Many Hollywood stars’ were his clients. Among the A-list stars’ names of Marlon Brando, Justin Bieber, Morgan Freeman, Michael Jackson, and O.J. Simpson are inevitable.
Well, it was only after handling the case of O.J. Simpson that Weitzman became a popular face beyond the Hollywood world. He handled Simpson’s case in the 1990s. The former NFL star was found accused of brutally slaying his ex-wife Nicole and her lover, Ron Goldman. In this case, Simpson was arrested. During this case, before the arrival of “Dream Team”, it was none other than Weitzman who took charge of the case.
While representing Simpson’s case, Weitzman at first revealed to media that Simpson was on his way to Chicago on his flight during the time of the murders. Later, on a shocking note, left the case incomplete, stating that his busy workload has made him take that decision. In later times, during his interactions with media, Weitzman has always been reluctant of speaking about his departure from Simpson’s case. Nonetheless, he did try his best by introducing Simpson to some of his legal team members, among which Johnnie Cochran was one of them.
Portraying Weitzman in the year 2016, Ken Lerner came up with FX limited series
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.
During the earlier stage of his career, Weitzman worked at Universal Studios. He was an in-house worker and continued this working pattern for 3 consecutive years, from 1995-98. During this time, his primary focus was on restructuring. Later he moved on to private practice and finally built his own entertainment law boutique. He was the co-founder of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert which he started from 2006.
Following his separation with Simpson as his client, the lawyer has been able to maintain a number of controversial clients over his entire career. Among the names of his controversial clients, I think the name of Michael Jackson is so relevant. The King of Pop was around lawyers all year round. But before he met Weitzman, he was at first attained by Simpson attorney Robert Shapiro.
Weitzman had to handle all the legal matters associated with M.J. after his demise in 2009. Obvious to his post, all the co-executors of his estate depended on Weitzman to conclude all the legal matters.
Carrying his job as a legal representative for M.J. was never a smooth walk on a cake. In one of the interviews in 2010, Weitzman even made a statement to THR where he expressed how tiring his work schedule was after the entertainer’s death. The real issue was when there would be people around him all the time claiming to be M.J.’s wife or child. Every passing day was daunting for him
He was even found fighting the IRS case over estate taxes very recently. Additionally, he even fought for HBO over the sex abuse documentary
Leaving Neverland in 2019.
Weitzman in his lifetime had also acted as a sales representative for Arnold Schwarzenegger, Courtney Love, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Sean Combs, Chuck Lorre, and Magic Johnson.
He was an outstanding litigator in L.A. His works are highly recognized and appreciated all over the estate. For his phenomenal contribution to law and his performance as a trial worker, he received two times the Jerry Geisler Memorial Award.
The full name of Weitzman was Howard Lloyd Weitzman. He was born on Sept. 21, 1939.
He graduated from the University of Southern California Law Center in 1965. Following his graduation, he teamed up at Wyman, Bautzer, Kuchel & Silbert, from where he started collecting top clients for himself.
Weitzman once in 1984 was representing John DeLorean who was a troubled automaker. The automaker was involved with some narcotics and Weitzman was the legal advisor of it. In spite of catching DeLorean with a suitcase full of cocaine, Weitzman explained how it was all set-up and that his client was just being trapped, following which DeLorean was acquitted. The case finally ends after 2 years, when Weitzman could also save his client from racketeering and tax evasion case.
Weitzman held a strong opinion about the divergence of action from the truth by the lawyers, the witnesses, the judges when being under media coverage. Even in one interview, he expressed his feelings against putting on cameras in the courtroom. He, of course, didn’t want the cameras to manipulate any action inside the courtroom. He believed that justice functioned better in private.
Weitzman has two sons – Jed and Armen. You might know Armen if you watched
Another Period. Armen has played the manservant Garfield on 2015-18 Another Period, which is a Comedy Central series. He was first married to Stacey Weitzman, who later divorced and got married to actor Henry Winkler. Later he married Margaret Weitzman who is an interior designer.
His work profile doesn’t end with litigation. He even was a film production adviser and even had on-screen roles. Yes, you have heard me right. He made his first appearance in the black comedy
Thank You for Smoking (2005) which was directed by his client, Jason Reitman. Following which he appeared in the 2014-16 TNT legal drama Murder in the First. In fact in the Steven Bochco series, he played the character of “Howard Weitzman.”