Ramon Abassis known as Hushpuppi has hired a top-rated criminal defense lawyer, Loius Shapiro to represent him in his trial in the United States where he is facing fraud-related and money laundering charges.
Hushpuppi hired Shapiro after top Chicago lawyer Gal Pissetzky and California-based criminal defense lawyer Vicki Podberesky withdrew their services as his attorneys. The duo had accused the former Instagram celebrity of refusing to communicate to them.
After a Judge granted their withdrawal from the case on February 22, a request seeking the approval of Mr. Shapiro as Hushpuppi’s new defense counsel was granted on February 25.
However, it was reported that Mr. Shapiro who earned his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law began his career with the New York State Attorney General, Elliot Spitzer.
He also worked at several agencies including the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Detainee Unit and clerked for the federal public defender’s office in Los Angeles. Mr. Shapiro, a certified criminal law specialist by the State Bar of California, serves as a Criminal Justice Act Federal Trial Panel attorney for the Central District of California.