• Larry H. Krantz
    Founding Member, Partner
  • 212-661-0009

Larry H. Krantz is a former federal prosecutor with over thirty years of trial and appellate litigation experience.  He litigates white-collar criminal, regulatory, securities and complex commercial matters.

He has been described in Forbes as “among the most eminent defense lawyers in New York’s criminal bar.”  His powerful cross-examination of the government’s star witness at a recent trial — arising out of the Madoff fraud — was described in Forbes as “hitting it off the facade of the New York Stock exchange.”  He prides himself on representing his clients with tenacity, creativity, compassion and integrity.

In criminal and regulatory matters, Mr. Krantz represents corporate executives and others drawn into investigations conducted by federal and state authorities including: the United States Attorney’s Offices, the District Attorney’s Offices, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), FINRA and various other regulators.  Over the past three decades, he has been involved in many of the highest profile white-collar criminal cases and investigations including: the Madoff fraud (six month trial), the subprime mortgage fraud, LIBOR manipulation, Collateralized Debt Obligation fraud, Insider Trading at various hedge funds, the Enron fraud, and other major accounting, bank and securities frauds.

In civil matters, he regularly represents public and private companies (including financial institutions and insurers), as well as individuals, in the prosecution and defense of complex business disputes including: breach of contract claims, fraud claims, business dissolution disputes, unfair competition actions, and professional malpractice claims.

He also represents individual investors, brokers and brokerage houses in FINRA arbitrations and proceedings concerning alleged broker misconduct.

Mr. Krantz has successfully tried over 25 criminal and civil cases in federal courts, state courts and in arbitration forums.

Honors and Activities:

Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (https://www.actl.com/about), and serves as the College’s Downstate New York Chair.  He is also an active Member of the College’s National Trial Competition Committee, and coordinates the College’s trial training programs for legal services lawyers.

*Listed in SuperLawyers from 2009 -2017 (www.superlawyers.com).

* Director of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers (former) (www.nycdl.org), and currently serves as its Luncheon Chair.

*Director of the Federal Bar Council and serves as the Chair of its Committee on Sentencing and Alternatives to Incarceration.

*Member of the Joint Local Rules Committee for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York as well as the Attorney Grievance Committee for the Southern District of New York.

*Master in the Federal Bar Council Inn of Court and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society (www.trialcounsel.org).

*Chapter author of the treatise Defending Federal Criminal Cases: Attacking the Government’s Proof (Law Journal Press), and is a frequent lecturer on trial advocacy techniques.

*Member of the National Trial Lawyers “Top 100.”

Experience: Mr. Krantz began his career as a litigation associate at Proskauer LLP, an international law firm.  In 1982, he left that firm to serve as the first Law Clerk for the Honorable I. Leo Glasser, United States District Judge, Eastern District of New York.  Following his Clerkship, from 1983-1989, Mr. Krantz served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Eastern District of New York, where he successfully prosecuted cases involving financial fraud, arms-export violations, tax evasion, bribery, organized crime and narcotics trafficking.  During his time at the United States Attorney’s Office he received numerous awards and commendations for outstanding service, and also served as an Adjunct Instructor of Legal Writing for Brooklyn Law School.

Following the United States Attorney’s Office, he joined a litigation boutique that was later re-named Leventhal, Slade & Krantz. In 1998, together with Marjorie Berman, he co-founded Krantz & Berman LLP.

Education: Mr. Krantz graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1980, where he was the Case Comment Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review.  He was also on the Dean’s List.  During law school he authored “Mistrial Over Defense Objection: Review Under the Double Jeopardy Clause,” published at 45 Brooklyn Law Review 999 (1979).  He also served as a student Law Clerk on the United States Court Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Bar Admissions: Mr. Krantz is admitted to practice in New York (1981), the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of New York (1983), Southern District of New York (1993) and District of Connecticut (1993); the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second Circuit (1989) and Eighth Circuit (1993); and the United States Supreme Court (1996).

Philanthropy: Board Member, National Fragile X Foundation; Member, National Council of Visitors, UC Davis MIND Institute; Member, Parents Council, Muhlenberg College.