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Famed local defense attorney Anthony Brooklier, whose client list included Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, “Taxi” actor Jeff Conaway and funk singer Rick James, was found dead Tuesday of an apparent suicide.

Brooklier, who defended his crime-boss father over murder charges, apparently hanged himself in Century City,  mourning his son who had also committed suicide.

According to the coroner’s office, the attorney Brooklier was found dead around 6:20 a.m. in the 10000 block of Galaxy Way in Century City, not far from his law office. He was 70.

Larry Dietz of the coroner’s office said a cause of death had not been determined, but friends and colleagues of the noted attorney said Brooklier committed suicide, apparently by hanging.

Friends said the attorney had been devastated by the loss of his son, Tony, who took his own life last November at age 41. They noted that Monday was the one-year anniversary of Tony Brooklier’s memorial service.

The personality-rich attorney with a colorful family history — his father Dominic was an organized-crime boss who died in prison — was born in Lynwood, graduating from Loyola Marymount University in 1968 and earned his law degree from UCLA in 1971.

He worked for the state Attorney General’s Office for two years before beginning his career as a criminal defense attorney — with his first client being his father, who was indicted on extortion charges.

His father and his associates pleaded guilty and served prison time, but after getting out a few years later, the father was charged in connection with a contract killing stemming from an FBI pornography sting. The elder Brooklier wasn’t convicted of murder, but was found guilty of about a dozen lesser charges and sent to prison for four years.

He died behind bars before completing his sentence.

Anthony Brooklier represented a series of organized-crime figures over the years, and gained a measure of fame for his celebrity clientele. But Brooklier’s client list wasn’t solely for the rich.

In 2011, he represented Giovanni Ramirez, who was arrested in connection with the near-fatal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium, but was later cleared of any involvement. Two other men have since been convicted.

His survivors include wife Pat LaLama, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, and several adult children.

—City News Service

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