Overview

Often described by her clients as “impassioned” and “relentless,” Maranda has devoted more than 30 years to the white collar criminal practice. Born and raised in Texas, Maranda was lured to New York in 1983 by an offer from Weil Gotshal. She later chose to focus on white collar defense and joined the boutique white collar firm run by Norman Ostrow and Paul Grand. There, she was steeped in the finest traditions of the white collar criminal practice, developing a deep appreciation for the principles that govern the practice and learning to defend vigorously those who found themselves, usually for the first time in their lives, enmeshed in the criminal justice system.

Maranda also served for nine years as a white collar prosecutor in the Frauds Bureau of the New York County District Attorney's Office, gaining the invaluable trial experience that is so essential to a strong and effective defense of a white collar case. Maranda then returned to defense work where she has spent the last 20 years defending individuals and corporations in cases involving claims of fraud, both criminal and civil, in state and federal court, in New York and across the country. Maranda also publishes and speaks regularly, focusing on the constitutional principles that protect those who become the targets of law enforcement.

While Maranda has had great success in obtaining resolutions of criminal matters for her clients, she is also more than willing and able to take a white collar matter to trial where appropriate. Time and again, where her client made the decision to defend the case, Maranda has developed and presented a defense to the charges that has led to the acquittal of her client. In cases involving tax fraud, criminal antitrust and securities fraud, Maranda has been able to present even complex fraud cases to jurors and ultimately ensure that the client is not convicted.

After decades in the practice, it remains Maranda’s belief that anyone who decides to retain her is entitled to and will receive her commitment to do her utmost to help the client endure the tumult that often accompanies a criminal investigation and to obtain for the client the best possible result.

Experience

Illustrative examples of Maranda’s experience include:

  • Obtaining the dismissal of antitrust claims against an insurance company.
  • Preventing the prosecution of a company and its president on allegations of failure to disclose foreign accounts and payroll and income tax evasion.
  • Securing the non-prosecution of a securities trader by either the Department of Justice or Securities and Exchange Commission in relation to alleged fraud against trading clients of the firm.
  • Obtaining an acquittal on all charges for the defendant in a New Jersey fuel sales tax case following a seven-month trial.
  • Securing dismissal of a federal criminal indictment and resolution of a proceeding filed against the chief executive officer of a publicly traded company after prevailing on motions to suppress seized evidence in a precedent-setting decision.
  • Obtaining an acquittal, after an 11-month trial, for an insurance executive charged with antitrust violations including price-fixing and bid-rigging in the excess casualty market.
  • Representing a publicly traded telecommunications firm in connection with charges related to revenue recognition; obtained a favorable resolution in a proceeding filed by the SEC.
  • Obtaining a mistrial and then dismissal of a federal criminal indictment filed against a securities attorney, based on government misconduct during the trial. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal.
  • Securing reversal of conviction and dismissal of indictment for a securities broker whose conviction was based on the government's use of evidence in violation of the Confrontation Clause.
  • Obtaining reversal of conviction and resolution of criminal charges for a securities broker charged with securities fraud.
  • Obtaining an acquittal, following a four-month trial, for a securities broker charged with securities fraud and larceny.
  • Securing an acquittal, after a three-month trial, for a hedge fund manager charged with fraud involving receipt of investor funds.
  • Obtaining an acquittal, after a seven-month trial, for a securities broker charged with securities fraud.
  • Securing an acquittal, following a six-month trial, for an individual accused of tax fraud involving sales of diesel fuel.
Publications
Presentations
  • “Liability of Corporate Officials and The Yates Memorandum,” Thompson Hine General Counsel Chemical Industry Symposium, October 25, 2016
  • “Cybersecurity: Balancing Compliance, Security and Due Diligence,” Thompson Hine Webinar, June 29, 2016
  • “Liability of Corporate Officials and the Yates Memorandum,” Thompson Hine Premier Client Summit, May 2016
  • “Cyber Security and Risks," Thomson Reuters Midwest M&A Symposium, April 2016
  • “Corporate Criminal Liability," Thompson Hine General Counsel Roundtable Series, March 2016
  • “The Interface of Technology and White Collar Crime: How to Litigate in the Electronic Age," Westlaw webinar, October 2013
  • “The Bar … Behind Bars? Potential Criminal Exposure of Attorneys,” Hinshaw’s Professional Responsibility & Risk Management Conference, New York, October 2006
  • “What Corporate Counsel Should Know About Criminal and Disciplinary Risks,” Hinshaw’s Ethics Seminar, Chicago, September 2006
Distinctions
  • Selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers, 2015 and 2017
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America
Professional and Civic
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Council
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • New York City Bar
  • New York Council of Defense Lawyers
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