Arshack, Hajek & Lehrman

Aggressive, creative advocacy since 1983

International criminal defense

Understanding the cultural and political nuance of the situations in which our clients find themselves is central to our consistent ability to achieve the precise result our clients hope for. We take the time to listen.Daniel N. Arshack
With offices in New York and London, we have successfully defended the rights of numerous foreign dignitaries, business executives, and other prominent clients in cases involving visa fraud, money laundering, terrorist financing, intergovernmental sanctions, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, and cross-border criminal matters.

Many of our cases involve international transactions or allegations of transnational crimes. Through our international work, we have developed a global network of law firms and colleagues who know the current local conditions and are available to participate with us in cases throughout the world.

Case samples
  • We defended the Deputy Consul General of India against baseless visa fraud charges after she was publicly arrested in Manhattan, strip-searched, and held in a cell with violent criminals. After our team succeeded in collecting evidence in Delhi and New York that absolutely established our client’s innocence, we successfully convinced the federal court to dismiss all fraud charges based on her diplomatic status.
  • At the United Nations, we created a novel hearing procedure and then used it to completely clear the name of Congo’s largest individual taxpayer, who had been wrongly identified by the UN as a financier of rebel groups.
  • We defended a prominent California businessman in an FBI investigation into the bribery of high-ranking Azerbaijani officials in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. After conducting a detailed investigation, we presented such compelling evidence to the government that the prosecutor abandoned the case before our client was ever indicted.
  • We commenced U.S. litigation in a case filed at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague to obtain the notes of an author who had interviewed witnesses who were central to the ICTY case.
  • We currently represent the interests of an individual held in Kenya on narcotics trafficking charges who is facing extradition to the United States.
  • We represent the interests of an individual held in Montenegro facing extradition to the United States on arms-dealing charges.
International colleagues
International bar/professional activity
  • The firm’s managing partner, Daniel Arshack, is a founding member of the International Criminal Bar.
  • Mr. Arshack was US defense counsel in a case before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at The Hague.