Marion Bachrach Adjunct Professor of Law (Fall term)
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Contact Information

Cornell Law School
Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Fax: (607) 255-7193

Professional Biography

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 and fraud-related matters.

She is a founding member of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, a former member of its Board of Directors, and the current co-chair of its Sentencing Guidelines Committee. She teaches 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 for PLI. 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 partner, Ronald DePetris.

Among the cases she has litigated or argued in private practice and in government service are: 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. 1984).


B.A., Syracuse University, 1972
M.A., Middlebury/Université Paris, 1973
J.D., Cornell Law School, 1977