Marc Agnifilo

Marc serves as lead counsel on high-stakes criminal cases, and has worked on many groundbreaking matters.




Brooklyn Law School, Juris Doctor, 1990

  • Moot Court Honor Society, Co-Chairperson, 1989 – 1990
  • American Jurisprudence Award for outstanding performance in Trial Advocacy
  • Member and Coach of the National Trial Advocacy team;
  • Member and Coach of three appellate advocacy teams in national competitions

Connecticut College

  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science, May 1986

Bar Admissions

New York State Bar

State of New Jersey Bar

United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey

Supreme Court of the United States

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Super Lawyers

In addition to two decades as a high profile criminal defense attorney, Marc also has prior experience as a supervisor at a major United States Attorney’s Office and former Manhattan Assistant District Attorney.  In these roles, Marc has served as lead trial counsel on complex and serious criminal cases, investigations and financial regulatory matters in U.S. District Courts throughout the United States, in State Courts in New York and New Jersey, and in other countries.  He has represented nationals from other countries charged with spying against the United States and with violating Iranian sanctions. Generally, he handles high-stakes criminal cases involving securities, mail, wire, insurance and bankruptcy fraud, money laundering, construction and labor union matters, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, racketeering and enterprise corruption, international arms dealing, anti-trust, bribery, kickbacks and criminal tax investigations.  Marc specializes in sensitive and high profile matters, including United States Congressional investigations. Marc also regularly represents companies and individuals in Securities and Exchange Commission and FINRA enforcement proceedings, internal corporate investigations and grand jury matters. Marc’s practice has also included the representation of select clients charged with offenses such as murder, firearms possession, or other similar matters. Finally, he has an active international criminal practice, working with local counsel on matters charged by the governments of Italy, Switzerland, Romania, Bulgaria and Kyrgyzstan as well as investigations in other countries.

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Prior Employment

Brafman and Associates, New York, NY, 2006 – present

Marc has an active and robust criminal practice representing clients in high-profile, high-stakes matters in many of the most consequential criminal cases of the last two decades.

United States Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey February 1998 – July 2006

Chief of Violent Crime Unit – supervised AUSAs in investigations into murder, money laundering, conspiracy, extortion, drug trafficking and other offenses committed by transnational criminal organizations;

Organized Crime Strike Force – prosecuted organized crime and corruption in the professional boxing industry, convicted high level members of American mafia as well as hit men for Sicilian mafia for multiple murders as part of RICO enterprise;

Supervised long-term grand jury investigations utilizing wiretaps, top echelon informants and other sophisticated techniques;

Served extensively in the Terrorism Command Post investigating the events of the September 11, 2001 attack; received “top secret” security clearance regarding terrorism investigations;

Nationally recognized expert in sophisticated criminal prosecutions and the RICO statute; have lectured extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, and have written and published on these topics;

Won the Director’s Award for Outstanding Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney as well as four FBI Outstanding Achievement Awards for successful prosecutions in difficult and complex matters.

Law Office of Marc. A. Agnifilo, New York, New York 1994-1998

Successfully litigated state and federal criminal and civil cases; drafted state appellate briefs and U.S. Supreme Court certiorari petitions. Won a full acquittal in a sweeping OCCA, extortion, bribery case brought against Union Officials.

New York County District Attorney’s Office, 1990-1994 Assistant District Attorney, Trial Division

Prosecuted, investigated and litigated hundreds of criminal cases, presented over one hundred cases to the Grand Jury and tried dozens of cases to verdict.


U.S. Department of Justice, Director’s Award For Outstanding Performance As An Assistant United States Attorney, 2002

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Outstanding Achievement Award, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999

Jersey City Police Department, Outstanding Service Award, 2005, 2002, 1999

U.S. Department of Justice, Director’s Award Nominee, 2004


Defense Perspectives On Cooperating Witnesses, presented to N.Y. County D.A.’s Office, “Advanced Trial Advocacy Program;” April 2011

Using RICO Against Organized Financial Crime Groups, presented to national law enforcement association, July 2010

Criminal and Civil Use of the RICO Statute, outline accompanying lecture broadcast on “Lawline”

Prosecuting Violent Gangs under the “Enterprise Theory” of Investigation, United States Attorney Bulletin, May 2006

Report to the Deputy Attorney General of the United States on the State of Gangs, Gang Violence and Prosecution Measures in the District of New Jersey – presented on July 31, 2005

Gangs of New Jersey – An Assessment of the Current Situation – presented at the United States Attorney’s Office Gang Symposium in May of 2004

How to Prosecute a Group of Bad Guys – Innovative Uses of the RICO and CCE Statutes, presented to the Home Office of the United Kingdom at the U.K. Annual Law Enforcement Gang convention of 2003

The Fourth Amendment and “Street Encounters”, presented to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey, 2003

Actually Understanding the Bail Reform Act, presented to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey, 2003

How To Take a Statement from a Defendant, presented to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey, 2002

Lectures and Presentations

Frequent lecturer to local, state, federal and foreign governments, as well as educational and law enforcement institutions on a variety of subjects. Notable presentations include the following:

N.Y. County D.A. “Advanced Trial Advocacy Program, April 2015 – Trial practice regarding cooperating witnesses;

New York County Lawyer’s Association, October 2011 – Attorney Ethics in White Collar Criminal Investigations;

New York State Bar Association, September 2011 – Federal Criminal Practice

N.Y. County D.A. “Advanced Trial Advocacy Program, April 2011 – Defense Perspectives On Cooperating Witnesses


HBO – featured prominently in season 2 of the HBO documentary “The Vow”;

MSNBC and BNN – repeated on air commentary on the insider trading trial of Raj Rajaratnam; multiple appearances;

National Public Radio (NPR), March 2008 – “Weekend Edition.” Discussed firearms laws in the context of the ability of violent criminal organization to secure firearms through illegal means

The History Channel, February 2008 – “Gangland” series. On camera discussion on the history of the Bloods street gang.

An Omar Broadway Film, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2008. Nominated Best Documentary Film at the festival. On camera discussion of the Bloods in the U.S. prison system.