Law and Order
"House Counsel"
L&O, Episode 5.10
Production number: 69413
First aired: 4 January 1995
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Logan Briscoe House Counsel.jpg
Written By
Michael S. Chernuchin & Barry M. Schkolnick

Directed By
James Quinn


McCoy has a battle of wits with his long-time friend, a mobster's defense attorney


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast


  • Dosso Crime Family
  • David Niven
  • David Lampert
  • Harris v. U.S.


Schiff: What is this, Bernie's Bargain Basement? 'Today's special: cop to four murders, get only five years'.
McCoy: When I gave Furini immunity, I had no idea.
Schiff: No idea because the blood was rushing downstream from your brain and settling somewhere south of the border.

Background information and notes

  • Ron Leibman and Jessica Walter, who play married couple Paul and Anna Kopell in this episode, were married in real life until his death in 2019.
  • This episode is based on the Bruce Cutler case. Cutler was the attorney for famed Mafia boss John Gotti, but was removed because he was deemed to be too immersed in Gotti's activities to be independent. Eventually, Gotti was found not guilty in part due to the bribery of juror George Pape. (Bruce Cutler at Wikipedia)

Episode Scene Cards

1 2 3

Furini's Ice Company
905-11th Avenue
Tuesday, October 2

New York Department Of
Parks & Recreation
Main Office
Thursday, October 4

Arcady Hotel
571 Willoughby Street
Friday, October 5

4 5 6

Supreme Court
Office of Judge Berman
Monday, October 8

Chambers Of
Judge Andrew Barsky
Wednesday, November 7

Rikers Island
Conference Room
Friday, November 16

7 8 9

Supreme Court
Arraignment Hearing
Monday, November 19

Supreme Court
Motion Hearing
Thursday, December 20

Supreme Court
Trial Part 57
Friday, December 28

10 11

Sanford's Grill
755 East 46th Street
Monday, January 14

Supreme Court
Trial Part 57
Friday, February 1

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