Background & Experience

Thomas C. Rotko practices in the areas of criminal defense and regulatory investigations. He has successfully represented individuals and entities in a wide range of cases and investigations undertaken by federal and state prosecutors. He also has significant experience representing individuals under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the New York City Department of Investigation and other regulatory agencies. Tom’s recent cases have involved allegations of securities fraud, insider trading, bank fraud, healthcare fraud, money laundering, violations of OFAC and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, environmental crimes and embezzlement. He also has conducted internal investigations and represented numerous individuals involved in them.

In addition to his white-collar defense work, Tom is routinely called upon to defend individuals accused of criminal offenses by state and local prosecutors. Recent matters have involved charges of burglary, grand larceny, forgery, identity theft, assault, narcotics trafficking and driving while intoxicated.

Before joining Clayman & Rosenberg LLP, Tom served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. He was initially assigned to the Trial Division, where he handled hundreds of felony cases ranging from violent crime to fraud. Tom also was a member of the District Attorney’s Office’s Official Corruption Unit, where he investigated and prosecuted numerous public integrity cases involving police and government corruption, including bribe receiving, extortion, official misconduct, police brutality, perjury and insurance fraud.

Highlights

Tom is a member of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he is a member of the Criminal Advocacy Committee and previously served on the Criminal Courts Committee. Tom also sits on the Advisory Board of Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, which is a national research and policy hub created to catalyze long-term structural improvements to the U.S​.​ criminal justice system.

Education

Tom is a graduate of Union College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Admissions

Tom is admitted to practice in New York and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.