Steven Brill is a founding Partner of Sullivan Brill, LLP, which was established in 2001. Mr. Brill concentrates his practice to Federal and State Criminal Defense, and Post-Conviction Litigation.
Steven earned a BA in history at the George Washington University and graduated with cum laude honors. After taking a gap year and traveling the country as the piano player in a rock band, JD at Temple University Law School. At Temple, Steven was a member of distinction for the Moot Court Association, leading him to travel to various law schools and competing in Moot Court competitions where he and his teammates would draft appellate briefs and argue them to a panel of judges. To this day, Steven is often invited to various Moot Court competitions where he knows serves a judge for student competitors.
In 1995 Steven hit the ground running as staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society, immediately gained name for himself and developed a reputation for a skilled negotiator and talented trial attorney. As a public defender from 1994-2000, he dedicated his practice representing indigent clients charged with wide ranges of crimes from misdemeanor drug possession, shoplifting, DWI to Felony firearms possession, drug sale, sex-crimes and homicide. During his time with the Legal Aid society he was trained in and out of the courtroom on how to present forceful and persuasive arguments to Judges and Juries. Steven bucked the trend of high conviction rates and won a significantly higher of number of cases he took to trial than he lost.
In 2001, Steven and Joseph Sullivan, a classmate from law school, and fellow, New York attorney, made good on their dream and started their own firm. From that moment forward, Steven handled the Federal and State criminal defense matters continuing to represent a wide-variety client charged with a wide-variety of crimes. Along the way Steven has developed a reputation among Judges and Prosecutors that he is trustworthy, zealous, and will not back down on behalf of his clients. This reputation has only helped him in gaining favorable results for those he represents.
As he did in the public defender's office, Steven continued to fearlessly try cases on behalf of this clients, winning a vast majority of them. He has tried countless cases to verdict before Federal and State Juries where he has routinely won acquittals for clients charged with various Federal and State crimes ranging from complex white-collar fraud cases, to murder, narcotics, sex-crimes, and DWI related offenses.
Anyone that watches Steven in court notices immediately the skill he has to grab the attention of the jury in a deeply sincere fashion and persuade them to see his side of the case.
Often Mr. Brill does his best work in securing favorable sentences for clients who have pled guilty or have lost trial. In preparation for sentencing, Mr. Brill will actively work with the firm's associates and outside experts to put together a submission that addresses the human side of the client, by defining the client by their personal history and characteristics and not by their conduct in the case alone. Time and time again, over the course of his 25-year career, Mr. Brill has persuaded Judges to impose sentences well-below the sentence guidelines.
Steven also focuses on pre-arrest representation like criminal investigations by State and Federal agencies like the NY Attorney General, the SEC, and the FBI. He also has handled several post-trial litigations like appeals and Habeas Corpus Petitions.
Steven has traveled across the country to represent clients, and has been admitted pro hac vice in Washington DC, Florida and Puerto Rico. Mr. Brill has also argued appeals in other Circuits across the country including the 11th Circuit in Georgia.
Steven has been voted as a member of Super Lawyers of New York each year since 2014. He is also a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDL) as well as the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. (NACDL). Steven has been invited to lecture for CLE programs for the New York County Bar Association and often lectures the NYU law school class on the role of a Criminal Defense Attorney. He is also a regular contributor the Huffington Post writing articles like, “Everyone Deserves a 2nd Chance, right?” and “Stop the Presses, Let's wait for the Evidence.”
- B.A. 1990 – The George Washington University
- Tel Aviv University
- J.D.1994 – Temple University School of Law
Honors, Awards and Lectures
- 9/11 victim compensation fund
- Super lawyers in the area of Criminal Defense from 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019
- CLE lectures at the New York County Bar Association
- Annual Lecture to NYU Law School on Role of Criminal Defense Attorney
- Appearance on “Todays Verdict” with David Lesch
- New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSCDL0
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
The Huffington Post – Everyone Deserves a 2nd Chance, Right?
The Huffington Post – The Kalief Browder Case: First We Blame, Then We Reform
The Huffington Post – Shakespeare Had It All Wrong, Don't Kill All the Lawyers
The Huffington Post – When Art and Real Life Collide in The Courtroom
The Huffington Post – Stop the Presses! Let's Wait for The Evidence
The Huffington Post – The Grand Jury When It Comes to Ferguson
Recent Blog Posts
The unemotional rule of law
ICE CRACKDOWN ON IMMIGRANT FAMILIES – KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
New York State’s Proposed Jury Duty Reform
3M Company Lawsuit Over Defective Earplugs Supplied to U.S. Military
Thousands of Prisoners Now Eligible for Early Release Due to the First Step Act
Steve is both supportive and tough-minded and provides his services fairly and economically. I strongly recommend retaining Steven Brill and his firmSteve Brill provided terrific legal services in a crisis situation. He applied great skill and effectiveness in navigating the legal process and negotiating a successful outcome. I had a great deal at risk in a highly stressful situation but emerged without loss. Steve is both supportive and toug...
Thank you always for your continued efforts, time, support, advice and consideration on my behalf. I am so happy to hear that justice has finally prevailed!Dear Steven, I just wanted to let you know that I am eternally grateful for your tremendous work. I owe the success of my case to you. I am thankful that I have you as my lawyer—I am certain that this unfortunate situation would have taken a great deal longer to resolve had it not been for your e...
I knew from the start that you both genuinely cared about my situation and would do all within your power to ensure a successful outcome. For this I will remain eternally grateful. Again, thank you.“I wanted to take the time to thank you both for helping me obtain piece of mind. From the initial telephone call with attorney Brill, meeting with you both, and spending time with attorney Healy, I felt a sense of security. You both managed to maintain your professionalism without sacrificing th...
Mr. Brill's obvious expertise and empathy in dealing with this matter was greatly appreciated.There are really no words to express our gratitude and appreciation. 'Thank you' just doesn't seem like enough. As you know, it was a long and upsetting process for my family, which would have been a great deal longer had it not been for the hours you put in to help me clear my brother's name. I ...
Mr. Brill dedicated all the necessary time needed to settle my case.“Mr. Brill dedicated all the necessary time needed to settle my case and all in favor of my release which was achieved. Thanks to him I'm back in my country with my family. Kudos Mr. Brill.”
I will definitely use them again if needed, and recommend them to anyone who needs an attorney!Amazing representation by this company! I will definitely use them again if needed, and recommend them to anyone who needs an attorney! Awesome lawyers who make you feel comfortable and spectacular prices!
Thank you for all your hard work and support. I would definitely recommend Steven brill and his firm.Steven Brill is definitely the right attorney. He Handled and settled my case in less than a year, Thank you for all your hard work and support. I would definitely recommend Steven brill and his firm.
There are no words that can properly express my gratitude for what you did for me, thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart and I wish you well in your future endeavors!I just wanted to write you a quick note to commend you on the outstanding representation that you provided me during this matter; Because of your hard work and dedication I was awarded a very favorable sentence and will therefore, be reunited with my family much sooner than I anticipated. There a...
He gave me the best counsel all the way through my ordeal. He also went out of his way to encourage my son who was in his final semester in college. That meant a lot to me.“The first time I met Mr. Steven Brill, I was in trouble with the Fed. He gave me the best counsel all the way through my ordeal. He also went out of his way to encourage my son who was in his final semester in college. That meant a lot to me. He was a God sent for me and my family. May almighty ...
this was the first time I ever needed legal help and hopefully the last and if not I would gladly hire Brill again.“After getting a public defender that I could not even get in contact with I decided to go to Sullivan and Brill from my case. Steven was very professional and charged a reasonable rate and most importantly got my case to drop to a disorderly conduct from pretty severe charges. All I had to do wa...