Speaking Engagement

Life and Times of Louis Nizer: Practical Pointers and Ethical Lessons

New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education

Online Webinar

Blank Rome Partners Adrienne C. Rogove and Stephen M. Orlofsky, former United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey, will be featured speakers at the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (“NJICLE”) online webinar Life and Times of Louis Nizer: Practical Pointers and Ethical Lessons, being held on Thursday, December 18, 2020, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. EST, via Zoom.

Who was Louis Nizer Esq. and what did he accomplish? And what can we learn from his legacy?

Louis Nizer was a noted American trial lawyer and senior partner in the law firm now called Phillips Nizer LLP. Nizer began public speaking at age ten (10) and received a government citation for his patriotic speeches during Broadway show intermissions for Liberty Bond drives during World War I. During his years of practice, Nizer represented many celebrities in a variety of cases including Johnny Carson, Salvador Dali, Mae West, and Dr. J. In addition, Louis Nizer represented Quinton Reynolds in a successful libel suit against columnist Westbrook Pegler. He represented broadcaster John Henry Faulk in a case that inspired a Broadway play titled A Case of Libel. (George C. Scott portrayed Nizer in the 1975 CBS made-for-television movie Fear on Trial about the Faulk case).

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Louis Nizer was an author, artist, lecturer, and adviser to some of the most powerful people in the worlds of politics, business and entertainment. Nizer authored the foreword to the Warren Commission Report. He also authored several other books including the bestseller “My Life in Court”. With Jack Valenti he developed the movie rating system as we know it today.

Adrienne, Steve and their co-panelists will introduce attendees to Louis Nizer, the man, the orator, and the legal mind that was always ready to offer guidance to being a better lawyer, including:

  • The Nizer Cases and lessons that they represent

  • Nizer’s Legal advice on:

    • Trial Preparation—Is there a right way or wrong way to try a case?

    • The Art of Persuasion

    • Jury selection

    • Opening statements—Better to be brief or better to use the opening statement to win over the triers of fact?

    • Witness Examination and witness preparation essentials

    • Cross-Examination—Skillful cross exam tips

    • Summations

  • Ethical Lessons

NJ, NY, and PA CLE credit may be available.

For more information and to register, please visit the event webpage.