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Joseph Potashnik & Associates, PLLC
Joseph Potashnik

111 Broadway
Suite 1305
New York NY 10006
(212) 577-6677

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Joseph Potashnik & Associates, PLLC

Please Call : 212-577-6677


Our  firm, Joseph Potashnik & Associates, PLLC is a boutique New York City Criminal Defense Law Firm, dedicated to defending and protecting the rights of New York City residents who have been charged with a crime.

We take our job as criminal attorneys very seriously, and work relentlessly to achieve the very best result for our clients in court. We strongly believe that a well-planned defense strategy and a team of experienced and skillful attorneys can make all the difference between a criminal conviction - and a verdict of “not guilty.”

Our talented NYC criminal lawyers provide professional criminal defense representation to people throughout New York City, including residents of:

  • Manhattan
  • Brooklyn
  • Bronx
  • Queens
  • Staten Island
  • Nassau County
  • Suffolk County
  • Rockland County.

We defend clients who have been charged with a variety of felony and misdemeanor crimes, including:

  • White collar and business crimes
  • Health care and Medicaid fraud
  • Weapons crimes
  • Violent crimes
  • Theft and burglary crimes
  • Sex crimes
  • Drug crimes
  • And virtually any other criminal charge that's on the books.

Our New York City criminal defense lawyers are equally well prepared to defend clients charged with federal crimes in federal courts in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island, White Planes and Newark, New Jersey.

Criminal charges may result in severe legal consequences upon a conviction. If convicted, you will not only lose your freedom and certain alienable rights, but you will also damage your reputation with your family, friends, and community.

If you have been charged with a crime in New York City, hiring a skilled
New York City criminal attorney is vital to obtaining a successful verdict in court.

We are not the law firm that encourages clients to accept plea bargain offers where it would not be in their best interest.

Our New York City criminal defense attorneys have tried numerous criminal cases in criminal and federal courts. We will not hesitate to take your case to trial if it is in your best interest.

At Joseph Potashnik & Associates, PLLC, we understand that you may feel scared, confused, and overwhelmed by this experience. We want you to know that we understand the emotions you are feeling, and that we will zealously defend you in court to protect your freedom at all costs.

When we commit to a case, we, the attorneys, personally evaluate your case, listen to your concerns, answer all your questions, and build an organized, aggressive, and gripping defense strategy to present before the judge and jury.

While we can never predict or guarantee the outcome of any criminal case, we will do two things.

We will be honest and up-front about your case and let you know where you stand.

We can guarantee that we will do everything in our power to help you achieve a winning verdict.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime and is in need of high-quality, and highly experienced criminal defense, then contact some of the best criminal lawyers in New York City -  Joseph Potashnik & Associates - to schedule a consultation.

Our New York City criminal defense lawyers work with clients throughout the New York City metropolitan area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island. We also handle cases in Rockland County, Suffolk County, and Nassau County.

In addition to defending clients in New York, we also provide criminal defense representation to residents of New Jersey. Our attorneys speak several languages, including Mandarin,
Russian, and Spanish.

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Joseph Potashnik, Esq.

Joseph Potashnik, Esq. is the founding partner of this law firm. He earned his law degree at The Ohio State University.Mr. Potashnik is a skilled defense attorney who has successfully represented hundreds of clients on state and federal levels. His areas of practice include the following:

  • State and Federal Criminal Defense
  • White Collar and Business Crime Defense
  • Governmental Investigations
  • Licensing and Professional Discipline Matters
  • Health Law and Healthcare Providers Defense in Criminal and Administrative Matters


Mr. Potashnik also represents individual and business clients in all stages of federal, state, and local criminal investigations, grand jury proceedings, criminal prosecutions, administrative disciplinary matters, and forfeiture cases. He handles cases involving allegations of Medicaid fraud, Medicare Fraud, Insurance Fraud, No-Fault and Workers' Compensation Fraud, tax fraud and evasion, money laundering, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, securities fraud, trademark counterfeiting, bribery, and illegal kickbacks.

The firm also handles a very limited number of selected civil litigation matters

Mr. Potashnik is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey state courts, United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Court for the District of New Jersey, Unitded States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Tax Court. He is a member of the following bar organizations:

  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Bergen County Bar Association
  • New York County Bar Association

He is the author of many articles on various criminal law topics.


Lawrence H. Schoenbach

Mr. Schoenbach, of counsel to our firm, is one of the most experienced criminal trial attorneys in New York. With nearly 30 years of active trial practice in the areas of state and federal criminal defense, international extradition and corporate compliance, Lawrence brings unparalleled expertise to our clients.  He is also the New York partner for the Institute for Tax and Commercial Law, a Swiss-based consulting firm that serves clients throughout the world.

Lawrence began his career in 1980 as a public defender in New York City and moved on to become one the most eminent criminal defense attorney in New York who has earned Martindale-Hubbell's prestigious AV rating, a peer ranking at the highest level of professional excellence. Lawrence tried over a hundred criminal cases to verdict.

Lawrence is admitted to the bar in the State of New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as federal courts in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the District of Puerto Rico, the United States Courts of Appeal for the First, Second and Third Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Schoenbach received his law degree from Hofstra University. He also holds a Master's degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany and a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College. Lawrence has taught trial techniques for more than 20 years at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy at the Hofstra University School of Law and the Yeshiva University, Cardozo School of Law. He is a frequent guest commentator on TruTV (formerly CourtTV).

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Sam A. Schmidt

Sam A. Schmidt is of counsel to our firm. He earned his law degree from St. John’s Law School in 1975. Sam started his career as a Legal Aid attorney and moved on to become an eminent New York City criminal defense attorney who has handled thousands of state and federal criminal matters, including numerous highly publicized cases.  Sam was lead counsel in the “Embassy Bombing” terrorist case in 2001. He was also lead counsel in major drug trafficking conspiracy cases. Today, Sam practices in both the Federal courts throughout the United States and New York State courts.  His practice includes representation of clients under investigation or charged with white collar crimes, narcotics offenses, homicides and most other offenses. He has also lectured and published on various issues relating to terrorist investigations and prosecutions. Sam is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.



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