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US Best Law NYC Criminal Lawyers

Our law firm has over 100 years of combined experience handling criminal defense matters. When the media, or fellow attorneys, want a professional criminal defense law firm – they call Raiser & Kenniff.


NYC Criminal Lawyers

Former Prosecutors

Both of our founding partners are former New York prosecutors. We understand how to handle, each, and every, case and work to provide you with the strongest possible level of criminal defense.

As Seen On TV

When the media needs a professional criminal defense law firm, they turn to us. Our team of criminal defense lawyers has been seen on TV.

Multiple Offices

Regardless of where you are, we can help. We provide legal representation to clients nationwide. Speak to our lawyers today for a risk free consultation.

Risk Free Consultation

We offer a risk free consultation for every single case. We are here to help you understand your legal options, how our attorneys can help you. We’re available 24/7.

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Over 100 Years Of Combined Experience

Both of our founding partners are former prosecutors who understand every single criminal defense case deserves attention and dedication. We have over 100 years of combined experience handling misdemeanors and felonies. When the media needs credible legal advice, they turn to Raiser & Kenniff. Our firm has attracted national recognition from many major media news outlets due to our expertise and knowledge of the law.

Regardless of where you are in the USA, we offer a risk free consultation and evaluation of your case. Speak to one of our NY criminal lawyers today, and understand what your potential options are. The consultation is an opportunity for us to learn about your case, and help you understand what your options are.

Founding partner Thomas Kenniff is a former Prosecutor, and has over 90 reviews on Avvo - with a 5 star rating.
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Our Philosophy

NYC Criminal Attorneys  

The criminal justice system is difficult to navigate. Whether it’s like that on purpose can be debated – what is certain, is that its ramifications are huge. Whether you’re the target of an investigation, are criminally charged with a misdemeanor of felony, or have a simple DWI – you need a criminal defense attorney who is capable of handling the situation. Moreover, you want an NYC criminal lawyer who is proactive in protecting your legal rights.

The lawyers at Raiser & Kenniff have experience in both State and Federal courts. Moreover, they realize the consequences of a permanent criminal record, and the consequences of being convicted – such as jail time. With this in mind, our lawyers implement strategies that protect your livelihood and family. Whether you’re facing an investigation by the local DA’s office, the US Attorney’s office, the FBI, IRS, DEA, or the NYPD – we are here to help. The process begins with a risk free consultation with one of our NYC criminal lawyers. During this process, we’ll discuss the situation with you, and discuss possible defenses to help you. Founding partner Thomas Kenniff has distinguished himself as someone who is a top rated criminal defense lawyer. He applies his extensive experience in the criminal justice system to all of his cases, aiming to have to your charges dismissed, and sentence reduced.

When thinking about hiring a private NYC criminal lawyer, it’s important to realize that a criminal record could impact your ability to gain employment, or even get an apartment. Our attorneys understand how the court systems operate, and help people facing criminal charges. We’ve dedicated our practice to representing clients in a wide array of issues, such as sex crimes, white collar crimes, and more.

Why is a strong criminal lawyer important?

If your future is on the line, you need a lawyer who will show you DEDICATION. You need an attorney whose willing to explain each step of the criminal justice process, and will work tirelessly to help you get the best outcome. Every case is different, and that means having a competent attorney – who has experience with the crime in question is critical. You need the best criminal defense attorney you can get! Our focus at Raiser & Kenniff, is keeping our clients out of jail, and their records clean. Criminal convictions can have severe consequences. For example, in some cases there can be immigration consequences associated with criminal convictions, as well as an impact on your professional license and employment. In some cases, our attorneys will work to suppress evidence, dismiss your case, or fight the case at a preliminary hearing/trial. The outcome of your case will depend on many factors. It’s said that the criminal justice system is broken – due to overzealous prosecutors trying to make a name for themselves. Career motivated prosecutors are not interested in what happens to you, and will disregard your constitutional rights if it advances their career. When faced with such overwhelming odds, you need a NYC criminal attorney on your side who is here to help you, and asset your innocence.

If you’re accused of a crime, every second counts – call our attorneys

When it comes to criminal defense matters, every minute matters. Each day the case move forwards. The prosecutor’s office has literally unlimited resources when it comes to trying to win the case. If you feel you might need a criminal lawyer, act now and call our attorneys. We guide our clients through the criminal defense process as soon as even the prospect of a criminal allegation is brought forward. By informing us early – you give us more time to research the allegation and build a defense. We’ll find plausible defenses that will undermine the allegation, and if possible – prevent the case from ever being filed. Sometimes, prosecutors will act ruthlessly – and try to secure a conviction even if there is limited/no basis. It’s not uncommon for prosecutors to overreach, since they feel their professional reputation is on the line. We’ve seen cases where evidence was procured illegally, and we work hard to make sure that evidence is thrown out. We’ll do what it takes to win the case against you.

Have questions? Our NYC Criminal Lawyers have answers

We understand that anyone who is facing criminal charges has a lot of questions regarding their case. Our team has handled thousands of cases and our former prosecutors understand how stressful this time is for you. It’s our goal to give you the answers you need and deserve as well as give you the representation and assistance you need to get a successful outcome.

Do I need to hire an attorney if i’m planning on pleading guilty?

Regardless of what you plan on pleading in your case, it’s important you hire an NYC criminal lawyer . It’s vital that you have an attorney represent you, instead of representing yourself – because the opposing prosecutor will bring the harshest penalty possible in the criminal case. An attorney from our firm can help you get a lighter sentence, or eliminate your criminal charges – if possible.


If you’re accused of a crime, you have the right to a private criminal defense lawyer who will represent you. Our attorneys work hard to protect you from your accuser. Our goal is to get a complete dismissal of the allegations against you. We can help you with all aspects of your case, ranging from preliminary investigations, to going to trial, and if needed appeals. We consider ourselves pragmatic attorneys, who understand that the best outcome to a case – is getting it dismissed, or settled(when appropriate). Sometimes, favorable dispositions can be achieved through the plea bargaining process. This can be achieved by negotiating with the courts and prosecutors. In some cases, a favorable disposition isn’t possible because prosecutors are being difficult. When this happens, our attorneys know that going to trial is the only way to get justice – and are unafraid of taking this crucial step. Bottom line, when you hire our attorneys – you know that you have an advocate who works hard at every single step.

As experienced NYC criminal lawyers, we’ve established a reputation amongst clients, prosecutors, and judges, as honest and skilled practitioners of law. We recognize that criminal charges bring a host of problems like stress and anxiety, in addition to the devastating effects on your family members. It’s our goal to achieve positive results for our clients. In order to do this, we try to be compassionate and listen carefully to your problems. We recognize that even something as simple as a misdemeanor, can leave a permanent mark on your record and destroy your life. Criminal convictions can harm every aspect of your life, ranging from gun ownership rights, to future employment opportunities. Regardless of what you’ve been charged with, it’s important to hire a competent NYC criminal lawyer who understands these ramifications – and how best to address them. Everyone deserves justice, and more importantly – not to be over-zealously prosecuted.

Aggressive Criminal Attorney NYC

Thomas Kenniff is a globally recognized criminal lawyer. His work with high profile clients is well respected. He combines aggressive courtroom tactics with a comprehensive knowledge of the law. Raiser & Kenniff, PC is a practice built on protecting the rights of individuals accused of crimes. That means making sure to investigate each case, to the fullest extent possible. Most importantly, it means making sure allegations don’t escalate into full blown cases. It means finding the appropriate evidence to mitigate any potential criminal defense allegations. In some cases, our team has been able to get evidence thrown out – which handicaps the prosecutors ability to bring forward a case. As former prosecutors, our founding partners understand how the prosecution will use its resources – and when it’ll put up a fight. This “insider,” understanding provides a unique pathway to knowing when to fight – and how to fight.

Another benefit of working with our firm is the fact we have a nationwide presence. Our NYC criminal lawyers can handle federal issues nationwide. We handle a wide array of criminal defense cases such as:

Drug Crimes: Many people are unfairly targeted for possession of drugs. In some instances, prospective clients don’t deserve jail time, they simply need addiction counseling for their drug and liquor addiction. Irrespective of the allegations against you, whether it be drug possession or trafficking, we’re here to make sure that our NYC criminal attorneys create the best defense possible to help you.

Federal Crimes: If you’ve been accused of a federal crime, you need a team of federal criminal lawyers who understand how to handle this type of case. Federal cases are different from state cases, and require NY criminal lawyers who have a track record.

White Collar Crimes: This is one of the core areas we focus on. Our NYC criminal lawyers can handle all types of cases, such as fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, securities law, and tax related crimes.

Sex Crimes: Being accused of a sex crime can result in a lifelong stigma – even if you’re innocent. If you get convicted of a sex crime, this can result in a life time of shame and other issues. Don’t let a conviction occur. Hire our criminal defense lawyers in NYC today.

Our Practice Areas

Our NYC Criminal Lawyers Have Over 100 Years

Of Combined Experience


Raiser & Kenniff’s founding partners were both former prosecutors. You have our unique experience on your team.

Our founding partners are both former prosecutors. You have unique experience on your side.

Former Prosecutors

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Our founding partners are both former prosecutors. You have unique experience on your side.

Top Rated NYC Criminal Attorneys

Top 100 Lawyers In USA
Many of our criminal lawyers are considered some of the best in the country.


New York
We service all of New York State, and handle Federal cases nationwide.
We offer a risk free consultation, regardless of how simple or complicated your case is. We explain potential strategies and how we can help.
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Criminal Lawyers NYC You Can Trust

Thomas A. Kenniff

Founding Partner

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Nipun Marwaha

Associate Attorney

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Client Testimonials



When you are facing an incredible obstacle and need a superb lawyer to defend you, Tom Kenniff is the one. Before hiring Tom I went to see a couple of other lawyers. Many I talk to gave me false promises and hope, it just did not feel right with them, but not with Tom.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Do I Need The Best New York Criminal Defense Law Firm?

Accused of a crime? Regardless of the type of crime, we can help you. We offer a risk free consultations for all of New York City(Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island), and all of Long Island as well (Nassau County, and Suffolk County).

You may be subject to probation, fines, and even imprisonment. The conviction will become a part of your permanent record, which will follow you, even after you are released from prison.

Our Nassau county criminal defense attorneys recognize at Raiser & Kenniff, PC, that being accused of a crime can cause stress and frustration. Dedicated and unwavering, our team of highly qualified attorneys explores every avenue to help you build a solid defense.

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