Los Angeles: Discussion with Attorney Thomas Mesereau

LSE alum Tom Mesereau also happened to be the defense counsel for Michael Jackson.

The next event of the AFLSE alumni and Friends in Southern California will be held on Thursday, September 28 at the Regency Club from 6:00 until 8:00 pm.

Attorney Thomas A. Mesereau, Jr. will share his experience as counsel, including more about his infamous cases and talk to us as a select group.

$45.00 for AFLSE members and their guests / $55.00 for non-members

Please click here to buy tickets and RSVP online.

Thomas A. Mesereau, Jr. specializes in criminal defense (state and federal court) and civil trials. He is a partner with the firm of Mesereau & Yu, LLP in Los Angeles. Tom was educated at Harvard University, The London School of Economics and The University of California’s Hastings College of Law. A legendary trial lawyer, Tom Mesereau once won eight acquittals and two hung juries in a one-year period. He has obtained not guilty verdicts in cases ranging from the death penalty to business fraud.

For the last three years, the Los Angeles Daily Journal has named Tom Mesereau one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers” in the State of California. The Criminal Courts Bar Association of Los Angeles and The Century City Bar Association, Los Angeles have named Mr. Mesereau their “Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year.” Last year, the Criminal Courts Bar Association of Los Angeles presented Mr. Mesereau with the “Morton Herbert Service Award” for “his generous and noble service in furtherance of social justice.” California Lawyer Magazine has also awarded Tom its highest award for excellence in criminal law.

Mr. Mesereau actively sponsors and participates in various free legal clinics throughout Los Angeles. He participates in the free legal clinic at Crenshaw United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, which is sponsored by “Save Our Sons,” an organization founded by African American women. Brookins AME Church, Los Angeles, has recently named its free legal clinic for the poor after Mr. Mesereau. Once a year, Mr. Mesereau travels to Alabama to defend a death penalty trial without charging any legal fees. He has represented an indigent defendant in a death penalty case in Mississippi (pro bono) which resulted in a successful plea bargain on the eve of trial.

Mr. Mesereau recently received a Community Service Award from the Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa, the Mayor of Los Angeles, for his years of contributions to the City. Mayor Villaraigosa specifically noted Mr. Mesereau’s willingness to represent unpopular defendants and his commitment to the poor citizens of Los Angeles. This ceremony occurred at the Brookins Community African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, where Mr. Mesereau also received a Service Award from Dr. Frederick Ormonde Murph, Senior Minister.

Mr. Mesereau was previously awarded a “Certificate of Appreciation” from Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke due to his dedicated service to the citizens of Los Angeles County. Mr. Mesereau has received an award from the Reverend Cecil Murray, formerly Senior Minister of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church for the many hours of volunteer time he had devoted to the church’s free legal clinic. Mr. Mesereau also has received the Sarah Allen Women’s Missionary Society of First A.M.E. Church, Los Angeles Award for his contributions to the African-American and other minority communities.

He has also received a formal commendation from the Compton Seventh-Day Adventist Church for the time and effort he has given to pro-bono legal services in Los Angeles. Mr. Mesereau has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the African-American Community Empowerment Organization, a Los Angeles-based group devoted to assisting “at-risk” youth and developing their skills and goals. He previously received the Compton, California School Board President’s Award for “Outstanding Contributions to the Children of the Compton Unified School District.” He has also received an award from The State Bar of California Board of Governors for providing pro bono legal services to low income Californians.

Tom Mesereau serves on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army of Compton, California. Mr. Mesereau has received the “Humanitarian Award” from The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ), “In Recognition Of Your Ongoing Commitment To Justice for All.” Mr. Mesereau has conducted seminars for NABCJ on various aspects of the criminal justice system. He has received the Annual Service Award from n-Action Family Network for his efforts on behalf of women in recovery from drugs and incarceration. He also serves on the Advisory Board of this civil rights group. Mr. Mesereau regularly marches with the “Mothers of Watts” against gang violence.