Irving Kanarek

Lawyer, Person

1920 –


Who is Irving Kanarek?

Irving A. Kanarek is a retired criminal defense attorney best known for representing Charles Manson and "Onion Field" killer Jimmy Lee Smith.

Kanarek's first career was as an aerospace engineer working for North American Aviation, where he invented Inhibited Red Fuming Nitric Acid for the Army's Project Nike. On 12 July 1954 the US Air Force revoked Kanarek's security clearance and he was dismissed from NAA. Kanarek attended the University of Washington as an undergraduate and Loyola Law School. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1957.


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May 12, 1920
Also known as
  • Irving A. Kanarek
  • United States of America

on July 23, 2013