(February 6, 1902 in London
- November 10, 1994 in New York City
) was a noted Jewish-American trial lawyer
and senior partner of the law firm Phillips Nizer Benjamin Krim & Ballon. He represented many celebrities in a variety of cases, among them Quentin Reynolds
in his successful libel suit against columnist Westbrook Pegler
, and the broadcaster John Henry Faulk
against AWARE, a right-wing organization that had falsely labeled him a communist.
A graduate of Columbia College
and Columbia Law School
, he wrote several books, among them the best-selling "My Life In Court" in 1962, about many of his famous cases, which spent many weeks on the New York Times
bestseller list. He also wrote "The Implosion Conspiracy" in 1972, a study of the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
espionage case. He died at the age 92 in New York City, having continued to work at his firm until 10 days before his death.
His representation of Reynolds served as the basis for the Broadway play A Case of Libel
, which starred Van Heflin
With Jack Valenti
, Nizer helped created the motion picture ratings system
of the Motion Picture Association of America
, which he served as general counsel
After the assassination of John F. Kennedy
, he authored the foreword to the Warren Commission
report that investigated JFK's murder and the conspiracy theories that still surround it.
In addition to his legal work, Louis Nizer was an author, artist, lecturer, and advisor to some of the most powerful... Read More