Daniel N. Arshack
focuses on the criminal defense and civil rights of individuals
and business in state and federal courts in the United States and in
various jurisdictions throughout the world.
Mr. Arshack graduated from Brandeis University and the University of
Stockholm in 1978 and started his career as a systems analyst at Abt
Associates, a social science think-tank in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He
obtained his law degree from the Antioch School of Law in 1983 and
thereafter practiced criminal and civil rights law in Washington,
In 1991, while also managing his own criminal defense practice, Mr.
Arshack was instrumental in starting the Manhattan School for Children,
an award winning public school in New York which both of his children
attended. In 1992, Mr. Arshack helped found the first
Institutional Review Board (IRB) to review clinical research proposals
for their ethical impact on participants at Gay Men’s Health Crisis in
New York City. In 1994, he completed post-graduate work
in Medical Bio-Ethics and the Humanities at the Columbia College
of Physicians and Surgeons and Einstein School of Medicine.
In 1996, Mr. Arshack, under contract to the City of New York, built a
new public defender’s office in The Bronx known as The Bronx Defenders
and thereafter supervised 25 lawyers and the necessary support staff to
handle 13,000 cases per year.
Mr. Arshack has represented thousands of clients in over twenty-five
years of practice and has successfully fought for his clients in every
level of court throughout New York, in other states and in courts
throughout the world. He has been awarded an AV rating, the highest
possible from Martindale Hubbell and is known as an aggressive and
Mr. Arshack has successfully handled securities fraud litigation,
financial crimes, money laundering, arms dealing, foreign corrupt
practices violations, business loss, homicide, sex crimes, conspiracy,
and narcotics offenses. Mr. Arshack was U.S. counsel in a case at the
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague.
He regularly consults with lawyers from throughout the world and
represents the interests of businesses and individuals.
Mr. Arshack has appeared, in relation to his cases, as a commentator on
The Today Show, Night Line with Ted Koeppel, The Queen Latifa Show,
CBS, NBC and ABC News and on Court TV.
In addition to criminal cases, Mr. Arshack handles a variety of
challenging civil actions generally involving protecting the interests
of individuals against large institutions and those who have been
abused by their therapists, teachers or priests. Recently he
successfully protected the privacy interests of a young woman in a
landmark case against HBO,Nieves v. Home Box Office, 815 N.Y.S.2d 495 (2006).
Mr. Arshack was elected President of the New York State
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2007. In addition, he is the
elected representative of the National Association of Criminal Defense
Lawyers (NACDL) to the Council of the International Criminal Bar
(ICB), a member of the Board of Directors of the
International Criminal Defense Attorneys Association - USA (ICDAA), and
Co-Chairman of the International Committee of the NACDL and a member of
the Board of New York Sun Works.
Mr. Arshack is engaged on issues relating to national and international
law reform. He played a central role, in Paris and Berlin, in creating
and drafting the constitution for the newly formed ICB which provides a
voice for all counsel appearing before the International Criminal Court
(ICC). He has been an active NGO delegate for the NACDL at the United
Nations Preparatory Commission on the ICC. He was a drafter
of the Rules of Professional Conduct submitted by the ICB to the ICC
for attorneys from around the world who will be appearing before the
the last five years, Mr. Arshack has been asked to conduct training for
lawyers in Paris, The Hague (twice), Victoria, Montreal and New
York (several times). His specialty is trial advocacy techniques,
ethics and international criminal tribunals. In addition, Mr.
Arshack is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Benjamin Cardozo
School of Law
Mr. Arshack is an international member of
Perren Buildings Chambers, London which is comprised of individual
criminal defense practitioners who practice independently, and are
subject to professional regulation as individuals in their respective