Nizer, Louis


Nizer, Louis
▪ 1995

      British-born U.S. lawyer (b. Feb. 6, 1902, London, England—d. Nov. 10, 1994, New York, N.Y.), was a legal wizard who was an expert on contract, libel, copyright, divorce, plagiarism, and antitrust law. He used his spellbinding oratorical skills to influence juries while defending such celebrities as Charlie Chaplin, Salvador Dalí, Mae West, and Johnny Carson. After graduating (1924) from Columbia Law School, Nizer set up (1926) a law practice that evolved into the prestigious New York firm of Phillips, Nizer, Benjamin, Krim, and Ballon. In 1962 Nizer won a $3.5 million libel judgment (reduced to $550,000 on appeal) for John Henry Faulk, a CBS radio and television personality. This case was credited with ending blacklisting in the broadcast industry. Nizer was a gifted raconteur, toastmaster, and speaker, who recounted some of his most celebrated cases in the best-selling My Life in Court (1961). Two other volumes in the same vein, The Jury Returns (1966) and Reflections Without Mirrors (1978), received little critical acclaim. Nizer worked until shortly before his death.

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