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Aitan D. Goelman is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on white-collar criminal defense, securities and commodities litigation, and complex commercial litigation.

Aitan Goelman is a litigation partner at Zuckerman Spaeder in Washington, DC, where his practice focuses on white-collar crime and complex commercial litigation.He is the former Director of the Division of Enforcement at the CFTC and was the youngest member of the team prosecuting Oklahoma City bombing suspects Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. On this episode we discuss Aitan's years at Yale Law School, his experience clerking for Justice Aharon Barak on the Supreme Court of Israel, starting h ...

Paul Casteleiro is the Legal Director for Centurion, the first organization in the world dedicated to the vindication of the wrongly convicted.

Paul Casteleiro is the Legal Director for Centurion, the first organization in the world dedicated to the vindication of the wrongly convicted. Prior to taking this position in October 2014, Paul was a sole practitioner with law offices in Hoboken, New Jersey where his specialty was criminal trial and appellate work. On this episode Paul shares stories about interning at the ACLU, working on the Chicago Seven trial, his time at the Hudson County Public Defender's Office, his first trial, and sta ...

Judge Kenneth Holder: Life Before the Bench

Wed Jun 06 2018 (01:03:38)

Kenneth C. Holder is a justice of the Queens County Supreme Court, Criminal Term in the 11th Judicial District of New York.

Kenneth C. Holder is a justice of the Queens County Supreme Court, Criminal Term in the 11th Judicial District of New York. He was elected to this position in 2008 and his current term expires in 2021. On this episode Judge Holder discusses growing up overseas, his passion for photography, his experiences at the University of Toledo Law School, starting his career at the Queens District Attorney's Office, and rising the ranks in the Narcotics Bureau in that office. Judge Holder also shares some ...

David Shanies is a skilled litigator who started his own civil rights practice after spending ten years as an associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

David Shanies is a skilled litigator who started his own civil rights practice after spending ten years as an associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. In this episode David discusses how he ended up at NYU Law School, his years at Hughes Hubbard, his experience clerking, and the pro bono case that changed his life. David also shares advice for anyone thinking about starting their own practice and gives some insight on how he finds clients.You can learn more about David here.And to learn more abou ...

Silvia Serpe: Seizing The Opportunity

Wed May 16 2018 (44:39)

Silvia L. Serpe is a seasoned litigator and criminal and government enforcement defense lawyer at Serpe Ryan LLP.

Silvia L. Serpe is a seasoned litigator and criminal and government enforcement defense lawyer at Serpe Ryan LLP. In this episode Silvia chats about spending seven years at Cornell, starting her career at Davis Polk, clerking in the Southern District of New York, serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division, the transition back to private practice, and starting her own firm. Silvia also shares her thoughts on being a woman in the law, the importance of being honest and asking for ...

Brian Cuban: The Addicted Lawyer

Wed May 09 2018 (42:11)

Brian Cuban is a Dallas-based attorney, author, and addiction recovery advocate.

Brian Cuban is a Dallas-based attorney, author, and addiction recovery advocate. His best-selling book, "The Addicted Lawyer, Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow, and Redemption," is a look back at how addiction to alcohol and drugs as well as other mental health issues destroyed his career as a once successful lawyer. In this episode Cuban talks about his struggles with an eating disorder, how alcohol abuse affected his law school experience, and how he developed a cocaine addiction while practicing ...

Christopher Renfroe is a seasoned criminal defense attorney in Queens, NY

Christopher Renfroe, from Renfroe Driscoll & Foster, LLP, is a seasoned criminal defense attorney with over thirty years of experience. He is often sought after for the most difficult cases, including the defense of the first death penalty case tried in Queens County. In this episode Chris shares stories about selling suits to pay for college, his first murder trial, and his early years working at the Legal Aid Society. He also talks about how he deals with the emotional toll of doing criminal d ...

Christian Lang is a former associate at Davis Polk and the founder of Blacklines & Billables

Christian Lang is a former associate at Davis Polk and the founder of Blacklines and Billables, a blog, forum, and podcast dedicated to sharing practical tips and tricks for success among law firm associates and starting conversations around other important aspects of associate life, such as the state of legal technology.On this episode Christian shares stories about leading Segway tours through Paris, spending hundreds of hours on his law school personal statement, why he chose NYU Law School, ...

Damali Peterman is a former associate in the M&A group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and now runs Damali Law LLC

Damali Peterman is the CEO of Damali Law LLC and is a skilled corporate attorney, negotiator, mediator, and educator with experience working with clients throughout the world, across a wide array of industries. On this episode we discuss Damali's love for learning languages, the value in taking time off between undergrad and law school, attending law school at Howard University School of Law, working as a corporate associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, the ...

Michael Grudberg is a partner at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP

Michael J. Grudberg is a partner in the White Collar and Government Investigations Practice at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP. On this episode we discuss Michael's path to Yale Law School, his clerkship experience on the Second Circuit, why he decided to practice at a small firm, and his career as a white collar criminal defense attorney.See Michael's full bio hereAnd for more on Cooper and Lee visit www.bfklawoffice.com

Steven Feldman works at Murphy & McGonigle where his practice focuses on white collar criminal litigation and securities enforcement matters.

Steve Feldman works at Murphy & McGonigle where his practice focuses on white collar criminal litigation and securities enforcement matters. On this episode we discuss Steve's early years working on political campaigns, his clerkship experience, why he started out a small litigation boutique, his time as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and his path back to private practice.See Steven's full Bio hereAnd for more on Cooper and Lee visit www.bfklawoffice.com

The Intro Episode: Meet Cooper and Lee

Wed Feb 07 2018 (07:00)

Cooper and Lee give some background on their careers and the vision behind the podcast.

Welcome to the "Two Lawyers Walk into a Bar" podcast.Are you a law student, a young lawyer or a seasoned vet looking to make a career change? Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident? If the answer to the first is yes and the answer to the second is no (and please stop calling me), then this is the podcast for you.Every week the "Two Lawyers Walk into a Bar" podcast brings you a conversation with a prominent legal professional. During these conversations we’ll work to understand wh ...