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October 06, 2004

Celebrity Death Match: Legal Edition

Here at the Armoire, we always get a particular voyeuristic thrill out of legal gossip. Cross-reference that with the tawdry frisson of Hollywood, and well, we're just beside ourselves with unsavory glee. [Note: We bat around the royal "we" as the notion takes us. Just be glad we don't talks and lisps likes certain hobbitses corrupted by their preciousssss.]

Barry Hirsch, former chairman of big-deal entertainment law firm formerly known as Armstrong Hirsch Jackoway Tyerman & Wertheimer (now known as Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum & Morris) has left, taking several partners with him, to form his own outfit, Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishman. (Whew!) This sort of thing happens all the time in the legal world - partners leave, taking associates, secretaries, paralegals and their files, all the time. But given that clients like Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Pfeiffer, both Francis and Sofia Coppola, Bernie Mac, Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson have followed their lawyer(s) to the new firm, this news makes a slightly bigger splash beyond the pages of legal periodicals.

ADDENDUM: I boldfaced the names, since this is a pretty gossipy post.

ADDENDUM the second: This isn't brand new news. Defamer's been posting about the story as it appeared in the Hollywood trade rags back in August: here, here, and here (with industry commentary).

Hollywood High Noon: Lawyers in a Duel for Clients [NYT] [Bugmenot]

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