The McCourt Divorce: A Viewer’s Guide Page 3
As much as anything else, this is a matter by, of, and for lawyers. Indeed, of the names thatappear below, Frank McCourt is the only one without a JD. One of the lawyers is a party to thelitigation. Two more are famous trial veterans, hired guns. Two more are key witnesses in eachMcCourt’s attempt to do with the Marital Property Agreement as it pleases. And the oneremaining lawyer might be the most important of all, as he has the power to decide the case.Presented in alphabetical order by last name, the lead players:
A respected estate planning attorney at the Los Angeles-based law firm Loeb and Loeb, Bishopwas consulted by the McCourts to review the Marital Property Agreement several years after the purchase of the Dodgers. Jamie will hope Bishop’s testimony can show that the MPA was never intended to be used as Frank attempts today. Frank, on the other hand, relies on Bishop’s work to prove that strictly separating the couple’s business and residential assets is
what the MPAwas created to do.
Boies is Jamie’s trial attorney, perhaps known best for representing the Justice department in itsantitrust case against Microsoft, or perhaps his representation of former Vice President Al Gorein
Bush v. Gore
. A veteran to both baseball litigation and California politics, Boies is a familiar name in these circles. Not unlike his counterpart, Stephen Susman, Boies’ chief skill is his abilityto win just about any argument, regardless of field.
Gordon, Scott (Judge)
At the beginning of these proceedings, Gordon was (much more amusingly) titled aCommissioner of the Court. Befitting the gravity of the case, and in acknowledgement of nearlytwo decades of public service as a deputy district attorney and professor of law, Gordon waselevated to the position of Judge this past Spring. An expert on Adolf Hitler and veteran of celebrity litigation, Gordon was appointed to the role by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The nominal owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, if you put much stock into Major LeagueBaseball documents. Frank earned his fortune through real estate development and severalrounds of related litigation. Though you can’t tell from his name, Frank’s roots are in Boston.Frank has been involved in more than his fair share of contentious business relationships in histime, and has displayed an inordinate tolerance for risk.