Howard Weitzman Dies: Heavyweight Lawyer Repped Michael Jackson, O.J. Simpson, CAA, Marlon Brando & More

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Attorney Howard Weitzman, who had a client list including Michael Jackson, O.J. Simpson, Marlon Brando, Morgan Freeman, Arnold Schwarzenegger & CAA, has died at the age of 81.

The Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert partner passed away today in Los Angeles from cancer.

One of the first lawyers to withdraw from defending NFL superstar Simpson in his infamous criminal trial for the murders of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, Weitzman was a powerhouse among Hollywood heavyweight attorneys. Unlike many in his profession, Weitzman worked both sides of the Hollywood power game, having served as EVP, Corporate Operations for Universal Studios from 1995 – 1998, the Class of 1965 USC Law Center grad also taught at his alma mater for over a decade.

However, it was in often relentless service to his clients that the quick witted and strategic Weitzman made his mark in legal circles. After the death of the King of Pop in 2009, Weitzman worked with fellow lawyer John Branca and recording executive John McClain to turn Jackson’s estate from deep in the red to flourishing within a matter of a few years. As recently as late last year, Weitzman continued to fly the Thriller singer’s flag in repping the Jackson estate against HBO in an ongoing battle and now arbitration over the acclaimed Leaving Neverland documentary and its claims of the performer’s sexual misconduct with young boys.


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