areas of expertise
Brian E. Maas is a partner of the firm focusing on litigation as well as on the counseling of businesses and individuals in complex commercial problems.
In his wide ranging civil litigation and white collar criminal defense practice, Mr. Maas represents clients in all phases of the pre-litigation and litigation process in matters pending in state and federal court as well as in arbitrations. He has a diverse base of clients with business interests in various business areas including the securities and financial industries, the film and recording industries, the insurance industry, the corporate software development business, the art world, and the construction industry.
Mr. Maas started his career as an associate attorney at Barrett Smith Schapiro Simon & Armstrong. He then served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he became Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. He has practiced privately at Rosenblatt Maas Wirfel & Stolz and, most recently, at Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP.
Mr. Maas is a member of the Eastern District of New York Civil Litigation Committee, and a former board member of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers where he also serves as Chairman of the Sentencing Guidelines Committee. He is a former Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law. Mr. Maas is admitted to practice in New York.
awards & recognition
2008 - 2009, 2012 - 2018 Super Lawyer for Business Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar in New York-area
The Best Lawyers in America for White-Collar Criminal Defense
Harvard University (AB, 1974)
Columbia University School of Law (JD, 1977)
- Member of the Law Review
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
Brian E. Maas at the 25th Annual National Seminar on Federal Sentencing
Brian E. Maas presents at the 25th Annual National Seminar on Federal Sentencing in Orlando, Florida.
June 1 2016
3 Stone Buildings Seminar
Brian Maas participates in a panel on discovery issues in New York sponsored by the 3 Stone Buildings Chambers from London.
November 10 2014
news & press
Thirty-nine Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named in Super Lawyers Magazine for 2018
Super Lawyers magazine lists thirty-nine Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2018 edition.
The Best Lawyers in America 2019
We are pleased to report that Best Lawyers — the oldest and one of the most respected peer reviewed lawyer recommendation services — continues to recommend Frankfurt Kurnit.
The Best Lawyers in America 2018
Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" ranked Frankfurt Kurnit nationally in "Tier 1" in Advertising, Copyright, Entertainment - Motion Pictures and Television, and Trademark Law, "Tier 2" in Litigation - Intellectual Property, Media Law, and Trusts & Estates Law, and "Tier 3" in Commercial Litigation and Regulatory
‘Unprofessional’ Attorney Avoids Sanctions In MLB TV Settlement
Forfeiture and Restitution: Ships Passing in the Night?
The New York Law Journal published Brian Maas, Caren Decter and Andrew Ungberg’s essay about the disconnect between the government’s forfeiture powers and a victim’s right to restitution. (Article behind paywall)
NY Court Expands Protections for Employers to Safeguard Proprietary Information
Yesterday a New York State appeals court reinstated the conviction of a former Goldman Sachs computer programmer under New York's unlawful use of secret scientific material statute. In doing so, the court gave a twenty-first century voice to a statute that was written in the age of blueprints and photocopiers.
Cooperator in Dewey Case Admits to Lesser Charge
Thirty-eight Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2016
Super Lawyers listed thirty-eight Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2016 edition.
MLB Objector’s Attorney Says Judge Can’t Sanction Him
The Best Lawyers in America 2017
In its 2017 edition, Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" ranked Frankfurt Kurnit nationally in "Tier 1" in Advertising, Copyright, Entertainment - Motion Pictures and Television, and Trademark Law, "Tier 2" in Litigation - Intellectual Property, Media Law, and Trusts & Estates Law, and "Tier 3" in Commercial Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation.
Brian Maas Quoted in the New York Post
Dewey Star Witness Reaches Partial Deal With SEC
Brian Maas is quoted in the New York Law Journal and Law 360 in their coverage of the partial settlement between the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Finance Director Frank Canellas. (Article behind a paywall)
Thirty-seven Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2015
Super Lawyers listed thirty-six Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2015 edition.
A Spirit of “Cooperation”: What You Need to Know About the DOJ’s New Enforcement Policies
On Wednesday the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a memorandum outlining new policies and procedures for United States Attorneys in corporate investigations (the "Memo").
The Best Lawyers in America 2016
Best Lawyers recognized our firm and 17 of our attorneys in their 2016 list.
Brian Maas in the New York Law Journal
The New York Law Journal mentions Brian Maas in the article, “Judge in Dewey Trial Known for Fairness, Thoughtfulness” regarding the criminal case against three executives of Dewey & LeBoeuf. Brian is part of the Frankfurt Kurnit team representing Dewey’s ex-finance director, Francis Canellas. (Article behind a paywall)
New York Law Journal Covers Komolov v. Segal Art Litigation Win
The New York Law Journal has a page 1 story about our win for our art industry clients, David Segal and Mohamed Serry. The article quotes Brian Maas. Jeremy Goldman, Caren Decter, and Nicole Bergstrom were also on the team. (Article behind a paywall)
Art Industry Clients Get a Big Win
The Frankfurt Kurnit Litigation team registered a big win for clients David Segal and Mohamed Serry, two New York-based art and antiques dealers.
Thirty-four Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2014
Super Lawyers listed thirty-three Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2014 edition.
What to Do if You Receive a Subpoena
The press has reported on an investigation by the New York County District Attorney's Office into whether New York-based art galleries and collectors are properly collecting and paying sales tax on art purchases.
Best Lawyers 2015
Best Lawyers recognized our firm and 16 of our attorneys in their 2015 list.
IRS Eases Rules for Participation in Taxpayer Amnesty Program
Taxpayers with undisclosed offshore financial assets or income may be interested to learn of changes to the IRS's Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program - an initiative designed to encourage people to bring offshore assets into the U.S. tax system.
Frankfurt Kurnit in “Best Lawyers 2014”
In its 2014 edition Best Lawyers ranked Frankfurt Kurnit in "Tier 1" in Advertising, Copyright, Entertainment, Trademark, and Trust & Estates Law, "Tier 2" in Litigation (IP) and Media Law, and "Tier 3" in Commercial Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation.
Twenty-nine Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2013
Frankfurt Kurnit Top Ranked in Best Lawyers and Best Law Firms for 2013
Best Lawyers ranked Frankfurt Kurnit one of the "Best Law Firms" of 2013.
New FCPA Guidance for US Companies Doing Business Overseas
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") was enacted by Congress in 1977 in response to "revelations of widespread global corruption", including allegations that numerous U.S. companies had paid hundreds of millions of dollars to bribe foreign government officials to obtain or retain overseas business. The FCPA includes substantial criminal penalties for both businesses and individuals found to have made prohibited payments, and also gives both the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission the authority to pursue civil enforcement actions.
Federal Court Decision Calling Poker “Skill” May Impact Marketers’ Promotions
Judge Jack Weinstein of the Eastern District court of New York recently decided that Texas Hold 'Em poker is a game of skill and therefore not gambling under federal law. This is the first time a federal court has determined that poker is not gambling under the "Illegal Gambling Business Act". The government intends to appeal the decision.
Twenty-two Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named 2012 NY-Area “Super Lawyers”
Super Lawyers listed twenty-two Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2012 edition.
How to Reduce the Risk of Sexual Harassment in Your Workplace
News that the Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain once settled charges of sexual harassment has once again placed this complicated issue in the public eye.
IRS Offers New Tax Amnesty Program for Offshore Account Holders
There’s important news for people who maintain funds in offshore accounts. The IRS announced this week the 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative - a new program designed to encourage people to bring offshore assets into the U.S. tax system. The initiative more or less reprises a 2009 program under which 15,000 taxpayers disclosed offshore accounts.
Frankfurt Kurnit in Leagle.com
Leagle.com published Frankfurt Kurnit's 10th Circuit victory upon dismissal of fraud claims against clients Henry Yuen and Elsie Leung - former executives of the technology company Gemstar. Brian Maas represented the Leungs.
Rules on Prehearing Dispositive Motions in Arbitrations
Barbara King Family Trust Case
The New York Law Journal listed Brian Maas as counsel to the Barbara King Family Trust in its "Appellate Division Decision" column.