A former deputy attorney general of New York, Avi Schick applies his experience in bet-the-company matters, representing clients in criminal and civil investigations and enforcement actions before state and federal regulators, prosecutors and enforcement agencies.
Avi’s clients have included numerous public companies, high-profile businesses and entrepreneurs, real estate developers, senior and elected government officials, political parties, and educational and other significant nonprofit institutions.
His work encompasses the full range of civil and criminal matters brought by attorneys general, insurance and banking departments, and U.S. attorney’s offices, including investigations and litigations involving the False Claims Act, insurance law, the Martin Act, consumer fraud violations, tax matters, not-for-profit law and governance issues, labor and employment violations, and public corruption and integrity cases.
While the best resolutions are those that never become public, Avi has also tried cases to jury verdict, conducted arbitrations and argued appeals at the Second Circuit, the New York Court of Appeals and the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Before entering private practice, Avi served as deputy attorney general in the New York State Attorney General’s Office, where he represented the state in significant litigations, investigations and appeals in federal and state trial and appellate courts.
Avi also served as president of the Empire State Development Corp., where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the state’s economic and real estate development agency.
Additionally, Avi served three New York State governors as chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. and served as both a gubernatorial and mayoral appointee to the Governors Island board of directors. Avi also serves as a director of the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum.
Avi regularly writes on legal and public policy issues, focusing primarily on First Amendment issues. His articles have been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, Legal Affairs, the New Republic, the Daily News and elsewhere; have been cited in court opinions and academic works; and have been included in legal anthologies.
Representative Matters :
- Represented elected officials and senior government officials in multiple criminal investigations. No charges were brought against any clients in any of the cases.
- Represented a company official in a high-profile criminal matter in which five people received jail sentences but his client received a sentence of probation.
- Represented both insurers and mortgage providers in connection with lender-placed insurance investigations.
- Represented insurers in numerous investigations before state attorneys general, departments of insurance, and federal regulators.
- Represented a well-known New York and online retailer in connection with investigations involving labor practices and data privacy issues.
- Represented real estate developers, owners and financiers in numerous investigations and litigations.
- Has represented numerous nonprofit organizations in connection with regulatory inquiries and investigations.
EDUCATION : Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1994
BAR ADMISSIONS : New York
COURT ADMISSIONS :
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
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