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Attorney Brian McMonagle Recognized In Billboard’s 2018 R&B/Hip-Hop 100 Power Players

BRIAN MCMONAGLE, 59
Partner, McMonagle Perri McHugh Mischak Davis
JOE TACOPINA, 52
Founder/Partner, Tacopina & Siegel

Freed Meek: The high-profile defense attorneys teamed to convince the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that their client Meek Mill should be freed on bail, rather than spend two to four years in prison for violating his probation on a 10-year-old conviction. Mill went free in April, and the two attorneys are now seeking to have Judge Genece Brinkley, who sentenced Mill to prison, removed from the case — because of an alleged grudge she harbors against the rapper — and, ultimately, to overturn Mill’s conviction. “She is the only roadblock,” says Tacopina. “And that roadblock will be moved.”

Philadelphia Freedom: “After months of watching him languish in custody,” recalls McMonagle, “bringing Meek to Wells Fargo [Center] so that he could ring the bell to start the [76ers] game was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had as a lawyer.”

This article originally appeared in the Sep. 29 issue of Billboard.

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