Who’s Who in the Zoo: Donald Trump’s Attorneys
As we watch with anticipation (whether that means popcorn or dread, you tell us) for former President Trump’s arraignment on April 4, 2023, you might be wondering, just who is stepping up as his legal representation? Without further ado, here are the major players in one of the most historic – and unprecedented – court cases of our time.
The New York trio
Susan Necheles is a partner at the law firm Hafetz Necheles & Rocco. She has represented a number of high-profile clients in complex criminal cases, including individuals involved in white collar crimes such as insider trading and securities fraud. She also has experience in civil litigation matters, including commercial and securities cases. Prior to joining Hafetz Necheles & Rocco, Necheles was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
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Joe Tacopina is a founding partner of the law firm Tacopina Seigel Trial Lawyers. He has represented numerous high-profile clients in criminal cases, including cases involving allegations of murder, drug trafficking, and racketeering. Tacopina has also been involved in high-profile civil cases, including representing clients in lawsuits against major corporations. In addition to his work as a criminal defense attorney, Tacopina is a legal analyst for various news organizations and has made frequent appearances on television programs such as “CNN Tonight” and “The View”.
Read more: Tacopina’s Martindale profile
Todd Blanche is a former partner at the law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft; he resigned just to work for Trump. He has experience in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters, including securities fraud, antitrust, intellectual property, and product liability cases. During his time at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Blanche was a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group. He has represented clients in investigations and enforcement actions by various government agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In addition to his work at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Blanche has also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York and as a law clerk for Judge Louis L. Stanton of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Read more: Trump taps white-collar attorney to helm indictment defense – POLITICO
Trump’s past representation has included:
Michael van der Veen is a trial attorney based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is best known for his representation of former President Donald Trump in the second impeachment trial in February 2021. Van der Veen is the founder of the law firm van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin. He has experience in a wide range of civil and criminal litigation matters, including personal injury cases, medical malpractice claims, and criminal defense cases.In addition to his work as an attorney, van der Veen is also a frequent commentator on legal issues, and has made appearances on various news programs such as Fox News and CNN.
Read more: van der Veen’s Martindale profile
Alan S. Futerfas is a prominent criminal defense attorney based in New York City. He is known for representing high-profile clients in a variety of complex criminal cases, including white collar crimes, securities fraud, and money laundering cases. Futerfas is the founder of the law firm Futerfas Law, which specializes in criminal defense matters. He has also been recognized for his expertise in the area of art law and has represented clients in disputes involving the sale and authenticity of art. In addition to his work as an attorney, Futerfas has been involved in various charitable organizations and has served as a member of the board of directors for several non-profit organizations.
Read more: Futerfas’s Martindale profile