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Schmoozing His Way to Century City

Scott Edelman’s cases have happy endings

The year 2008 helped polish the already shining reputation of Los Angeles commercial litigator Scott Edelman of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. On behalf of Sony BMG, he helped dismiss 35 antitrust class action complaints, which alleged a conspiracy by the major record labels to fix the price of music downloads. He successfully defended NBC in an arbitration regarding profit participation in the three Law & Order TV series and represented NBC West and Universal Network in court in a …

Walking in Hammurabi’s Footsteps

When he's not winning cases, Najeeb Nabil Khoury studies Islamic philosophy

Najeeb Nabil Khoury wanted to make a difference in the world, but he wasn't quite sure how to do that. Though he comes from a distinguished Palestinian-American family of doctors and pharmacists, he had little interest himself in the sciences and leaned toward the humanities. In 1997, while earning a double major in history and politics at Williams College (where he would go on to finish second in the history department) he spent a semester in the West Bank studying Arabic writing and reading …

The Man Who Would De-Fang Divorce

Steve Mindel thinks you shouldn't have to part with your money when you part with your spouse

Steve Mindel was looking to find out which of his law school classmates had been disbarred. Browsing legal notices was among his favorite recreational activities at his first job as a somewhat-bored corporate transactional associate at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton in 1985. One day he came across an ad for the Los Angeles Free Clinic asking for volunteers. "The clinic had been founded to help Vietnam draft evaders, and the ad said they were now handling uncontested divorces and …

How Do You Fill the Shoes of a Giant?

Randy McMurray grows Johnnie Cochran’s L.A. office 

It wasn’t a Perry Mason moment that sent Randy McMurray to law school, but the police. And not in a good way. Growing up in South Central in the 1950s and 1960s, McMurray had witnessed police abuse, but always from a distance. Until 1975. At the time he was attending California Polytechnic University in Pomona, on track to become an architect. Out with friends just before midnight, they stopped for a bite to eat. As their car left the parking lot, its wheels squealed as they hit the wet road …

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