Defense Attorney, 1993-Present
Notable Events & Controversies
Krasner defended Black activist Askia Sabur, who was acquitted in 2013 of all charges of assault against a police officer.
He defended 10 people charged with and acquitted of disorderly conduct in 2015 for protesting a town hall meeting with DA Seth Williams and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey in response to the police killing of Brandon Tate-Brown.
He also defended Occupy protesters – case dismissed in 2013 – after they engaged in a sit-in at a Wells Fargo bank, against what they called racist predatory lending policies that caused a large number of foreclosures in black neighborhoods.
He represented about 60 people who sued the city over gangland tactics used by police officers to shake down drug dealers to extort cash and cocaine between 2006 to 2012.
He also represented Tyree Carroll, who was beat up by police in 2015 for what the cops said was a narcotics stop but what Carroll claimed was riding a bike the wrong way down a one-way street. In all, he has sued law enforcement or government on behalf of clients 75 times.
Endorsements and Donors
Krasner’s endorsements include UNITE HERE Locals 274 and 634, MoveOn.org, Neighborhood Networks, Real Justice PAC, Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, Democracy for America, Color of Change PAC, Our Revolution (Bernie Sanders’ post-election campaign), 215 People’s Alliance, Food & Water Action Fund, Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club, Penn Democrats, AFSCME District 1199C National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees – AFL-CIO, The B.L.O.C. Party, Philly for Change, Pennsylvania Working Families, Center for Carceral Communities, Reclaim Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Federation Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division (BMWED) – IBT.
Krasner received $2,500 from the DRIVE Committee, which is the PAC of the Teamsters; $5,200 from Deborah Sagner, a progressive philanthropist, and $2,500 from Alan Sagner, real estate developer and former trustee of the Democratic National Committee; $6,000 Shannon Fisk, counsel at Earthjustice; and $4,000 Post Commercial Real Estate, LLC, a luxury real estate company in Philadelphia.
He also received $3,000 from District 1199C; $5,000 from U Bar and Tavern on Camac owner Stephen Carlino; $3,000 from Chloe Cockburn, who heads the Open Philanthropy Project’s criminal justice reform fundraising; $3,000 from Mary Delaney of Akonadi Foundation, a racial justice organization. Krasner has attracted the attention of Silicon Valley progressives: $2,000 from Michael Kieschnick, the founder of CREDO mobile, which donates profits to progressive causes and has raised $81 million for Planned Parenthood, Rainforest Action Network, and other organizations; $6,000 from Lori Park, one of Google’s first female engineers; and $6,000 from Nicole Shanahan, founder of ClearAccessIP.
Billionaire philanthropist George Soros, reportedly via the Philadelphia Justice and Public Safety political committee, purchased $280,000 worth of commercials on TV and radio in April. Soros then donated a reported $1.45 million to the PAC. Soros donated $6 million to a super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.