Kinsella Weitzman founding partner Iser Kump & Aldisert died on Wednesday in his hometown of Los Angeles from cancer.
One of the first lawyers to withdraw from the defense of NFL superstar Simpson in his infamous criminal trial for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and his friend, Ron Goldman, Weitzman was a powerhouse between the sharp elbows of lawyers for Hollywood. Unlike many at the top of his profession, Weitzman worked on 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 graduate also taught in his alma mater for more than a decade.
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However, it was in the often relentless service to his clients that the perceptive and strategic Weitzman left his mark in legal circles.
After the King of Pop’s death in 2009, Weitzman worked with fellow attorney John Branca and recording executive John McClain to turn Jackson’s estate down the rock. Within a few years, equity was flourishing, largely thanks to the $ 750 million sale of the artist’s lucrative 50% stake in Sony / ATV Music Publishing to Sony Corp that Weitzman helped orchestrate.
Recently, at the end of last year, Weitzman continued to fly the Action movie singer’s banner in representing Jackson’s estate in his $ 100 million battle with HBO over his Leaving Neverland documentary and its allegations about the artist’s sexual misconduct with boys. Withdrawing a decades-old contract between Jackson and the premium hairdresser on a show film, Weitzman succeeded in convincing the courts to take the matter to arbitration, even with an appeal from HBO.
Twice receiving the Jerry Geisler Memorial Award as the best lawyer in Los Angeles County, Weitzman left his wife Margaret and their two children.