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The Law Offices of Geragos & Geragos [By Aundi Howerton] Arguably the most well-known, high-profile clientele-laden attorney in Los Angeles and possibly the country, Mark Geragos is the managing partner of the 13-partner firm Geragos & Geragos. The firm opened when he was just 12 years old; but now Mark Geragos, along with his father and 11 other lawyers, practices out of recently acquired historical real estate in downtown L.A. Many have quipped that the 6th and Figueroa building, a firehouse for the first half of the 20th century, is exactly the venue needed for the Geragos specialty: putting out fires. The firm, having rented for the past 20 years, is thrilled with the architectural acquisition.

Mark Geragos graduated from Haverford

Geragos may be better known, however,

firm, Shelley Kaufman, has a federal

College in 1979 and then from Loyola Law

for his role in defending many pop-culture

court-published opinion in which the court

School in 1982. He was admitted to the

icons as well as other high-profile criminal

determined that an arrestee who has been

California state bar in 1985 and, soon after,

cases. Before being replaced early on,

sexually harassed by a police officer has had

began practicing with his father. The firm

Geragos defended Michael Jackson in his

his or her rights violated.

has grown steadily since then to include the

molestation trial. He also defended rap star

following areas of practice: administrative

Nate Dogg, gaining him a dismissal of arson,

Mark Geragos leads his team in terms of

law, appeals, civil rights, civil trial practice,

kidnapping, and criminal-threat charges. He

awards and recognition, having received

commercial litigation, criminal trial practice,

won Bill Clinton’s brother, Roger Clinton, a

the 1999 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award

personal injury, real estate law, and tax law.

dismissal of DUI charges, as well. As Winona

from the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar

Ryder’s counsel, Geragos landed an easy

Association, the 2001 Humanitarian of the

The Geragoses are of Armenian descent and

three years’ probation with supplementary

Year Award from the Mexican American

maintain a close relationship with and support

psychological and drug counseling for $5,500

Grocers Association, and the 2006 Attorney

for the Armenian community. Most notably,

shoplifting charges. In addition, he defended

of the Year honor from California Lawyer

Mark Geragos was a leading lawyer in a class

both former congressman Gary Condit, who

magazine, among many others. He has

action lawsuit against AXA and New York

was questioned regarding the disappearance

appeared on Larry King Live, The Today

Life Insurance. Policies were issued by both

of Chandra Levy, as well as Scott Peterson,

Show, Good Morning America, 60 Minutes,

companies in the early 1900s to Armenian

who stood trial for the murder of his wife and

and On the Record.

victims of the Turkish genocide. The cases

unborn child. On the Net

were settled for more than $37.5 million in 2004 and 2005. In a similar suit, Geragos took

The strength of the Geragos team does

on two German banks that profited from,

not end with Mark Geragos. Several of his

The Law Offices of Geragos & Geragos

concealed, and prevented the recovery of

partners are well known for their work

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Armenian families’ assets deposited prior

in civil and criminal litigation. George

to the genocide as well as assets deposited

Buehler, for example, is on the board of

Armenian National Institute

by Ottoman Turkish looters. He serves on

directors of the Inner City Law Center,

www.armenian-genocide.org

several nationwide Armenian committees and

which provides legal services to the poor;

has earned high praise and recognition from

he also played a role in the development of

Inner City Law Center

the greater Armenian community.

legislation to improve the living conditions

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in slum housing. Another attorney at the

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