Geragos & Geragos
As the Principal with the 14 lawyer firm of Geragos & Geragos, Mark Geragos has represented some of the most prominent figures in the world. Geragos cemented his national reputation as a trial lawyer with back to back State and Federal Court jury trial acquittals for renowned Whitewater figure Susan McDougal, the former business partner of former President Bill Clinton. In early 2001, Geragos completed his representation of McDougal by securing a presidential pardon for Ms. McDougal for a conviction she sustained prior to his representation of her.
Mark was one of the lead lawyers in a pair of groundbreaking Federal Class Action Lawsuits against New York Life Insurance and AXA Corporation for insurance policies issued in the early 20th century during the time of the Turkish genocide of over 1.5 million Armenians. These two cases have settled for over $ 37.5 million dollars in the last 12 months. Also this year, Mark was awarded the prestigious California Lawyer of the Year award in Civil Litigation for his groundbreaking work involving these lawsuits. Mark has also previously been named “Trial Lawyer of The Year” by the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Bar Association, making him one of only two lawyers ever named Lawyer of the year in both the Criminal and Civil arenas. (Johnnie Cochran was the other). California Law Business Magazine named Mark “one of the 100 Most Influential Attorneys in California” three years in a row and Mark has been repeatedly voted by his peers every year as one of Los Angeles’ Superlawyers.
Geragos’ client list has included former Congressman Gary Condit, former first brother Roger Clinton, Academy award-winning actress Winona Ryder, pop star Michael Jackson, hip hop star Nate Dogg, international arms dealer Sarkis Soghanalian and Scott Peterson. This year, Mark won dismissal of prostitution charges against the internationally reknown James Bond Movie Director Lee Tamahori. In February of this year, Mark successfully won dismissal of all felony charges, including kidnapping and torture, for his client, Hung Bao Zhong, the recognized exiled leader of the shadow government of China, who has an estimated 38 million followers worldwide.
Last month Mark tried the special circumstance murder trial of Cameron Brown who is charged with killing his four year old daughter. The case ended in a hung jury. He also is currently handling the Civil Contempt matter involving Barry Bonds’ personal trainer Greg Anderson Federal Court in the Northern District of California.
In September, Mark successfully argued for probation as opposed to state prison for Victor Willis, the former lead singer and original cop of the Village People in his current prosecution in the San Mateo County Court.
Mark has regularly appeared as both guest and legal commentator on “Good Morning America,” “Dateline NBC,” “Larry King Live,” “Greta Van Susteren’s On the Record,” “60 minutes” and “48 hours”.
2006 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year – Litigation Recipient: Mark J. Geragos
2005 Finalist-Consumer Attorney of the Year – Awarded by the Consumer Attorneys of California Recipient: Mark J. Geragos
2005-2006 Who’s Who In The World featuring the lives and careers of some of the world’s highest acheivers Recipient: Mark J. Geragos
2005-2006 Who’s Who in American Law chronicles the country’s most distinguished legal professionals who are leading us forward into the 21st century Recipient: Mark J. Geragos
2005-2006 Who’s Who in America – The Country’s 100,000 Most Accomplished Men and Women From Across All Fields of Endeavor Recipient: Mark J. Geragos
2004 Professional of the Year Award – Armenian Professional Society Recipients: Paul J. Geragos; Mark J. Geragos
2004 Who’s Who in America – The Country’s 100,000 Most Accomplished Men and Women From Across All Fields of Endeavor Recipient: Mark J. Geragos
2003 California Legislative Assembly Resolution: Resolved by Assembly Member Steven N. Samuelian, that Mark J. Geragos be commended on the recent launching of an internet-based television broadcast network to provide the legal community and the public an opportunity to speak to Constitutional, political and financial isues. (Passed on May 22, 2003) Recipient: Mark J. Geragos
2002 Joseph Rosen Justice Award for Career Achievments as an Outstanding Trial Lawyer and Lifelong Dedication to the Highest Principles of the Criminal Justice System – Criminal Courts Bar Association Recipient: Paul J. Geragos