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SPEARS & IMES LLP devotes its practice to complex litigation and investigative work in the areas of civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, and regulatory matters including securities enforcement.

Our attorneys have decades of experience trying civil, criminal, and administrative cases and handling appeals. We pride ourselves on the excellence of our written and oral advocacy, and we have consistently achieved outstanding results for our clients.

In its annual guide to leading law firms and lawyers, Chambers and Partners describes the firm as a “highly respected litigation boutique offering expert advice in all areas of white-collar criminal defense as well as securities enforcement,” with “a strong bench of trial advocates with extensive prosecutorial experience,” “appellate expertise,” and “significant expertise in assisting individuals with complex investigations conducted by regulators across several jurisdictions, as well as advising a range of institutional clients.” According to sources consulted by Chambers, the firm’s attorneys enjoy a market reputation for being “totally excellent at what they do,” and clients seek them out because “they dig in deep, are thoughtful and really add value.” One source describes the firm’s attorneys as “legends.”

In 2017, partner Linda Imes received the Norman S. Ostrow Award from the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. The award, which is given annually, recognizes a lawyer for “outstanding contribution to the defense of liberty and the preservation of individual rights” and whose career has been “marked by numerous examples of a lawyer fighting for a client with vigor, dignity, and expertise.”