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Alfredo F. Mendez

Alfredo F Mendez

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Alfredo F. Mendez is a partner at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf, 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 more than three decades of experience, Mr. Mendez focuses his practice on White Collar Criminal Defense, Governmental Investigations, Health Care Fraud, Regulatory and Disciplinary Actions, Internal Investigations, and Business Litigation. Mr. Mendez has been selected by his peers a New York Super Lawyer in 2012 and 2013 in the field of White Collar Criminal Defense, a distinction earned by only five percent of the lawyers in the New York Metropolitan area.

Using the extensive experience, skills and insights gained as a white-collar prosecutor, Mr. Mendez advises and represents individuals and businesses facing federal, state or local criminal, regulatory or civil governmental investigations concerning all types of fraud allegations, including healthcare fraud, violations of the federal False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute, Medicaid or Medicare fraud, No-Fault Insurance fraud, Workers Compensation fraud, securities/investment fraud, bank fraud, mortgage fraud, mail fraud, Labor Law violations, personal income tax or sales tax evasion, money laundering, bribery and public corruption. Mr. Mendez represents individuals and businesses in civil RICO actions commenced by insurance carriers, as well as physicians and other healthcare providers in disciplinary matters before OPMC and OPD, and in defending insurance company audits, overpayment demands and related legal actions. Mr. Mendez conducts internal investigations and advises clients on a broad range of anti-fraud, anti-money laundering and compliance related matters. He was selected to independently monitor a private company who pled guilty to fraud charges.

Prior to going into private practice, Mr. Mendez had an exemplary career in government. For over eighteen years, Mr. Mendez served as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Attorney General’s Office. 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. Mr. Mendez served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and participated in the tax evasion and fraud prosecutions of Leona and Harry Helmsley. He was appointed Special Prosecutor in Westchester County on a number of occasions where the local district attorney was superseded by the Governor. Mr. Mendez served as the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Counsel to the New York State Commission of Investigation, where he directed investigations involving corruption, official misconduct, fraud, and malfeasance in New York State and local government. Mr. Mendez is Chairperson of the Board of Ethics of the Village of Ossining (Westchester County). He is admitted to practice in New York and in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Mr. Mendez received his J.D. from Rutgers University Law School (Newark) and his B.A., cum laude, from Fordham University. He is fluent in Spanish.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

Education

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • JD, 1978
  • Fordham University, Bronx, New York
    • BA, 1975
    • Cum Laude

Published Works

  • Financial Crimes, National Association of Attorneys General

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, White Collar Criminal Defense Metro Area Selection, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Association of Independent Private Sector Inspectors General, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Criminal Law and Health Law Sections, 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

Languages

  • Spanish