Firms Merge, Adding Huntington Attorney as Partner

Huntington attorney John H. LoTurco, 2018 Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association Criminal Practitioner of the Year, has joined forces with Barket Epstein & Kearon LLP, a criminal defense and civil rights firm.

The new firm’s is Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco.

Former Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society of New York City, Seymour W. James, Jr. was also named a partner of the new firm.

With the addition of Mr. LoTurco, Barket Epstein will have offices in Huntington, Garden City and in the Empire State Building in Manhattan.

“We came together nearly seven years ago as a boutique criminal defense and civil rights firm with a shared vision that we would provide outstanding representation to anyone charged with or convicted of a crime and for those who have suffered from the excesses of law enforcement, whether having been wrongly convicted or been the victim of excessive force by police.  Today we build on that vision,” Bruce Barket, Barket Epstein founding partner, said. “We have a diverse, compassionate and driven team of criminal, civil and appellate attorneys from Manhattan to Montauk. Our lawyers are uniquely qualified to handle the spectrum of criminal cases from complex federal matters to state homicides to DWI and vehicular crimes and as well as appellate and post judgement work.”

“We are particularly proud of our civil rights work, including representing Christopher Loeb, whose suit was instrumental in the indictment of the District Attorney and the Chief of Police in Suffolk County, and of Martin Tankleff, who was wrongly convicted of murdering his parents,” Barket said.

LoTurco has been practicing criminal law for more than 25 years. He is a lifetime Long Island resident, raised in Huntington where he now resides with his wife and three children.  He graduated from Ithaca College cum laude and attended Albany Law School of Union University.  LoTurco was a trial prosecutor in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office for five years, spending most his years in the Major Crime Bureau and the Narcotics Bureau  LoTurco prosecuted more than 25 jury trials at the District Attorney’s Office with 100% conviction rate.

In 1998, LoTurco opened up his own practice in Huntington dedicated to criminal defense.


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