Paul Batista

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Portrait of author and attorney Paul Batista

Paul Batista (born December 9, 1948, Milford, Massachusetts), a novelist and television personality, is also one of the most widely known trial lawyers in the United States. He is the author of the leading treatise on the federal racketeering statute, "Civil RICO Practice Manual," first published in 1987 by John Wiley & Sons, and now in its third edition (Wolters Kluwer 2008). As a trial attorney, he specializes in federal criminal litigation. He currently serves as a guest commentator on the CBS News Network. In addition to his legal career, he is an actor who has appeared in the HBO movie "You Don't Know Jack," which starred Al Pacino as Dr. Jack Kevorkian

Batista's first novel "Death's Witness" (Sourcebooks Landmark 2007) was awarded a Silver Medal by the Independent Book Publishers Association in 2007. "Death's Witness" was reissued in 2012 by Astor + Blue Editions. It is a legal thriller described by Publishers Weekly as "guilty of delivering not only sharp courtroom drama but steamy romantic escapism as well." His second novel, "Extraordinary Rendition," was released in May 2013, also by Astor + Blue Editions. It revolves around the trial of a suspected terrorist brought to the United States for trial. His third novel, The Borzoi Killings, which involves the trial of a Mexican immigrant accused of the murder of an East Hampton hedge fund billionaire, was published in 2014, also by Astor + Blue Editions. All three novels appear as audiobooks produced by

Since 1991, Batista has regularly appeared as a guest commentator on legal subjects on Court TV, CNN, HLN and WNBC. He has written articles for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The National Law Journal. His poetry has been published in literary magazines such as The Atlanta Review, Poetry International, and Parnassus.

Batista, who is the son of Portuguese immigrants, was raised in the Portuguese-American community of southeastern Massachusetts. He is a 1970 graduate of Bowdoin College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a 1974 graduate of Cornell Law School. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Paul Batista lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.



Publishers Weekly, November 12, 2006.