LOS ANGELES – William H. Ginsburg, who was Monica Lewinsky’s first lawyer during the sex scandal involving President Bill Clinton, has died. He was 70.
Ginsburg was surrounded by his entire family at his home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles when he died of cancer Monday, according to his daughter-in-law, Virginia Ginsburg.
Ginsburg was a longtime medical malpractice attorney and a friend of Lewinsky’s father, a doctor, when he agreed to represent her in 1998.
Lewinsky, a former White House intern, was facing accusations that she lied under oath about having sex with Clinton. She received immunity from prosecution and testified before a grand jury.
Clinton, who famously proclaimed, I did not have sexual relations with that woman, was acquitted after being impeached for allegedly lying about his relations with Lewinsky.
Ginsburg was criticized for at first advising Lewinsky to turn down an immunity offer.
He also was criticized for aggressive statements attacking independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who was pursuing the Clinton case.
In other cases, Ginsburg represented a doctor accused of covering up the cause of Liberace’s death from AIDS, and the doctor who examined Loyola Marymount basketball star Hank Gathers just before his sudden on-court death in 1990.