Edward McQuat

Mr. Edward J. McQuat Joined The Blanch Law Firm in 2009, and is Attorney of Counsel to the firm.  Mr. McQuat is currently the Senior Trial Lawyer and Trial Counsel at The Blanch Law Firm and oversees the Litigation matters and handles a vast variety of cases and matters.  Mr. Blanch, Mr.  McQuat and all members of The Blanch Law Firm handle criminal matters in both State and Federal Courts.  The work of The Blanch Law Firm spans multiple state and federal jurisdictions as needed by our clientele.  As such the Attorneys at the firm are well versed in the approaches not only to Criminal matters but also Government Investigations and Administrative actions.  Over the years Mr. McQuat and the attorneys at the firm have handled with success various types of cases, our goal is to put the client in the best position possible.

Case Results:

The firm has represented numerous clients that have been contacted by state or federal authorities.  Many of these matters include contact by agents of the FBI, IRS, SEC, DEA and other federal agencies as well as state agencies.  In many of these mattes the Firm has been able to address the concerns of the investigation and spare the client from prosecution.  This includes matters involving Bank Fraud, Wire Fraud and Mail Fraud as well as related crimes such as Money Laundering and Mortgage Fraud and Conspiracies of those crimes.

In one such case, the Money Laundering Officer of a  Financial Institution was acquitted of a Money  Laundering Conspiracy involving alleged monies over a million dollars and stretched internationally between the United States and Eastern Europe.

The Firm has represented clients in various levels of tax related cases including those in the multi-million dollar levels and representation and settlement at with both the IRS and state tax agencies.

The Firm has represented many professional who find themselves charge criminally, administratively or both.  We have in many cases been successful in helping those professionals resolve those issues and retain their professional status.  The professions involved are varied but include Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacists, Nurses, Attorneys and Teachers.

In several cases in Federal Court the Firm has been able to secure non-jail sentences in serious narcotics conspiracies where the range of sentence was a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of Life in prison.

The Firm has handled many complex Conspiracy cases involving White Collar Offenses that often involve the above mentioned Bank, Wire and Mail Fraud and associated charges including Tax liability, Security matters and Insider Trading allegations involving the SEC and FINRA among other agencies.  Many of these cases involve allegations of Schemes to Defraud.

The Firm has also been involved in representing clients in matters surrounding Organized Crime and other related matters.

Edward McQuat Experience


Mr. McQuat served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in Onondaga County (Syracuse) New York for approximately sixteen years.  For the last seven of those years Mr. McQuat served as Chief of the Narcotics Bureau. Mr. McQuat was responsible for the management of over several thousand narcotics cases as well as matters related to Organized and White-Collar Crime.   Mr. McQuat was also cross-designated as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Organized Crime Task Force of the New York Attorney General’s Office, Albany, New York.  Mr. McQuat worked on Electronic surveillance cases as well as other confidential and complex investigations of all matters.


In conjunction with his position as Chief of the Narcotics Bureau, Mr.McQuat has vast experience in the field of white collar crimes, related to both criminal activity and asset forfeiture, such as Bank Fraud, Wire and Mail Fraud, Document and Contract Fraud and all related activities.  His experience also extends to complex investigations involving Larceny, Embezzlement and Check Kiting Schemes as well as other Schemes to Defraud. Mr. McQuat has extensive experience in the matters of Federal and State Asset Forfeiture, including those involving cash, real property, all types of motor vehicles, stocks and all other accounts and properties the Government seeks to forfeit in conjunction with criminal activity.


Throughout his career, Mr. McQuat handled numerous cases involving the implementation of electronic surveillance techniques in long-term confidential investigations. These cases were at the local, state and federal levels. These wiretap investigations were not limited to narcotics cases, but also applied to White-collar, Homicide, and Special Victims Crimes.


Mr.McQuat has several years of experience conducting complex and far-reaching criminal investigations into areas of public corruption, law enforcement complaints and other confidential issues including gang activity, misuse of public information and fraud cases.


Mr.McQuat has experience in appeals as both a prosecutor and a defense counsel. Mr.McQuat began his career in the Appeals Unit of the Legal Aid Society, researching, writing and arguing approximately forty cases before the New York State Appellate Division. As a prosecutor, he was in charge of the Appeals Bureau, writing, researching and arguing over hundred cases before the Appellate Divisions.

Mr.McQuat has submitted and argued several cases before the New York State Court of Appeals, the highest court in New York. He had the honor and privilege to submit two cases to the United States Supreme Court.

In addition, Mr. Mcquat and the staff at the Blanch Law Firm have submitted matters in State and Federal courts challenging convictions and related matters at the trial court level.  These include motions under CPL Sections 330 and 440.  Also the Firm has filed or answered Orders to show cause and legal avenues under Article 78 in New York State and Writs in Federal District Courts as needed.


Mr.McQuat received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1981 from St.John’s University, Jamaica, New York. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1984.

During his career Mr.McQuat has been a guest lecturer at the SU College of Law and the SU Maxwell School of Public Administration.

Mr.McQuat was invited to teach at the National Prosecutors Training Centre through the National Association of District Attorneys in Charleston, South Carolina. Mr.McQuat has also lectured and trained law enforcement personnel throughout his career at the local, regional and state level.

Mr. McQuat conducted training/lecturing at both law enforcement academies and in service training to experienced officers. His areas of expertise include Search and Seizure, Trial Practice, Evidence Collection and Preservation and Forensic Evidence.

Bar Admissions

New York State Bar

Connecticut State Bar

Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York (Federal Court)

Eastern District of Michigan

Second Circuit Court of Appeals (Federal Appellate Court)

Mr. McQuat and the Firm also practiced in several other Federal and State jurisdictions including State and Federal Courts of New Jersey and other State and Federal Jurisdictions as needed.

Alana Yakovlev

Alana Yakovlev

Alana Yakovlev is an attorney at law and of counsel to the Blanch Law Firm. Ms. Yakovlev is a criminal defense attorney based in Los Angeles and practices in the L.A. County Superior Courts and Orange County. Alana works primarily out of the firm’s Los Angeles office where she works closely with attorneys in L.A. as well as the rest of the defense team in the firm’s New York and Texas offices. She handles federal and state cases involving Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, Internet Crimes, Wire Fraud, Enterprise Corruption, Mortgage Fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, violent crimes and drug crimes.

Ms. Yakovlev is a successful white collar criminal defense attorney who was selected as a Rising Star in 2013 by Super Lawyers, a respected legal ratings service. She will be featured as a Rising Star in the Los Angeles edition of Super Lawyers magazine. To become a Rising Star, Super Lawyers asks legal professionals to nominate fellow lawyers. According to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent of a state’s applicants are chosen as Rising Stars.

Ms. Yakovlev has extensive motion practice and legal research experience in state and federal proceedings. She is familiar with and has successfully obtained favorable sentences, plea agreements and dismissals. Her practice also extends from white collar crimes and includes administrative licensing reinstatement, expungements and immigration hearings.

Ms. Yakovlev also has ample experience in sentencing litigation. In many cases, she was retained by clients during sentencing phases of trials to obtain more favorable outcomes. In one instance, Ms. Yakovlev was able to secure the release of a client who was facing six years in state prison after being charged with first degree burglary. In another case, Ms. Yakovlev secured the release of a client facing four years in prison for possession of crystal meth and receiving stolen property. After Ms. Yakovlev’s intervention, the client was allowed to serve the remainder of her sentence in rehab.

Representative Cases

Case: Client charged with Enterprise Corruption
Result: No jail time

Case: Client charged with RICO, Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud and four counts of Wire Fraud.
Result: Four counts of wire fraud dismissed and sentenced to one year and four months.

Case: Client investigated for Cyber Stalking
Result: Convinced district attorney not to file charges

Case: Client charged with First Degree Burglary facing six years in state prison
Result: Convicted of second degree commercial burglary and sentenced to 90 days time served

Case: Prior attorney’s client sentenced to four- and two-year concurrent prison terms for possession of crystal meth and receiving stolen property.
Result: Filed petition that got client out of jail and allowed client to serve remaining prison sentence in rehab.

Case: Client charged with annoying and molesting a child facing four years in state prison
Result: Sentenced to time served and released

Prior Experience

Supervising/Lead Trail Attorney at Liberty Bell Law Group, P.C. in Burbank, Calif.

Counsel for State Farm Insurance at Melli Guerin Wall, P.C. in New York, NY.

Legal Analyst at Bloomberg, L.P. in New York, NY


New York Law School, Juris Doctor

University of California, Los Angeles; Bachelor of Arts, Political Science


Federal – U.S. District Courts: Central District of California, Eastern District of California, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York.

States — California, New York, New Jersey

Awards & Recognition

Top 40 Under 40 – National Trial Lawyers 2014

2015 AIOCLA’s 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in California

Top 10 Under 40 National Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2015

2013 through 2016 Southern California Rising Star ( featured in Super Lawyers and Los Angeles Magazine) – an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 2.5 percent of the attorneys in California are named to the Rising Stars list each year.

Top Female Attorney in Southern California 2013 – 2016- Los Angeles Magazine

Admitted to Practice in the following jurisdictions:
(1) California State Court;
(2) Central District of California;
(3) Eastern District of California;
(4) Northern District of California;
(5) New York State Court;
(6) Southern District of New York;
(7) Eastern District of New York;
(8) New Jersey State Court.

Specialties: Criminal Defense, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Administrative Licensing.

Fluent in Russian and Spanish, Proficient in Italian

Daniel Bibb

Daniel Bibb

Daniel Bibb, Attorney of Counsel to the Blanch Law Firm.

Mr. Bibb has over 30 years of experience in both criminal law and trial practice. Mr. Bibb has ADA experience with both the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office & the New York County District Attorney’s Office, as well as Director experience with Gibbons P.C. He currently concentrates on the defense of criminal matters in the state & federal courts of New York & New Jersey, and is ‘Of Counsel’ to The Blanch Law Firm .

Concentrating in the representation of individuals and business entities in criminal and regulatory matters in the State and Federal Courts of New York and New Jersey. In addition to working with the New York County District Attorney for 25 years, as well as International Mobile Command Center Solutions, Mr. Bibb has an exhaustive background of criminal defense experience:

–Represented a regional mortgage company in a mortgage fraud investigation conducted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey.  Conducted an internal investigation into the allegations of fraud, coordinated response to subpoenas for documents and represented executives in interviews with law enforcement agents.  The investigation did not result in the filing of any criminal charges against the company or any of its employees.

–Represented a multi-million dollar construction company and its subsidiaries in a criminal tax fraud investigation conducted by New York State and federal authorities.  Coordinated response to subpoenas for six years of financial records and negotiated a non-prosecution agreement on behalf of the corporations.

–Obtained the dismissal of all criminal charges for a Broadway actor/singer accused of prescription drug fraud.

–Obtained an acquittal on all criminal charges for a real estate management professional falsely accused of misappropriating in excess of $1,000,000 worth of computer and telephone equipment from a major real estate management firm and a politically connected law firm.

–Obtained a non-criminal disposition for an executive of a major non-profit organization accused of grand larceny and fraud.

–Obtained a non-jail disposition for an emergency medical professional accused of prescription drug fraud.

–Represented several retired federal and New York City law enforcement professionals in state and federal criminal investigations.

–After an intensive investigation, obtained the dismissal of all criminal charges for a college student accused of multiple sex crimes.

–Along with a producer for NBC news, currently assisting in the investigation of the claims of innocence of a man convicted of a gunpoint robbery and homicide.

–Outside counsel to the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association and its members in criminal and disciplinary proceedings.

Bar Admissions:  New York, New Jersey, Federal District Courts of New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.


Bachelor of Arts, Villanova University

Master of Arts, Villanova University

Juris Doctor, Seton Hall University Law School

Emel McDowell

Emel McDowell

Since joining the Blanch Law Firm, Mr. McDowell has devoted himself to insuring that no stone go unturned in the preparation of our firm’s client’s legal defenses. His research and investigative skills have proven invaluable in our team’s effort to win cases.

James A. Schiff