Thomas Kenniff, Founding Partner of Raiser & Kenniff, PC, Secures Release Of Client From Rikers Island

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Thomas Kenniff, of Raiser & Kenniff, PC, was able to successfully secure the release of client, from Rikers Island, despite resistance from prosecution and Supreme Court Justice.

Thomas Kenniff, founding partner of Raiser & Kenniff, recently succeeded in successfully convincing the court to release his client, Tom Eli, from Rikers Island . Capturing the local spotlight, this court case appeared in publications such as NY Times(

Tom Eli was arrested in June in connection to an alleged slashing outside a Manhattan club. His family lost it’s bid to use heirloom gold worth $100,000, as collateral for bail, in order to free Tom Eli, pending the outcome of the trial.( On 9/19/2013, the Manhattan Supreme Court justice rejected the bail. Prosecutors fought the bail, questioning the source of the gold, and whether it legitimately belonged to the family.

Due to what the justice system claimed as “glaring inconsistencies,” bail on the basis of the gold was rejected.

On 11/1/2013, Thomas Kenniff was able to successfully overturn this decision, and Tom Eli was released. Thomas Kenniff had this to say, “This was a long and arduous process. The DA’s office in this case was using the (bail) surety laws as a doormat,” he said. (

Thomas successfully assisted the family in negotiation with the justice system and acquiring acceptable collateral for bail. After more than six months behind bars, Raiser & Kenniff, PC, is pleased to announce the release of its client.

About Thomas Kenniff
Thomas Kenniff is a founding partner at Raiser and Kenniff, PC, and a popular television legal analyst. Some of Tom’s high profile criminal cases have drawn international media attention, and Tom has been featured in the NY Post, Newsday, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, DAILY NEWS, NY Times, and many other major publications. When the media needs an expert on criminal cases, they call Thomas Kenniff. Prior to founding Raiser & Kenniff, PC, Thomas served as Assistant D.A., prosecuting hundreds of criminal cases. In addition to his service as an Assistant D.A., Thomas is also a commissioned officer in the Army National Guard’s Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, and a veteran of the current war in Iraq. Currently, he holds the title of Chief of Military Justice, supervising all criminal prosecutions involving New York Army National Guard soldiers. He has recently been highlighted in Arrive Magazine as one of the top three DUI lawyers in the Northeast.

About Raiser & Kenniff, PC
At Raiser and Kenniff, PC, we help real people with real problems. Our firm exists solely to provide clients in NYC with professional criminal defense guidance. We understand the system and know when to push, when to hold back, when to negotiate, and when to fight. Tenacious and unyielding, we are prepared to take on the toughest cases.

**Case #03231-2013**
Court: New York Supreme Court

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