Abrams Fensterman Adds Criminal Defense Group Chair - Law360

Matt Perez |February 15, 2022

New York firm Abrams Fensterman on Monday announced the hiring of criminal defense attorney Sarita Kedia to lead its criminal defense and government investigations practice group out of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Kedia moves over to Abrams after two decades at her own practice, Sarita Kedia Law Offices PC, where she defended individuals and business through white collar and other criminal cases at the investigative, trial and appellate stages.

Kedia will join Abrams as partner and chair of the criminal defense and government investigations practice group, which features seven partners, two of counsel and two associates, according to the firm's website.

"Ms. Kedia is an outstanding trial attorney with remarkable courtroom skills and an exceptional grasp of the law," executive partner Patrick Formato said in a statement. "As one of the most in-demand criminal defense lawyers in the region, I have no doubt she will be an immeasurable asset to our criminal defense and government investigations team."

In her practice, Kedia represents attorneys, physicians, government officials, investment banks, money managers and alleged organized crime figures through matters related to securities fraud, bank fraud, insider trading, money laundering, embezzlement, health care, murder, rape, racketeering, public corruption, bribery, illegal gambling, arson and tax evasion, among other issues.

During her career, she's achieved full exoneration for a California businessman indicted for money laundering by federal prosecutors, acquittal for an alleged organized crime member in Florida charged in an FBI sting operation and negotiated a favorable misdemeanor plea disposition for a Goldman Sachs attorney charged with multiple counts of rape.

"As a nationally recognized attorney with decades of experience in New York, Ms. Kedia brings unparalleled knowledge and talent with her to our firm," the firm's managing partner Howard Fensterman said in the announcement. "Her tireless dedication, immense passion and keen aptitude have brought her numerous achievements, and she will be an invaluable asset to our firm."

Prior to running her own practice, Kedia served as an associate and then partner at boutique criminal defense firm the Law Offices of Gerald L. Shargel. She's a board member for the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, as well as a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New York Women's Criminal Law Group and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Kedia earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her law degree from Tulane University Law School.

Kedia was not immediately available for comment.

Founded in 2000, Abrams employs around 115 attorneys across six New York offices, including locations in Long Island, Brooklyn, White Plains, Rochester, Albany and Manhattan. The firm opened its Albany location in September 2021, with health care partners Michael Bass and Richard Thomas appointed to helm the new location.