Exclusive Interview with Murray Richman

Criminal Defense Attorney “Don’t Worry Murray”

New York is known for its fast pace lifestyle and organized crimes, many of which are committed by skilled criminal minds who may be linked to the Mobs of New York.  For every crime committed, there is a corresponding ‘opposite and equal’ reaction by either police or other criminal minds, and at times, ‘innocent’ bystanders. Legal steps into play when police and criminal minds intersect. Normally, the average person would not even dream of wanting to cross paths with the mafia, in any context.

This, however, is not the case for one particular profession, criminal law attorneys. Mobsters living within the city make mistakes, like all of us, and turn to legal help for remedy and solace. One of the rising celebrity legal professionals, who has been called on many occasions, The Lawyer to the Mob has been building a solid book of business through his criminal law practice for many years. Meet Murray Richman, criminal defense attorney of New York. In an exclusive interview, Econtently met with Murray for an inside scoop on his keys to success. You’ve got to be doing something right when your winning cases and representing criminals who are often tied to the Mobs of New York. Before we begin, some background information may be helpful on why I believe Murray is a celebrity lawyer that you should follow:

1. Murray Richman has built his business off of referrals, meaning, he does his job very well.

2. He represents famous rapper DMX, who remarked, ‘We don’t worry with Murray, get you out of jail in a hurry. When the government trying to bury, you good.’

3. Murray was featured in the American film director Errol Morris’s exclusive one-on-one interview– I highly recommend watching the whole video series. Click here to view.

4. TMZ has featured Murray.

5. The New Yorker Magazine did a 13-page in-depth report on Murray.

6. Murray was featured in Details Magazine.

7. Double XL media also completed an interview with Murray.

Murray Richman with DMX Photo Credit: www.nydailynews.com

Before we begin, why criminal law? Some blogs reference criminal law practice being an ‘exciting specialty’. LinkedIn Criminal Defense Attorney contributor, Heather Cross, LL.B., writes about how she Fell In Love with Criminal Law. Without crime, nothing on the media would ever be interesting. Think about it…  

Check out some of the cool things we have to share with you in this rare interview. 3, 2, 1… Let’s go!  

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Q: How did you ‘set the stage’ to make people appear something other than what they might be perceived?

A: You are not creating a situation. You never lie. You just don’t lie. You just package your clients accordingly. People have to understand your clients’ point of view. You are what you create.

Q: At the bars and clubs where your ideal clients are, what helped you ‘break the ice’?

A: I just walk in and the people want to get next to me. People get to know you as you build your cases and you prove yourself.

Q: In the Errol Morris interviews, you mentioned giving your clients a free shot of alcohol. Do you still keep a bottle around for new clients?

A: About 50 years ago I did, and it was because we were in a tough neighborhood. People have a shot to relax, and then tell details about their building case. Now, clients take me out.

Q: How do you disarm your opponents?

A: I don’t disarm. I do my job and do it right.

Q: How does one become mentally tough, powerful and influential?

A: You do something long enough and you become that person. Think your way through on what you want to impress people with and show integrity.

Q: What Machiavellian-style books do you recommend?

A: READ the following:

a.            The Statesman Henry Taylor (on how we rise in society)

b.            Plunkitt of Tammany Hall George Washington Plunkitt

c.            The Power Broker by Robert Caro

“I Seen My Opportunities and I Took ‘Em.”
– George Washington Plunkitt

Q: What do people want?

A: People want money, success, and power. However, there are many things [people] who are just a mule, a tool, and/or a fool.

Q: What advice do you have for our readers?

A: We all work for someone, and we all have a goal. Work towards that goal and don’t flounder.

Q: You’ve got class – how can others adopt this style?

A: Be truthful. If you have doubts, irradiate those doubts.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you can give to someone about being tactful and cunning?

A: Be true to yourself. Don’t worry about things. And remember this: say NOTHING is best because fish only get caught when their mouth is open.

“When the word is in your mouth you are the master.
when it is out of your mouth, you’re the slave.”
– Murray Richman

Famous words from one of New York’s best criminal defense lawyers. You can consider some of his words to the wise by remembering to speak the truth, say only what is necessary, and not to flounder under pressure when you are working towards a goal. Be known for doing a good job, and people will come to know you. In closing, Murray Richman leaves us with his words of wisdom on how to be successful: preparation, preparation, and preparation. And with that, it’s a wrap!

Thanks for reading – hopefully, some of the above tips will help you stay sharp in business. Stay tuned for more interesting interviews with serial businessmen and women. Remember to subscribe to our email list for exclusive tips and interviews.

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