Sarita Kedia

Since being admitted to the bar nearly twenty years ago, Sarita Kedia has practiced exclusively as a criminal defense lawyer. A graduate of The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, and Tulane University Law School, Ms. Kedia started her own law firm in 2002. She has successfully defended individuals and businesses charged with both white collar and non-white collar crimes in a broad range of complex criminal cases at the trial and appellate levels. She has represented clients investigated or charged with various types of financial fraud, insider trading, money laundering, embezzlement, health care and insurance fraud, murder, racketeering, public corruption, immigration fraud, mail and wire fraud, internet gambling, tax evasion, Hobbs Act violations, narcotics distribution, arson, rape and sexual assault, among other things.

Considered one of New York's preeminent criminal defense attorneys, Ms. Kedia has obtained numerous acquittals at trial, has been successful on copious appeals and other post-conviction litigation, and has negotiated hundreds of favorable dispositions. She has been profiled several times in the media. An article in The New York Times described her as a "lioness" with "an eye for pivotal issues" and a "passion for the defense of her client." Ms. Kedia has also repeatedly been selected for a listing in New York Super Lawyers, a publication that honors the top 5 % of attorneys in their respective areas of practice based on professional achievement and peer recognition.

Ms. Kedia is regarded by colleagues as an outstanding trial attorney who is exceptionally well versed in the law. She has been invited to lecture before numerous groups as a criminal defense expert and has taught several continuing legal education courses on the topics of criminal trial practice, appellate practice, federal criminal litigation and sentencing litigation. Ms. Kedia routinely serves as a faculty member for the trial advocacy program at Cardozo Law School and has frequently been invited to lecture on various criminal law topics at law schools throughout the area. Ms. Kedia serves on the membership committee for the prestigious New York Council of Defense Lawyers and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Federal Bar Council, and the New York Women's Criminal Law Group.

Prior to beginning her own law firm, Ms. Kedia was an associate and then a partner in the Law Offices of Gerald L. Shargel.