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Thomas Mesereau
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Born (1950-07-01) July 1, 1950 (age 73)
Alma mater Harvard University
London School of Economics
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Occupation Lawyer
Known for Lead defense attorney in the 2005 Michael Jackson trial.

Thomas Arthur Mesereau Jr. is an American attorney best known for successfully defending Michael Jackson in his 2005 trial, as well as representing many other celebrities.

Pro bono work and awards

Although known for his celebrity cases, Mesereau is also an advocate for pro bono volunteer legal services. He has established a legal clinic in Los Angeles and accepts one capital murder case each year on behalf of a defendant in the Deep South who cannot afford representation.

In 2005, Barbara Walters named him one of the year's "Ten Most Fascinating People". GQ Magazine named him one of its "Men of the Year" in their December 2005 issue.

He has been named "Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year" by the Criminal Courts Bar Association, Los Angeles and the Century City Bar Association, Los Angeles and has been listed as one of the "One Hundred Most Influential Attorneys in California" by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Mesereau has also received the "Humanitarian Award" from the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice. Mesereau received a "Community Service Award" from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Personal life and education

Mesereau was educated at Phillips Academy, Harvard University (cum laude), the London School of Economics and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

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