Lawrence Byrne, Former Lawyer for New York Police, Dies at 61

Lawrence Byrne, Former Lawyer for New York Police, Dies at 61

Matthew Byrne had established a civil service tradition in the criminal justice field for his sons. In addition to Edward’s entry into the police department, Larry’s brother Steve became a special agent with the FBI, and his brother Ken became assistant district attorney in Queens County.

Larry grew up in Massapequa, NY, on Long Island and graduated from Hofstra University with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1981 and the New York University School of Law in 1984.

After a period in private practice, he was federal prosecutor in the southern district from 1988 to 1992. For two years he was assistant director of the organized crime and extortion division of the Department of Justice’s Department of Justice in Washington.

There he helped prosecute the Pizza Connection case, which involved a mafia-run heroin and cocaine smuggling ring valued at $ 1.6 billion. He worked on this case with Louis J. Freeh, who became director of the FBI in 1993. When Mr. Freeh became chairman of the Pepper Hamilton law firm in 2013, he hired Mr. Byrne as a partner in the Employees and Investigations Department.

Mr. Freeh founded a global risk management consultancy that Mr. Byrne joined after serving in the police force. That firm was acquired in August by AlixPartners, another global consulting firm of which Mr. Byrne was a director at the time of his death.

In addition to his brothers, his wife, Lynn Byrne, from whom he was recently separated, and three sons, Patrick, Christopher and Peter Byrne, survive Mr Byrne.

For Larry Byrne and his family, the loss of Edward Byrne has always been a priority.

“My family and I think about Eddie every day,” Byrne told, an online news site, in 2018.


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