STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) has a new
attorney in his federal indictment case.
Florida attorney Daniel L. Rashbaum, a former federal prosecutor, will represent
Grimm going forward, according to court papers.
Rashbaum, of the Miami-based Marcus Neiman & Rashbaum LLP (MNR), replaces the
father/daughter legal team of Jonathan and Elizabeth Kase, which handled the early
stages of Grimm’s federal case following his indictment in April.
It is not known why the switch was made.
When reached by the Advance on Friday, Rashbaum said that he had filed notice with
the court to take over Grimm’s defense, but that it had not yet been officially approved
by the court. He said he had no comment beyond that.
It is expected that Rashbaum will be in place when a scheduled court conference is held
in Grimm’s case on Monday at 11 a.m. in Brooklyn federal court. He said that Grimm
would not be in court for the conference.
U.S. District Court Judge Pamela K. Chen, who is overseeing the case, has already
granted Grimm’s request that his presence not be required at some court dates in order
to attend to official business.
Ms. Kase did not immediately return an email from the Advance seeking comment
about the switch in attorneys.
Grimm’s office also did not immediately comment.
MNR, founded by three former federal prosecutors, bills itself as a “white collar
trial boutique” firm on its website, which also boasts, “We relish the ‘tough’ fights,” and
“Our adversaries know we fear no opponent.”
Like his partners, Rashbaum was an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of
Florida. He specializes in white collar criminal defense and internal investigations,
according to his online biography, which also says that Rashbaum “never lost a case
that went to verdict.”
Before the Kases, attorney William McGinley of Washington-based Patton Boggs
Grimm in April was indicted on 20 counts, including tax evasion, obstruction and
perjury, in connection with his old Healthalicious health food restaurant. He has
pleaded not guilty.