Lecturer in Law
Marion Bachrach has extensive experience as a litigator in white collar criminal matters and
complex civil suits. She is a founding member of the law firm of DePetris & Bachrach, LLP.
She has an active practice on behalf of institutional and individual clients and has had
considerable experience counseling professionals, particularly lawyers.
After graduating from the Cornell Law School, she clerked for the Honorable Joseph L. Tauro,
United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts. She then joined Paul, Weiss,
Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where she worked as a litigator. Thereafter, she served as an
Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York for six years. During that time, she
tried and supervised a variety of criminal prosecutions and significant white collar criminal cases
and held the additional positions of Chief of General Crimes and Deputy Chief of the Criminal
Division. In 1986, she returned to private practice, specializing in white collar criminal defense
as well as civil and regulatory cases, including forfeiture matters.
She is a founding member of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, a current member of its
Board of Directors, and former co-chair of its Sentencing Guidelines Committee.
She has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School since 2008 teaching Ethical
Issues in Criminal Investigation, Prosecution and Policy. She has also taught trial advocacy as
part of the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at Cardozo Law School, and has served on panels,
including one at the 2007 Georgetown White Collar Criminal Defense Conference and another
She has co-authored a chapter on False Testimony by Government Witnesses in the book
Defending Federal Criminal Cases (Law Journal Press). She has also co-authored a number of
articles in the New York Law Journal with her law partner, Ronald DePetris.
Among the cases she has litigated or argued are: Michtavi v. New York Daily News et al, 587
F.3d 551 (2d Cir. 2009); United States v. Stein, 435 F. Supp.2d 330 (S.D.N.Y. 2006) and 495 F.
Supp.2d 390 (S.D.N.Y. 2007); United States v. Tenzer, 213 F.3d 34 (2d Cir. 2000); United States
v. Manko, 979 F.2d 900 (2d Cir. 1992); United States v. Lizza Industries, Inc., 775 F.2d 492 (2d
Cir. 1985), cert. denied, 475 U.S. 1082 (1986); United States v. McKeon, 738 F.2d 26 (2d Cir.
B.A., Syracuse University, 1972
M.A., Middlebury/Université de Paris, 1973
J.D., Cornell Law School, 1977