A Manhattan based law firm specializing in complex litigation that has litigated over 125 cases in the federal courts nationwide.  Its proprietor, John Meringolo, has over 100 weeks of federal trial experience in addition to authoring 20 appellate briefs for the Circuit Courts of Appeals. Notably, on January 2, 2019, a jury in the Southern District of New York found Deputy Inspector James Grant of the NYPD Not Guilty on all counts including Honest Services Fraud. On March 13, 2019, a jury in the Southern District of New York found John Zancochio, the Consigliere of the Bonanno Crime Family, Not Guilty on all counts of Racketeering and Assault in Aid of Racketeering.

Meringolo represented Philadelphia Mob Boss, Joseph Merlino, who faced 40 years in prison for racketeering. On February 20, 2018 the jury was unable to reach a verdict on Racketeering and a mistrial was declared. Subsequently Mr. Merlino pled guilty to a sole gambling charge and was sentenced to 24-months. Other high profile trials in the Southern District of New York include, John Gotti, Gregory Depalma, Thomas Carbonaro, and Angelo DiPietro.
The firm represented the defendant in United States v. Calabrettaon the appeal of the lower court’s sentencing. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the sentence, holding that the Career Offender statute was unconstitutionally applied to Mr. Calabretta.
Some of the firm’s white-collar cases have been featured on CNBC’s American Greed, including – United States v. David Brooks, a $190 million insider trading case for which the firm authored all pre-trial motions; United States v. Sal Romano, where the defendant was charged with a $60 million fraud in his sale of vintage coins; and United States v. Sholom Robaskin, a $23 million fraud case to which the firm contributed to the bail memorandum. Lastly, in 2015, Mathew Libous was acquitted of four of six tax counts in the Southern District of New York and was sentenced to six months in prison.

The firm contributes to the Pace Law Criminal Blog, writing about relevant federal criminal issues as well as mentoring law students each year.

  • Newsday

    United States v. David Brooks

    Brooks, who is under house arrest at his Upper East Side apartment after posting a $400-million bond, is now represented by five attorneys: Kenneth Ravennelland William Murphy Jr., both of the Murphy Firm in Baltimore; James LaRossa, John C. Meringolo and Richard Ware Levitt, all of Manhattan. The team has had some famous, or infamous, clients. Meringolo was part of a group that defended mobster John Gotti.
    Newsday
    July 1, 2009
  • Ganglandnews

    United States v. Armando Rea

    Meringolo also opted for a speedy trial, a bet that also paid off. Meringolo pointed out in court papers that no fewer than three government cooperators had named six different killers for the slaying with which Rea was charged – the 1980 shotgun slaying of Gerard (Papa Bear) Pappa in a Borough Park, Brooklyn restaurant. None of them mentioned his client.
    Ganglandnews
    February 17, 2011
  • New York Daily News

    United States v. Armando Rea

    The 1980 rubout of Mafia hit man Gerard Pappa vanished from a new indictment against Rea unsealed Tuesday in Brooklyn Federal Court. As we prepare for trial, we anticipate further vindications of Mr. Rea," lawyer John Meringolo said.
    New York Daily News
    January 5, 2011
  • New York Daily News

    United States v. John Gotti

    "This is evidence of the government's willingness to accept liars in order to maliciously prosecute Mr. Gotti," defense lawyer John Meringolo said.
    New York Daily News
    September 17, 2009
  • Newsday

    United States v. Chief James Burke

    Burke's lawyer, John Meringolo of Manhattan, denied that drugs were found in Burke's locker but said: “My client denies all allegations. He'll be vindicated.”
    Newsday
    May 9, 2017
  • New York Daily News

    Joe Montana Magazine

    Meringolo published one other collector's edition magazine, featuring NFL great Joe Montana, before he packed up his media side gig to focus on criminal defense work and teaching at Pace University and New York Law Schools.
    New York Daily News
    June 10, 2016
  • New York Times

    People v. Dr. Richard Lucente

    Dr. Lucente’s lawyer, John Meringolo, said on Friday that Dr. Lucente was not responsible for Mr. Baglio’s death. He also said that he had subpoenaed the autopsy report from Columbus, Ohio, adding that “it’s categorically false” that Mr. Baglio died because of Dr. Lucente’s prescriptions.
    New York Times
    February 16, 2009
  • New York Post

    United States v. John Venizelos

    John Meringolo, a New York Law School professor who represents Venizelos, initially insisted that the $100,000-plus seized by feds at Venizelos’ residence wasn’t drug money – it was simply cash for tipping exotic dancers at the “Jaguars 3” club.
    New York Post
    April 29, 2013
  • Sun-Sentinel

    United States v. Joseph Merlino

    Merlino’s attorneys declined to comment for this report but their court filings make it clear they plan to attack the credibility of the agents and informants.
    Sun-Sentinel
    December 29, 2017
  • New York Post

    United States v. James Grant

    In a trial scheduled for April, Rechnitz is slated to be star witness against the ex-cops, James Grant... “The government should re-evaluate Mr. Rechnitz’s testimony and credibility before they move forward with any other case,” said John Meringolo, a lawyer for Grant told The Post.
    New York Post
    November 16, 2017

Counselors of Law

Joe Montana’s In the Redzone

Mr. Meringolo was involved in a number of successful business ventures. In 1999, Mr. Meringolo served as Associate Counsel and Special Projects Coordinator for football legend Joe Montana’s magazine, “Joe Montana’s In the Redzone.” At the age of 26, from 2000 to 2001, Mr. Meringolo served as Chairman and CEO for Premier Sports Media and Entertainment Group, Inc., the New York parent company of Explosion Promotions, which promoted boxing events on ESPN and HBO.

Meringolo & Muhammad Ali

In 2002, Mr. Meringolo published the collectible magazine, “Muhammad Ali, The Greatest,” which was authorized by Muhammad Ali. The magazine, which highlighted the career of Muhammad Ali, was hailed as a “one of a kind publication” and “the perfect gift for Ali fans, memorabilia collectors, fans of Will Smith and the ‘Ali’ movie, as well as the millions of young people who never had the opportunity to see Ali fight or understand the impact he had on society.”


EXCLUSIVE: Mob Lawyer inked contract with Muhammad Ali to publish rare magazine on the boxer

NY Daily News Article: June 2016

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