Florian Miedel is a skilled trial lawyer and appellate advocate with nearly thirty years of experience in the state courts of New York, and federal courts nationwide, where he has successfully represented clients in a number of high-profile and complex matters, both in white collar investigations and prosecutions, and in more traditional criminal proceedings, such as RICO, money laundering, fraud, kidnapping, murder, rape, and computer crimes. Recent high profile clients have included the former Mexican Secretary for Public Security, charged with taking bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel, an alleged Chinese Foreign Intelligence Officer charged with economic espionage, and a Russian hacker accused of committing one of the largest hacks into an American financial institution in history.
Mr. Miedel aggressively pursues favorable outcomes at all stages of criminal proceedings. On countless occasions, his thorough investigation, forceful negotiation skills, and relentless advocacy on behalf of his clients have persuaded prosecutors not to indict, to dismiss pending charges, or to offer favorable plea bargains. He has litigated hundreds of suppression and evidentiary motions with great success. At trial, his skilled courtroom advocacy has led to a remarkably high acquittal rate. Recent acquittals have included murder in aid of racketeering, narcotics conspiracy, weapons possession, and civil rights assault – all in Federal Court. His creative and thoughtful sentencing arguments have frequently convinced judges to sentence his clients far below the applicable guideline ranges. Finally, in appellate matters, Mr. Miedel’s excellent writing skills and persuasive presentations have achieved reversals in New York’s appellate courts and in the Federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Miedel was the Legal Director of The Bronx Defenders. He was also a trial attorney with the Federal Defenders Office for the Eastern District of New York, and the Neighborhood Defenders Service of Harlem. In addition, he was an appellate advocate for The Office of the Appellate Defender, and the Capital Defender Office, both in New York.