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Jeremy C. Gelb

Jeremy C. Gelb

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, General Practice

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About Me

For more than 30 years, Jeremy has represented individuals who have been charged with criminal offenses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in a wide variety of cases.  Some of those cases have involved high-profile prosecutions, while others have resulted in significant victories for less well-known clients in state courts throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester and Lehigh Counties, and in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  In the 1990s, Jeremy represented an indicted co-defendant in the federal racketeering and conspiracy prosecution involving former alleged mob boss John Stanfa and others.  He currently is co-counsel for the lead defendant in a wide-ranging RICO conspiracy prosecution pending in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. Jeremy’s commitment is that each and every client, regardless of his station in life or his economic status, is entitled to the highest standards of excellence in terms of their legal representation.  In many instances, the results Jeremy has produced have had a significant impact upon the lives of the clients he has had the privilege to represent.


 


After graduation from law school, Jeremy moved to Philadelphia, and worked as an associate and a partner in the firm started by his mother, the late Marilyn J. Gelb, Esquire, a well-known and highly respected member of the criminal defense bar.  He worked on the landmark case of Cuyler v. Sullivan with his mother and with co-counsel, Norris E. Gelman, Esquire following the decision and remand of that landmark case from the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Third Circuit Court of Appeals eventually upheld the District Court’s finding that Sullivan was entitled to habeas corpus relief upon a showing that his lawyers had labored under an actual conflict of interest in the dual representation of Sullivan and two co-defendants, thereby depriving him of his sixth amendment right to the effective assistance of counsel.  The Sullivan case has been widely cited as the legal standard for resolving ineffective assistance of counsel claims where an actual conflict of interest adversely affects an attorney’s representation of a client.


 


After opening his own firm over 20 years ago, Jeremy has continued to concentrate his practice primarily in area of criminal defense, both state and federal, including grand jury investigations, trials, sentencing proceedings, direct appeals and post-conviction proceedings.  He has substantial experience in defending against a wide array of complex criminal prosecutions, including charges involving capital and non-capital homicide, attempted murder and aggravated assault, home invasion robbery /burglary, sex crimes, offenses involving the trafficking (federal) and distribution (state) of illegal drugs, firearms offenses, organized crime investigations and prosecutions, RICO / racketeering and conspiracy, financial crimes, fraud, securities offenses, and election law violations.  Jeremy also has extensive experience representing clients who have pleaded guilty or have been convicted of crimes, and he has achieved excellent results in securing downward departures and variances at sentencing, thereby significantly reducing or eliminating the amount of jail time that his clients would otherwise have received under the previously mandatory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1980

  1. Criminal Defense: 80%
    34 years
  2. General Practice: 20%
    34 years

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Jeremy. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Excellent lawyer.

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    Christian Lassen Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Jeremy C. Gelb, Esquire

Suite 206, The Benjamin Franklin
834 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107-5100

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
PAActive198005/31/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2015
AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2013
AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
Hastings Law Journal, Research EditorUniversity of California, Hastings College of the Law1979
Graduated with Honors (Cum Laude)Harvard University1976

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Jeremy C. Gelb1990 - Present
Associate/PartnerMarilyn J. Gelb, Esquire1980 - 1989

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Federal Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
The National Trial LawyersMember (by invitation only)N/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. A.L.(See below)
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. V.M.(See below)
United States v. A.P(See below)

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Harvard UniversityGovernmentA.B. cum laude1976