About Raoul Felder

Known as “The Lion King of Splitsville” and “Dr. Estranged Love,” famed celebrity divorce attorney Raoul Felder, is well known for employing unorthodox techniques—he once kept a piranha in his office to feed during tense negotiations. He’s used to getting what he wants, but always stays within ethical boundaries. Not everyone may like Felder’s indomitable, go-for-broke style, but you wouldn’t know it from talking to his long list of satisfied clients.  Raoul Lionel Felder was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 13, 1934.  In 1959 he graduated from New York University School of Law and was admitted to the New York Bar that same year. Felder has practiced divorce law for more than forty years. During that time he’s earned fame and fortune representing such clients as Rudy Guiliani, Robin Givens, Carol Channing, Riddick Bowe, the former Mrs. Carl Sagan, and the former Mrs. Martin Scorsese and countless other high profile and celebrity clients.  Prior to practicing matrimonial Law, Felder was a very successful prosecutor.  In 1961 he was appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York and in 1964, appointed Special Assistant U.S. Attorney to argue appeal before U.S. Court of Appeals.  In 2003, he was appointed by Governor to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct and elected its Chair in 2006.  Felder has received numerous honors and awards for law and was named by The National Law Journal “One of America’s One Hundred Most Powerful Lawyers”.  He has also received honors for his many charitable and cultural causes in New York City as well as the tri-state area.  He was made Honorary Police Commissioner by the Police Department of the City of New York in 2000.  As a fierce proponent of Israel, He was a Recipient of Defender of Jerusalem Award from Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir in 1990. An accomplished writer, he has written 8 books including Bare Knuckle Negotiation (Wiley & Sons 2004), and Schmucks: Our Favorite Fakes, Frauds, Lowlifes, Liars, the Armed and Dangerous, and Good Guys Gone Bad (Harper Collins 2007) written with comedian and friend Jackie Mason.  As a columnist, his articles on both legal and non legal issues, have appeared in many publications including in The New York Times, New York Post, New York Daily News, Washington Times, Newsday, Newsweek Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Penthouse (a series on Organized Crime),and The New York Daily News. Felder can be heard and seen on Radio and TV on many occasions.  He was a Weekly Legal Commentator on CNN and was one of the original Board of Advisors on Court TV.  He has been interviewed regularly on virtually all TV stations on legal issues, profiled on major American and European T.V. shows including TODAY SHOW, etc.; Co-Host, CROSSING THE LINE – Weekly National Public TV Show dealing with current events; Moderator, THE FELDER REPORT, a series of six specials on WLIW-TV; Host of weekly TV program METROLAW (discussion and interviews on the law) on MSG Learning Channel, a legal panel show (1996-1998).  On radio he hosted the BBC worldwide weekly radio show – The American Perspective (1995-1996); Accredited as BBC Correspondent for O.J. Simpson case; Moderator and/or host and/or guest of radio shows in U.S. and Britain; Host and moderator of Legal Panel Show – THE FELDER REPORT, nationally syndicated Talk America Radio Network 1998-2001. 

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