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Newsmaker: Mark Geragos

The Los Angeles Daily Journal describes California attorney Mark Geragos as "arguably the hottest defense lawyer of the moment" and the Los Angeles Times described him as "seemingly unbeatable." Geragos is currently representing Scott Peterson an...

The Los Angeles Daily Journal describes California attorney Mark Geragos as "arguably the hottest defense lawyer of the moment" and the Los Angeles Times described him as "seemingly unbeatable." Geragos is currently representing Scott Peterson and Michael Jackson at the same time in two of the nation's most sensational cases.

Early years: The 46-year-old Geragos graduated from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and Loyola University Law School in Los Angeles. Before the public spotlight moved his way, he was the managing partner of Geragos & Geragos, the firm founded by his father, Paul Geragos, a well-respected Los Angeles lawyer. The family is of Armenian descent and when Armenian-Americans got into trouble, they would take their case to the Geragos firm.

Career: He presently serves as managing partner of the 12-lawyer law firm of Geragos & Geragos, headquartered in Los Angeles. He has represented dozens of prominent clients in politics, entertainment and business -- former Los Angeles City Councilman Art Snyder, hip hop star Nate Dogg, Whitewater figure Susan McDougal, Winona Ryder, Gary Condit and former first brother Roger Clinton. He has appeared as a legal commentator on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Dateline NBC, Larry King Live and MSNBC's Hardball, and is a regular fixture on CNBC's Rivera Live.

Personal: Geragos and his wife have two children. He is a racehorse enthusiast and runs and lifts weights to keep in shape for his rigorous schedule.

In his words: "This is really no different from what I usually do. I'm always juggling cases. The only difference is the media factor."

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Web link: www.geragos.com

Sources: www.fansoffieger.com/geragos , www.msnbc.com

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