December 4, 1931 ~ October 15, 2014
James M. LaRossa, one of the most accomplished trial lawyers of his generation, died peacefully at his home in Manhattan Beach, California, on October 15, 2014, after years of outsmarting a variety of illnesses.
Affectionately known as "Jimmy" following a 1977 article in New York Magazine titled "Jimmy LaRossa: The Bionic Mouth of White Collar Crime," he was a Marine Corp officer during the Korean War and a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York under Robert Kennedy. As a defense lawyer in New York City, LaRossa's clients included a host of colorful mobsters, judges, politicians, businessmen, and union leaders, among others. His argument before the United States Supreme Court in U.S. vs. Giglio resulted in a unanimous verdict for the defense and remains to this day a landmark case about prosecutorial misconduct.
His children, grandchildren, and friends readily admit that it is difficult to imagine a world without this gregarious lover of life. His final wish was for us all to do the same: squeeze every last drop out of our lives. And we will. Thank you sweet Prince. Sleep well.
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