Meet Steven Brill Partner

Steven Brill

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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 - in both the Southern and Eastern District of New York as well as federal courts around the Country. As a result of Steven Brill is among the most experienced and 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.

"My clients quickly realize that I take their case as seriously as they do."

- Attorney Brill

New York State Cases

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 – including 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 cases involving driving such as Driving while Impaired and Intoxicated on Alcohol or Drugs. Given Steven's experience, he can navigate through the very severe sentencing consequences potentially imposed.

On top of handling all New York state crimes, Steven handles all types of federal matters as well. 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 also. 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, sentencing is a critical part of the process. Sentencing includes a knowledge of the United States Sentencing Guidelines and mitigating factors under 18 USC 3553. 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.

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 since 2013

Notable Cases

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 the funds;
  • 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 his students;
  • 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.