Who is Brian Perry? Bill Cosby's lawyer team profiled as comic walks free

Leigh McManus July 1, 2021
Who is Brian Perry? Bill Cosby's lawyer team profiled as comic walks free
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Who is Brian Perry? Bill Cosby’s lawyer, together with a team of other attorneys, managed to get the actor and comedian’s indecent assault conviction overturned, with the 83-year-old walking free from jail on Wednesday.

Why is the former actor in the news?

Bill Cosby was charged in 2015 for an alleged sexual attack on former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, which, she claims, took place in 2004 at his property.

He was sentenced in 2018 and has always maintained his contact with Constand was consensual.

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Attorney Jennifer Bonjean, Bill Cosby, and spokesperson Andrew Wyatt speak outside of Bill Cosby’s home in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania after the comic was released from prison

On Wednesday, 83-year-old Cosby walked free from jail after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his indecent assault conviction.

He was two years into a three-to-ten-year prison term.

Who is Bill Cosby’s lawyer, Brian Perry?

As Cosby returned to his home in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, he was flanked on either side by his team of attorneys and spokesman Andrew Wyatt.

Cosby emerged from his home later in the afternoon alongside his team of lawyers to celebrate his release, but did not address the public himself, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Among his team was the smartly dressed Brian Perry, “one of the pre-eminent criminal defense attorneys in Pennsylvania”, according to his employers, Tucker Arensberg Attorneys.

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Perry is known for representing individuals and corporations charged with all types of state and federal offences.

Perry’s profile on the firm’s site states he served as district attorney at Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, from 1994 to 1997. 

Prior to joining Tucker Arensberg, Perry was majority owner and managing partner in the firm Perry, Shore, Weisenberger & Zemlock.

The lawyer also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jeffery A. Smith, president judge of the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas.

Cosby lawyer Brian Perry got his degree at New England Law Boston after studying at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Bill Cosby’s lawyer team explored

Outside his home on Wednesday when asked by a news reporter how he was feeling, Cosby deflected to his attorney, Jennifer Bonjean.

“He says his heart is just beating really fast,” she said. But who is Manhattan-based attorney Jennifer Bonjean?

Bonjean previously made headlines for representing Keith Raniere, founder of infamous sex cult NXIVM.

Bonjean grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana, and attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from De Paul University in Chicago.

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After college, Bonjean attended the Manhattan School of Music where she earned a Master’s Degree in music in opera performance.

Then Bonjean moved on to law. After graduating from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, she got her start representing criminal defendants in Illinois courts.

Since launching her own law firm in 2007, Bonjean Law Group, the lawyer has built a practice out of representing victims of police brutality.

“Her passion and tenacity drives her to aggressively fight for individuals who have been wronged by the criminal justice system,” reads a bio of Bonjean on her practice’s site.

Also part of her practice is another of Bill Cosby’s lawyers, Ashley Cohen. “I’m just honoured to be part of such an amazing team of these lawyers, and an incredible, incredible job,” she said at a press conference after Cosby’s release.

“And I’m so thankful to be a part of it and to help Mr Cosby. And I’m just proud to be here and watch him get released.”

On the Bonjean Law Practice site she is described as “our millennial attorney and social media fanatic”.

The New York native started working at the Bonjean Law Group in July 2014 and graduated from New York Law School in May 2015.

Hayley Coolbaugh, the firm’s latest recruit, was also involved in the case.

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Leigh is a 26-year-old journalist from the north of Ireland. He studied International Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University, where he earned a 2:1 grade. He has worked for Mail Online and has experience with the Liverpool Echo, Irish Mirror and SWNS. Leigh is also a huge music fan and has his own show on a community radio station.