J. Bruce Maffeo is a former federal and state prosecutor who has practiced criminal law for more than 35 years. During that time, he has tried virtually every type of criminal case – from securities fraud to murder and has represented individuals ranging from celebrities to indigent clients as a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel of the Southern District of New York.
As a result of his professional accomplishments, Bruce was inducted in 2009 as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and recently completed a two-year term as chair of its Downstate New York Committee.
Bruce also has conducted internal investigations for various companies and labor unions and currently serves as the Ethical Practices Officer for AFSCME District Council 37, New York City’s largest municipal union, where he is responsible for investigating allegations of corruption among that union’s approximately 120,000 members.
Between 1984 and 1989, Bruce was a prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Strike Force for the Eastern District of New York. There, he was responsible for bringing a number of historic RICO prosecutions, including United States v. Schwimmer, 924 F. 2d 443 (2d Cir. 1991), the first major prosecution of the savings and loan crisis of the 1980’s and a case that dramatically expanded the scope of liability for union pension fund advisers.
Based on his efforts, in that case, Bruce testified before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee about the challenges involved in investigating complex financial crime cases. He is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and New Hampshire, as well as the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Districts of Connecticut and New Hampshire, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
- Representing two container carrier clients in an antitrust U.S. Department of Justice investigation, opened in March 2017, into meetings of voluntary shipping alliances (VSA) within the ocean carrier industry. A total of 19 companies have been subpoenaed in connection with the investigation.
- Successfully represented the former Executive Assistant to the General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in an internal disciplinary proceeding brought by a court-appointed monitor.
- Successfully negotiated a non-criminal disposition of former Mixed Martial Arts Champion Conor McGregor in an assault case brought by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.
- Negotiated a non-criminal disposition of a leading New York interior construction firm in a years-long investigation brought by the New York County District Attorney’s Office.
- Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1979
- Boston University, B.A., 1974
BAR ADMISSIONS : New Hampshire; New York
COURT ADMISSIONS :
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. District Court — Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court — Southern District of New York
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court — New Hampshire
- U.S. District Court — Connecticut
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