Steve Zissou (jurist)

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Steve Zissou (born 1955/56) is an American attorney, with a practice in Federal criminal law in the Bayside, Queens district of New York City.[1] He is also known for having borne that name before the creation of the 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

He was admitted to legal practice in New York State in 1983.

Buena Vista Pictures contacted Zissou in the process of script clearance because of the match between the names. The two parties negotiated an agreement that includes confidential terms, and the closing titles of the film are said[2] to include the wording "The filmmakers acknowledge that the real Steve Zissou is a prominent attorney in New York City specializing in complex federal litigation."

Zissou represented Denver Broncos player Travis Henry in the 2007 matter of NFL re-testing of Henry's urine in NFL.[3]

In 2010, he is an attorney for Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani in the 1998 United States embassy bombings in East Africa, and made the motion, on the third day of jury deliberations, for declaring a hung jury.[4]


  1. ^ Elder, Robert K. (30 December 2004). "He's Deeply Attached to His Name". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Crazy credits for The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" at IMDb; "The filmmakers acknowledge ..."; "This post is a journey all its own" Ars Bvshnellica, Saturday, July 14, 2007
  3. ^ Bill Williamson, "Lawyers for Henry say NFL in wrong", The Denver Post, 10/25/2007
  4. ^ Benjamin Weiser, "Juror Asks to Be Excused in Embassy Bombing Trial", New York Times, November 15, 2010