Anthony Capozzolo is a veteran investigator and trial lawyer with a combined twenty years of experience as a federal prosecutor and an assistant district attorney. Mr. Capozzolo’s practice focuses on representing individuals and corporations in complex white-collar matters including criminal, regulatory and internal investigations.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Capozzolo worked for six years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, primarily assigned to the Public Integrity Section. In that capacity, Mr. Capozzolo conducted several high profile investigations and prosecuted matters involving federal, state and local public officials suspected of a variety of criminal misconduct including bribery, RICO, tax, mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. Mr. Capozzolo led the investigation and prosecution resulting in the conviction of a sitting United States congressman, the first in New York State in over twenty years. He was also a member of the prosecution team that convicted an assistant commissioner in the New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development of racketeering, in part, for having accepted over $1.5 million in bribes. Moreover, Mr. Capozzolo was a member of the team that convicted a former New York City police detective after trial of conspiracy to distribute narcotics, bank fraud and obstruction of justice. In addition, Mr. Capozzolo has investigated and prosecuted cases involving the misappropriation of public contract funds, corruption of union officials and embezzlement of union benefit funds. Beyond his litigation experiences, Mr. Capozzolo was also appointed a CHIP coordinator (Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section), in which he was called upon to provide legal guidance on issues involving government electronic surveillance techniques and the use of eavesdropping and computer search warrants.
Before working for the federal government, Mr. Capozzolo served fourteen years as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office where he was appointed Deputy Unit Chief of the Firearms Trafficking Unit. During his tenure, Mr. Capozzolo tried dozens of felony cases to verdict for crimes including conspiracy, murder, assault, robbery, narcotics distribution, embezzlement, and grand larceny.
- Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of New York
- Assistant District Attorney, Deputy Unit Chief, New York County District Attorney’s Office
- Law Clerk to Judge Vincent E. Hull, Jr., Superior Court of New Jersey, Criminal Term
Publications & Events
Mr. Liston, an attorney for Rogicki in both the SEC and state court matters, told Law360 on Friday that his client has "accepted full responsibility for his actions.", an attorney for Rogicki in both the SEC and state court matters, told Law360 on Friday that his client has "accepted full responsibility for his actions."www.law360.com, October 20, 2017
In the News
- March 17, 2020
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Capozzolo — who headed a tax fraud case against former U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm and other high-profile investigations — was retained by the city when Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas launched an investigation last year, in conjunction with an audit into the city’s payout practices by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office.LI Herald, August 29, 2019
Anthony Capozzolo and John Moscow are quoted in ABC News about the recent Manafort cooperation agreement and sentencing issues.www.abcnew.go.com, November 28, 2018
- Federal prosecutors investigating former Trump lawyer view October 2016 tape as trigger for burying potentially damaging information, people familiar with the matter say
Mr. Cohen’s apparent change of heart on buying Ms. Clifford’s silence, after the “Access Hollywood” tape surfaced and nearly capsized Mr. Trump’s campaign, could help investigators make the link, said Anthony Capozzolo, a defense lawyer and former federal prosecutor in Brooklyn who handled corruption cases. [...] “Access Hollywood” tape “is exactly the kind of evidence that beats that argument,” by helping prosecutors frame the Clifford payment as a response to the damage the tape inflicted on Mr. Trump’s campaign, said Mr. Capozzolo.The Wall Street Journal, August 16, 2018
- The types of cases that the U.S. Justice Department will pursue is uncertain in Trump administration
"If you’re a public-integrity prosecutor, and you’ve been doing that for five years, you know who all the players are,” said Anthony Capozzolo, a former prosecutor in the Eastern District.The Wall Street Journal, November 13, 2016
Anthony Capozzolo, counsel at Lewis Baach PLLC in New York who spent six years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York primarily, agreed. He told Bloomberg BNA that one of the biggest reasons the government didn't go forward was because the Supreme Court's decision “eviscerated” the government's case.
The ruling made it “nearly impossible to prove attempts,” Capozzolo said.Bloomberg BNA, September 28, 2016
- New York Law Journal, September 26, 2016
“The Department of Justice views this decision as having a material effect on the way they’ve been prosecuting quid pro quo cases in the past,” said Anthony M. Capozzolo, a former federal prosecutor, who interpreted the McDonnells’ decisions as “a sign that they’re going to handle these cases differently.”The New York Times, September 8, 2016
Such an apparent disagreement is not uncommon, said Anthony Capozzolo, a former federal prosecutor who handled public corruption cases in New York. But he told the Two-Way that the Justice Department's action is a "game changer" that could impact other public integrity cases.
"The government had a good case in terms of jury appeal," Capozzolo said. "But it appears the department's decision is solely based on the view that McDonnell's activity did not rise to the level of the standard in the Supreme Court decision."September 8, 2016
A U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia imposed a below-Guidelines sentence for a Syrian-born U.S.citizen who pleaded guilty to providing equipment to forces opposing the Syrian regime in violation of U.S. sanctions laws.Associated Press, June 10, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Puerto Rico and the U.S. government may not prosecute individuals for the same crimes in a case that tested the limits of the territory's sovereignty, an issue that has become increasingly urgent as the commonwealth has struggled with a massive debt problem.Law 360, June 9, 2016
- A former Siemens executive became the first person to plead guilty to U.S. criminal charges of helping run a bribery campaign that moved tens of millions of dollars to Argentine officials in connection with a $1 billion national ID card project.
Mr. Francos is mentioned in the article and is admitted to practice only in Buenos Aires; not engaged in the practice of law in the District of Columbia.Law360, September 30, 2015
- George Washington University Law School (J.D. 1994), Vice-President of Intrascholastic Competition, Moot Court Board
- Marist College (B.S. Magna Cum Laude 1991)
- New York
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York and the District of New Jersey