Vivian Shevitz

of counsel

Ms. Shevitz graduated first in her class from Brooklyn Law School. While there, she was an Editor on the Law Review: Second Circuit Review, and participated in the Moot Court Honor Society. After graduating Summa Cum Laude, Ms. Shevitz clerked for Honorable Judge Leonard P. Moore on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. After he clerkship, Ms. Shevitz worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District, where she worked on investigations, trials, and appeals. Her talent led to her selection as Chief of Appeals. Upon entering private practice, she also taught Appellate Advocacy as an adjunct at Brooklyn Law School.

Ms. Shevitz’s concentration lies in federal and state appellate matters as well as criminal and civil litigation, sentencing and post-conviction practice, and litigation strategy. As far back as 1990, Ms. Shevitz was recognized as one of the top appellate attorneys in New York City. (“Manhattan Lawyer,” September 1990). Most recently, Ms. Shevitz won a ruling in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on a Fourth Amendment suppression case involving a “guest of a guest’s” expectation of privacy. United States v. Aiken, 877 F.3d 451 (1st Cir. 2017), vacated with instructions to review filings Ms. Shevitz’s papers on petition for rehearing, 17-1036, June 1, 2018.

In 2009, Ms. Shevitz accomplished a rare dismissal in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals after she attained a United States Supreme Court grant of certiorari and remand – thereby achieving her client’s release after being incarcerated for six years under a false theory of money laundering. United States v. Ness, 565 F.3d 73 (2d Cir. 2009). Additionally, she triumphed over an SEC Receiver in Eberhard v. Marcu, 530 F.3d 122 (2d Cir. 2008), where the Court of Appeals ruled that the Receiver had no standing to bring a fraudulent conveyance action, and that the claimant had a right to a jury trial.

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