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 the racketeering charge and a mistrial was declared. Subsequently Mr. Merlino pled guilty to a single gambling charge and was sentenced to 24-months. Meringolo’s other high-profile trials in the Southern District of New York include, John Gotti, Jr., Gregory Depalma, Thomas Carbonaro, Christopher Londonio and Angelo DiPietro. In January 2020, Meringolo was named lawyer of the year for the second year in a row by the foremost expert on organized crime, Jerry Capeci.

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 2021, Meringolo was also retained to represent Joseph Meli, indicted on Securities Fraud in the Southern District of New York. Mr. Meli’s story was depicted on CNBC’s American Greed. Other of the firm’s white-collar cases have also 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.

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.

  • 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.
    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.
    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.”
    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.
    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

Court Drawings Gallery

It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of beloved father, husband, son, brother, uncle, friend and extraordinary trial attorney, John C. Meringolo. This website is being maintained by his wife and sons as a tribute to his life and legacy.  Our beloved John is gone, but never forgotten.

“What we do in life, echoes in eternity”

Please be advised that the law firm is no longer in business and neither representing nor accepting clients.