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Howard Srebnick plays a major role in the firm’s criminal division, and helps set the standard for the thorough, zealous representation of clients that our practice delivers. Chambers and Partners recognizes him as being a "great tactician and masterful trial attorney," a reputation won through his handling of complex, high profile cases, many of which have centered on financial charges such as money laundering, racketeering, tax evasion and public corruption.
Mr. Srebnick has focused much of his career on federal and appellate cases. Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, clients agree "he's thorough and creative, preempts everything and leaves no stone unturned."
When not in the courtroom, Mr. Srebnick teaches Criminal Prosecutions and Defense Lawyering along with his brother at the University of Miami School of Law. He has also written extensively and lectured at continuing legal education seminars across the country on ethics, trial techniques and motions practice.
- United States Supreme Court granted Writ of Certiorari in the case of United States v. Kaley. The question is whether criminal defendants who cannot use their assets to retain counsel of choice because of an asset freeze have the constitutional right to challenge the government's underlying charges during a pretrial hearing. Argument was held on October 16, 2013, and a decision is expected in 2014.
- Acquittal for three-time Indy 500 champion and Dancing with the Stars winner Helio Castroneves and his sister Katiucia on charges of income tax evasion.
- Acquittal and hung jury for a former Justice Department attorney charged with racketeering in the 5-month trial of the "Cali Cartel" case.
- Acquittal of NFL Super Bowl wide receiver Tony Martin of money laundering charges following a 3-week federal trial in Miami.
- Vacated racketeering conviction of Michael J. Peter, the famed gentlemen’s club impresario who founded "Solid Gold," "Pure Platinum" and "Thee Dollhouse,” on a writ of error coram nobis. (United States v. Peter, 310 F.3d 709 (11th Cir. 2002)
- Reversed conviction obtained in United States v. Lopez-Vanegas, 493 F.3d 1305 (11th Cir. 2007) based on argument that a conspiracy hatched in the U.S. to distribute cocaine in foreign countries was not a crime under U.S. drug statutes.
- Interlocutory reversal of pretrial restraining order in United States v. Kaley, 579 F.3d 1247 (11th Cir. 2009), holding that a defendant has a due process right to a pretrial hearing on the restraint of assets needed to retain counsel of choice.
- Not Guilty verdict obtained (along with counsel Roy Black) for a Miami jewelry supplier and his sales manager on charges they laundered more than $8 million in cocaine profits for Colombian drug lords.
- Not Guilty verdict for a Cuban exile accused of conspiring to assassinate Fidel Castro. Verdict made international news.
- Charges dropped against a real estate developer accused of public corruption in the "Stadium Naples" scandal after the court granted a motion to exclude evidence and to change venue based on prejudicial pretrial publicity.
- Assisted as lead trial attorney defending one of the largest charged financial crimes involving derivatives in the Southern District of New York to date, this Senior Executive and Vice President of the once leading residential mortgage lender in Puerto Rico, , received a 5-year sentence following the government aggressively seeking a 27-34 year sentence. Mr. Srebnick shared the responsibility of cross examining government witnesses, which included stock analysts, regulatory personnel from the Federal Reserve, financial company employees, financial consultants, investment bankers, alleged financial victims, a New York Stock exchange representative, valuators, internal and external auditors, and an SEC custodian, as well as presented the defense case.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Srebnick served as a law clerk to former Chief U.S. District Judge Edward B. Davis of the Southern District of Florida and the late Judge Irving L. Goldberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Srebnick then spent three years as a trial and appellate attorney with the Federal Public Defender in Miami.
Awards and Recognition
- Invited by Law.com to author an article and lecture on the ethics of lawyering in the post-Enron era.
- Formerly served as the youngest member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the nation’s premier criminal defense organization with more than 10,000 lawyer members. Remains co-chair of the NACDL’s Lawyer Assistance Strike Force, defending fellow lawyers facing subpoenas or sanctions in connection with their zealous advocacy. Also is co-chair of the NACDL’s Oral Argument Panel, which Mr. Srebnick launched in 2002 to assist other lawyers prepare for their appellate advocacy.
- Serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Miami School of Law teaching "Situational Ethics in the Adversarial System of Justice."
- AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated byMartindale-Hubbell
- Chambers & Partners Legal Guide, Florida Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2005-2013
- "Best Lawyers," U.S. News Best Lawyers: Miami Non-White-Collar and White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2005-2013
- “Most Effective Lawyers: Criminal Justice,” Daily Business Review, 2009
- Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2014
- "Top Lawyers," South Florida Legal Guide, 2003-2014
- "Super Lawyer," Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2013
- "Top 100 Miami Super Lawyers," Florida Super Lawyers, 2010-2013
- “Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers,” Florida Super Lawyers, 2006, 2008-2013
- "Florida Legal Elite," Florida Trend, 2006-2012
- "Best of the Bar," South Florida Business Journal, 2003-2010
- "International Who's Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers," and "International Who's Who of Business Lawyers," Who's Who Legal, London, 2008-2013
- "South Florida Power Player," South Florida Business Leader, 2010
- "Top 250 Lawyers in South Florida," South Florida Legal Guide, 2003
- California, 1989
- Florida, 1992
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
- U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2006
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2011
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1995
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2002
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2007
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1995
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2010
- U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico, 2005
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Life Member)
- The Miami-Dade County Bar Association
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