The Birthday Party

On January 21, 1998, the night before his 38th birthday, federal prosecutor Stanley Alpert was kidnapped off the streets of Manhattan. This is the story of what happened next…

Alpert was taken by a carful of gun-toting thugs looking to use his ATM card, but when they learned his bank balance, the plan changed. They took him, blindfolded by his own scarf, to a Brooklyn apartment, with the idea of going to a bank the next day and withdrawing most of it. But the later it got, the more the plan changed again…and again…as his captors alternately held guns to his head, threatened his family, engaged him in discussions of gangsta philosophy, sought his legal advice and, once they learned it was his birthday, offered him sexual favors from their girlfriends as a “birthday present”. All the while, Alpert, still blindfolded, talked with them, played on their attitudes and fears, tried to figure out where their mood swings would take them next, and memorized every detail he could in the event he ever managed to get out of there alive….

Mike and Mark interview Stan about this amazing story, and the way it changed his life is something you don’t want to miss.

About the guest:

Stanley N. Alpert served for 13 years with the United States Department of Justice, as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. As Chief of Environmental Litigation, Mr. Alpert investigated, prosecuted, and supervised many complex environmental civil and criminal cases and he litigated many trials and appeals.

Mr. Alpert worked on hazardous waste, asbestos, land use and other environmental issues, under many environmental statutes, including CERCLA, RCRA, NEPA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Ocean Dumping Act, and the Endangered Species Act.

Stan Alpert has received numerous awards and commendations for his work as a prosecutor, including the Henry L. Stimson Medal awarded for Outstanding Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney by the Association of the Bar for the City of New York. He also twice received the Justice Department’s prestigious Director’s Award for Superior Performance. Mr. Alpert received his B.S. in Economics from Binghamton University (SUNY) and his J.D. from University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Stan was law clerk to the Honorable Edward B. Davis, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida in Miami. He also worked at the New York law firm of Kaye Scholer, LLP, where he was a commercial litigator on environmental, real estate, contract, trademark, and other matters.

After leaving the government, Mr. Alpert was Head of the Environmental Toxic Tort Unit at the New York law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg, focusing his practice on environmental and toxic tort matters, such as MTBE litigation against the oil industry, and actions for injury to people or damages to property from a host of environmental contaminants. He was Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel to MDL 1358 in the Southern District of New York, coordinating well over a hundred law suits against the oil industry for MTBE contamination of people’s drinking water. He is Co-Chair of the Toxic Torts Committee, Environmental Law Section, New York State Bar Association.

Mr. Alpert has recently opened The Alpert Firm in New York City, with focused practice in environmental and toxic tort cases for harm caused by pollution as well as commercial, real estate, and government false claims litigation.

Stan’s website is at http://www.stanleyalpert.com.