Tacopina, Seigel & DeOreo

Joseph Tacopina

Founding Attorney

Tacopina, Seigel & DeOreo

Contact Information

212-227-8877, info@tacopinalaw.com


Joseph Tacopina is quoted to be one of the best criminal defense lawyers in New York City and will aggressively defend you if charged with a felony, misdemeanor, or DUI/DWI. Joseph Tacopina is the senior partner and lead trial attorney at Tacopina, Seigel & DeOreo.

Mr. Tacopina is considered one of the nation’s premier and most respected criminal trial attorneys, having successfully tried more than 100 cases throughout his distinguished career.

Known as a fierce litigator, Mr. Tacopina has zealously represented clients in State and Federal Courts throughout the nation, in both criminal and civil matters. That is why numerous high-profile clients have flocked to him for representation, including Jay Z, Alex Rodriguez, Meek Mill, Rakim, Michael Jackson, Sticky Fingaz, Sean Hannity, Don Imus, Lillo Brancato, and YG. His clients have also included politicians, judges, Wall Street executives, and other professionals.

While Mr. Tacopina ably defends clients in the court of public opinion, he has also proven equally adept at keeping many of his clients out of the public eye.

As a former prosecutor, Mr. Tacopina understands how his adversaries in criminal cases operate, and his unmatched string of acquittals and successful verdicts in difficult cases is irrefutable proof of his talents as a skilled and savvy courtroom tactician. In fact, renowned for his highly potent cross-examination style, Mr. Tacopina often lectures to other lawyers nationally and publishes material on the subject.

Because of Mr. Tacopina’s extensive litigation experience in both Federal and State Courts, along with his unparalleled track-record of results in some very high-profile cases, Mr. Tacopina frequently appears as an expert legal analyst on various national and local media outlets. He can regularly be seen on MSNBC, CNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News, CNN, and Court TV, and heard on his weekly appearances on the Bernie and Sid morning radio show.

Mr. Tacopina is a member of the Harvard Law School faculty, teaching in its Trial Advocacy Workshop.

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Criminal Law Assault and Battery, Bribery, Burglary, Capital Offenses, Civil Forfeiture, Crime Victims Compensation, Criminal Antitrust, Criminal Appeals, Criminal Conspiracy, Criminal Defense, Criminal Forfeiture, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Prosecution, Death Penalty, Drivers License Suspension, Driving While Intoxicated, DUI/DWI, Electronic Surveillance, Expungements, Extortion, Extradition, Federal Criminal Law, Felonies, Forensic Accounting, Forensic DNA, Forensic Medicine, Forensic Science, Forgery, Grand Jury Practice, Habeas Corpus, Hit and Run, Homicide, International Criminal Law, International Extradition, Mail Fraud, Malicious Prosecution, Manslaughter, Misdemeanors, Money Laundering, Murder, Parole and Probation, Post-Conviction Remedies, Search and Seizure, Sex Crimes, Sexual Assault, Shoplifting, Stalking, Theft, Traffic Violations, Vehicular Homicide, Victims Rights, Weapons Charges, White Collar Law, Wire Fraud, Wiretapping, Drug Offenses, Domestic Violence
Securities Law Securities Litigation


  • New York

Employment History

  • Founding Attorney | Tacopina, Seigel & DeOreo

    1992 -

    When New York criminal defense attorney Joseph Tacopina walks into the courtroom, heads turn. An impressive track record of winning criminal cases precedes Mr. Tacopina, along with notable prestige from his regular appearances as a legal analyst on MSNBC, CNBC, NBC, ABC, Fox News, CNN, and Court TV.

    The Law Offices of Tacopina & Seigel has built a reputation as a law firm that tackles high-profile cases. Led by Joseph Tacopina, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® for his high ethical standards and professional ability, our defense attorneys succeed in handling what many criminal practices consider insurmountable legal challenges. We represent clients at the state and federal levels, defending against misdemeanor and felony charges. Through pre-trial defense tactics and skillful use of public relations media, our firm’s lawyers can often head off indictment, prevent cases from coming to trial, or obtain dismissals.

    Tacopina & Seigel has proudly served New York City for more than 20 years, and our distinguished attorneys have more than 70 years of combined legal experience. Based in Manhattan, our law firm focuses on criminal defense, civil litigation, and securities litigation. As premier NYC criminal law attorneys, our mission is to deliver unparalleled value to our clients. We strive to achieve their goals through an unwavering commitment to results, achievement, and aggressive advocacy. Through it all, we strive to maintain the highest level of professionalism, integrity, and ethical standards.


  • B.S.B.A. | Skidmore College

    - 1988

  • J.D. | University of Bridgeport

    - 1991

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  • New York, New York, New York County

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