Did Clare Bronfman Get Hoodwinked By Another Persuasive Man? – Her Lawyer Mark Geragos?

Clare moments after fainting - leaves court with attorney Mark Geragos

By Dianne Lipson

Prominent attorney Robert Barnes has a low opinion of Mark Geragos.

Geragos is the celebrity attorney who represented Seagrams’ heiress Clare Bronfman through her indictment and subsequent plea agreement last year.

At approximately 19:00 in the “Viva and Barnes” vlog below, Barnes was asked on a Super Chat, “Hi guys, did you hear Mark Geragos re Flynn? unbelievably TDS in his analysis. [Podcast and radio show] Legal Eagle levels of subjective reasoning.”

Barnes responded, “Mark Geragos is a moron! Here’s my mantra, my advertising pitch for Mark Geragos, ‘If you want to lose, hire Mark Geragos.’ Nobody loses like he does . . . The guy’s just not smart, I mean, he was about to get Michael Jackson convicted, until Michael Jackson figured out the guy was a moron. He did get Scott Peterson convicted. I mean, name a big case where the guy wins . . . He’s defended Jussie [Smollet] . . . He was connected to the Avenatti case, and I’ll give him credit for dodging indictment, congratulations on that. He’s not a bright lawyer. He’s very good at working the media. Lousy at defending people at trial.”


Clare Bronfman leaves court with her million-dollar lawyer, Mark Geragos. He arranged her now backfiring plea deal.

As readers of this blog know, celebrity attorney Mark Geragos represented Clare Bronfman in the NXIVM case that was litigated last year. The case had everything:

Celebrity: Smallville actress Allison Mack.

European Royalty: India Oxenberg, daughter of Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg and granddaughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia;

Money: Seagrams’ heiresses Sara and Clare Bronfman were both members of the self-help group/cult NXIVM that was created and led by Keith Raniere.

Sex: Raniere had a harem of women available at his beck and call, including Clare Bronfman.

Bizarre Rituals: Women in DOS, a secret inner cell of NXIVM, were being branded in their pubic area with a cauterizing pen.

Marie White’s horrifying painting of the branding table.

Clare Bronfman claimed to be unaware of the branding ritual. This is entirely plausible as these activities were kept highly secret and compartmentalized. I speculate that Clare may have felt hurt and insulted at being left out of the secret group, and excluded from the horrifying branding ritual.

Central to the story of the NXIVM cult is leader Keith Raniere. Revered by NXIVM members as the “smartest man in the world” who had dedicated his life to solving the problems of humanity, he was a smooth and manipulative talker who convinced his acolytes to act in ways both illegal and against their own self-interest.

Both Clare Bronfman and her sister, Sara, lost tens of millions of dollars in schemes dreamt up by Raniere.

Geragos may be a more skilled and talented lawyer than Robert Barnes gives him credit for. Geragos’ website cites many high-profile clients, and I am inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt.

But in his work on behalf of Clare Bronfman, Geragos may have validated Barnes’ viewpoint. As readers of this blog know, under Geragos’ representation, Clare Bronfman accepted an open-ended plea agreement, which gave Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis the option to sentence her above the 21 to 27-month guidelines for her charges.

In December of last year, Judge Garaufis indicated to prosecutors that he is considering doing just that. This has to be bad news for Ms. Bronfman. She had already agreed to pay a six-million-dollar forfeiture. At the time, many saw this payment as a way to allow Clare to buy her way out of a long sentence.

In March of 2019, I attended a Curcio hearing that was held regarding a conflict of interest on the part of Clare’s attorney Mark Geragos. (The conflict was that Mark’s daughter, attorney Teny Geragos, was part of the team that represented her then co-defendant Keith Raniere.) As we waited for the hearing to start, Geragos kept up a steady banter with Clare. It was like he was keeping her entertained and amused. He seemed quite the raconteur.

The proprietor of this, blog Frank Parlato, who broke the story of the branding ritual, seems to have been no fan of Garagos as far back as last March.

In his blog post here, https://frankreport.com/2019/03/28/court-hearing-clare-wants-to-keep-geragos-avenatti-fired/ ,

Parlato captioned a photo of Bronfman and Geragos, “Clare Bronfman being led to slaughter by Mark Geragos.”  

At that Curcio hearing, which took place after it was disclosed that Michael Avenatti had secretly negotiated for Clare Bronfman behind the scenes, Clare voiced her decision to continue to retain Geragos as her lawyer.

Afterward, speaking to reporters outside the courtroom, Geragos said, “It’s good to have a client who is that satisfied with me.”

Standing near Mr. Geragos, I couldn’t help but respond to the charisma that the man radiates, like an aura. You want him to be your favorite uncle or your kind grandpa.

As Robert Barnes said, Geragos is great with the press.

Michael Jackson ostensibly fired Geragos because Geragos had too many other big cases going on at the same time.

Michael Jackson (C), with his lawyer Mark Geragos (L) and his sister, singer Janet Jackson (R), arriving for the US pop star’s arraignment on child molestation charges at the courthouse in Santa Maria, California. Photo credit HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)

Jackson stated, “it is imperative that I have the full attention of those who are representing me.” However, according to the LA Times article, “Sources close to the Jackson family said one factor that contributed to the showdown was the grand jury indictment. While most legal experts saw an indictment as a foregone conclusion, the decision came as a surprise to some Jackson intimates.

“I think it was a denial factor,” said Los Angeles lawyer Melanie Lomax, a friend of Geragos and former member of the Los Angeles Police Commission. “I think they got a huge dose of reality when there was an indictment.”

As Michael Jackson had done before her, Clare Bronfman eventually fired Mark Geragos. Perhaps she also got a huge dose of reality when the judge declared he might sentence her above the guidelines.

In the video linked above, Robert Barnes goes on to say, “I used to tell people, the reason I opened an office in LA , in California, I figured if an idiot like Geragos could get big cases, then this is open territory.’”

Did Mark Geragos represent Clare Bronfman in the best possible way under the difficult circumstances he was given? Or did hapless heiress Clare Bronfman simply fall under the spell of another glib, smooth-talking man?

MK10ART’s sketch of the villainous Keith Alan Raniere and his chief financier, Clare Webb Bronfman

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Clare is such a fool
Clare is such a fool
3 years ago
Heidi H
Heidi H
3 years ago

Always appreciate your well-written perspective, Dianne.

Thank you.

3 years ago


I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article. I love your colorful descriptions and keen perspective.

Thank you

Please write more!

Lady Justice
Lady Justice
3 years ago

Mark Geragos is an arrogant, thieving punk who stole $150K from 6 indigent families whose loved one was wrongly convicted. Please open the link below and read about what he did to these 6 IT Executives in Colorado. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014GeragosComplaint/09/prweb12145117.htm

3 years ago
Reply to  Lady Justice

This is an accusation. LOL

What happened to this six year old complaint? LOL

3 years ago

Bronfman obviously has a “thing” for clowns. LOL

3 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

…Then you should definitely contact Bronfman.


3 years ago

They are probably part of a secret society like Luciferian or Illuminati, which recruits super-rich families, willingly or by force. Wouldn’t be surprised Clare used this as a front for buying favors from or blackmailing high powered individuals. Lawyer is part of the gang since he represented MJ. MJ was definitely abused by his handlers and you can see that from his disturbing paintings.

3 years ago
Reply to  seektruth

I think you meant to post that on the 4chan site. LOL

3 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

4Chan is where all the cool people are at Scott…..


Captain Moonbeam
Captain Moonbeam
3 years ago

The picture of Geragos with the EDNY logo covering his face is perfect. He looks demonic. I’ve always wondered what made him so great since it seems like most of his high profile clients end up getting pummeled in court.

3 years ago

So what – he gets paid regardless of the outcome. LOL

3 years ago

Mark Geragos is a diva. I would confidently bet the barn on this. Clare Bronfman didn’t have enough personality to engage his attention, and Geragos realized what a bore it would be to represent a frigid-seeming and unmagnetic spinster, from a sex cult that did not really want her as a participant. Even Raniere’s Stepford wives didn’t desire Clare for anything more than her filthy lucre.

And then there was that little mess that Geragos was making with Avenatti. Poor Clare had to faint in court … over the affairs of Mark Geragos. This was not easy, as Clare is no actress. How inconvenient, how declassé.

Purse-onality vs. personality. Just another brief match made in hell for Clare Bronfman. Instead of fainting in court, Clare should’ve fired Geragos, right in the chambers. In his case, the chambers are located not far from his kidneys, in the small intestine. You know, the diva pit.

Horses, Clare. Horses were where it was at for Clare. Orgasmic therapy with no need for any relationshit.

What a shame that keeping horses has become as co$tly as supporting an entire platoon of psychotherapists.

About the Author

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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Contact Frank with tips or for help.
Phone / Text: (305) 783-7083
Email: frankreport76@gmail.com


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