Lloyd Epstein

Lloyd Epstein

Partner since 1984
New York, New York

Lloyd Epstein is a Cofounder and Partner of Epstein & Weil LLC,  located in downtown Manhattan.  His practice focuses on Criminal Defense, including charges for felonies, misdemeanors and White Collar Crimes.

Mr. Epstein has successfully represented those who have been charged by New York State or the Federal government in wide range of criminal activity including drug possession or distribution, weapons violations, embezzlement, fraud, and other white collar crimes, sex offenses, and assault and other violent crimes.

Over the past 40 years, Mr. Epstein has been able to obtain successful results for his clients, both through acquittals and through the negotiation of favorable plea agreements with the prosecution.

Highly regarded by his peers, Mr. Epstein has been selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list every year since 2010.  He has also received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Epstein is fluent in Hebrew and Spanish. He graduated from New York University School of Law, where he received the Ann Petluck Poses Memorial Prize before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 1979.

Epstein is admitted to practice in New York Stare and Federally before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.

Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the movie based on the autobiographical story of Lee Israel, one of this firm’s clients.  Lloyd Epstein represented Ms. Israel in the early 1990s.  Unhappy with her first attorney and facing the prospect of a jail sentence, Lee turned to Epstein & Weil to defend her on charges of forging “letters” from famous writers and stealing original letters from a rare document library.  Her case gained notoriety when she published an account of her crimes which included praise and gratitude for Lloyd’s work in keeping her out of jail.  See more about Lee’s story (and see Lloyd portrayed) in the film.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1984


  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 1979
    • Honors: Anne Petluck Poses Prize in Clinical Education
  • Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
    • B.A. cum laude - 1974

Published Works

  • Pleading Guilty or Going to Trial? A Family Affair, The Mouthpiece, November/December, 2002
  • Crack Cocaine Sentencing Guidelines Challenged, NYLJ, April 27, 1995
  • Choice of Defense and the Attorney Client Privilege, The Champion, November, 1994
  • A Crack for the Sentencing Guidelines?, The Mouthpiece, September, October, 1994


  • Instructor - Opening Statements and Story Telling, Pennsylvania State Public Defender, 2009
  • Instructor - Closing Statements and Story Telling, Washington State Public Defender Office, 2007
  • Instructor - The Defense Pre-sentence Report, Washington, D.C. Public Defender Service/National Association of Sentencing Advocates, 2004
  • Instructor - Seminar on Role of Mitigation in Death Penalty Litigation, Williams College, 2004
  • Instructor - Writing Pre-sentence Reports for the Defense, Dade County Public Defender, 2003
  • Instructor - Testifying for Social Workers, National Association of Sentencing Advocates, 2002
  • Instructor - Voir Dire and Story Telling, Pennsylvania State Public Defender, 2001
  • Instructor - Investigating Claims of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel, National Association of Legal Aid and Defender Associations, 2000
  • Instructor - Annual Presentation on Federal Sentencing, New York County Lawyers Association, 1995 - 1996
  • NY Law School, Adjunct Professor of Law, 1989 - 2009
  • CUNY Law School, Adjunct Professor of Law, 1986 - 1989
  • New York Law School, Assistant Clinical Professor/Supervising Attorney of Criminal Defense Clinic, 1982 - 1984

Honors and Awards

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2020
  • AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member, 1986 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member, 1987 - Present
  • Assigned Counsel Plan, First Department, Member, Central Screening Committee (1989-1993, 1997-2006)

Past Employment Positions

  • Legal Aid Society/Manhattan Criminal Defense, Division Staff Attorney, 1979 - 1982


  • Hebrew
  • Spanish