Who in the world is Louis Nizer? It might sound a bit crazy to some people to have a man who once held the title of highest paid attorney in the world.
Nizer was the senior partner of the law firm he began in 1926, Phillips, Nizer, Benjamin, Krim & Ballon. At the age of 92, he was still going to work almost every day until 10 days before his death in 1992. Was he a workaholic, control freak, or a man passionate about his choice of career? I’ll take that last one. For some reason I can’t see a person devoting 70+ years to unless they were passionate about it.
“The excitement has never diminished. Indeed it has grown. The challenge is ever new. The contest is ever intense. Surprise is ever present.”-Louis Nizer Attorney and Author February 6, 1902 – November 10, 1994
A partial list of his clients:
- Johnny Carson
- Charlie Chaplin
- Salvador Dali
- Eddie Fisher
- Alan Jay Lerner
- Mae West
- Julius Erving
My Life in Court was a New York Times bestseller in 1962. Included in the book, Nizer recounted the trial of Quentin Reynolds vs the columnist Westbrook Pegler. The trial became the basis for the Broadway play A Case of Libel.
Even today, at the time of this writing, My Life in Court is among the Top 10 in its category on Amazon for Kindle and Paperback.
“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.”-Louis Nizer Attorney and Author February 6, 1902 – November 10, 1994
“Books are standing counselors and preachers, always at hand, and always disinterested; having this advantage over oral instructors, that they are ready to repeat their lesson as often as we please.”-Louis Nizer Attorney and Author February 6, 1902 – November 10, 1994
“A beautiful lady is an accident of nature. A beautiful old lady is a work of art.”-Louis Nizer Attorney and Author February 6, 1902 – November 10, 1994
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Ronovan Hester is an author, with a debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling due out in February 14, 2016. He shares his life on his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of writing, authors and community through his online world has led to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge, Weekly Fiction Prompt Challenge, and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com.
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