Stanley S. Arkin

Stanley S. Arkin

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Stanley S. Arkin, a founding member and the senior partner of the firm, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He received his A.B. (magna cum laude) from the University of Southern California in 1959 and his J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School in 1962. Mr. Arkin specializes in the defense of business crime cases and is one of the country’s leading trial and appellate advocates. Mr. Arkin represents clients worldwide on criminal and regulatory prosecutions and investigations, corporate internal investigations, and complex civil matters. Mr. Arkin has served as lead counsel on many of the most significant economic crime cases and complicated civil litigations. He also handles unique matters calling for the most sensitive and artful resolutions.

Among the cases in which Mr. Arkin acted as lead trial counsel is United States v. Chiarella, 445 U.S. 222 (1980), the first-ever federal criminal prosecution for insider trading. Mr. Arkin further obtained the sole acquittal in the well-known “Yuppie Five” prosecution.

In another landmark case, Mr. Arkin challenged the government’s effort to back out of a favorably negotiated settlement with the former head of a trading desk at a major investment bank, securing the court-ordered enforcement of his plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

More recently, Mr. Arkin represented an individual in United States v. Stein, et al., a tax shelter prosecution, obtaining dismissal of all claims based upon governmental interference with a company’s obligation to advance attorneys’ fees.

Mr. Arkin is Chairman of The Arkin Group, a private intelligence agency with domestic and international capacity for the access and collection of information and to effect operational ends. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has served on or chaired numerous committees in other professional organizations, such as the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Judicial Conference of the State of New York, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the New York County Lawyers Association.

Mr. Arkin is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a former adjunct professor at New York University Law School. He has authored numerous articles and he has written a regular column in the New York Law Journal on the topic of business crime. He is the lead author of Business Crime, a six-volume definitive text (Matthew Bender, 1981), and of The Prevention and Prosecution of Computer and High Technology Crime (Matthew Bender, 1988). From 1971-1972, Mr. Arkin served as the Special Prosecutor in Connection with 1970 Prison Riots for the New York City Department of Corrections.


  • Harvard Law School, J.D. Cum Laude – 1962
  • University of Southern California, A.B. Cum Laude – 1959

Bar Admissions

  • New York State
  • State of California
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Supreme Court of the United States


  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Federal Bar Council
  • New York State Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • New York Council of Defense Lawyers
  • Council on Foreign Relations