Trump-linked lawyer ‘unexpectedly’ dies

The Western Journal reports that a lawyer with a connection to former President Donald Trump has suddenly died. 

That lawyer is John Meringolo. He was a top defense lawyer in New York as well as an adjunct professor at Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law, where he taught trial advocacy.

He’s gone

Meringolo is reported to have died “unexpectedly” on Nov. 16 at the age of 48.

The news has been confirmed by his father, Richard Meringolo. “It’s horrifying,” he said, adding, “It’s a very sad day.”

The Daily News reports: “His cause of death was not immediately apparent, though his father said it was unexpected.”

The outlet adds that “Meringolo is survived by his twin 1-year-old sons, his wife, and his parents.”

Who was he?

Meringolo’s obituary states, “John’s unparalleled work ethic and competitive spirit helped him become one of the preeminent trial attorneys in the country.”

This does, indeed, seem to be the case.

Meringolo’s Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law profile states:

Mr. Meringolo has represented hundreds of clients in corporate, trusts and estate litigation, and criminal matters nationwide. He has gained recognition as one of the preeminent trial attorneys in New York by having over 100 weeks of federal trial experience, which includes high profile RICO trials in which he represented clients, including Gregory DePalma, Thomas Carbinaro, Edmond Boyle, John Gotti, Jr., and Frank DiMattina. He has also represented clients in large-scale narcotics trafficking cases, including Stephanie Shepard and Benito Del Rosario.

The profile continues:

In addition to his extensive trial experience, Mr. Meringolo has argued numerous motions on Constitutional issues concerning violations of the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments. He has authored and argued appeals to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

What is his connection to Trump?

According to the Western Journal, Meringolo – just two months before his untimely passing – had sought to represent the Trump Organization as well as Trump Payroll Corp. in litigation.

It appears, in fact, that Trump had sought Meringolo out.

Per the Journal:

Meringolo told the judge in another case — the retrial of alleged “We Build the Wall” scammer Timothy Shea, who stands accused of defrauding donors of hundreds of thousands of dollars — the he had been retained by the Trump family to defend its companies after CFO Allen Weisselberg pleaded guilty in a deal that required him to testify in the case.

Trump has commented on Meringolo’s passing.

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