For more than 30 years, Jeremy has represented individuals who have been charged with criminal offenses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in a wide variety of cases. Some of those cases have involved high-profile prosecutions, while others have resulted in significant victories for less well-known clients in state courts throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester and Lehigh Counties, and in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In the 1990s, Jeremy represented an indicted co-defendant in the federal racketeering and conspiracy prosecution involving former alleged mob boss John Stanfa and others. He currently is co-counsel for the lead defendant in a wide-ranging RICO conspiracy prosecution pending in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. Jeremy’s commitment is that each and every client, regardless of his station in life or his economic status, is entitled to the highest standards of excellence in terms of their legal representation. In many instances, the results Jeremy has produced have had a significant impact upon the lives of the clients he has had the privilege to represent.
Throughout his career, Jeremy has provided pro bono representation on behalf of indigent clients, including those afflicted with AIDS, citizens who have been deprived of their civil rights, and most recently, veterans who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After graduation from law school, Jeremy moved to Philadelphia, and worked as an associate and a partner in the firm started by his mother, the late Marilyn J. Gelb, Esquire, a well-known and highly respected member of the criminal defense bar. He worked on the landmark case of Cuyler v. Sullivan with his mother and with co-counsel, Norris E. Gelman, Esquire following the decision and remand of that landmark case from the U.S. Supreme Court. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals eventually upheld the District Court’s finding that Sullivan was entitled to habeas corpus relief upon a showing that his lawyers had labored under an actual conflict of interest in the dual representation of Sullivan and two co-defendants, thereby depriving him of his sixth amendment right to the effective assistance of counsel. The Sullivan case has been widely cited as the legal standard for resolving ineffective assistance of counsel claims where an actual conflict of interest adversely affects an attorney’s representation of a client.
After opening his own firm over 20 years ago, Jeremy has continued to concentrate his practice primarily in area of criminal defense, both state and federal, including grand jury investigations, trials, sentencing proceedings, direct appeals and post-conviction proceedings. He has substantial experience in defending against a wide array of complex criminal prosecutions, including charges involving capital and non-capital homicide, attempted murder and aggravated assault, home invasion robbery /burglary, sex crimes, offenses involving the trafficking (federal) and distribution (state) of illegal drugs, firearms offenses, organized crime investigations and prosecutions, RICO / racketeering and conspiracy, financial crimes, fraud, securities offenses, and election law violations. Jeremy also has extensive experience representing clients who have pleaded guilty or have been convicted of crimes, and he has achieved excellent results in securing downward departures and variances at sentencing, thereby significantly reducing or eliminating the amount of jail time that his clients would otherwise have received under the previously mandatory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.
Jeremy is honored at his selection in 2013 to 2017 to join the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers", where membership is obtained by special invitation from The National Trial Lawyers and extended only to those "Top 100" from every state who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile as trial lawyers. During the past 13 years between 2003 and 2017, Jeremy has received the highest (AV) rating for ethical standards and professional ability by Martindale-Hubbell. He is also very honored to have been recognized as a "Super Lawyer" in 2019 and 2020 and also continues to maintain a “Superb” rating by Avvo.
Law Office Of Jeremy C. Gelb
Ben Franklin House, Suite 206, 834 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107