1-800-Save My A**

It's hard to buy publicity like this.

DEFENSE lawyer Joe Tacopina will be featured in a six-page profile in GQ under the headline, "1 800 Save My Ass." The story by Lisa DePaulo begins: "Suspected of murdering that blond girl in Aruba? Having some problems with your appointment as homeland-security chief? Made the mistake of having sex with Christie Brinkley's husband? Call Joe Tacopina, the best-dressed, smoothest-talking, hardest-working criminal-defense attorney going, and for a mere $750 an hour, everything will be okay."

Maybe Libby should have dialed that number.

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    you're kidding! (none / 0) (#1)
    by Marcellito on Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 11:48:51 AM EST
    I just don't get it. This guy who graduated from bridgeport law school, who made a name for himself defending criminal cops, gets a spread in GQ like he's some kind of celebrity? He bills at what an hour? Please, I'd like to know his win-loss record. He's not even handsome. If you've seen him in person he's out of shape and has awful skin. Wonders never cease. Libby made the right choice, I dare say.

    You are Wrong (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 11:56:01 AM EST
    He has great skin, works out all the time, is very handsome and a terrific lawyer. Please don't use this site to post baseless insults or personal attacks, they will be deleted.

    It's also absurd to judge a criminal defense lawyer by their clients. Everyone charged with a crime is entitled to the best representation possible.


    LOL, I'm a guy, translate (none / 0) (#4)
    by Wile ECoyote on Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 02:32:49 PM EST
    what the heck does great skin mean?  No zits?  No oily skin?  Five o'clock shadow?  Rugged good looks without any pockmarks?  Very important somewhere.  

    I don't know his exact stats, but (none / 0) (#6)
    by scribe on Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 02:38:44 PM EST
    Please, I'd like to know his win-loss record.

    He's got an excellent reputation for winning, and winning tough cases.  The NY papers noted he recently won a dismissal of the case against his client, a former newspaper gossip columnist.  That client was alleged to have tried to shake down a billionaire for regular payments to ensure favorable (or at least no unfavorable) coverage in the NYC tabloid where that columnist formerly worked.  The billionaire and the FBI allegedly even had the columnist on tape positing the "deal" at a face-to-face with the billionaire.

    IMHO, that's a pretty darn good result.

    Put it another way.  If you do any sort of lawyering in NYC, you've got to be pretty well-respected to get the kind of coverage he's getting, because the legal community is big enough that someone will say the negatives, if they exist.


    ok (none / 0) (#3)
    by Marcellito on Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 11:59:30 AM EST
    I should not judge a criminal defense lawyer on his clients, as much as I hate mob lawyers and abusive cop lawyers, but i stand by the rest

    Still Wrong (none / 0) (#8)
    by shanel66 on Sun Feb 18, 2007 at 08:43:57 PM EST
    You stand by the fact that going to University of Bridgeport law school somehow makes you an inferior attorney or is somehow a blemish on your record?? Your argument is completely decimated by the fact that he's featured in GQ based upon on his legal abilities and record and you're not.

    Apparently the old saying "Mediocrity Attacks Excellence" once again proves true.


    it's Friday and, apparently friends of day (none / 0) (#5)
    by Deconstructionist on Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 02:32:49 PM EST
      but  debates over   whether people are handsome and their skin?

    Entitlement (none / 0) (#7)
    by honeytrap on Sat Feb 17, 2007 at 07:00:16 PM EST
    Everyone charged with a crime is entitled to the best representation possible, but it is those who are rich and charged with crime that can pay for a decent lawyer.  So, entitlement?  entitlement goes to those who are privileged, and justice tends to follow privilege.  There is no "1-800" number for this lawyer...It would be nice to see media attention about a public defender who gets the same kind of results in court.