Joe Tacopina has established himself as a go-to attorney in criminal defense cases for numerous high-profile clients. Tacopina had represented clients in more than 90 trials, making him the subject of widespread media focus. The New York Daily News has referred to him as “one of New York’s fiercest defenders” and “a legal Houdini.” A former prosecutor in the Kings County District Attorney’s office, Joe Tacopina has been in private practice since 1994.
Joseph Tacopina currently heads Tacopina Seigel & Turano, P.C., with offices on Madison Avenue in New York City. His extensive background in litigation at both the federal and state levels has prompted a wide variety of national broadcast outlets to feature him as a legal analyst. In addition, Joe Tacopina served as the real-life model for the charismatic character of attorney Clay Simms on the 2001 – 2004 CBS television series The Guardian.
Tacopina Seigel & Turano provides representation of clients in both civil and criminal matters. Among Mr. Tacopina’s most notable recent criminal cases are his successes in having assault charges against actress Taryn Manning dismissed; trying a case in federal court that resulted in a mistrial for a London-based investment executive accused of securities fraud; and achieving a dismissal of another federal case against a Staten Island physician charged with Medicare fraud. Joe Tacopina’s past legal victories include an acquittal of a New York police officer charged with assault in the widely discussed Abner Louima trial in the 1990s and a dismissal of charges against rap musician Sticky Fingaz after the artist was accused of illegal gun possession.
A member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Joseph Tacopina is a well-known lecturer in venues across the country. He volunteers as an adjunct faculty member at Fordham Law School and with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program and is a Judge for Yale Law School’s Mock Trial Program.