Founding partner focuses on criminal cases
Steve Raiser is a founding partner of Raiser & Kenniff, PC, Steve’s practice area is criminal defense and litigation.
Steve is a native of Long Island and has also resided in Manhattan and the Bronx. Before attending college, Steven was a counselor for teenagers who had trouble with the law and were residing in group homes. While attending law school at night, Steven ran a full-service social work and community service program in mid-town Manhattan. Here, he supervised individuals previously convicted of crimes through Rikers Island’s Early Release Program.
Since being admitted to the New York Bar, Steve has represented the city of New York, serving as a Special Assistant Corporation Counsel. He handled all aspects of litigation in child neglect cases there, representing the interests of the children and the city.
He then served as an Assistant District Attorney, where he successfully prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases, from violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Law to homicides. During his time as a prosecutor, Steve was involved in high-profile cases such as those involving Rapper DMX and NY Rangers’ Defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh.
While serving as a prosecutor, he joined the U.S. Army. As a commissioned officer in the Army National Guard Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Steve volunteered for active duty in Iraq. There he served the troops in the office of the Staff Judge Advocate, defending soldiers from actions instituted by the federal government, making probable cause determinations for the command, and assisting in the training of Iraqi soldiers in legal proceedings.
In recognition of his service in Iraq, he earned the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for meritorious service in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Army Commendation Medal for exceptional meritorious service during combat operations. He, along with his unit, received the New York State Bar Association’s Award for Excellence in Public Service and was presented with our state flag by Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno.
Criminal defense attorney Steve Raiser is a graduate of the Albany State University, School of Criminal Justice and earned his Juris Doctorate at St. John’s University School of Law, where he received the Excellence for the Future Award for excellent achievement in the area of criminal trial advocacy and was a recipient of the certificate of appreciation from the Nassau County Bar Association. He is a member of New York, Suffolk, and Nassau County Bar Associations as well as the National College for DUI Defense, the Vice President of The Criminal Court’s Bar Association of Nassau County, and former President of the Nassau County Criminal Courts Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting disadvantaged youth and adults. Steve Raiser is admitted to practice law in the state courts and federal court in the Eastern District. On November 14, 2010, he was sworn in to the United States Supreme Court by Chief Justice John Roberts in Washington, D.C.
Steve has appeared as a legal analyst for FOX, CNN, and Court TV (TRU TV). His interviews on CNN and FOX have been posted to their websites and have been showcased under “must see videos.” Steve has also been highlighted in Arrive Magazine as one of the top three DUI lawyers in the Northeast. Check out his most recent television ap