César de Castro


César de Castro is an experienced litigator whose practice focuses on criminal defense, corporate investigations, commercial litigation, and appellate litigation. He regularly appears in New York federal courts as well as the criminal and civil courts of the State of New York.  César is an active trial lawyer and has successfully defended high-profile clients including a full acquittal in the largest tax shelter prosecution in United States’ history.  César commands respect from both federal and state prosecutors and the judges that he appears before.  He has a reputation that is trustworthy and sincere, but most importantly, a passionate and tireless advocate for his clients.  César’s prior experiences as a judicial law clerk and prosecutor as well as his experience in private practice allow him to zealously and effectively represent his clients.

From 2000-2002, César served as a law clerk in the Staff Attorneys’ Office for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit where he received the 2002 Sustained Excellence Award.  César then served as an Assistant District Attorney under Robert M. Morgenthau in the New York County District Attorney’s Office for more than six years, working first in the Trial Division and later in the Racket’s Bureau where he conducted long-term investigations into organized criminal activity, including, enterprise corruption, political corruption, bid-rigging, schemes to defraud, and money-laundering.

After leaving the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, César joined the litigation department of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP where he litigated civil and criminal matters in the Federal and State Courts.  He then joined Lankler Carragher & Horwitz, a preeminent New York City boutique firm where he litigated complex and high profile civil and criminal matters.

César is also an adjunct professor at New York Law School where he teaches a course entitled “The Investigation, Prosecution, and Defense of Today’s Organized and White Collar Crime Cases.”  From 2004-2010, he taught first-year law students the fundamentals of legal writing, including appellate brief writing and oral advocacy.


“Sorting Out the Law on Homicide Prosecutions Against Corporations” New York Law Journal, March 19, 2009.

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern of New York
  • New York State


  • J.D., New York Law School, 2000
  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1997

Professional Affiliations

  • Selected as New York Metro Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense/White Collar, 2013-2018
  • New York City Bar, Criminal Advocacy Committee
  • ABA Criminal Justice Section
  • Federal Bar Council
  • PRBA Judiciary Committee
  • Morgenthau Alumni Group
  • Selected to the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Southern District of New York
  • Selected to the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Eastern District of New York