Benjamin Brafman Biography
Benjamin Brafman an American criminal defense attorney, the principal of a seven-lawyer firm, Brafman & Associates, P.C., based in Manhattan. He is well known for representing many high-profile defendants, including celebrities, accused Mafia members, and political figures. His firm specializes in criminal law with an emphasis on White Collar criminal defense.
Benjamin Brafman Age
Benjamin was born on July 21, 1948, in Brooklyn, New York, United States of America.
Benjamin Brafman Career
Brafman previously for a criminal defense firm for two years after graduating from law school, then became an assistant district attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Brafman began his own law firm in Manhattan in 1980.
He has represented a number of prominent figures, including Jacob Arabo, James Patino (who was cleared of all charges in the death of Yusef Hawkins), Peter Gatien, Plaxico Burress, Michael Jackson, Carl Kruger, Charles Kushner, Marvell Scott, Sean Combs (“Puff Daddy”), Mafia boss Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano, online gambling figure Jay Cohen, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Rabbi Menachem Youlus, political pundit Dinesh D’Souza, high-profile attorney Sanford Rubenstein, and Martin Shkreli.
He is also a fellow at the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized as the “Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in New York” by New York Magazine. Mr. Brafman won the “first” ever Clarence Darrow Award for Distinguished Practitioner from the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and most recently the Robert M Award. The Police Athletic League’s Morgenthau Award for exceptional Criminal Defense accomplishments.
He has represented a wide range of high-profile celebrities, business leaders, attorneys and experts across Canada, Europe, Israel, and South Africa in major criminal trials. Brafman’s acquittal record in complex criminal trials is among New York City’s highest, and he lectures widely across the U.S. on issues related to trial advocacy.
Benjamin Brafman Height and Weight
Brafman stands tall at a height of 5 ft 6 inches (1.7 m) and has an average body weight.
Benjamin Brafman Education
Brafman joined yeshiva high school and took night classes at Brooklyn College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in anthropology.
He earned his J.D. from Brafman. With distinction from the College of Law of Ohio Northern University. He as well earned an LL.M, too from New York University Law School. In May 2014, Ohio Northern University College of Law awarded Brafman an honorary degree.
Benjamin Brafman Family
Brafman was born to Rose Friedman Brafman (mother) and Sol Brafman (father). He is a practicing Orthodox Jew. He was raise up along with his older brother Aaron Brafman is a Far Rockaway orthodox rabbi.
Benjamin Brafman Wife
Brafman married Lynda J. Bienenfeld on June 23, 1971. They resided early in their marriage in a “cramped Forest Hills flat” and resided in an “enormous Long Island brick home” by 1998. Brafman has been living in West Long Island’s Five Towns area since 1981.
Benjamin Brafman Children
Benjamin and his wife has two children named Jennifer Brafman and David Brafman, and a number of grandchildren. His daughter resides in the Five Towns close to Brafman and his son lives in Israel, where Brafman travels often.
Benjamin Brafman Net Worth
Brafman, has an estimated net worth of $1 Million – $5 Million.
Benjamin Brafman Sean “P. Diddy” Combs trial
Upon securing the acquittal of Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, who was cleared of his illegal weapons and bribery charges in 1999, Brafman’s profile grew. The criminal charges stemmed from a nightclub brawl, followed by the regular entourage of then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez and Combs, and witnessed by more than 100 Despite numerous prosecution witnesses to the guilt of Combs and the fame of Combs, Brafman released a definitive “not guilty” verdict.
Benjamin Brafman Plaxico Burress shooting
Brafman was hired on November 30, 2008, to represent NFL player Plaxico Burress who was arrested on August 3, 2009, on two charges of unlawful possession of a weapon and one count Burress pled guilty to a charge of assault and was sentenced to two years in prison.
Benjamin Brafman Dominique Strauss-Kahn
In 2011, Brafman represented the former head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, in a case of sexual assault involving an upscale New York City hotel’s housekeeping staff member.
Another lawyer from Brafman and Strauss-Kahn, William W. Zuckerman Spaeder LLP’s Taylor, III, first received a recommendation to drop charges from New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance and then dropped charges from New York State Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus. In February 2012, Brafman spoke about his defense of Strauss-Kahn on Charlie Rose.