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  • Description
    From John Gotti to O.J. Simpson, there is no shortage of high profile cases involving defendants the public loves to hate. And right there by their side, is the defense attorney no one can understand. How can they defend such obvious criminals? In this fascinating CLE course, acclaimed attorneys Ben Brafman, John Lauro and Jeffrey Schwartz will explain how to launch a defense of such notorious public figures. The course will explain how an attorney makes the determination to take on such a case and then build a relationship with their client. Issues of from how to mount a defense to jury selection, media and public scrutiny, and sentencing will all be discussed.
  • Instructor Bio

    Benjamin Brafman

    Benjamin Brafman is the principal of Brafman & Associates, P.C. law firm located in Manhattan. Mr. Brafman’s firm specializes in criminal law with an emphasis on White Collar criminal defense.

    Mr. Brafman, a former Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office, has been in private practice since 1980. Mr. Brafman is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and was selected by New York Magazine as the “Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in New York.” He is also the recipient of the “first” ever Clarence Darrow Award for Distinguished Practitioner by the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

    Mr. Brafman has represented a wide range of high-profile celebrities, business leaders, lawyers and professionals in major criminal cases throughout the country including most recently the NY Giants superstar Plaxico Burress and former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.


    Jeffrey Schwartz

    Jeffrey Todd Schwartz was awarded a Baccalaureate in Psychology (B.A.) from Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva College and earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) at its Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Admitted to the bar of the states of New York and New Jersey in 1987 and to the Supreme Court of the United States since 1992, he has been litigating federal and state court matters for over twenty-four (24) years.

    For six years Mr. Schwartz served the Queen's County District Attorney's Office in New York City. He was assigned to the Homicide/Investigations Bureau and was a founding member of both its Narcotics Trial and Career Criminal Major Crime Bureaus. While in private practice he received certification as lead counsel in the evolving area of death penalty prosecution, immigration consequences to criminal conviction and sex offender civil commitment pursuant to article ten of the Mental Hygiene Law.

    For fifteen years Mr. Schwartz has been on the faculty of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (I.T.A.P.) and coached its law school team during the semi-final rounds of the American College of Trial Lawyers National Trial Competition. He lectures and performs demonstrations at continuing legal education (C.L.E.) and bar association training programs. Topics have included: representing high profile clients vilified in the media, ethical issues that arise in the zealous representation of criminal cases, crime scene investigation and forensics, as well as trial advocacy, strategy and technique. His internet lectures and panel discussions are acclaimed by his colleagues nationwide. You can see his peer reviews here: www.jeffreytschwartz.com/index-7.html.

    Mr. Schwartz has been honored, recognized and awarded certificates of outstanding dedication and service by The City Council of New York, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as well as the Detective Endowment and Patrolman's Benevolent Associations of the New York City Police Department.

    He appears as a legal analyst and consultant in the media and is trial counsel in highly publicized death penalty, murder and civil prosecutions. He has been profiled in local and national publications, including The New York Times.

    Mr. Schwartz is a graduate of the Yeshiva of Flatbush in Brooklyn, New York and studied Bible, Talmud and Judaic studies for one year in Jerusalem towards his undergraduate degree. He devotes a minimum of twenty-five percent of his time to pro-bono cases and charity fund raising.


    John Lauro

    Mr. Lauro grew up in New York and later graduated from Georgetown University in 1979, magna cum laude. He then attended Georgetown University Law Center and graduated in 1982, magna cum laude. While a law student, Mr. Lauro was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Following graduation from law school, Mr. Lauro returned to New York and began practicing with the international law firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius. He later joined the criminal division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he prosecuted international narcotics and white collar criminal matters. After government service, Mr. Lauro established a practice in Florida and New York, and became a partner with a national law firm. In 1994, he founded the Lauro Law Firm, which now has offices in New York City and Florida. Mr. Lauro specializes in complex criminal and commercial litigation, including the representation of individuals in connection with a wide variety of white collar matters, including those involving health care, securities law, money-laundering, anti-trust, tax, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He has been selected by his peers to be included in the Best Lawyers in America, Florida Super Lawyers and Florida Trend’s Legal Elite. Mr. Lauro also participates extensively in the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College.

    Over the past years, Mr. Lauro has tried several significant cases. He represented a businessman/entrepreneur who was acquitted in the first “dot-com” securities fraud trial brought by the Department of Justice in Manhattan. In addition, Mr. Lauro represented a trust fund advisor who was acquitted of all felony charges in connection with a prosecution brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as part of the Evergreen Trust criminal litigation. In 2011, Mr. Lauro obtained a Rule 29 acquittal on behalf of the former president of Medical Manager, Inc. (later WebMD). Most recently, Mr. Lauro was lead counsel for the former Chief Financial Officer of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. in connection with a health care fraud prosecution in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Further information is available at http://www.laurolawfirm.com/john-f-lauro.html.