Arshack, Hajek & Lehrman

Managing Partner

Daniel N. Arshack

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We win unusual cases that require very delicate negotiating, a deft touch with the media and tenacious creativity. Our depth of experience and willingness to make the effort to fully investigate and understand the factual minutiae of each case consistently yield successful outcomes. We even the playing field by never—never—passing on an opportunity to advocate for our client. Our dedication is complete.Daniel N. Arshack
Daniel N. Arshack is the firm’s managing partner and a founding member of the International Criminal Bar. For over 30 years, he has been getting calls from clients with unusual, high-stakes cases that require creative and aggressive representation. By completely understanding his clients and their situations, he is often able to solve their legal problems before charges are ever brought.

With offices in New York and London, Mr. Arshack represents clients in state, federal, and international courts at all levels. He also represents clients before administrative bodies and at the United Nations. He is known as a global leader in criminal justice and legal reform, and has taught lawyers and law students in the US and abroad, from New York to Paris.

For a detailed biography of Mr. Arshack, see his Wikipedia page →

Practice areas
Mr. Arshack focuses his practice on criminal defense, civil rights protection and complex civil litigation, and has successfully defended a wide range of cases, from securities fraud and international arms-dealing to homicide and malpractice.
Representative clients
  • Devyani Khobragade, Acting Deputy Consul of India, who had faced federal visa fraud charges. Read more →
  • James Holmes, the Aurora theater shooter. Read more →
  • Chetan Kapur, manager of the hedge fund ThinkStrategy, who had faced highly publicized fraud charges. Read more →
  • Robert Alain, the “French Spiderman,” who had faced felony charges for scaling the New York Times Building in 2008. Read more →
  • Congo’s largest individual taxpayer, who had been falsely identified by the U.N. as a funder of rebel groups
Mr. Arshack graduated from Brandeis University and the University of Stockholm in 1978. He obtained his law degree from the Antioch School of Law in 1983 and thereafter practiced criminal and civil rights law in Washington, D.C. 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.
Bar admissions
  • Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, First Department
  • New York Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Western District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • United States District Court of the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
Honors & awards
  • Media appearances include: The Today Show; Night Line with Ted Koeppel; The Queen Latifa Show; CBS News, NBC News, ABC News, Arise America, and Court TV.
  • AV “Preeminent” rating from Martindale Hubbell
  • Elected to “Super Lawyers” (2011–2014)
  • 10 out of 10 “Superb” rating from Avvo
  • Former President, New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Bar/professional activity
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Elected President (2007)
  • Founded a new public defender’s office in The Bronx “The Bronx Defenders”, Under contract to the City of New York (1996)
  • New York Sun Works, Member of the Board
  • Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, Adjunct professor of trial advocacy
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), International Affairs Committee Co-Chairman and elected representative to the International Criminal Bar (ICB)
International bar/professional activity
  • Perren Buildings Chambers, London, International member
  • International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague, U.S. counsel
  • International Criminal Defense Attorneys Association – USA (ICDAA), Member of the Board of Directors
  • International Criminal Bar (ICB), Founding member
  • Co-Drafter of the Rules of Professional Conduct submitted by the ICB to the International Criminal Court (ICC)
  • Active NGO delegate, NACDL at the United Nations Preparatory Commission on the ICC
Pro bono/community service
  • Created the first Institutional Review Board to review clinical research proposals for their ethical impact on participants at Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York City, 1992
  • Started the Manhattan School for Children, a public school, 1991