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The McCourt Divorce VG Final

The McCourt Divorce VG Final

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The McCourt Divorce: A Viewer’s Guide Page 1
 
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The contents of this guide are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. You are free to share the contents, and adapt them for your own use. I ask that you attribute the work to me should you choose to do so.
 
The McCourt Divorce: A Viewer’s Guide Page 2
 
 Introduction.
 
Over the last ten months, I have done my best to chronicle the McCourt divorce from a fan’sstandpoint at
 Dodger Divorce
. Over that time, we have discussed matters ranging from theabsurdly complex—buying a baseball team with no cash!—to the ridiculous—a certain Russianfaith healer comes to mind. Throughout, I’ve been impressed to the point of expectation by theinsight and perspective offered by readers through comments, e-mails, and tweets. A third-year law student, I started the site because I was fascinated by the inside look the divorce providedinto the inner workings of my favorite team. As trial approaches, I’m excited to see where thisgoes, and happy to provide some background on the issues for others.As always, I try my best to be reachable. Please let me know if you have any questions,comments, criticisms, or concerns.Josh Fisher www.DodgerDivorce.com DodgerDivorce@gmail.com www.twitter.com/DodgerDivorce 
 
The McCourt Divorce: A Viewer’s Guide Page 3
 
Who’s who?
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:
Bishop, Leah
 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
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what the MPAwas created to do.
Boies, David
 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.
McCourt, Frank 
 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.

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