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Faced 5+ Years in Prison

People Vs Joseph Amico

Covered by NYDaily News. Las Vegas man accused of threatening a prominent attorney and making vile remarks.

Faced 10+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Anna Sorokin

Covered by New York Times, and other outlets. Fake heiress accused of conning the city’s wealthy, and has an HBO special being made about her.

Faced 3+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Genevieve Sabourin

Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.

Faced Potential Charges

Ghislaine Maxwell Juror

Juror who prompted calls for new Ghislaine Maxwell trial turns to lawyer who defended Anna Sorokin.

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Regardless of the type of situation you're facing, our attorneys are here to help you get quality representation.

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Meet Todd Spodek


The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

Todd Spodek is a second generation attorney with immense experience. He has many years of experience handling 100’s of tough and hard to win trials. He’s been featured on major news outlets, such as New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post, Insider.com, and many others.

In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.

Why Clients Choose Spodek Law Group

The reason is simple: clients want white glove service, and lawyers who can win. Every single client who works with the Spodek Law Group is aware that the attorney they hire could drastically change the outcome of their case. Hiring the Spodek Law Group means you’re taking your future seriously. Our lawyers handle cases nationwide, ranging from NYC to LA. Our philosophy is fair and simple: our nyc criminal lawyers only take on clients who we know will benefit from our services.

We’re selective about the clients we work with, and only take on cases we know align with our experience – and where we can make a difference. This is different from other law firms who are not invested in your success nor care about your outcome.

If you have a legal issue, call us for a consultation.
We are available 24/7, to help you with any – and all, challenges you face.

How to Choose the Best Attorney for Your New York Criminal Case

How to Choose the Best Attorney for Your New York Criminal Case

Define Your Needs

The first step is determining what exactly you require from a lawyer. Consider:

  • The charges you are facing – Is it a misdemeanor or felony offense? What are the potential penalties if convicted?
  • Your budget – How much can you reasonably afford to spend on legal fees?
  • Your location – Is proximity to the courthouse important? Do you need a lawyer licensed in a certain borough or jurisdiction?
  • Specialized experience – For example, a lawyer who specializes in the specific crime you are charged with.

Once you outline your needs, you can narrow your search to lawyers who specifically fit those criteria.

Research Lawyer Experience

It’s vital to understand the level of experience a lawyer has with cases similar to yours. Look for:

  • Years of practice – More experience often equates to better outcomes.
  • Case results – Review cases the lawyer has handled with similar charges to yours. What were the results?
  • Focus areas – Does the lawyer specialize in the area of criminal law related to your charges? This signals deeper expertise.
  • Trial experience – If your case may go to trial, your lawyer should have significant courtroom experience.

Vetting lawyer experience takes research – checking their website, bio, industry profiles, and other public information.

Verify Licenses and Disciplinary History

Before committing to an attorney, validate that they are licensed and in good standing. Specifically:

  • Confirm they have an active license to practice law in New York. This is public record and can be searched on New York Courts website.
  • Check disciplinary history on the same website – have they had complaints against them or faced serious disciplinary action? Major discipline is a red flag.
  • Ask about malpractice coverage – this protects you if the lawyer makes an error that negatively impacts your case outcome.

Taking these steps provides assurance you are working with an ethical, complaint attorney.

Compare Multiple Lawyers Before Deciding

Ideally, you should consult with 2-3 attorneys before deciding on representation. When comparing options:

  • Have an initial consultation – Often free, this lets you share details on your case and ask the lawyer key questions on experience, fees, process etc. before committing.
  • Compare communication style – The ability to communicate clearly with your lawyer is vital. Do you feel comfortable communicating with them?
  • Compare credentials and specializations – Specifically credentials related to your charges to determine who is most qualified.
  • Compare cost – Fees can vary widely so get quotes upfront and determine what works for your budget.

Speaking to multiple lawyers helps you make the most informed choice possible.

Understand the Fee Structure

When researching lawyers, become very clear on their fee structure – payment expectations should be agreed upfront. Typical fee structures fall into three main categories:

Retainers – You pay an upfront lump sum that the lawyer draws fees from over the course of the case. Once depleted, you pay additional retainers as needed.

Flat/Fixed Fees – You pay a fixed, pre-determined amount for the entire case. Common for less complex cases.

Hourly Billing – You pay an agreed hourly rate based on time worked. Rates commonly range from $100-$500+ per hour.

Be clear on the billing method, payment expectations, and what is included. Get fee estimates in writing.

Vet References and Reviews

References and reviews can provide additional insight into a lawyer’s quality. Check for:

  • Client testimonials and references on the lawyer’s website
  • Reviews on legal profiles sites like Avvo, Lawyers.com, and Martindale
  • Online reviews on Google and Facebook

While no lawyer will have perfect reviews, look for consistent themes touching on aspects like communication, availability, integrity, and legal competence.

Trust Your Gut Instinct

Even with all the research in the world, ultimately your gut feel for a lawyer plays a role. Remember:

  • You need a lawyer who earns your trust and makes you feel comfortable and confident.
  • Consider chemistry – can you easily communicate with them? Do they show care and concern for your case?
  • If a lawyer seems disengaged or hard to reach, keep looking for one who makes you feel like a priority.

Having an attorney by your side that you connect with and believe in can make navigating a criminal case much less intimidating.


Finding the best lawyer for your New York criminal case requires weighing factors like experience, credentials, costs, and client rapport. While the stakes feel high, taking time to research options thoroughly prepares you to make the best decision. The lawyer you choose can profoundly impact your case outcome. With an attentive lawyer fighting for your best interests, you have an ally walking each step of the difficult legal road ahead.


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