Mr. Petrillo co-founded the Firm in January 2010. Before opening the Firm, Mr. Petrillo served as Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York from January 2008 to October 2009. He served in that position after completing a decade of practice as a partner of Dechert LLP and predecessor firms, all in New York. Earlier, from 1990 through 1997, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District and, from 1987 to 1990, a litigation associate with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Petrillo handled numerous investigations, hearings and jury trials, and in 1996 and 1997, served as the Criminal Division’s Chief Appellate Attorney.
Mr. Petrillo has served as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel in the Southern District. He was also an appointed Lecturer at Columbia University School of Law between 2010 and 2019, where he co-taught a class on criminal law and procedure. Mr. Petrillo has participated on committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, including the Professional Responsibility Committee and White Collar Crime Committee, and been a panelist in CLE courses sponsored by the Association of Corporate Counsel, Practising Law Institute, American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
Mr. Petrillo has a Martindale-Hubble’s AV© Preeminent Rating and has been regularly recognized as a leading practitioner in Chambers USA©(Band One, White Collar Individuals); The Best Lawyers in America© (Corporate Compliance Law and Criminal Defense, White Collar); Benchmark Litigation©; Who’s Who Legal, Global Investigations Review, Thought Leaders, Business Crime Defence©; Who’s Who Legal, Global Investigations Review, Business Crime Defence©; Who’s Who Legal, Global Investigations Review, Investigations©; Super Lawyers©; and Criminal Defense, and White Collar Expert Guides, White Collar Crime©.
Mr. Petrillo is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received an undergraduate degree in chemistry and a graduate degree in political science.