Steven Brill is a founding partner of Sullivan & Brill, LLP. For over
2 decades, Steven has been defending those who have been charged with
New York State and Federal crimes. As a result of Steven Brill is among
the most respected criminal defense attorneys in New York City. He is
a well-trained and highly experienced advocate, negotiator and trial attorney.
Steven has tried close to 75 state and federal trials throughout his career.
Because of Steven’s experience in trying cases, he poses as a formidable
adversary to any state or federal prosecutor. If, however, a client seeks
to engage in a plea agreement, Steven excels in effectively negotiating
with prosecutors so that the best possible deal is offered to his clients.
He is a devoted criminal defense attorney.
Experience You Can Count On
Steven has represented hundreds of individuals who were charged with a
wide range of New York State and federal crimes – from the most
minor to the most serious – such as homicide, sex crimes, and drug
and weapons offenses. He and his firm also handle minor state offenses
as well, like shoplifting, simple drug possession and DATs and NY summons
cases. On top of this, Steven has also had consistent success representing
those who have been stopped and charged with DWI. Given the focus the
NYPD puts on this crime coupled with the very severe sentencing consequences
potentially imposed, it is important anyone charged with a DWI speak to
someone like Steven as early in the process as possible.
On top of handling all New York state crimes, Steven spends many hours
a week handling federal matters as well. As a Steven handles all types
of federal crimes. These include: drug conspiracy, securities fraud, Hobbs
Act robberies, gun possession, child pornography, financial crimes, cyber
crimes, health care fraud, and RICO matters. Steven has been retained
to represent individuals charged with federal crimes all over the country,
including New Jersey, Washington D.C., Florida and Puerto Rico. Although
his main district is in New York, Steven is highly capable and determined
to represent clients from other federal districts as well. Steven’s
ability to prepare cases, try cases, and negotiate plea deals translates
well in any federal court in any district.
Federal Sentencing Matters
When it comes to federal criminal defense, the sentencing guidelines and
the client’s mitigation factors are critical. Steven has a deep
understanding of both so that his clients will be in a position to receive
the best possible sentence. To add, Steven has also racked up a successful
record in preparing sentencing submissions and arguing for sentences below
the sentencing guidelines. There is a long list of past Sullivan &
Brill clients that are satisfied with Steven’s sentencing advocacy
when it comes to arguing for the lowest possible federal sentence. When
it comes to preparing for the sentencing of a client, there is no attorney
that will do more or fight harder for a client
After Sentencing, The Fight Continues
Steven’s aggressive and diligent representation of individuals charged
with crimes continues even after the conviction is entered and the sentence
is imposed. For example, Sullivan & Brill get several calls each day
asking for help appealing their convictions in the form of a direct appeal
or filing a Habeas Corpus Petition under 21 U.S.C. § 2255. Along
with the help of Steven’s sister, Rachel Brill, who has a thriving
criminal defense practice in Puerto Rico, Steven helps clients who have
been previously convicted and sentenced fight the conviction and the sentence.
Steven and Rachel have engaged in all aspect of the appellate process
from researching and filing the appellate briefs to arguing before New
York state appellate courts and United States Circuit courts.
For many years now, Steven and the criminal lawyers at Sullivan & Brill
have represented clients who seek Certificates of Relief from Civil Disabilities
or have their state or federal probation terminated early. Sullivan &
Brill has achieved great success in handling both of these types of post-conviction matters.
- Member of the New York State Criminal Bar Association
- Selected as Super Lawyer in the area of Criminal Defense
Steven has represented defendants in many notable cases, including:
U.S.A. v. Abdinur Dahir, in which his client was charged with money laundering in an international
drug conspiracy involving the drug "Khat;"
USA v. Robert McDonald, involving a white collar investment banker who was charged with fraudulently
soliciting investments from wealthy investors for the purchase of hotels;
USA v. Everette Scott, involving an attorney who was indicted for securities and mail fraud
for assisting his client to receive escrow payments and misappropriating
People of the State of New York v. Brandon Connelly, in which an Iraqi veteran, suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) was charged with Vehicular Manslaughter and DWI arising out of
a fatal accident;
People of the State of New York v. Judith Smiley, a high-profile kidnapping case involving the biological and adoptive
parents of a baby boy;
People of the State of New York v. Jane Doe, involving an attorney who was accused of soliciting potential investors
for an allegedly fraudulent foreign currency fund;
USA v. Julio Vasquez, a case involving an NYPD Detective who was charged with federal drug
conspiracy and corruption in the EDNY;
USA v. Angelje Sherpa, in which a Napalese National was wrongfully identified as a drug lord
leading to a dismissal and the granting of political asylum by the U.S
Attorney's Office of Washington D.C.
People of the State of New York v. Felipe Domingues, a Brazilian born dog walker who was accused of burglarizing one of the
homes of his dog walking clients;
People v. Anthony Criscuolo, a New York public school teacher accused of sexually assaulting one of
USA v. Hanna Park, a Korean born, US citizen who was charged with her mother, father and
others in a conspiracy to commit passport fraud out of the district of
New Jersey. Ultimately, a deal was worked out where the New Jersey U.S.
Attorney’s Office deferred prosecution and dismissed the case
In addition to these notable cases, Steven has been lead counsel in over
75 trials and has built an impressive record against both State and Federal
prosecutor's offices. Steven's commitment to defend an accused
from the enormous power of the State and Federal government makes him,
and the rest of the criminal attorneys at Sullivan & Brill LLP, natural
allies to any individual charged with a criminal offense.