Lawyer Howard Weitzman, who had a consumer listing together with Michael Jackson, O.J. Simpson, Marlon Brando, Morgan Freeman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ron Meyer and CAA, has died on the age of 81.
The Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert founding associate handed away Wednesday in his hometown of Los Angeles from most cancers.
One of many first attorneys to withdraw from defending NFL celebrity Simpson in his notorious legal trial for the murders of his former spouse, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her pal, Ron Goldman, Weitzman was a powerhouse among the many sharp elbows of Hollywood attorneys. Not like many within the higher echelon of his occupation, Weitzman labored either side of the Hollywood energy sport. Having served as EVP, Company Operations for Common Studios from 1995-1998, the Class of 1965 USC Legislation Middle grad additionally taught at his alma mater for over a decade.
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Nonetheless, it was in usually relentless service to his purchasers that the quick-witted and strategic Weitzman made his mark in authorized circles.
After the loss of life of the King of Pop in 2009, Weitzman labored with fellow lawyer John Branca and recording government John McClain to show Jackson’s property from deep within the pink. Inside a number of years the property was flourishing, in no small half because of $750 million sale of the performer’s profitable 50% stake in Sony/ATV Music Publishing to Sony Corp that Weitzman helped orchestrate.
As lately as late final yr, Weitzman continued to fly the Thriller singer’s flag in repping the Jackson property in its $100 million battle in opposition to HBO over its Leaving Neverland documentary and its claims of the performer’s sexual misconduct with younger boys. Pulling out a decades-old contract between Jackson and the premium cabler over a live performance movie, Weitzman was profitable in convincing the courts to take the matter to arbitration, even over an enchantment from HBO.
A two-time recipient of the Jerry Geisler Memorial Award because the excellent trial lawyer in Los Angeles County, Weitzman is survived by his spouse Margaret and his two sons.