Gus Newman
Gus Newman (Courtesy of Eric Newman)

The New York Council of Defense Lawyers will host a memorial service for renowned white-collar defense attorney Gus Newman, who died May 1 at age 90.

The service is set to be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 7 at the New York City Bar Association, 42 W. 44th St.

Newman represented numerous high-profile figures during five decades of practice, including U.S. Rep. Rev. Floyd Flake in 1991; Washington, D.C., lawyer Robert Altman in 1993; New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind in 1998; and Manhattan Surrogate Court Judge Nora Anderson in 2010 (NYLJ, May 4).

“He represented many a notorious client with skill and aplomb,” said Roland Riopelle, a partner at Sercarz & Riopelle in Manhattan, in a memo to Council of Defense Lawyers members that he shared with the Law Journal. “Gus was as unflappable as he was brilliant, combining a tremendous work ethic and experience with street smarts honed on the streets of his beloved Brooklyn.”

Newman, who was the council’s first president and one of its founding members, helped form the group 30 years ago to oppose the “excesses” of then-Southern District U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani.

“Gus was also a wonderful mentor, who treated every lawyer he met with dignity and respect,” Riopelle said. “For those of us who knew Gus, practicing criminal defense work in New York City will never be quite the same now that he is gone. Those who were lucky enough to know him well will continue to practice the law with his example in mind.”

To RSVP for the service, email