Alfredo F. Mendez is a partner at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Einiger, LLP and the director of the firm's White Collar Criminal Law and Governmental Investigations Practice. A skilled litigator and former state and federal prosecutor with three decades of experience, Mr. Mendez concentrates his practice in White Collar Criminal Defense, Health Care Fraud and Abuse, Governmental Investigations, and Internal Corporate Investigations and Compliance.
Mr. Mendez represents individual and corporate clients in every phase of federal, state and local governmental investigations, grand jury proceedings, criminal prosecutions, forfeiture proceedings, regulatory and disciplinary actions, as well as False Claims Act proceedings. Mr. Mendez handles cases involving allegations of insurance fraud, including Medicaid, Medicare, No-Fault and Workers Compensation fraud, healthcare fraud, securities fraud, including Ponzi schemes, money laundering, tax evasion, bank fraud, mail fraud, trademark counterfeiting, bribery, kickbacks and public corruption.
In addition to being a talented litigator, Mr. Mendez is a skilled counselor and advisor to his clients. Using his extensive experience as a federal and state prosecutor, Mr. Mendez conducts internal and external investigations and reviews, and advises clients, including financial institutions and money service businesses, on a broad range of anti-fraud, anti-money laundering and compliance related matters. Mr. Mendez was selected to independently monitor a private company who pled guilty to fraud changes.
Prior to going into private practice, Mr. Mendez had an exemplary career in the government. He served for nearly five years as the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Counsel to the New York State Commission of Investigation, a statewide law enforcement agency, where he directed investigations involving corruption, official misconduct, fraud, and malfeasance in New York State and local government. For eighteen years, Mr. Mendez served as an Assistant Attorney General in New York under Attorneys General Robert Abrams, Dennis Vacco and Eliot Spitzer. While there, he held the positions of Chief of the Securities Prosecution Unit, Chief of the Financial Crimes Section and Chief of the Crime Proceeds Section in the Criminal Division. From 1987 until 1989, Mr. Mendez also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York for the tax evasion and fraud prosecution of Harry and Leona Helmsley. He has also acted as Special Prosecutor in Westchester County on a number of occasions where the local district attorney was superseded by the Governor. Mr. Mendez is the Chairperson of the Board of Ethics of the Village of Ossining (Westchester County).
Mr. Mendez is admitted to practice in New York and in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He received his J.D. from Rutgers University Law School at Newark and his B.A., cum laude, from Fordham University. Mr. Mendez is fluent in Spanish.
Areas of Practice
- White Collar Criminal Defense
- Health Care Fraud and Abuse
- Internal Corporate Investigations and Compliance
- New York
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Newark,Newark,New Jersey
- Fordham University
- B.A.(Cum Laude)-1975
- Financial Crimes,National Association of Attorneys General
Professional Associations and Memberships
- International Association of Independent Private Sector Inspectors General,Member
Past Employment Positions
- New York State Commission of Investigation,Deputy Commissioner
- New York State Commission of Investigation,Chief Counsel
- Attorneys General Robert Abrams, Dennis Vacco and Eliot Spitzer,Assistant Attorney General
- Attorneys General Robert Abrams, Dennis Vacco and Eliot Spitzer, Securities Prosecution Unit,Chief
- Attorneys General Robert Abrams, Dennis Vacco and Eliot Spitzer, Financial Crimes Section,Chief
- Attorneys General Robert Abrams, Dennis Vacco and Eliot Spitzer, Money Laundering Section in the Criminal Division,Chief
- Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York,Special Assistant United States Attorney
Pro Bono Activities
- Chairperson, Board of Ethics, Village of Ossining, Westchester County