Robert Caliendo

Mr. Caliendo’s practice focuses on all aspects of criminal defense in both federal and state courts. Deftly navigating the criminal justice system, he fights to stave off charges during investigations, win trials, and even obtain post-conviction relief when necessary. He has represented clients in high-profile matters ranging from murder and drug offenses to assorted financial frauds. He has represented corporate and entertainment industry executives, and even fellow lawyers.

In April of 2018, Mr. Caliendo and Mr. Riopelle represented a Nevada attorney accused of participating in a $300 million market manipulation scheme. Prosecutors contended that certain stock prices were artificially inflated through bogus trades designed to boost trading volume for select companies. To the contrary, the defense demonstrated that the client – who had an impeccable reputation as a securities lawyer – had no plans to “dump” the stock, and no knowledge of any supposed effort to “pump” it. After a month-long trial, she was acquitted on all counts within about 24 hours of deliberation.

In July of 2017, Mr. Caliendo and Mr. Sercarz represented a union employee, accused of falsifying pension documents on behalf of a family member with alleged organized crime ties. The trial ended with a hung jury, prompting a mistrial. The client was tried again in October of 2017, when he was acquitted of all charges.

In April of 2014, Mr. Caliendo was one of the attorneys representing a lawyer in a public corruption case alleging kickbacks on real estate projects financed through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Following a three week federal trial the defendant was acquitted on all charges.

Mr. Caliendo joined Sercarz & Riopelle in 2013 after practicing law for nearly a decade in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office. Primarily assigned to the Rackets Bureau, he tried many complex and high profile matters in addition to briefing and arguing appeals. Significant investigatory experience included overseeing wiretap cases and criminal probes into misconduct by the New York City Police Department and New York City Department of Corrections.

Mr. Caliendo has lectured for attorneys on various topics. He has guest lectured at Adelphi University on Long Island and at the New York City Police Academy. He is a member of the White Collar Crime Committee of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, whose mission is to promote excellence in criminal defense. He has been a member of the New York Inn of Court, whose mission is to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. He has participated in the Mentor Program and Alumni Admissions Board at his alma mater, Brooklyn Law School, from where he graduated cum laude.

Mr. Caliendo is admitted to practice law in the Courts of New York State, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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