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Star Representation: Criminal Attorneys of the Rich and Famous



Anyone who's followed the legal ups and downs of Lindsay Lohan, OJ Simpson, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Blake and others celebrities know that the rich and famous get charged with crimes, tried, and are sometimes found guilty and thrown in jail.

There are a handful of criminal defense lawyers who rub elbows with the stars-in courtrooms and on the party circuit. Who defends the rich and famous? Here are a few Tinseltown favorites:

    Robert Shapiro: Best known for his work on OJ Simpson's defense team, he has also represented accused murderers Phil Spector, Christian Brando and Robert Evans.

    Mark Geragos: Geragos briefly represented Michael Jackson on his molestation case, and has also represented Winona Rider, Chris Brown, Roger Clinton Jr. and Susan McDougal.

    Alan Dershowitz: Best known for his work overturning the conviction of Claus von B├╝low, he's also represented OJ Simpson, billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, Patty Hearst, Michael Milken and Mike Tyson.

    Leslie Abramson: Abramson rose to prominence when she defended brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez, who murdered their parents in their Beverly Hills home. She's also defended Phil Spector.

    Johnnie Cochran: No list of famous criminal defense lawyers would be complete without including Cochran, who died in 2005. Cochran not only defended OJ Simpson, but also represented Sean Combs, Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Todd Bridges and Jim Brown.