Mr. Edward J. McQuat Joined The Blanch Law Firm in 2009. Mr. McQuat is currently the Senior Trial Lawyer and Trial Counsel at The Blanch Law Firm and oversees the Litigation matters and handles a vast variety of cases and matters. Mr. Blanch, Mr. McQuat and all members of The Blanch Law Firm handle criminal matters in both State and Federal Courts. The work of The Blanch Law Firm spans multiple state and federal jurisdictions as needed by our clientele. As such the Attorneys at the firm are well versed in the approaches not only to Criminal matters but also Government Investigations and Administrative actions. Over the years Mr. McQuat and the attorneys at the firm have handled with success various types of cases, our goal is to put the client in the best position possible.
The firm has represented numerous clients that have been contacted by state or federal authorities. Many of these matters include contact by agents of the FBI, IRS, SEC, DEA and other federal agencies as well as state agencies. In many of these mattes the Firm has been able to address the concerns of the investigation and spare the client from prosecution. This includes matters involving Bank Fraud, Wire Fraud and Mail Fraud as well as related crimes such as Money Laundering and Mortgage Fraud and Conspiracies of those crimes.
In one such case, the Money Laundering Officer of a Financial Institution was acquitted of a Money Laundering Conspiracy involving alleged monies over a million dollars and stretched internationally between the United States and Eastern Europe.
The Firm has represented clients in various levels of tax related cases including those in the multi-million dollar levels and representation and settlement at with both the IRS and state tax agencies.
The Firm has represented many professional who find themselves charge criminally, administratively or both. We have in many cases been successful in helping those professionals resolve those issues and retain their professional status. The professions involved are varied but include Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacists, Nurses, Attorneys and Teachers.
In several cases in Federal Court the Firm has been able to secure non-jail sentences in serious narcotics conspiracies where the range of sentence was a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of Life in prison.
The Firm has handled many complex Conspiracy cases involving White Collar Offenses that often involve the above mentioned Bank, Wire and Mail Fraud and associated charges including Tax liability, Security matters and Insider Trading allegations involving the SEC and FINRA among other agencies. Many of these cases involve allegations of Schemes to Defraud.
The Firm has also been involved in representing clients in matters surrounding Organized Crime and other related matters.
Edward McQuat Experience
ONONDAGA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
Mr. McQuat served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in Onondaga County (Syracuse) New York for approximately sixteen years. For the last seven of those years Mr. McQuat served as Chief of the Narcotics Bureau. Mr. McQuat was responsible for the management of over several thousand narcotics cases as well as matters related to Organized and White-Collar Crime. Mr. McQuat was also cross-designated as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Organized Crime Task Force of the New York Attorney General’s Office, Albany, New York. Mr. McQuat worked on Electronic surveillance cases as well as other confidential and complex investigations of all matters.
WHITE-COLLAR CRIME/ASSET FORFEITURE
In conjunction with his position as Chief of the Narcotics Bureau, Mr.McQuat has vast experience in the field of white collar crimes, related to both criminal activity and asset forfeiture, such as Bank Fraud, Wire and Mail Fraud, Document and Contract Fraud and all related activities. His experience also extends to complex investigations involving Larceny, Embezzlement and Check Kiting Schemes as well as other Schemes to Defraud. Mr. McQuat has extensive experience in the matters of Federal and State Asset Forfeiture, including those involving cash, real property, all types of motor vehicles, stocks and all other accounts and properties the Government seeks to forfeit in conjunction with criminal activity.
Throughout his career, Mr. McQuat handled numerous cases involving the implementation of electronic surveillance techniques in long-term confidential investigations. These cases were at the local, state and federal levels. These wiretap investigations were not limited to narcotics cases, but also applied to White-collar, Homicide, and Special Victims Crimes.
Mr.McQuat has several years of experience conducting complex and far-reaching criminal investigations into areas of public corruption, law enforcement complaints and other confidential issues including gang activity, misuse of public information and fraud cases.
Mr.McQuat has experience in appeals as both a prosecutor and a defense counsel. Mr.McQuat began his career in the Appeals Unit of the Legal Aid Society, researching, writing and arguing approximately forty cases before the New York State Appellate Division. As a prosecutor, he was in charge of the Appeals Bureau, writing, researching and arguing over hundred cases before the Appellate Divisions.
Mr.McQuat has submitted and argued several cases before the New York State Court of Appeals, the highest court in New York. He had the honor and privilege to submit two cases to the United States Supreme Court.
In addition, Mr. Mcquat and the staff at the Blanch Law Firm have submitted matters in State and Federal courts challenging convictions and related matters at the trial court level. These include motions under CPL Sections 330 and 440. Also the Firm has filed or answered Orders to show cause and legal avenues under Article 78 in New York State and Writs in Federal District Courts as needed.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Mr.McQuat received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1981 from St.John’s University, Jamaica, New York. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1984.
During his career Mr.McQuat has been a guest lecturer at the SU College of Law and the SU Maxwell School of Public Administration.
Mr.McQuat was invited to teach at the National Prosecutors Training Centre through the National Association of District Attorneys in Charleston, South Carolina. Mr.McQuat has also lectured and trained law enforcement personnel throughout his career at the local, regional and state level.
Mr. McQuat conducted training/lecturing at both law enforcement academies and in service training to experienced officers. His areas of expertise include Search and Seizure, Trial Practice, Evidence Collection and Preservation and Forensic Evidence.
New York State Bar
Connecticut State Bar
Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York (Federal Court)
Eastern District of Michigan
Second Circuit Court of Appeals (Federal Appellate Court)
Mr. McQuat and the Firm also practiced in several other Federal and State jurisdictions including State and Federal Courts of New Jersey and other State and Federal Jurisdictions as needed.