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Los Angeles trial lawyer and former sports agent Michael Lance "Mike" Trope

Los Angeles trial lawyer and former sports agent Michael Lance “Mike” Trope

Micheal Trope, L. A. attorney wins Appeal B254719 for client Randall Douthit.

In August 2015 via the divorce of Randall Douthit and Patrice Jones though the appellate process we get a rare look at how Hollywood lives. Randall Douthit produced the “Judge Judy” show and the divorce with Patrice Jones ended up not being that nice.

We get a look at what homes are valued at as they go on the market, how much a Malibu Home is worth in monthly rent. We even get down to china, silverware and the worth of furniture.

This lengthy divorce once again proves you do much better to settle between yourselves or hire a mediator. In this case the wife changed lawyers and experts multiple times and ended up with the court costs. She also had to pay the appellate fees for her ex-husband to defend himself.

The whole process began in 2007 when the husband filed for a divorce because he felt he was drowning in debt ran up by his wife of twelve years. It ended with the Decision being handed down in August of 2015 by the appellate court. That’s 8 years fighting over china and silverware.

I have converted the full decision to a PDF file for this site as a lesson of why to settle nicely because the legal fees to keep the fight going will eat you up.

Patrice-Jones-vs-Randall-Douthit-B254719

As you read through the document think “A Cautionary Tale”.

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By Rose Turner
March 22, 2016
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Kirk Kerkorian settles long time feud with ex-wife Lisa

Michael Trope has hit the grand slam home run of Family Law. He hit the ball right out of the park with the bases loaded for his client, Lisa Kerkorian. We at DesperateExes.com are betting that this is one of the biggest if not THE biggest child support wins in the history of divorce… …but Lisa K is no fool, she reached out and picked a winner, Michael Trope, of Trope and DeCarolis.

Michael Trope not only negotiated this incredible win, but folks wait till you hear this number, $10,250,000.00 in retroactive child support for Lisa Da K going back to 2002! There is no other lawyer in the United States that could have put a deal like this together, none. …can you say “vindicated?” Whoever found Michael Trope for Ms. Kerkorian should be awarded a trip around the world, all expenses paid!!! Or a Rolex, “The Yacht-Master II” blue bezel and…

…Folks there is always a backside to these stories and this one is no different. It was back in ….2008 when Michael Trope presented his “Motion to set aside” all the nasty stuff that victimized Lisa Kerkorian. As some of you will remember when she had Kolodny and Anteau as her lawyers pretty much all of what she said on the phone was being shared with Kirk Kerkorian’s lawyer Christensen …Anthony Pellicano know who else through wiretaps… …and Terry Christensen lost his ability to practice law…disbarred….

…1. Lisa did not get a fair trial in 2002 because her lawyers were compromised with wire taps…..

Los Angeles Attorney Michael Trope wins largest settlement ever in divorce corp.

Los Angeles Attorney Michael Trope wins largest settlement ever in divorce corp.

2. Michael Trope was asking that everything be set aside as it was an “unfair” trial. And this was the only reasonable thing the court could do…a great position to take.

3. All previous evidence would have to be purged, tossed, thrown out, dumped…why? It was all obtained through illegal conduct…

4. …Kirk Kerkorian crew would not be allowed to present any new evidence and all of the other stuff would be tossed…

…. Now, for the big turn, a change of direction, we got a fresh attitude. I wrote on May 12, 2010 that the Judge orders lotsa bacon for Lisa Da K lawyers.” That day, it is my opinion that Joe Mannis, not being anyone’s fool saw what the exposure could be for his client and began to chart a new course. The actions and comments that day by Judge Steinberg made it clear that it was not going to be business as usual when it came to Lisa Kerkorian and her lawyer, Michael Trope. The other side representing Kirk Kerkorian had committed serious crimes and…

…The deal has been floating around it looks like since July 8, 2010, my birthday! The agreement was finalized and signed… …October 22, 2010. Representing Mr. Kirk Kerkorian is none other than one of the biggest hitters in family law, Joe Mannis. When it comes to seasoned lawyers talk to Joe Mannis. Keep in mind, Mannis represented one of the richest men in the world on this divorce/support issue. Talk about Titans of DIVORCE, here you have two of the best in the game, Michael Trope and Joe Mannis!

In closing, this was some of the best big gun lawyering in Family Law court this year, Michael Trope for Lisa Kerkorian and Joe Mannis for Kirk Kerkorian. …Michael Trope, need I remind everyone that before becoming a lawyer, he was one of the biggest sports agents in the country…”The Art of Negotiating” is alive and well at Trope and DeCarolis.

Read the rest of this article as well as the previous coverage at Desperate Exes.com.

http://desperateexes.com/2010/10/22/cha-ching-kerkorian-settlement-could-set-record/.

UPDATE ADDITION: The settlement, which provides $100,000 a month until Kira turns 19 or until she graduates from high school, no longer is a full-time student or no longer is living with her mother full-time. After that, the settlement says, the child support will be reduced to $50,000 a month.

The agreement also provides for Kerkorian to pay expenses including school costs, equestrian expense, clothing, housing, travel, hobbies, automobiles, food, beauty treatments, tutoring, entertainment, parties and pets.

The AP reports that Lisa was married to Kerkorian for only 28 days and admitted that their daughter, Kara was not his biological daughter, but Kerkorian has loved her and been involved in her life as her “dad” since day one.

Wonder how much the Court awarded Michael Trope in attorney fees? Perhaps John J. Nazarian will get that scoop and share it with us as well.

©John J. Nazarian
October 23, 2010
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Douglas Bagby the Ted Baxter of Divorce Court

Douglas A. Bagby, I have never heard of this guy till today! Mr. Bagby was doing divorce battle with none other than Michael Trope of Trope and DeCarolis. This was taking place in Judge Rudy Diaz’s courtroom, Dept. 83.

When I walked in there was Mr. Bagby doing what only could be called an oration of sorts. One thing I noticed was that his suit was a nice cut and fit him well, it had to be tailored. Sitting next to him was his client, and forgive me here folks but she looked like a horse that had been ridden hard and put away wet! …

Well back to Bagby, he just went on and on, Judge Diaz was developing a pained look on his own face and just kept his head lowered as if to be praying that Bagby would just sit down and shut up! Mr. Bagby was very entertaining, if you listen to him he has a great presentation until you realize he is “shoveling” it as fast and furious as he can. And if you listen closer you will ask yourself, “what did he say?” How many of you remember Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, he is alive and well living in the body of Douglas A. Bagby, Esq. Someone should grab this guy for Dancing with the Stars, for sure, he does a great soft shoe and moves into a great tap dance and if that all fails hold on for the Fox Trot. This guy is good, just like Ted Baxter.

All of a sudden Judge Diaz rules against Mr. Bagby and DABs did something I have never seen or heard any divorce lawyer do. Within seconds of having the judge rule against him, Mr. Bagby goes into an incredible mini oration as to “when do I get some money over here”…shit he just morphed into Archie Bunker! For sure he tried to force Judge Diaz in giving an order for funds, let’s see back in March of 2010 he asked for $200,000 based on a potential $70,000 bill and was given $25,000…( remember the nice suit ) Judge Diaz was not going for it back in March and I am betting he won’t be going for it today either. Mr. Bagby stated that he had a “Substitute of Attorney” form ready and waiting as he looked around the courtroom for someone to pass the form to. He was backing doing a soft shoe and ready to let a rhumba loose. Judge Diaz told him, “we are in a middle of a hearing”…DABs comes back and states, “this is going to cost me another $20,000?…he has costs and on and on he went, $100 grand? Perhaps he should begin asking at $20,000 and not wait for his bill to go to $100 grand…and he does wear a nice suit.

Pretty soon DAB’s client asked the court to clear the courtroom… …she may look like she parked her ass on a porcupine but she had us all tossed out in the hall…

Read the rest of John J. Nazarian’s article at Desperate Exes.com

http://desperateexes.com/2010/06/15/the-ted-baxter-of-the-courtroom/

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June 18, 2010
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Kirk Kerkorian

Well it was smackdowns and laughs in Department 2 this morning at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. Real funny for some and real sad for others. Department 2 is the domain of Judge Steinberg and the judge was sticking with her “tentative”..$489,254.05. Yup, she did it and this was an interim fee award without prejudice to request MORE!!!!! More??!! This judge got it and understood clearly what was being done in her court and did the right thing! And you know, the rich are different and should pay when they can to “keep the monkeys dancing.”

Who might you ask were the actors in this divorce drama???? Lisa Kerkorian was in court today with her lawyers, Michael Trope and his partner Patrick DeCarolis, it was strange, these two divorce titans said pretty much nothing…almost church-like! Their paperwork was submitted and there they sat waiting for a decision from Judge Steinberg. NOW, on the other side representing the 41st richest man in the world were Joe Mannis and Robert Kipper, who might you ask is their client? None other than Kirk Kerkorian, who is a very rich old fellow, born in Fresno on June 6, 1917. (I had the chance to meet him for a few seconds during his appearance in Federal Court in defense of his former lawyer and good friend, Terry Christensen. During the Anthony Pellicano wire tapping trial. He was twice as entertaining as Chris Rock …)

Joe Mannis was beside himself as he was throwing all he could to get the Judge not to give this huge sum of money to Lisa’s lawyers….

Los Angeles Attorney Michael Trope

Los Angeles Attorney Michael Trope

This is more than huge money, Michael Trope and his client Lisa K can go back to court and likely get more in the weeks and months to come. This is bad for the rich old guy, now the former love of his life can fight him with his own money! If I were Mr. Mannis I would hope that Mr. Kerkorian does not have the volume turned up on his hearing aid when his assistant tells him that he got hammered in Los Angeles this morning…then again one must reflect that you cannot take all that money with you…

Note: It would appear that this year Mr. Kerkorian has been very generous to a few lawyers here in Los Angeles…”what was that clicking sound on my phone?”…

This appears to have all of the big and powerful players in the Hollywood Divorce Scene employed, finish reading John J. Nazarian’s take at the below URL and while there browse through his latest group of articles and the joke he posted.

http://desperateexes.com/2010/05/12/judge-orders-lotsa-bacon-for-lisa-da-k-lawyers/.

©John J. Nazarian
May 15, 2010
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Happy Birthday no fault Divorce

Happy Birthday “No Fault Divorce,” 40 years old and counting. Well, happy for some anyways, certainly not for all. It was 1970 when the California law took effect. Now it is practiced in every state, except New York, ahhhh the East, gotta love em!

“No Fault Divorce” is a wonderful thing, except for one little thing, the human element. What is that you ask?… …blood pressure meds are a bitch. Oh for sure “No Fault” is here to stay, and so is the human element. …

…No Fault is for many just a legal term, and private investigators know darn well that there has to be “fault” and it is laying right next to “reason.” It has to be someone’s “fault” that he or she no longer loves me, and further more I want to know the “reason.” Just like in the days before No Fault. …

…No Fault there are several states that are not so friendly towards the female part in the divorce, for example Ohio. Ohio seems to lean towards the sperm donor’s side in regards to community property and support…it is just how it seems to me. I love the Chili Dogs in Toledo.

Happy Birthday “No Fault” and thanks for keeping a roof over my head!

Be Sure to Read the Rest of this article about the “new woman” or the “abs” on DesperateExes.com and while there read the article this is referenced to. Yes I did steal John J. Nazarian’s graphic artists work. Sorry but it was just too cute to pass up. Be sure you browse DesperateExes.com for other articles we don’t pick up; there is an array of great articles there.

http://desperateexes.com/2010/03/01/happy-birthday-no-fault/.

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March 1, 2010
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Super Lawyers or NOT

Once again it’s “Super Lawyers” time…folks, this is so embarrassing! Embarrassing from the point that this is PAID PUBLICITY, paid for by the “Super Lawyers” themselves. Sure I have heard all about the “point system” and “input from peers,” I am just having problems telling Bullshit from Roses.

…Input from peers, and 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement-things like experience, verdicts, and settlements, transactions, clients, honors and awards — this was taken from “Super Lawyers” on how the “Supers” are selected…I am not buying it.

…And it gets even better, there is Top 10 Law Schools, The Top 100, The Top 50, The Rising Stars. Well how about this, The Biggest Wallet, The Newest Rolls Royce, The Biggest Gut, The Smallest Feet, our favorites The Best Dressed, The Worst Dressed, The Worst Breath, The Biggest Ego, The Coolest Offices, and as you see this could go on and on.

…I know some of these lawyers, and to call them “Super” would be a little like watching a train wreck and applauding. There are some very good lawyers on the list… …Oh that is one of the other fun things you can do if you buy one of these silly advertising gimmicks and that is having it framed and hanging in your office…problem, they are also hanging in all of the other “Super Lawyers” offices…..why? They too paid for it!

Hmm, I just had a thought, they should reach out to all of those unhappy clients who may have hired a “Super Lawyer” from this list and got hammered. We could then have the “Asswipe Awards,”… …could be a money maker too, and at least it would be honest and heart-felt.

Note: “Super Lawyers” does print this: “You may wonder whether lawyers pay to be included. The simple and unequivocal answer is no. …who writes this stuff? guys in long coats, tall hats and carpet bags?

DesperateExes.com will be posting our own list of lawyers who we think are the best here in the Southern California area, based on our experience and observation, not payola. But if anyone wants to send us $25,000, we’ll be happy to post your picture, suitable for framing!

To get the most from this article and Ken could hear me laughing across our house, and you can’t even hear the dogs barked from that distance; this full article is a must read, laughter is good for the soul. WARNING: Do not have any type of drink in hand or take a sip you too could have a screen full of cola as I did while reading this.

http://desperateexes.com/2010/02/04/super-lawyers-meet-asswipes/.

Be sure you visit the rest of Desperate Exes.com while there some great, funny and some serious articles. My vote is John J. Nazarian should write a book, call it Desperate Exes!.

©John J. Nazarian
February 5, 2010
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Happy Holidays from John J. Nazarian and Charlee

Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings from all of us at DesperateExes.com, and what a year it has been. Rich celebrities losing their fortunes, silly celebs losing what little brain matter they may have had, and male icons not understanding how fragile their images are, and of course all of those who have made a living off of all this mishigas! Mishigas is becoming my word of choice for much of what divorce is all about and it is also a word that I can associate with another word: costly. The more crazy things become for the wealthy, the more the cost of fixing it.

Well, gone are the little jelly candies that we gave out for more than ten years, the company who made them for us was sold. …After trying numerous ideas we found it! Bella Viva Orchards, this is a family owned and run farm in Denair, located in the Central Valley of California. …all of those who are close to Nazarian and Associates will now be getting… …I and many of you will miss the wonderful jelly candies, but, like my hairline, they are gone.

My good friend Cary Goldstein and I almost ate an entire box of Bella Viva …with a nice chilled bottle of Cristal. That is one of my favorite champagnes. We were relaxing and laughing about some of the events that plague us in our chosen professions…get me another drink.

Talking about hanging out, drove up to Bob and Joan Cohen’s home the other night …The Cohens have an amazing home that overlooks the entire Los Angeles basin. It was late and it was one of those moments when the stars are in alignment… … we were enjoying the evening sipping a great port and sitting by the pool. How did I know it was a great port? I bought it as a gift for Bob a few years before, nothing better than a great port. And Bob, that is one of the most gorgeous Jaguar sports cars that I have seen, drive it in good health.

To Read the rest of John J. Nazarian’s and Desperateexes.com holiday greeting visit them at:

http://desperateexes.com/2009/12/20/seasons-greetings-from-desperate-exes/.

NOTE FROM ROSE: While there look around from funny to sad to serious, Desperateexes.com with John J. Nazarian’s unique writing style. He can hit the nail on the head while leaving you laughing. Thanks John I have enjoyed every minute of your writings and you made me laugh, keep it up and bring your fans another year as only you can.

©John J. Nazarian
December 20, 2009
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