Howard Weitzman is recognized as one of the most influential attorneys in the nation. His practice includes litigation in civil, criminal, antitrust and regulatory forums. Mr. Weitzman has been lead trial attorney in over 200 civil and criminal jury trials, and has represented over 1,000 individuals and companies on matters ranging from intellectual property and entertainment issues to family law and estate issues. He has twice received the Jerry Geisler Memorial Award as the outstanding trial lawyer in Los Angeles County. He has been profiled in a number of publications and was named one of the top fifteen lawyers in the country by The National Law Journal. In 2009, Mr. Weitzman was once again named a “Super Lawyer” and was recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the Top Entertainment Lawyers in the nation. Mr. Weitzman was also honored in the 2010 edition of Southern California’s Best Lawyers, and in the 2009 Los Angeles Business Journal as one of “L.A.’s Top 100 Lawyers.”
Mr. Weitzman’s clients have included every major motion picture studio, talent agencies William Morris, ICM and CAA, and many high-profile clients including John DeLorean, Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando, Morgan Freeman, Magic Johnson, O. J. Simpson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ivan Reitman, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Sean Combs and Chuck Lorre, amongst others. He currently represents the Estate of Michael Jackson.
From 1995-1998, Mr. Weitzman served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Operations for Universal Studios, where he was responsible for restructuring the corporate part of the business. Mr. Weitzman regularly counsels major corporations on contract and business strategies.
Mr. Weitzman taught Trial Advocacy at the University of Southern California Law School for 12 years. He has lectured at Harvard, Georgetown Law Center, UCLA and numerous other law schools across the nation, and has been a speaker at countless seminars and symposiums for Bar Associations and conferences. Mr. Weitzman has been a guest on many national television shows, including “Larry King Live,” “Dateline,” and “Good Morning America.”
Mr. Weitzman is a graduate of the University of Southern California (B.A. 1962) and the University of Southern California Law Center (J.D. 1965).