Holland & Knight Attorney Robert Katzberg Authors “The Vanishing Trial” | News

NEW YORK (July 16, 2020)  Holland & Knight’s Robert Katzberg[1] has authored “The Vanishing Trial: The Era of Courtroom Performers and the Perils of Its Passing[2],” an exploration of why trials have become rarities in today’s federal courtrooms and the consequences of a justice system without juries.

In “The Vanishing Trial,” Mr. Katzberg reflects upon his four-decade courtroom career, first prosecuting federal criminal cases in New York, and then defending high-profile cases across the country. Mr. Katzberg recreates a time when trials were commonplace, when average citizens played a key role in the administration of justice, when young lawyers honed significant trial skills, and when veteran courtroom stars performed their craft at the highest level. “The Vanishing Trial” describes the realities of a courtroom world known only to insiders, one that cannot exist without jury trials. Finally, it provides readers with a roadmap to reclaim their role in preserving justice in America.

“The lack of public awareness belies the significance of the problem,” Mr. Katzberg says. “There are only two constitutionally guaranteed ways the average citizen can directly impact the operation of our democracy—voting in an election and serving on a jury. If the average citizen is no longer going to be able to play this role, even for once or twice in their life, it’s a terrible loss.”

Mr. Katzberg is a prominent member of the New York white collar criminal defense bar and has represented clients in a multitude of high-profile criminal investigations and prosecutions. A graduate of George Washington University Law School, he began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Oliver Gasch on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He then served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where his prosecution of political corruption and financial crimes earned him the coveted Attorney General’s Special Achievement Award. For the next four decades, as a partner in Kaplan & Katzberg and later with Holland & Knight, he defended clients in high-profile cases in New York City and throughout the country.

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