Background & Experience

Wayne Gosnell is an experienced trial lawyer who has worked as a state prosecutor in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and as a federal law clerk to the Honorable William H. Pauley III of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. As an Assistant District Attorney, Wayne tried numerous jury trials and prosecuted hundreds of felony cases involving robberies, burglaries, kidnapping, conspiracies, and homicides.

At Clayman & Rosenberg, Wayne litigates complex, high-stakes criminal and civil cases on behalf of individuals and corporations in federal and New York state courts. His criminal practice includes defending individuals against accusations of securities, tax, wire, and mail fraud; health care fraud; narcotics trafficking; RICO; sexual assault and domestic violence; and other serious crimes. Wayne’s civil practice includes representing individuals and businesses in commercial disputes and in connection with federal, state, and regulatory agency investigations.


--Represented at trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York a pain management doctor charged with running what the government claimed was a “pill mill.”

--Persuaded a New York Supreme Court Justice to dismiss all charges for a businessman charged with stalking.

--Represented numerous small businesses and individuals in criminal tax investigations conducted by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, the Internal Revenue Service, and various District Attorney’s and United States Attorney’s Offices.

--Obtained a non-jail plea from the New York County District Attorney’s Office for a doctor charged with sexually assaulting numerous patients.

-- Persuaded a New York Supreme Court Justice to allow a client to enter drug treatment without having to plead guilty to various charged felonies and, after she successfully completed treatment, dismissal of the case. Because there was no guilty plea, the client suffered no adverse action by licensing authorities.

--Represented employees of an international financial institution in connection with multinational criminal investigations involving failure to maintain appropriate anti-money laundering systems.

-- Obtained dismissal of all claims in federal court alleging that a major international law firm committed civil RICO and fraud.


Wayne is an active member of the Federal Bar Council for the Second Circuit, the Criminal Advocacy Committee of the New York City Bar, and the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. He has also served as an adjunct professor at St. John’s University School of Law teaching students trial advocacy.


Wayne is a graduate of the University of Delaware (B.S. in Chemistry) and St. John’s University School of Law, where he was the Executive Director of the Frank S. Polestino Trial Advocacy Institute and received the Justice Albert H. Bosch award for excellence in trial advocacy.


Wayne is admitted to the bar of New York, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.