Larry Elmen

Larry Elmen founded Elmen Law Firm in 2016 to provide individuals the personal legal representation they deserve in matters involving Federal criminal charges , New York criminal charges, divorce, family court matters, , Surrogate Court litigation, Real Property litigation, and other select areas of trial and litigation services.

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For the past 26 years, Larry dedicated his legal career to standing up for fairness and justice. Since 2006, Larry focused his legal advocacy on protecting and defending individuals most in need of a strong advocate in Federal criminal cases, State criminal cases, divorce matters, family court disputes, as well as defending people’s rights in Surrogate Court and real property disputes. throughout the State of New York.

As a Captain with the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Larry served as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and won over twenty criminal trials as a prosecutor involving homicide, gang violence, larceny, aggravated assault, and drug crimes.

Larry’s career as a trial attorney continued in New York City as an Assistant District Attorney for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. He investigated and prosecuted New York’s most serious felony drug crimes and conspiracies and was personally responsible for hundreds of drug felony cases. Larry won felony convictions at every jury trial and successfully handled dozens of evidence suppression hearings.

Larry learned the complex litigation skills involved with financial crimes and fraud, as a prosecutor with the Labor Racketeer Unit and Construction Industry Strike Force. Patience and persistence resulted in the discovery, investigation, and prosecution of white-collar crimes involving millions of dollars. Prosecutions included organized crime organizations and individual members and associates of organized crime, corporate fraudsters in the construction industry committing money laundering, public official bribery, corporate bribery, grand larceny, and violations of New York State and City tax laws. Larry continues to apply the same accounting and legal skills to defend clients accused of white collar crimes in his current practice and to protect clients during divorce actions from unscrupulous spouses seeking to undervalue or conceal marital assets.

Larry’s criminal prosecution work culminated with the New York Attorney General’s Office and the investigation of white-collar crimes involving securities fraud, money laundering, crimes against the environment, and crimes against New York State and local municipal governments.

From 2006 through 2016, Larry was a partner at a 32-person law firm in the Greater Capital Region and responsible for supervision and oversight of civil and criminal litigation matters, associate attorneys, and support staff. Larry’s trial and litigation work obtained over $4,000,0000 in personal injury awards for clients.

In addition to numerous successful divorce and family court actions, some notable Federal criminal law results include:

  • A full acquittal, after a six-week Federal jury trial, for a Mohawk charged with managing and operating a 55,000 square foot gambling facility on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation. United States v. William Roger Jock.
  • A successful criminal appeal to Second Circuit Court of Appeals protecting a client’s Sixth Amendment right to counsel under the Federal Constitution. United States v. Tayfun Okatan.
  • The dismissal of all Federal criminal charges against a Miami, Florida resident arrested by United States Border Patrol officers following a four-day Federal criminal suppression hearing which resulted in the Federal Court suppressing from evidence defendant’s entire post-arrest confession, as well as all evidence seized during the warrantless search of defendant’s cell phone by Federal agents. U.S. v. D. Alvarez.

Larry earned his law degree in 1994 from New England Law where he graduated cum laude and served as the Editor-in-Chief for the school’s Law Journal. Larry graduated from the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Economics and Politics, as well as a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.


Larry is a member of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation and completed forty hours of specialized training in divorce mediation to assist couples reach negotiated separation agreements and to avoid the high costs and acrimony of divorce litigation and trials.


Larry shares his experience and faith in God with his community through his volunteer activities. Larry served with the Queensbury United Methodist Church as a past chairperson for the Church Council, a Church Trustee, and a Sunday School teacher. He also served as a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters for the Southern Adirondacks. Currently, Larry and his wife are certified foster parents in Warren County.

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