Gerald B. Lefcourt

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Gerald B. Lefcourt
Gerald Bernard Lefcourt[1]
Spouse(s)Ilene Sackler Lefcourt (divorced)
Robin Lewis Lefcourt
RelativesMortimer Sackler (former father-in-law)

Gerald Bernard Lefcourt is a criminal defense lawyer with a reputation for taking on unpopular and high-profile clients, including a co-defendant of Michael Milken[citation needed], financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein,[2] the Black Panthers, activist/author Abbie Hoffman, hotelier Harry Helmsley, former Speaker of the New York State Assembly Mel Miller, and actors Russell Crowe[3] and Tracy Morgan. He was a featured personality in the 2006 documentary Giuliani Time. His victories have included a full acquittal of rap mogul and Murder, Inc. Records founder Irv Gotti on federal money laundering charges. Lefcourt was an attorney of "aider and abettor" non-KMPG employee David Amir Makov,[4] in the 2008 federal KPMG tax shelter fraud prosecution, believed to be the largest tax fraud case ever brought in the history of the United States.[citation needed][5]

In 2007, while criminal defense lawyers were finalizing Jeffrey Epstein’s plea deal, Epstein donated $250,000 to the Washington-based Foundation for Criminal Justice where Gerald Lefcourt, was a board member in 2007, public filings show.[6]


Lefcourt graduated Brooklyn Law School, class of 1967, and heads a four-lawyer firm in New York City that specializes in criminal defense.[7] Considered one of the nation's best trial lawyers and a leading spokesman of the defense bar, he is past President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York Criminal Bar Association, and a founder of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Lefcourt is also a lecturer and panelist and has authored publications on legal subjects including asset forfeiture, legal ethics, wire-tapping, plea bargaining, subpoenas to lawyers, and representation of grand jury witnesses.

He was named as among the finest NY trial attorneys by the New York Law Journal's 1983 "Who's Who in Criminal Defense Bar", and received the New York State Bar's Outstanding Practitioner Award in 1985 and 1993, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' highest honor, the Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award, in 1993. In 1997 he was presented the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award by The New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Personal life[edit]

Lefcourt married twice. His first wife was Ilene Sackler Lefcourt, the daughter of Mortimer Sackler. Lefcourt has a son, Jeffrey Lefcourt,[8] and two daughters, Karen Lefcourt-Taylor and Alison Lefcourt. Lefcourt is married to Robin Lewis Lefcourt.


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  2. ^ Jeffrey Epstein’s Sick Story Played Out for Years in Plain Sight, Vanity Fair, Vicky Ward, March 2003. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Wilson, Michael; Jacobs, Andrew (June 6, 2005). "Russell Crowe Charged With Assault in Tiff With Hotel Clerk". The New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2010.
  4. ^ U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York v. Jeffrey Stein, et al, Wall Street Journal, June 27, 2006. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  5. ^ Browning, Lynnley (2008-12-17). "3 Convicted in KPMG Tax Shelter Case". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-04.
  6. ^ Vincent, Isabel (2019-08-04). "Jeffrey Epstein lavished cash on lawyers' charities after sweetheart plea deal". New York Post. Retrieved 2019-08-04.
  7. ^ Gilpin, Kenneth N. (January 12, 1993). "Plea Deal For Trader Unravels". The New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2010.
  8. ^ "Heather Hitchcock, Jeffrey Lefcourt". The New York Times. August 6, 2006.

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