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Steven Brill
Steven Brill is a founding partner in the New York City firm Sullivan Brill, LLP. He has been defending clients accused of criminal offenses since 1994, when he became a public defender. Since founding the firm in 2001, Steven has focused mainly on federal criminal matters in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington DC and Miami.

Steven has dedicated his professional life to defending clients charged with every type of federal crime including: international drug conspiracies, 924 (guns and weapons) cases, securities fraud, mail fraud, RICO matters, public corruption, health care fraud, computer crimes, child pornography and Hobbs Act robberies. Noticed and well-respected by many federal judges, Steven was selected to be a member of the CJA Panel –- a highly prestigious panel -- in both the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, where he receives assignments from the court to represent defendants who are unable to afford private counsel. As a result of Steven’s extensive federal practice experience, Steven has developed a unique understanding of the way that the US Attorney’s office operates, giving him the ability to represent his clients effectively and successfully.

Steven has represented defendants in many notable cases, including USA v. Abdinur Dahir, in which Steven’s client was charged with money laundering in an international drug conspiracy involving the drug "Khat;" USA v. Robert McDonald, involving a white collar investment banker who was charged with fraudulently soliciting investments from wealthy investors for the purchase of hotels; USA v. Everette Scott, involving an attorney who was indicted for securities and mail fraud for assisting his client to receive escrow payments and misappropriating the funds: People of the State of New York v. Brandon Connelly, in which an Iraqi veteran, suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was charged with Vehicular Manslaughter and DWI arising out of a fatal accident; People of the State of New York v. Judith Smiley, a high-profile kidnapping case involving the biological and adoptive parents of a baby boy; People of the State of New York v. Jane Doe, involving an attorney who was accused of soliciting potential investors for an allegedly fraudulent foreign currency fund; USA v. Julio Vasquez, a case involving an NYPD Detective who was charged with federal drug conspiracy and corruption in the EDNY; and USA v. Angelje Sherpa, in which a Napalese National was wrongfully identified as a drug lord leading to a dismissal and the granting of political asylum by the U.S Attorney’s Office of Washington D.C.

In addition, Steven has been lead counsel in over 50 trials and has built an impressive record against both State and Federal prosecutor’s offices. Steven’s commitment to defend an accused from the enormous power of the State and Federal government makes him a natural ally to any individual charged with a New York state of federal criminal offense.

Entries by Steven Brill

The Grand Jury When It Comes to Ferguson and Staten Island

(3) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 9:40 PM


A prosecutor might be able to get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, as the saying goes, but not two police officers who caused the deaths of unarmed men. Recently, two grand juries decided the fate of police officers involved in...

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Shakespeare Had It Wrong: Don't 'Kill All the Lawyers!'

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 7:16 PM


How many times have we heard a lawyer called a name like "ambulance chaser," "shark" and "shyster?" Usually, this derogatory, name-calling is triggered by cases in which an attorney represents a person who has been injured by another's negligence or misconduct, or represents...

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The Shocking Trend of Revenge Porn: Where Can a Victim Turn?

(10) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 3:13 PM


Imagine coming home from work or after class and finding your email account filled with messages from strangers telling you how "hot" you are and asking you if you are free to "hook-up" that night -- a mailbox full of messages from...

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When Art and Real Life Collide in the Courtroom

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 11:38 AM

The relationship between art and real life has been the source of great debate. Recently, questions surrounding the relationship between art and life have entered the courtroom -- more specifically the courtroom hosting a federal criminal trial involving charges related to drugs and violence -- where the debate is no...

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An Uptick in Granting Suppression Motions: Is Stop-and-Frisk to Blame?

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 6:01 PM

In the Eastern District of New York (EDNY), over the last year, Federal Judges appear to be setting a stricter standard for police when considering whether or not to suppress evidence obtained in a warrant-less search. In five different decisions handed down since April 24, 2013, judges have granted defendants'...

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Federal Drug Sentencing Is About to Get Smarter: How the War on Drugs Is Changing

(3) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 6:06 PM


Federal Sentencing for Drug Crime is about to get smarter; or, at least that what some people think. In what could be a significant change in the Federal Sentencing laws for drug crimes, Senator Richard Durbin sponsored a bill -- "The Smarter Sentencing...

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Oscar Pistorius and the Criminal Justice System at Work

(4) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 4:48 PM

What exactly happened on the night of when Oscar Pistorius' finance, Reeva Steenkamp, was found dead in her bathroom and Mr. Pistorius was found with a loaded pistol in his possession. The South African prosecutor claims that as a result of a domestic dispute, Mr. Pistorius shot her with the...

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The Growing Trend of 'Revenge Porn' and the Criminal Laws That May Follow

(4) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 5:33 PM

When one hears the words "revenge porn," the images conjured up are not pleasant ones. The term revenge porn stems from the idea that a way to get back at -- or take revenge -- on an ex may be to publicly send out nude or sexually compromising images of...

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How Responsible Is the Drug Dealer for the Actions of the Drug User?

(6) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 12:22 PM

The death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent heroin overdose has triggered an interesting debate as to whether the individuals who sold Mr. Hoffman the drugs should be criminally liable for his death. Presently, however, New York State has no crime on its books that specifically addresses this...

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Maximilian Schell and How Art Imitates Life

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 4:45 PM

The news that Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell died yesterday got me thinking. Schell made his mark in Hollywood -- and won an Oscar -- for his role as a criminal defense attorney in the movie Judgment at Nuremberg. In the movie, Schell played the role of Hans Rolfe,...

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Dear Low Level, Non-Violent Drug Prisoners: Please File for Clemency

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 1:57 PM

Although 2014 is only weeks old, the Obama administration is making good on its promise to use the power of the executive branch to advance the President's policy agenda when Congress will not, or is slow to, act. Last week, the Office of the Attorney General issued a request to...

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Stop the Presses! Let's Wait for the Evidence

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 4:22 PM

Certainly, a hot button issue in New York City has been, and will remain, any news connected to the 9/11 attacks. News that might relate to the first-responders involved in 9/11 and its aftermath, particularly allegations that implicate police or fire-fighters as exploiting or profiting from the 9/11 tragedy are...

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