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Elena Fast

Elena Fast

The Blanch Law Firm
  • Criminal Law, White Collar Crime, Stockbroker & Investment Fraud ...
  • District of New Jersey, Eastern District of New York, New Jersey, New York, Northern District of Illinois, Northern District of New York, Southern District of New York, Western District of New York
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Summary

Elena represents individuals and corporations charged with the most serious federal crimes including wire/ mail fraud, securities and bank fraud, money laundering, violations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), insurance fraud, federal tax violations, cybercrimes and narcotics and weapons trafficking. In state courts, Elena represents clients charged with financial crimes, attempted murder, sex crimes, child pornography, narcotics and weapons possession, and violent assaults.

Previously, Elena worked as a Felony Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York where she handled thousands of cases from arraignment to disposition. During her six years at the District Attorney’s Office, Elena investigated and prosecuted a wide array of crimes. She has tried dozens of cases to verdict, ranging from misdemeanors to violent felonies. As a Brooklyn prosecutor, Elena prosecuted several high profile cases. Notably, Elena worked on the double homicide prosecution of Nikolai Rakossi, the “Russian Rambo.”

Elena attended the night division of New York Law School and participated in Moot Court. During law school, Elena worked as an investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration. During her tenure with the Department of Labor, Elena investigated fraud, theft, and mismanagement of employer-sponsored healthcare and pension plans.

Elena graduated first in her class from the College of Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She completed part of her undergraduate coursework at Said Business School at the University of Oxford. Elena is fluent in Russian.

Elena is admitted to practice before the State Bar of New York, the State Bar of New Jersey, Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the following United States District Courts: SDNY, EDNY, NDNY, WDNY, DNJ and NDIL.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • Stockbroker & Investment Fraud
  • DUI & DWI
  • Domestic Violence
Fees
  • Free Consultation
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of New Jersey
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Eastern District of New York
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New Jersey
New Jersey Courts
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New York
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Northern District of Illinois
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Northern District of New York
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Southern District of New York
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Western District of New York
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3rd Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Languages
  • English
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Professional Experience
Managing Partner / Lawyer
The Blanch Law Firm
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Assistant District Attorney
Kings County District Attorney's Office
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Education
New York Law School
J.D. (2013) | Law
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University of Massachusetts - Boston
B.S. (2009)
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Awards
Client's Choice Award
Avvo
Lawyers of Distinction
Lawyers of Distinction
America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
Client's Choice Award
Avvo
Nation's Top 1%
National Association of Distinguished Counsel
Top 40 Under 40 - Criminal Defense
The National Trial Lawyers
Professional Associations
New York City Criminal Bar Association
- Current
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Federal Bar Council
Member
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New York State Bar  # 5201736
Member
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New Jersey State Bar
Member
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Speaking Engagements
Legal commentary on the Harvey Weinstein case
ABC News Austrailia
Legal commentary on the Harvey Weinstein case "Harvey Weinstein accuser hopes for ‘justice’ as Hollywood mogul suffers legal setback" https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2018/12/21/harvey-weinstein-legal-setback/ https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-21/elena-fast-criminal-defence-attorney-unpacks-weinstein-case/10645266
Russian Television News
https://rtvi.com/broadcast/eto-sluchaetsya-vezde-kak-v-amerike-mozhno-zashchititsya-ot-travli/
Websites & Blogs
Website
Blog
Legal Answers
7 Questions Answered

Q. Is it legal for a state police investigator to take a case from a family member that works for a business
A: I don't think it's illegal per se to be the arresting officer on a family member's case. However, if the investigation was somehow skewed or done improperly, that is problematic. Since your friend took the plea, I assume he reviewed the discovery and went over the case with his attorney. Your friend should consult another attorney if he believes that this conflict of interest somehow may have impacted his case. There may be a way to take the plea back, but that will require a motion.
Q. My friend allowed me to stay at his place .he went 2 duel diagnosis center 4 help. If he has drugs in apt am I liable?
A: New York has a legal theory called "constructive possession." Under this legal theory, everyone inside the apartment can be charged with any illegal objects or substances. While the location of the drugs may influence whether the prosecutor chooses to charge you with the crime (friend's bedroom closet is different than on the living room table in open view), you can still be charged with any illegal objects in the apartment under the constructive possession theory.
Q. In a criminal trespass and vandalism case can I use a written statement from my neighbor?
A: Very few misdemeanor cases result in the witness having to come in to meet with the prosecutor or testify in a court proceeding. I would say less than 2% of misdemeanor cases in New York State result in the witness having to appear in person. Usually, the prosecutor is able to interview witnesses via phone. Then, the prosecutor will send the witness a copy of criminal court complaint and a separate document called a "supporting deposition." The witness will have to sign a "supporting deposition" under the penalty of perjury to confirm that the criminal court complaint is correct. So yes, a sworn statement from your neighbor is sufficient to move the case along, but the written statement will have to be drafted by the prosecutor. The neighbor will have to appear at trial, if the case gets that far. The changes of that, however, are very slim.
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