J. Bruce Maffeo

Senior Counsel

New York

(212) 883-4951

(917) 521-5866

Recent News:

Super Lawyers Recognizes 17 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys in New York

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2021 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

Bruce is a former federal and state prosecutor who has practiced criminal law for more than 35 years. During that time, he has tried virtually every type of criminal case - from securities fraud to murder and has represented individuals ranging from celebrities to indigent clients as a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel of the Southern District of New York. As a result of his professional accomplishments, Bruce was inducted in 2009 as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and recently completed a two-year term as chair of its Downstate New York Committee.

Bruce also routinely conducts internal investigations for various companies and labor unions involving workplace behavior, including, most recently, allegations of sexual harassment by an internationally renowned opera singer and the suicide of a member of the cast of the musical Chicago. He also served for ten years as the Ethical Practices Officer for AFSCME District Council 37, New York City’s largest municipal union, where he was responsible for investigating allegations of financial and other forms of impropriety among that union’s 120,000 members and officers.

Before entering private practice, Bruce was a prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Strike Force for the Eastern District of New York. There, he was responsible for bringing a number of historic RICO prosecutions, including United States v. Schwimmer, 924 F. 2d 443 (2d Cir. 1991), the first major prosecution of the savings and loan crisis of the 1980's and a case that dramatically expanded the scope of liability for union pension fund advisers. Based on his efforts, in that case, Bruce testified before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee about the challenges involved in investigating complex financial crime cases.

In addition to his fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers, Bruce consistently has been selected as a Super Lawyer and Best Lawyer in his practice area. He is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and New Hampshire, as well as the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Districts of Connecticut and New Hampshire, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Experience

News

Super Lawyers Recognizes 17 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys in New York

October 04, 2021

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2021 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Super Lawyers Recognizes 21 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys in New York

September 29, 2020

Super Lawyers has named 21 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2020 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Bruce Maffeo Quoted in Law360 Article on UAW President’s Resignation

November 20, 2019

Facing potential expulsion from United Automobile Workers, Gary Jones, the union president, resigned last week. Bruce Maffeo, a member of the White Collar Defense & Investigations practice group, was quoted in a Law360 article discussing the resignation saying Jones was retiring “to allow the union to focus on its core mission to improve the lives of its members and families.”

17 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 27, 2019

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2019 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

18 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

September 21, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Twelve were recognized as Super Lawyers and five were named "Rising Stars."

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Accountant Cops to Faking Filings to Hide Union Boss's Theft

August 02, 2018

Bruce Maffeo, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, is quoted in an article in Law360 discussing embezzlement and falsifying information charges against the founder of Armao LLP.

Mixed martial arts star McGregor pleads guilty to role in NYC melee

July 26, 2018

Bruce Maffeo, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, discusses mixed martial arts fighter, Connor McGregor’s guilty plea in Reuters.

Six Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named 2018 “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America

September 29, 2017

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that six of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practices by Best Lawyers in America, one of the oldest and most highly regarded peer review publications in the legal profession.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Former Judge: Panel May Have Improperly Dropped Charges Against Playboy Teamster

June 28, 2017

Bruce Maffeo, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, comments on that charges the International Brotherhood of Teamsters dropped against his client William C. Smith, III.

3-Ex-Jefferies Bond Trader Litvak Guilty on One of 10 Fraud Counts

January 27, 2017

Bruce Maffeo, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, discusses the outcome of this case on CNBC.

19 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 05, 2016

The 2016 New York Metro edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, has named 21 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

21 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 05, 2015

The 2015 New York Metro edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, has named 21 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Publications

DOJ Antitrust Division Endorses International Cooperation in Cartel Investigations [Alert]

August 20, 2020

J. Bruce Maffeo, Nicole H. Sprinzen, and Thomas Ingalls discuss the DOJ's the Guidance on Enhancing Cross-Border Leniency Cooperation.

Reflections on Boeing’s Exposure Following the 737 MAX Crashes [Alert]

April 17, 2019

Chris Kende, Bruce Maffeo and Dina Moussa, discuss the civil and criminal liability Boeing could face following the two crashes and subsequent grounding of the brand new Boeing 737 MAX.

One Step Over the Line: Second Circuit Revisits Limitations on Proffer Agreements [New York Law Journal]

January 13, 2017

Bruce Maffeo, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice, discusses the second circuit revisiting limits on Proffer agreements in the New York Law Journal.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Harco Verdict Impact on Construction Industry

July 27, 2016 - New York, NY

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1979
  • Boston University, B.A., 1974

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America – Criminal Defense: White Collar (2010-2022)

New York Super Lawyers (2009-2018)

  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court -- New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court -- Connecticut