Laura K. Gasiorowski Esq.
Laura K. Gasiorowski, Esq., who has been practicing criminal defense law since 1994, joined the Stahl Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2005, and has concentrated her career on complex pre-trial, trial and appellate matters in a wide variety of state and federal criminal matters, including mail fraud, money laundering, gambling, narcotics violations, murder, and RICO.
Most notably, Ms. Gasiorowski represented one of the two capital defendants who avoided an execution sentence in the federal death penalty trial of individuals involved in the bombings of American Embassies in Tanzania and Nairobi, Africa.
Ms. Gasiorowski also served as lead counsel in the sentencing phase of the State of Louisiana v. Leonard Williams death penalty murder trial, coordinating, preparing and presenting the defense's mitigation case. In the Williams case as well, the defendant was spared execution and received a life sentence. In addition to her criminal practice, Ms. Gasiorowski has also represented police officers in civil service hearings related to employment matters, and in civil rights and equal protection litigation in the federal court as counsel for PANO, the Police Association of New Orleans.
Ms. Gasiorowski has specialized experience in pretrial motion work, sentencing matters, and appellate brief writing. Among her reported cases are Jenkins v. Artuz, 294 F.3d 284 (2nd Cir. 2002), in which the court order a new trial based on evidence of prosecutorial misconduct in examining a state witness; and State v. Bishop, 686 So.2d 1053, 96-694 (La.App 5 Cir. 1996), in which the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Louisiana agreed that application of sexual offender notification laws prohibited constituted ex post facto punishment and therefore was prohibited.
Other significant published cases decided in Ms. Gasiorowski’s clients' favor include the first case in which a United States federal district court held that foreign subjects interrogated abroad by American law enforcement are entitled to Fifth Amendment protections, and a case in which the district court struck several aggravating factors from death penalty notice.
Ms. Gasiorowski is admitted to the state bars in New York, New Jersey, and Louisiana. She is also admitted to the United States District Court, District of New Jersey; the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and United States District Court, Southern District of New York, and the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.
- New York
- New Jersey
- Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
- J.D. cum laude - 1994
- Honors: Champion, Junior Appellate Advocacy Competition
- Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
- B.A. cum laude - 1988
- Honors: Arthur B. Graves Award for Excellence
- Honors: Thesis Honor
- Immigration Law and Criminal Acts Panel, New Jersey State Bar, NJICLE, 2013
- "Federal Sentencing Issues", Immigration Law and Criminal Acts Panel, New Jersey State Bar, NJICLE, 2012
- "Cultural Issues and Other Challenges in Representing the Non-Citizen Client Charged with a Federal Crime", Immigration Law and Criminal Acts panel, New Jersey State Bar, NJICLE, 2014
- "Cultural Issues and Other Challenges in Representing the Non-Citizen Client Charged with a Federal Crime", Immigration Law and Criminal Acts panel, New Jersey State Bar, NJICLE, October 30, 2016
- Criminal Pre-Trial Litigation Bootcamp, Tulane Law School Intersession Program, Tulane Law School, 2012 - 2016
Professional Associations and Memberships
- NACDL, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Past Employment Positions
- Law Offices of Frederick H. Cohn, Associate, 1999 - 2005
- Law Office of Robert M. Simels, Associate, 1998 - 1999
- Frank G. DeSalvo, P.L.C., Associate, 1995 - 1998
- Jeffrey Smith, Supervisor of Capital Crimes, New Orleans Indigent Defender Program, Volunteer Intern