Plato Cacheris sits in his office at Trout Cacheris & Janis, overlooking Connecticut Avenue in D.C.’s Dupont Circle. His walls are decorated with photographs of the now 86-year-old lawyer during his most notable trials. At first glance, these framed pictures look like stills from a Sidney Lumet courtroom thriller. Indeed, Cacheris’ legal career reads like a movie script. The Georgetown Law alum’s trial history is a Hollywood producer’s dream come true: Aldrich Ames, Monica Lewinsky, Edward Snowden, Ana Montes and the representation of former attorney general John Mitchell during the Watergate prosecution.
Today, Cacheris is a white collar criminal defense attorney with no signs of slowing down. As he sits in his office, he draws his attention to a sharp black-and-white framed photograph. “That’s Fawn Hall testifying before a congressional committee about Ollie North in ‘88 or ’89,” he says. The photo shows a serious-faced Cacheris sitting with his hands resting on top of his counsel bench during trial. Beside him is Fawn Hall, then-secretary to Lieutenant Colonel Oliver (“Ollie”) North and prominent figure in the Iran-Contra scandal.