Arthur Aidala: The Nice-Guy Lawyer for America’s Tabloid Villains

Mr. Aidala’s mother, Mary Ann Piazza Aidala, was a schoolteacher. Her father, Louis Aidala, is an attorney who worked for Frank Hogan, the Manhattan District Attorney. Louis Aidala became a defense attorney, representing clients including Eyad Ismoil, who was convicted of abetting the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and Jennifer Lopez when she witnessed a nightclub shooting in 1999 involving her then-boyfriend, hip-hop artist Sean Combs.

Arthur Aidala and Mrs. Bertuna, his wife and legal partner, live at his parents’ height with their 5-year-old son and 7-month-old daughter. Ms Bertuna, 45, was recently appointed attorney to the public administrator for Kings County. She started her career as a trainee of Mr. Aidala and they married in 2016, a year after his divorce. (Mr Aidala also has a 16-year-old son from his first marriage.)

Mr. Aidala dates his early legal training to watching his father prepare his cases and to his own involvement in musical theater at Poly Prep in Brooklyn, where he attended high school. Hoping to become a professional actor, he attended the State University of New York at Purchase (former students include Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci), but soon found he was more interested in political science. After graduating, he enrolled in law school at the City University of New York.

He didn’t give up on his dreams of performing, however. He just found a different type of scene. During closing arguments in a recent murder trial, he theatrically held up an undelivered Mother’s Day card as evidence of the tireless work he, a mommy’s son, had done and to at one point he fell to his knees just outside the jury box.

“If you want to hold the attention of 12 human beings for hours on end,” he said, “I don’t think standing on a podium and reading notes is an effective way.”

From the time Mr. Aidala was 16, his parents sent him to Italy every summer to reconnect with family roots. After his second year of law school, he completed a study abroad program in Siena where Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia taught for a week. The first night the judge and his wife were there, Mr. Aidala threw a party at the students’ villa, cooking dinner for them and his classmates.

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