Maranda E. Fritz
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.
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.
- “SEC’s Enforcement Focus on Pandemic-Related Misconduct,” Thompson Hine COVID-19 Update, May 2020
- “The Near Death Experiences of Doctrines of Delegation and Deference to Administrative Agencies,” New York Law Journal, July 2018
- “Prosecutorial Immunity: The Debate Reignited,” New York Law Journal, March 2019
- “Ways Your Company May Be Drawing Criminal Health Care Fraud Scrutiny,” New York Law Journal, March 30, 2018
- “New York Financial Services Cybersecurity Regulation Takes Effect March 1,” Thompson Hine Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, February 2017
- “When Is Cooperation With the Government Considered 'State Action'?” New York Law Journal, November 21, 2016
- “The Huma Abedin Emails: Election Is Over but the Issues Persist,” New York Law Journal, November 9, 2016
- “The Huma Abedin Emails: Herein Lies the Danger of Overseizure,” New York Law Journal, October 31, 2016
- “New York Proposes Cybersecurity Regulations for Financial Services Firms,” Thompson Hine Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, October 2016
- “Second Circuit Limits Use of Warrants to Secure Electronic Data Stored Abroad,” Thompson Hine Privacy & White-Collar Update, July 2016
- “DOJ Confirms Changes in Requirements for Corporate Credit and Corporate Investigative Practices Under the Yates Memo,” White-Collar Crime Group Update, May 2016
- "A One-Way Stay: Cautionary Tales from Parallel Proceedings,” New York Law Journal, April 25, 2016
- "Analyzing the Impact of SEC’s Proposed Uniform Fiduciary Standard,” Law.com, February 5, 2016
- “New Federal Anti-Money Laundering Regulations for High-End Residential Real Estate Transactions,” Thompson Hine Real Estate & White-Collar Crime Update, January 2016
- “2nd Circ. Expands Prosecutorial Liability In Morse V. Fusto,” Law360, September 2015
- “SEC to Registrants: Review Agreements & Remove Language That May Impede Whistleblowers,” Thompson Hine Business Litigation Update, April 2015
- “Second Circuit Overturns Insider Trading Convictions,” Thompson Hine Corporate Law & Investment Management Update, December 11, 2014
- "Second Circuit Further Defines 'Honest Services,'" Thompson Hine White-Collar Criminal Practice, Internal Investigations & Government Enforcement Update, February 2014
- "Defending Electronic Searches and Seizures," New York Law Journal, November 12, 2013
- “E-data and the ‘All Records’ Exception,” Law360.com, March 2011
- “Expunging a Criminal Past,” white-collar crime supplement to New York Law Journal, February 2011
- “Mail & Wire Fraud,” chapter co-author, Business Crime
- “Hobbs Act,” chapter co-author, Business Crime
- “New York City’s Campaign Finance Laws,” co-author, New York Law Journal
- “The Martin Act: New York State’s Securities,” co-author, New York Law Journal
- “Subpoenas to Lawyers,” co-author, PLI Advance White-Collar Criminal Practice; reprinted in Legal Notes and Viewpoints Quarterly 25
- “Attorney-Conducted Voir Dire,” co-author, PLI The Jury 1984: Techniques for the Trial Lawyer
- “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
- Selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers, 2015, 2017 to 2019
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
- American Bar Association
- Federal Bar Council
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- New York City Bar
- New York Council of Defense Lawyers
July 18, 2019
Prosecutorial Immunity: The Debate ReignitedNew York Law Journal
March 29, 2019
Ways Your Company May Be Drawing Criminal Health Care Fraud ScrutinyNew York Law Journal
March 30, 2018