The local attorney, now representing the family of missing Lisa Irwin, is keeping the parents and himself out of the public eye.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas attorney, David Langston, calls John Picerno a friend. He found out yesterday that Picerno is now taking on the Lisa Irwin case.
"He's extremely well prepared when he goes to court, he knows his case inside and out and he's a very good advocate for his clients," said Langston.
New York attorney, Joe Tacopina, hired Picerno to be the local attorney after Cyndy Short was relieved of her duties. The family hasn't made any public appearances since Picerno came on the case.
This isn't the attorney's first high profile case. Picerno represented a family member of Albert Pujols in a death case in 2009. He's also taken on several murder trials.
"I think it's a wise move by Mr. Tacopina to employ a good well known strong lawyer to be his local council," said Langston.
Langston doesn't believe Picerno will sit in the background on the Irwin case, rather he'll be Tacopina's teammate.
"I don't think that he would accept a subordinate role as far as the legal work goes they will share the responsibilities if a case is filed," said Langston.
Tacopina isn't saying if he or his team is being paid to help the Irwin's.