If you were looking for attorney and raconteur Jim Mulvaney most evenings, you could find him at the former Pier 92 restaurant sharing an illicit cigar with the restaurant’s owner, Dan Tubridy.
Mulvaney spent many evenings in Rockaway over the years after spending his days representing some of the most famous defendants in New York City annals.
Mulvaney died at 79 on February 20 in Sacramento, California, where he had gone to live nearby his son, Patrick, a chef and restaurant owner in that city.
Born and raised in Queens, he started out his law career as a prosecutor under Frank O’Connor.
In 1964, he served as the inspector general looking into the World’s Fair bribery cases, his first high-profile case.
In 1974, Mulvaney was part of the team who defended District Attorney Tom Mackell and two aides charged with corruption.
In 1980, he defended two cops in the notorious “Stun Gun Case” that enthralled the city.
Many saw him as the quintessential Queens defense attorney.
He was preceded in death by his wife.
He is survived by two sons, James Jr., a commissioner for the New York State Division of Human Rights and Patrick, a chef and restaurant owner.
A memorial service in his honor will be held at the Bungalow Bar restaurant on Beach 92 Street on April 17.