Criminal defense attorney, dies at 77

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Criminal defense attorney, dies at 77

Gerald Shargel, who served as a criminal defense attorney for over four decades, died at his residence in Manhattan on Saturday. He was 77 years old and fought a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

In his decades-long career, he defended politicians, mafia bosses, and other miscreants like Hell’s Kitchen Westies leader, James Coonan, The Gottis of Gambino Crime family, and many others. Joan Wexler, the president of his Alma Mater, Brooklyn Law school, said in a statement that Gerald was the best criminal lawyer of his generation. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, six grandchildren, mother, and sister.

Gerald Shargel’s early life and career:

He was a native of Brunswick and attended Brooklyn Law school, from which he graduated in 1969. Because of a program created by the US attorney’s office for the eastern district of New York in the summer of 1968, Gerald sat for a heartbeat at the prosecutor’s table during his second and third years of law school.

When judges called upon all the best lawyers in the country due to a backlog of cases, Shargel sat on the Prosecutor’s side for the first and last time in his career; there, he saw legendary defender James LaRossa who later on became his mentor and law partner.

Gerald Shargel: Criminal defense attorney

Gerald quickly became a very skilled trial lawyer who used to defend white-collar criminals and even murder suspects.

Famous cases of Gerald Shargel:

Gerald not only defended but also befriended many of the white-collared personnel. Once, he got so close to one of his mafia clients that I, a federal district judge. 

Leo Glasser removed him from the case after the prosecutor accused him of being a ‘house counsel’ to the criminal family. One of his famous clients, Mr. Gotti, once got very upset with Gerald for being too vocal and talkative to the reporters.

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