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Marvin Mitchelson (May 7, 1928 - September 18, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California) was a high-powered celebrity lawyer who pioneered the concept of palimony, calling it "marriage with no rings attached." May 7 is the 127th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (128th in leap years). ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Beverly Hills is a city in the western part of Los Angeles County, California, almost entirely surrounded by the city of Los Angeles. ... Palimony is a slang term referring to a court judgment for property or support in a lawsuit between unmarried cohabitants. ...

Mitchelson earned a B.A. from UCLA and his J.D. from Southwestern University, and was admitted to the California Bar on June 4, 1957. In 1963, he won a landmark United States Supreme Court decision giving indigent defendants the right to legal counsel. The University of California, Los Angeles, popularly known as UCLA, is a public, coeducational university situated in the neighborhood of Westwood within the city of Los Angeles. ... Southwestern University is a private, selective, four-year, undergraduate, liberal arts college located in Georgetown, Texas, USA // Campus Southwestern University is in Central Texas about 30 miles (50 km) north of Austin in Georgetown. ... June 4 is the 155th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (156th in leap years), with 210 days remaining. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C., (large image) The Supreme Court of the United States, located in Washington, D.C., is the highest court (see supreme court) in the United States; that is, it has ultimate judicial authority within the United States...

He became a household name when he was hired by Michelle Triola, a lounge singer who lived with actor Lee Marvin as his common law wife from 1964 until 1970, when Marvin told her to move out because he wanted to marry another woman. He helped Triola - who claimed that she was entitled to the same benefits as a divorcée, which meant half of Marvin's then-$3.6 million fortune - win her right to bring suit. Although Triola was awarded $104,000 for "rehabilitation" in 1978 (the ruling was overturned in 1981; Marvin never paid Triola any money), Marvin v. Marvin (Triola assumed Marvin's name during the relationship) set a precedent. Lee Marvin Lee Marvin, (February 19, 1924 – August 29, 1987) was an American film actor. ... This article concerns the common-law legal system, as contrasted with the civil law legal system; for other meanings of the term, within the field of law, see common law (disambiguation). ...

Marvin's many famous clients included Pamela Mason (wife of James Mason), Joan Collins, Mel Torme, Bianca Jagger, Mrs. William Shatner and many ex-wives of errant playboy sheiks. He owned a 38-room Beverly Hills mansion (which now belongs to Johnny Depp), a fleet of two-tone Rolls-Royces and epitomised the 70s champagne and cocaine lifestyle, consuming both in increasingly large quantities until a series of unpaid tax bills and malpractice complaints caught up with him. Joan Collins on the cover of Life Magazine 1955 Joan Henrietta Collins OBE (born May 23, 1933) is a British actress and best selling author. ...

He said, "A divorce lawyer is a chameleon with a law book." In his Century City office he had a chair owned by Rudolph Valentino and an illuminated ceiling of Botticelli's Venus which matched his belt buckle. His office ansaphone played 'You've Lost that Loving Feeling.' Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi, better known as Sandro Botticelli (Florence March 1, 1445 - May 17, 1510) was an Italian painter of the Florentine school during the Early Renaissance (Quattrocento). ...

He saw two rape charges dropped, but in 1993 he was suspended for failing to adequately supervise an associate and improper conduct in the use of a client trust account, a 1994 suspension for failure to take the professional responsibility exam, a 1995 probation revocation, and a 1996 discipline for failure to provide accountings or return unearned fees in 14 client matters. A 1993 conviction for paying taxes on some $2 million in income resulted in suspension from the Bar, bankruptcy and eventually two years in jail from 1996 to 1998.

He wept on his first day in Lampoc prison, but ultimately found white-collar incarceration stimulating. He organised an opera appreciation society, ran the library and helped other prisoners with their appeals.

He was able to resume his practice in 2000 after presenting a "humble and contrite" figure to the court. His last high-profile client was longtime friend Phil Spector, whom Mitchelson was to defend against murder charges when he died. Harvey Phillip Phil Spector (born December 26, 1940) is a highly influential American record producer who turned out some of the best-known popular music of the 1960s and 1970s. ...

Ironically, Mitchelson was himself married for 45 years — to a feisty former Italian starlet, Marcella. They had one son, Morgan. He joked that his matrimonial success was bad for his divorce practice, but the relationship was often stormy. She once tried to mow down one of his mistresses in her car. He filed for divorce a number of times, but admitted he was always too scared to serve her the papers.

Futher Reading Ladies' Man The Life and Trials of Marvin Mitchelson by John A. Jenkins (1992, St. Martin's Press) ISBN 0-312-07856-0

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Marvin Mitchelson, 76; was divorce attorney for the stars - The Boston Globe (757 words)
Mitchelson began practicing law in 1957 and first gained national attention in 1963, when he won a landmark US Supreme Court decision guaranteeing attorneys for indigent people appealing previous court rulings.
Mitchelson won her right to bring the lawsuit and would say later that the day she was allowed into court was the day marriage and family law changed forever.
Mitchelson was the youngest of three children and the only son of a Ukrainian immigrant mother and Polish immigrant father who was a painter and paperhanger.
Go For Law - Legal Article: Palimony (930 words)
Marvin, celebrity divorce attorney Marvin Mitchelson argued that his client, plaintiff Michelle Marvin and her ex-boyfriend, actor Lee Marvin, had orally agreed to pool their earnings together and share equally any and all property accumulated during their relationship, in exchange for Michelle render[ing] her services as a companion, homemaker, housekeeper and cook.
These Marvin claims, as they are often called, require that one party has given valid consideration (e.g., rendering domestic services or something of value other than mere sex), which shows that the agreement between the couple was legally valid and therefore enforceable.
A Marvin claim must be filed in a separate civil action from the divorce proceedings, although the two may later be consolidated.
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