The Law Offices of Gerald Di Chiara
(212) 679-1958

Gerald J. Di Chiara

Gerald J. Di Chiara

Chief Trial Attorney
Location:
New York, New York
Phone:
(212) 679-1958
Fax:
(646) 307-6984
Email:

    

Gerald J. Di Chiara has been a practicing attorney since October of 1976, with a concentration in Criminal Law in  the Federal and State Courts.  He has and continues to be involved in a number of prominent matters of public note. Regardless of the nature of the defendant, the magnitude of the case, or the location of the proceedings, Mr. Di Chiara has a well deserved reputation for vehement defense of his clients' rights through creative and innovative strategies and techniques.

His past high profile cases include: The original "Pizza Connection Case", the "Bensonhurst Case", the "Colombo Crime Family War" and the "Symbol Technology Case". His Securities and White Collar Fraud cases have included the representation of Island Mortgage Network, App.Online, and other mortgage banks. He obtained a dismissal of all charges against an officer charged in the "Symbol Technology" prosecution in the Eastern District of New York. He has represented various people (Doctors to Runners) charged in "no-fault" and "medicare fraud" prosecutions in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He successfully represented the person in charge of public relations and the promoting of securities (internet "pump & dump"scheme),  a securities fraud prosecution, in Chicago, Illinois resulting in all securities fraud charges being dismissed against his client. He helped exonerate a then sitting legislator in a public corruption inquiry, wherein no charges were brought after the investigation.

Real Estate Developer/ Lawyer NOT GUILTY - In a Public Corruption Case, on April 1, 2014, a jury aquitted his client, an attorney, of all charges, including mail and wire fraud and money laundering, in the Federal Court, Eastern District of New York. His practice has led him to represent defendants, throughout the nation: Las Vegas, Nevada (manufacturing fraudulent credit cards); Tampa, Florida (multi-million dollar money laundering charges); Mississippi (international kidnapping charges); Newark and Trenton, New Jersey; Baltimore, Maryland; Scranton and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. (Colombian Cartel and other major, multi-kilo, drug conspiracy charges).

Of Constitutional note, Mr. Di Chiara successfully challenged the prosecution's use of race-based peremptory challenges in the case of People v. Reginald Thompson, making law in New York State years before the Supreme Court, in Batson v. Kentucky, declared such practice unconstitutional. He represented the defendant in the high profile, media intensive hate crime murder trial, People v. Fortunato, wherein the defendant presented evidence of his own sexual proclivity to refute the allegations. Fortunato was acquitted of 14 of 16 counts including the most serious charge, felony murder. 

Mr. Di Chiara's clientele has included celeberties, such as, Paolo Gucci and Bob Guccione. He has successfully represented bankers, attorneys, doctors, union officials, rap artists and business leaders.  He is an active member of the Columbian Lawyers, and was a past president of the organization. He is also active in the Brooklyn Bar Association, serving  ten terms as Chairman of the Federal Courts Committee. He has lectured at CLEs and was  a guest speaker in the BBA Speakers Program. Other Bar Associations where he is active:  The Federal Bar Council, Bay Ridge Lawyers, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the NYS Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  He is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubble, their highest rating for ethical and professional standards.

Areas of Practice

  • 85% Federal and State Criminal Law
  • Plaintiff's Personal Injury
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Estates

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware
    • J.D. - 1975
  • Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York
    • B.A. - 1977
    • Major: Political Science

Classes/Seminars

  • Federal Criminal Law Arrest to Indictment, Columbian Lawyers, 2007 - 2008
  • Brooklyn Bar Association, Speakers Program, Brooklyn Bar Association, 1995 - 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Brooklyn Bar Association, Chairman, Fed. Court Criminal, 2007 - 2008
  • Brooklyn Bar Association, Chairman, Fed. Court Criminal, 2004 - 2006
  • Columbian Lawyers Association, President, 1982 - 1983
  • The Federal Bar Council
  • Bay Ridge Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • NYS Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Federal Courts Committee
  • BBA Speakers Program

Past Employment Positions

  • Bogucki, Di Chiara & Scotto, Partner, 1981 - 1985
  • Di Chiara & Moringiello, Partner, 1978 - 1981
  • Legal Aid Society, Staff Attorney, 1975 - 1978

Pro Bono Activities

  • Individual Cases

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

The Law Offices of Gerald Di Chiara

3 Park Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 679-1958
Fax: (646) 307-6984

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