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.
In 2019, Meringolo was the lead trial attorney for three high-profile federal cases in the Southern District of New York and was also part of the defense team for two state court cases. Four of those five trials resulted full acquittals of Meringolo’s clients. During 2020, Meringolo was hired by businessman Jeremy Riechberg, co-defendant of Meringolo’s former client Deputy Inspector James Grant, to appeal his conviction on Honest Services Fraud.
In 2020, Meringolo obtained a lower-than-guidelines sentence for Anthony Ambrosio a.k.a. “Anthony Mortgage” who received a 17-month sentence for wire fraud. Meringolo also appealed the detention of Steven Mazzone, alleged Underboss of the Philadelphia Crime Family, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and on December 28, 2020, Mazzone was granted bail. In 2021 the firm is also scheduled to go to trial on behalf of defendant Tim Shea, a co-defendant of Steve Bannon, on the “We Build the Wall” case in the Southern District of New York.
In United States v. Mathew Libous, Libous was acquitted of four of six tax counts in the Southern District of New York and was sentenced to six months in prison. In United States v. Calabretta the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the District Court’s sentence, holding that the Career Offender statute was unconstitutionally applied to Mr. Calabretta.
The firm contributes to the Pace Law Criminal Blog, writing about relevant federal criminal issues as well as mentoring law students each year.
United States v. David BrooksBrooks, 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.
United States v. Armando ReaMeringolo 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.
United States v. Armando ReaThe 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.
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.
United States v. Chief James BurkeBurke'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.”
Joe Montana MagazineMeringolo 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.
People v. Dr. Richard LucenteDr. 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.
United States v. John VenizelosJohn 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.
United States v. Joseph MerlinoMerlino’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.
United States v. James GrantIn 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.
Counselors of Law
John C. Meringolo, Esq.
Anjelica Cappellino, Esq.
Clara Kalhous, Esq.
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