J. Bruce Maffeo ('79) named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers


J. Bruce Maffeo
J. Bruce Maffeo

Press Release Source: Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.



(New York, NY) Boston University School of Law Graduate, J.D.- 1979,  J. Bruce Maffeo, a member in the firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein P.C. and co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense Practice has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. The induction ceremony at which Mr. Maffeo became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of approximately 974 persons during the recent 2009 Annual Meeting of the College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.
Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship. Membership in the College cannot exceed one per cent of the total lawyer population of any state or province.  There are currently approximately 5,729 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows.
The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession.  Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice.  They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants, those who prosecute accused of crime and those who defend them.  The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.
J. Bruce Maffeo joined Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein P.C. in 2007 and has been practicing for 30 years. The firm, whose members include Joseph A. Suozzi, former State Supreme Court Judge; Hon. John V.N. Klein, former Suffolk County Executive; Basil A. Paterson, former New York Secretary of State; and Harold Ickes, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff, in the firm founded in 1960 by the late John F. English.  
He concentrates his practice in representation of individuals and organizations charged with crimes and regulatory offenses before the state and federal courts as well as attorneys involved in disciplinary proceedings. Mr. Maffeo has litigated cases involving public corruption, extortion, fraud, tax evasion, anti-trust, and RICO. He has successfully argued to limit the use of the federal mail fraud statute in prosecuting state public officials and represented former Teamster Vice-President Gene Giacumbo in his successful appeal from a life-time bar from union office.

The newly inducted Fellow is an alumnus of Boston University School of Law. He authored "Criminal Liability for Union Pension Fund Advisors" New York Law Journal (April 11, 1991).  He also has written and lectured on the criminal prosecution and governmental regulation of labor unions and advises several unions, including the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and DC 37, New York City’s largest municipal union, where he has been appointed to serve as Ethical Practices Officer.  
Mr. Maffeo is a member of the bar of the States of New York and New Hampshire as well as the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the District of Connecticut, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the New York Council of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
About the Firm
Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., a nationally known law firm, has counseled and represented business, labor and individuals since 1960. Headquartered in Garden City, NY, the firm has offices in Albany, New York City, Washington D.C. and Melville, Long Island. MSEK provides clients with sound counsel and swift resolution of the most challenging issues in business, government and litigation. The firm can be found online at www.msek.com <http://www.msek.com>