Valerie Gotlib
Of Counsel

(646) 200-6166
(646) 893-2682
(917) 536-8171

Valerie Gotlib practices in the areas of criminal defense, regulatory enforcement, and business litigation in both federal and state courts.  Ms. Gotlib has been admitted to practice in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York since 2010.  Ms. Gotlib has worked on multiple federal cases, both criminal and civil, including multiple jury trials, and has been appointed as associate counsel in multiple Criminal Justice Act matters in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  Ms. Gotlib’s vigorous representation has helped to secure acquittals for clients in both federal and New York State courts.

Prior to becoming Of Counsel to the The Law Firm of César de Castro, P.C., Ms. Gotlib was an associate attorney with the law firm Sher Tremonte LLP.

Ms. Gotlib’s representative matters include obtaining an acquittal for a client charged with manslaughter, defending principals of a high-frequency trading firm in a federal criminal investigation of violations of the Economic Espionage Act, defending a chief investment officer in a FINRA investigation relating to the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, and prosecuting a civil action arising under the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act.

Ms. Gotlib previously worked for the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted matters in Albany Criminal Court.  Ms. Gotlib also worked for the Honorable Rachel Kretser in Albany Criminal Court.

While in law school, Ms. Gotlib was employed by the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services, the state’s highest law enforcement agency, where she participated in arbitrations and advised various law enforcement officials throughout New York State concerning criminal procedures and investigative techniques.

Ms. Gotlib is a graduate of Skidmore College and of Albany Law School, where she received the prestigious Dean’s Scholarship for each year she attended.


Guest Blogger for New York Federal Criminal Practice BlogSecond Circuit Reverses Fraud Conviction with Notable Nugget for Alleged Insider Traders Assisting
(January 12, 2011).

Co-authored article in the New York Law JournalPresumption of Innocence Eroded
(January 26, 2012).

Bar Admissions:

  • New York State
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Professional Affiliations:

  • Selected to the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Southern District of New York
  • Federal Bar Council
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • New York State Defenders Association
  • Named as a Rising Star in the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Editions of Super Lawyers in the area of white collar criminal defense