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Benjamin Brafman is a criminal defense attorney based in New York. He maintains a small firm (Brafman Associates) in a prominent NYC building and has handled cases for some high profile clients, including celebrities, such as Sean "Diddy" Combs, Peter Gatien, and Michael Jackson. He has won numerous legal awards, including as a Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers for "Outstanding Private Criminal Defense Practitioner Award,", and the Norman Ostrow Award, for outstanding achievement in the field of White Collar Criminal Defense, New York Counsel of Defense Lawyers.[1]


Celebrity cases


Sean "P. Diddy" Combs Illegal Gun and Bribery Charges

Brafman's big break is regarded as winning the acquittal of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, who was acquitted from his 1999 illegal weapons and bribery charges. The criminal charges stemmed from a nightclub brawl, while accompanied by then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez and Combs' usual entourage, and witnessed by over 100 other people. Despite the numerous prosecution witnesses to Combs' culpability, and Combs' fame, Brafman's legal skills produced a unanimous 'not guilty' verdict.[2]

Plaxico Burress shooting

On November 30, 2008, Brafman was hired to represent NFL star Plaxico Burress who on August 3, 2009 was indicted on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of reckless endangerment.[3][4] Burress pleaded guilty to a weapons charge and was sentenced to two years in prison.[5]


Until replaced in April 2004 by Robert Blake attorney Thomas Mesereau, Brafman was an integral part of the Michael Jackson defense team—along with his co-counsel, Los Angeles celebrity attorney Mark Geragos—for the 2005 child molestation trial.

Brafman also represents Radio DJ Star, who was arrested by hate-crime unit detectives on charges of endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated harassment, criminal possession of a weapon and failure to report a change of address on his gun permit after being tricked into going to a New York police station to surrender his 9 mm handgun. The DJ was later released on $2,000 cash bail.

Personal life

Brafman is featured on, as an expert on criminal law. He is a practicing Orthodox Jew and resides in Lawrence, Nassau County, New York.[6]. Brafman is a graduate of Ohio Northern Law School and has an LL.M. from New York University School of Law.


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