Practice areas

Criminal Defense

Focus areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations

Prior to joining the Defense Bar, Mehdi’s legal career commenced as a dedicated litigator and prosecutor. He holds licenses to practice law in all New York State Courts and Federal District Courts, encompassing the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York. Mehdi firmly believes in tailoring his approach to each case individually, offering a personalized and hands-on treatment to ensure the best possible representation for every client.

Mehdi’s journey began as a prosecutor at the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office, initially specializing in Domestic Violence Cases within the Domestic Violence Bureau. Subsequently, he transitioned to the Trial Division, handling a diverse range of cases, including Burglaries, Robberies, Guns, Attempted Murders, DWIs, and more. Prior to departing the District Attorney’s Office, Mehdi was part of the newly formed Rikers Island Prosecution Bureau, aimed at combating violence and drug trade within New York City’s primary jail facility, requiring intricate investigations and intelligence gathering.

Mehdi’s talent led him to join the Greco Neyland, PC., Law Practice in New York City, where he consistently provided effective legal representation across various case types. In Federal District Courts, he tackled cases involving Federal Conspiracy, RICO, Narcotic and Controlled Substance Trafficking, Wire Fraud, Bank Fraud, Trafficking, Aggravated Identity Theft, Bribery, and more. Throughout Westchester County and all five boroughs of New York City, Mehdi’s criminal defense practice is anchored in the core principle that the client’s rights are paramount. He never backs down when faced with opposition, ensuring his clients receive unwavering, honest, and dependable legal counsel from a dedicated attorney with experience on all sides of the courtroom.

Mehdi’s professional affiliations include memberships in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New York State Bar Association, and American Bar Association.

His accomplishments are further highlighted by the recognition he has received:

  • Named as a New York Metro Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2021 and 2022.
  • Ranked among the Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys by The National Trial Lawyers.
  • Recognized as one of the Top 40 under 40 Criminal Defense Attorneys by The National Trial Lawyers in 2020.
  • Acknowledged as one of the Top 10 under 40 Criminal Defense Attorneys by The National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys in 2019.
  • AVVO Client’s Choice awardee from 2019 to 2021.

Why should you choose Mehdi Essmidi as your attorney?

  • Mehdi possesses in-depth knowledge and training in handling criminal cases across Kings, Queens, New York, and Bronx Counties in New York City.
  • He is a hands-on and dependable attorney who prioritizes the goals of his clients.
  • Mehdi is unflinching in his dedication to safeguarding the rights of his clients, even when faced with challenges from law enforcement, district attorneys, and the Department of Justice.
  • As a Moroccan-American and a Muslim raised in New York City, Mehdi is acutely aware of the challenges faced by minority communities in the United States. He is deeply passionate about upholding civil rights and freedoms for all individuals and is committed to fighting for your rights.
  • As the firstborn son of immigrants, Mehdi is attuned to the needs of immigrant communities striving to establish a life in the United States.

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