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MARTIN LONDON


In The Client Decides, Martin London tells us what it’s like to be on the inside of civil and criminal trials involving prominent clients and adversaries, including unscrupulous judges and lawyers. London tells fascinating stories about his courtroom victory for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, his jury trial victory over CBS and its prominent Chicago anchor in what was the largest libel verdict ever affirmed by a federal court, and his valiant and successful pro bono work on behalf of physicians whose lives were threatened by anti-choice fanatics. Some of his cases have gone as high as the Supreme Court, and others were successfully disposed of even before trial. He even adds some fascinating stories of how he got to the top of the legal ladder, with the help, along the way, of the author of The Godfather, Mario Puzo, and the London family dog, a nutty Weimaraner named Blue II. All riveting stuff, and funny too.

London was the head of the Litigation Department of one of the county’s leading law firms, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before he became Chairman of that firm. In this memoir, he shares with us some of his most significant (and some of his smallest but most interesting) legal adventures, here and abroad, including revelations about his cases involving former Vice Presidents Spiro T. Agnew and Hubert Humphrey, Roy Cohn, Donald Trump, and others.
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In The Client Decides, Martin London tells us what it’s like to be on the inside of civil and criminal trials involving prominent clients and adversaries, including unscrupulous judges and lawyers. London tells fascinating stories about his courtroom victory for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, his jury trial victory over CBS and its prominent Chicago anchor in what was the largest libel verdict ever affirmed by a federal court, and his valiant and successful pro bono work on behalf of physicians whose lives were threatened by anti-choice fanatics. Some of his cases have gone as high as the Supreme Court, and others were successfully disposed of even before trial. He even adds some fascinating stories of how he got to the top of the legal ladder, with the help, along the way, of the author of The Godfather, Mario Puzo, and the London family dog, a nutty Weimaraner named Blue II. All riveting stuff, and funny too.

London was the head of the Litigation Department of one of the county’s leading law firms, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before he became Chairman of that firm. In this memoir, he shares with us some of his most significant (and some of his smallest but most interesting) legal adventures, here and abroad, including revelations about his cases involving former Vice Presidents Spiro T. Agnew and Hubert Humphrey, Roy Cohn, Donald Trump, and others.
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"To Marty London -- quick, aggressive, courageous,
-- a lawyer who serves his client with total dedication."