Whether he is representing an individual at trial or advising a company on how best to negotiate the dangerous shoals of an investigation, Chuck Ross is sought out for his skill, expertise, and dedication to achieving the best results for his clients. He has successfully represented a wide variety of individuals and companies in both criminal and administrative matters — from stockbrokers, investment advisers, hedge fund managers, and compliance officers to noted entertainers and athletes.
In the corporate arena, Chuck has represented a major national insurance company in connection with allegations of contingent commission practices, conducted an investigation into unfair competition and competitor kickbacks in behalf of a national medical laboratory, and advised a hedge fund in connection with a grand jury investigation involving mortgage and construction fraud. He has represented numerous individual business professionals, including chief executives, accounting officers, and others involved in criminal fraud investigations and prosecutions. He has defended criminal matters in behalf of physicians, physician’s assistants, and medical and hospital administrators in health care fraud cases, including an international pharmaceuticals company executive being investigated for off-label marketing of medication.
Chuck has also represented individuals in public corruption cases, including prosecutions of city government officials and union leaders and political party members. He has handled criminal cases for insurance professionals — including adjusters, brokers, and sales professionals — on a variety of charges, including wire fraud, mail fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering, as well as current and former law enforcement officials and officers, and private investigators. Mr. Ross has also represented liquor business retailers and real estate professionals facing allegations of criminal antitrust violations.
Chuck has represented an individual in the nationwide crackdown on “spy shops,” a clothing importing company on customs duty and quota evasion allegations, and owners and employees of currency remitting and transfer businesses.
Criminal matters Chuck has handled include allegations of possession of child pornography, narcotics distribution, gambling, racketeering, murder, rape and assault.
In recent trial matters, Chuck has represented an independent insurance broker charged with committing a fraud against the country’s largest credit insurance company; a New York City Buildings Department official charged with corruption; an investment adviser charged with marketing materials fraud and “soft dollar” rebate fraud; a former police officer charged with attempted murder; an anesthesiologist accused of fraudulently billing insurance providers; a local government official on tax evasion charges; an individual charged with attempted murder in connection with a night club assault; an elderly woman charged with mail fraud and money laundering in a highly publicized matter involving allegations of insurance fraud and murder; and a banking official on charges of money laundering.
Chuck is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, and the Federal Bar Council. He serves as vice chair of the Judiciary Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and frequently lectures on topics involving white collar defense and criminal trial skills and strategy. He has consulted on criminal justice issues for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and CNBC and Court TV.
Prior to founding Charles A. Ross & Associates, Chuck was chair of the White Collar Criminal Defense Group at Herrick, Feinstein, and a name partner at the boutique criminal defense firm Brafman & Ross (now Brafman & Associates).
As Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Southern District office of the Legal Aid Society’s Federal Unit from 1988 to 1991, Chuck conducted numerous jury trials to verdict. Before that, he was a trial attorney for the Criminal Defense Division of Legal Aid in the South Bronx. He is a cum laude graduate of New York Law School.