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Rengan Rajaratnam, left, exits federal court with his attorney Daniel Gitner in New York on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.Rengan Rajaratnam, left, exits federal court with his attorney Daniel Gitner in New York on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (Peter Foley/Getty)

The Manhattan U.S. attorney’s insider-trading crackdown has generated plenty of business for graying, distinguished members of the white-collar bar—and for the large, national law firms many of them call home. But when prosecutors went after Rengan Rajaratnam, the younger brother of imprisoned hedge-fund titan Raj Rajaratnam, the job fell to a relative newcomer, Daniel Gitner of the litigation boutique Lankler Siffert & Wohl.

Gitner succeeded where his predecessors all failed, steadily dismantling the complex case before it reached jurors and then persuading them to knock out the remnants on Tuesday after a speedy deliberation.

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