Former public defender and prosecutor, Mickey Sherman is a criminal defense lawyer who represented clients in a very wide range of criminal cases. His innovative courtroom and techniques has been the subject of feature articles in the New York Times, National Law Journal The American Lawyer, Time Magazine, Vanity Fair and other publications. In 1986, the New Y Times questioned whether he "undercut the entire jury system" when he hired a juror fro deadlocked rape jury to sit through the retrial of the same defendant as his consultant. After second trial, the Connecticut Legislature passed a statute making such a tactic a misdemeanor!
His successful defense of a Vietnam veteran in a murder trial using the post-traumatic stress disorder defense was one of the First Court TV trials and the subject of half-hour productions on CBS's Ver NBC's Dateline and a BBC series entitled, America on Trial. He represented Alex Kelly, the Dar CT man who fled to Europe for 9 years before his double rape trial. After Kelly's return f Switzerland, Sherman served as his witness in his trials, testifying as to the reasonableness of fear of not being afforded a fair trial.
His cases have been featured on Dateline, 48 Hours, Court TV, America's Most Wanted, Law & Or and pretty much everything else except the Food Network. Mickey has been portrayed on Law & Order, two TV movies and he is a recurring character in three of James Patterson's books, most recently "The 6th Target," a #1 on the NYT Best Seller list. He plays himself in the recent Barry Levinson film, "Man of the Year," starring Robin Williams.
Mickey represented Michael Skakel in the 27-year-old Martha Moxley murder case in Connecticut, subject of 3 books and a TV miniseries. A frequent legal expert on television and radio, he can be found on any given night doing commentary on MSNBC, CNBC, Court TV, TruTV, Fox News, CNN ABC, Dr. Phil, etc. Most every week he is pummeled by Nancy Grace on CNN Headline News. He has been employed by CBS News as their Legal Analyst, regularly appearing on the CBS Early Sh and the CBS Evening News.
A graduate of the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut Law School, Mickey was a cofounder and Past President of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. H has lectured widely on Criminal Defense issues all over the country for the National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association as well as over a dozen state criminal defense organizations. Mickey has also spoken to a great many non-lawyer organizations across the country.
In April of 2008, his first book was published by the Lyons Press. "How Can You Defend Those People?" has been universally acclaimed by the legal and literary community as well as a wide range of critics.
"When I needed an effective and colorful defense lawyer to be a character in my novels, I couldn't make up a "Mickey Sherman," so I just used the real one - read his book and you'll see why!" -- James Patterson, best-selling author
"I'm not popular with defense attorneys, especially in matters of murder. I'm one of those people who actually says to Them, "How can you defend such a vile person?", or a variation on that theme Legally, on most of his cases, I'll never agree with Mickey Sherman, but I must admit I really enjoy his book. Underneath his sometimes fierce demeanor in the courtroom, Sherman is a witty man w an amiable personality, an expert story teller, and a lover of the law who fights hard for his clients." Dominick Dunne, best-selling author
"If Mark Twain came back from the dead and decided to be a lawyer in Greenwich, CT, this might give you an idea of the tone of Mickey Sherman's humorous, human, first-hand observations as he journeys through the black hole that we call our legal system."--Barry Levinson, Academy Award winning director, screenwriter, and producer of Rain Man; Good Morning, Vietnam; Diner; Bugsy; Wag the Dog; and...And Justice for All
"While defense attorneys are usually my natural enemy, understanding their thinking and ‘getting in their heads' is an offer I can't refuse! And in this book, we get insight from one of the best, Mickey Sherman. "--Nancy Grace, legal analyst and Headline News anchor
You are a talented writer and you had me in the palm of your hand until the last page. I laughed, I cried, I was totally wrapped up in it. It's a primer on the life of an attorney and it never sounded so attractive or so sympathetic. -Ernest Borgnine, Academy Award-winning Actor
"This is the real Mickey Sherman, speaking in his own voice -- irreverent, incorrigible and just plain hilarious. He has seen and done it all in the world of criminal justice and television legal analysis. one is safe from his keen observation and knife-sharp recollection. These are true stories, with serious underpinnings, that will have you roaring with laughter at the absurdity of it all. It's a great read!" --William J. Bratton, Los Angeles Chief of Police
"...a Tasty Read" -Cindy Adams
"You Should Read It. It's Very Interesting." --- Dr. Phil
Areas Of Practice
- Criminal Defense