Arthur L. Aidala
|Arthur L. Aidala, Esq.|
December 1, 1967 |
Brooklyn, New York
|Alma mater||CUNY Law School
SUNY at Purchase
Arthur L. Aidala (born 1967 in Brooklyn, New York), currently a New York criminal defense lawyer and legal analyst on Fox News Channel where he appears on various day-time and prime-time programs. He was recently a guest lecturer at Harvard University's Law School at the invitation of professor Alan Dershowitz. In 2012, Aidala was selected as one of New York City's top criminal defense attorneys by Super Lawyers Magazine . Aidala is the grandson of Artie Aidala, renowned New York State Athletic Commission's ring judge inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2008 . Artie Aidala was one of the three judges that decided the outcome of the 1971 Ali v. Frazier "Fight of the Century" boxing match in Madison Square Garden . He is the son of Louis R. Aidala, former Manhattan Assistant District Attorney and a criminal defense attorney in practice for 50 years. Louis Aidala was a special prosecutor for the Attica prison riots and more recently represented celebrity Jennifer Lopez in New York City .
Aidala graduated from State University of New York at Purchase in 1989 and obtained his law degree from CUNY Law School in 1992. He was admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bars that same year. Aidala worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County DA's Office as a Senior Trial attorney and a supervisor in the Early Case Assessment and Investigations Bureaus from 1993 to 1997.
He resigned in 1997 to run as a candidate for New York City Council. After coming up 108 votes shy in the Primary Election, Aidala opened his own law practice with offices in New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn) and Milan, Italy.
In May, 2010, Aidala successfully defended Lawrence Taylor, former professional football player with the New York Giants, against charges of sexual assault in Ramapo, New York which included a felony charge of third-degree rape. Taylor ultimately pleaded guilty to misdemeanors and was sentenced to probation. In October 2012, after noted attorney Gloria Allred filed a civil suit against Taylor in Federal Court on behalf of the alleged victim, Aidala once again represented Taylor and, in due course, the jury agreed with Aidala and denied any damages to be paid to the alleged victim .
In 2010, Aidala defended the owner of a rigging company that was in charge of the operation of a crane which collapsed on Manhattan's Upper East Side in 2008 and killed 7 people and injured dozens more. He was charged with 20 counts in connection with the accident (7 of them manslaughter) and after a month-long non-jury trial, was found not guilty on every single count.
In 2009 Aidala defended Brigitte Harris, who was charged with murder and manslaughter in the asphyxiation and castration of her father. Her father allegedly began sexually abusing her (including Sexual intercourse) at an early age and continued until she was 18 years old. Brigitte's older sister stated in an appearance with Aidala on The Montel Williams Show that she was also sexually abused by their father. On November 6, 2009 Brigitte Harris was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison and was paroled in August, 2012.
In other notable cases, Aidala successfully defended real estate magnate Abe Hirschfeld in his attempted murder trial and pioneered a groundbreaking "Battered Woman Syndrome" defense in the case of a gay man who murdered his partner.
Aidala served as President of the Columbian Lawyers Association  in New York City, is Second Vice President of the "Brooklyn Bar Association" , an Executive Board Member of the Kings County Bar Association  and member of the National Italian American Bar Association .