Juggling Two Big Cases
On Tuesday, after a preliminary hearing, a judge ruled that Peterson must stand trial on two counts of murder. But that means the closely watched case is on hiatus until Dec. 3, and Geragos has time to fit in the circus now surrounding Michael Jackson, who turned himself in on Thursday to face charges of child molestation.
Or does he?
While it may seem unwieldy for even a high-powered lawyer to take on two of America's most famous criminal cases, Geragos has some help in a gaggle of lawyers working behind the scenes, Levenson said. And just because Geragos is visible in Jackson's case right now, that does not mean he would necessarily represent him if the case goes to trial.
For Geragos' career path, there probably isn't much a downside to taking Jackson's case, Levenson said. "People who don't like him from [the Peterson case] might have that spill over to their feelings about Michael Jackson. Maybe they think he's a promoter, how can we trust him. But it hasn't hurt other lawyers to be high-profile."
And those who know Geragos say the fame won't change him or the way he practices law. "To me he's still a down-to-earth lawyer. He gets that from his father," said Harland Braun, another high-profile defense lawyer and friend of Geragos. "His father is an old-time criminal defense lawyer, and his father understands that popularity is not our goal."
As a young boy, Geragos and his brother spent hours at the courthouse where their father worked. In 1982, after graduating from Loyola Law School, Geragos joined his father's Los Angeles law firm. He still works with his father and brother.
Of Armenian descent, Geragos has remained active in his community, especially in the local Armenian church. And even as he takes a center role in the nation's most salacious criminal cases, his community proudly claims him.
"Every time I see him, whether it's Michael Jackson or other cases, I'm very proud," said former Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian, who has known Geragos since he was a boy. "And I say, 'one of my boys made it.'"
ABCNEWS' Cynthia McFadden contributed to this report.