Trump's new Georgia attorney has experience with rappers and racketeering cases
Former President Trump's high-profile Georgia lawyer is no stranger to big names or complex racketeering cases like the one his new client now faces.
The big picture: Veteran defense attorney Steven Sadow has represented the likes of Rick Ross and Usher, and has experience working cases involving the state's RICO law.
Driving the news: Sadow joined Trump's legal team before the former president surrendered to authorities on Thursday.
- Trump's fourth indictment is a sprawling case centered on alleged efforts to flip Georgia's 2020 election results.
What's happening: Sadow, now Trump's lead attorney, is a special counsel for white-collar and high-profile defense, per his biography.
- He works at Schulten Ward Turner & Weiss, LLP, a business attorney firm founded in 1986.
- Sadow was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1979 after graduating with his J.D. from Emory University.
- His areas of practice include civil and criminal defense, civil and criminal fraud, white-collar defense, trials and appeals, celebrity defense and civil and criminal forfeiture.
The intrigue: Sadow was previously involved in a federal racketeering case involving the Gold Club, a "now-defunct strip club where sports stars received sexual favors," per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
- The owner and Sadow's client entered a plea deal in 2002 and was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison.
- In a more recent case, Sadow said Georgia's RICO law, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, was overused by Georgia prosecutors, the AJC reported.
Details: Sadow's high-profile clients have included the rappers Gunna (Sergio Kitchens), T.I. (Clifford J. Harris, Jr.), and TyDolla$ (Tyrone Griffen).
- He also represented Howard K. Stern, an attorney, in a dismissed case concerning the death of his partner, model Anna Nicole Smith.
- Recently, Sadow has been representing a contractor involved in a city corruption scandal involving bribery and tax evasion that's been playing out slowly in federal court.
Of note: Sadow said Trump is innocent of all charges, the New York Times reported.
- In 2017, Sadow said he was not a Trump supporter on the app formerly known as Twitter.
- "Prosecutions intended to advance or serve the ambitions and careers of political opponents of the president have no place in our justice system," Sadow said Wednesday, per the NYT.
- Findling previously represented rappers such as Offset, Cardi B and Waka Flocka Flame.