); 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Bribery (18 U.S.C. 201; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1341; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1343; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering (18 U.S.C. 1357; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1344; 18 U.S.C. 371)
  • Conspiracy to Commit Tax Fraud (26 U.S.C. 7206; 18 U.S.C. 371)

FAQs About NYC White Collar Crime and Federal Criminal Defense

What is white-collar crime?

White-collar crime is the colloquial term used to refer to a wide range of financial crimes. Common white-collar crimes include corporate fraud, embezzlement, extortion, money laundering and investment fraud. Despite the fact that white-collar crimes are not violent, federal prosecutors take these offenses very seriously, and a conviction for a white-collar crime is not likely to result in a slap on the wrist. If you face charges related to financial crimes, or you believe you are under investigation for the same, reach out to a New York City federal criminal defense attorney for immediate assistance.

What should I do if the FBI shows up at my house?

The one thing to always keep in mind when FBI agents show up at your home or business is not to speak with them about their investigation. At least not before consulting with an experienced New York City, NY federal criminal defense attorney. FBI agents do not need to be truthful with you when discussing the details of their investigation, and routinely tell suspects that they “just want to talk.” They do this in hopes of getting you to lower your guard, let them inside, or accidentally make an incriminating statement. Even if you were not a suspect, even a minor misstep can result in you putting yourself at the center of a federal investigation.

What is the difference between state and federal criminal charges?

While the difference between state and federal criminal charges can be complex, sometimes it boils down to violations of federal law being prosecuted in federal court and violations of state law being prosecuted in state court. However, given the overlap between state and federal crimes, federal prosecutors often have the ability to bring a case if they choose to do so. While federal prosecutors allow state prosecutors to bring most cases in state court, they will pick up cases that involve very serious or noteworthy allegations. Federal prosecutors also handle cases that involve a crime that was allegedly committed in more than one state.

Proven Results in Thousands of White Collar Criminal Cases: 212-970-9468

Nick Oberheiden being interviewed at Price corruption trial

When you hire Manhattan federal white collar defense attorney Dr. Nick Oberheiden for your criminal defense matters, you will enjoy a lawyer with true experience. No matter how hopeless you consider your situation, Nick will explore different options and find mitigating factors and strong factual and legal defenses. Call Nick directly at 212-970-9468 or contact him online today.

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