Mesereau, Thomas

Graduation Year: 1968
Category: Special

Tom Mesereau was on the honor roll and played middle guard on the football team at Bergen Catholic. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1973; received a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics in 1975 and a law degree from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law in 1979. Tom is one of the best trial lawyers in America. He is best known for acquitting the late entertainer, Michael Jackson, of all 14 charges in 2005. This trial attracted more worldwide media than any trial in history. Tom is known for his pro bono work on behalf of the poor. He has traveled to the Deep South (Alabama and Mississippi) for the last 20 years defending indigent clients against murder charges for free. Many of them were facing the death penalty. Not one has received a death sentence. Mr. Mesereau founded and co-manages the Mesereau Free Legal Clinic in Los Angeles, where judges. lawyers, law students and activists provide free services to the underprivileged community. Each year, Tom marches with the Women of Watts and their children against gang violence. In 2005, celebrity journalist Barbara Walters named Tom as one of the year’s “Ten Most Fascinating People ” for his trial excellence and commitment to the underprivileged. GQ Magazine named him one of its “Men of the Year” for his determined effort, in the face of substantial obstacles, in the Michael Jackson case. Mr. Mesereau has received numerous “Trial Lawyer of the Year” awards throughout his career. Tom’s greatest joy in life is spending time with his wife Alice and daughter Blaina.