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Theresa Trzaskoma


Theresa Trzaskoma is a highly accomplished trial lawyer and trusted adviser with more than two decades of experience representing clients in a wide variety of civil and white collar criminal matters. She brings sound judgment and creativity to bear in each of her cases, and obtains excellent results for her clients through powerful advocacy and strategic decision making.

Ms. Trzaskoma is ranked by Chambers in White Collar Crime & Government Investigations and for more than a decade has been identified as one of Manhattan’s top white collar attorneys by Super Lawyers. She defends individual and corporate clients in criminal investigations and prosecutions, and in proceedings before regulatory agencies, including the SEC, FINRA, and the CFTC. Her white collar cases have involved allegations of securities fraud, corruption, money laundering, cryptocurrency fraud, health care fraud, accounting fraud, insurance fraud, antitrust violations, Ponzi schemes, OFAC violations, improper trading practices, embezzlement, insider trading, market manipulation and tax-related fraud. She has also conducted internal investigations on behalf of companies, nonprofit organizations, and municipalities.

In civil matters, Ms. Trzaskoma represents corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and individuals in federal and state courts across the country, as well as in international and domestic arbitrations. She has litigated a range of commercial cases, including securities and other class action litigation, contract matters, and partnership disputes, and she has particular expertise in matters involving complex financial transactions.

Ms. Trzaskoma attended the Honors College at the University of Michigan and graduated with a degree in Classical Archaeology. She attended the University of Texas School of Law as a prestigious Townes-Rice Scholar, and received numerous academic awards, including being inducted into the Chancellors honors society. She served as Articles Editor on the Texas Law Review. She graduated from Texas with honors and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Thereafter, Ms. Trzaskoma clerked for the Honorable Stephen R. Reinhardt on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Trzaskoma is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the Sixth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York, and various other federal district courts across the country. Ms. Trzaskoma is Chair of the New York chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association, and is the Vice Chair of the WWCDA’s Executive Committee. She is also a member of the New York City Bar Association and serves on its White Collar Crime Committee. Ms. Trzaskoma is an active member of the University of Texas School of Law Alumni Association.

Representative Matters

White Collar Matters

Representation of Chuck Person, former NBA player and college basketball coach, in connection with SDNY corruption prosecution;

Representation of financial institution executive in connection with SEC accounting fraud investigation;

Representation of financial institution employees in investigations relating to OFAC violations and AML compliance issues;

Representation of public company accountant in connection with DOJ accounting fraud investigation and SEC enforcement action;

Representation of senior bond trader in connection with CFTC investigation into bid rigging and market manipulation;

Representation of ratings agency employees in DOJ investigations relating to RMBS models and ratings;

Representation of a private banker in Switzerland in connection with DOJ tax evasion investigation;

Conducted an investigation on behalf of a municipal government into undisclosed conflicts of interest and financial improprieties;

Representation of chief financial officer in connection with an SEC accounting fraud investigation;

Representation of former hedge fund manager in multiple civil lawsuits related to mortgage-backed securities investments;

Representation of brokers in multiple civil cases related to tax fraud allegations;

Defense of a national media company in putative class action under the Telephone Communications Protection Act;

Representation of hedge funds in connection with SEC investigations into possible securities law violations;

Representation of individual in connection with SDNY insurance fraud investigation;

Representation of securities brokers in FINRA insider trading investigation.


Commercial and Securities Litigation Matters

Representation of owner of private investment advisory business connection with dispute with former partners over ownership interest;

Representation of former executive of tech start-up in connection with civil fraud claims brought by investors;

Representation of litigation finance company in connection with dispute with claimant;

Representation of owner of skilled nursing facilities business in connection with dispute with former partners;

Representation of former officers and directors of financial institutions in lawsuits relating to mortgage-backed securities investments;

Representation of major financial institution in arbitration relating to an investment in a prominent New York real estate brokerage company;

Counsel to future claimants’ representative in a large asbestos personal injury trust;

Representation of corporate client in a private arbitration related to substantial investments in principal protected notes.

Theresa Trzaskoma