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Gary Fidel & Linda Cantoni

Gary Fidel and Linda Cantoni,
authors of The Art of Argument

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GARY FIDEL graduated cum laude in 1972 from the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied writing. He received his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law in 1975. A member of the bar in New York, Pennsylvania, and Arizona, before joining the Queens District Attorney's Office, he served as a lawyer in Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) and then as a law clerk to an Arizona Superior Court Justice.

Following several years in private practice, Mr. Fidel joined the Queens District Attorney's Office in 1982. He served for three years in the Appeals Bureau as an Assistant District Attorney and later as a Supreme Court trial assistant district attorney. He returned to the Appeals Bureau in 1988 and was appointed Deputy Bureau Chief of the Appeals Bureau in 1991. He has written and edited hundreds of briefs and argued appeals in state and federal appellate courts including the New York Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was subsequently promoted to Director of Special Litigation and in 2000 was appointed by the Honorable Richard A. Brown, District Attorney of Queens County to the position of Executive Assistant District Attorney for Legal Affairs, overseeing the Appeals Bureau, all aspects of professional training, and the Special Litigation Unit. He has lectured extensively at conferences of the New York State District Attorney's Association and the Queens Bar Association. He has published consumer-oriented articles on legal issues in Family Weekly and book reviews in New York Newsday and The New York Law Journal.

Mr. Fidel is the author of a new novel, The Blue Rider, published in April 2007 by Xlibris.  Read more about it at www.garyfidel.com.




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LINDA CANTONI was born in Brooklyn, New York. She received a B.A. in journalism from New York University and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review. After graduation, she became a litigation associate at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in New York. She later became an associate of the late Robert Kasanof, a white-collar criminal defense lawyer in New York. In 1989, she joined the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney's Office as an assistant district attorney in the Appeals Bureau, rising to the rank of Senior Appellate Attorney. In 1993, she joined the Queens County (New York) District Attorney's Office under the Hon. Richard A. Brown. She served as Deputy Chief of the Appeals Bureau and Deputy Director of Special Litigation for that Office, was appointed Counsel to the Investigations Division in 2000, and in 2004 was named Deputy Executive A.D.A. for the Investigations Division.

Ms. Cantoni has written and edited hundreds of briefs for both District Attorney's Offices, and has argued many cases in the New York and federal appellate and lower courts, including several cases in the New York State Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She has also served as legal advisor to trial and investigative prosecutors. She frequently lectures throughout New York State on various legal topics.

Ms. Cantoni lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Alex Guzman, an orchestra conductor and retired Supreme Court Officer. She and her husband have worked for many years with the Regina Opera Company in Brooklyn, where she is Principal Stage Director, and he is Principal Conductor.