Well , I have been a little anxious to visit Dept. 65 since my friend, Judge Amy Pellman had transferred to “children’s court” and a new Judge had taken the bench Upon entering it did seem odd not to see Judge Pellman, instead I saw Shelley Winters…this new judge looks like one of my favorite actresses of all time. Not to make light of what Judge Christine Byrd has achieved, this bench officer was with Irell & Manella from 1996 till being appointed to the bench by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger…
One obvious question comes to my mind — how did she like the pay cut? As a partner of a firm as prestigious and powerful as Irell & Manella, this had to have been a big pay cut, huge, gargantuan. On the other hand, what is a title of “Judge” worth in today’s world? …Growing up in Boston I can remember the judges had special low number plates on their Cadillacs and Lincolns and…
…On one side we had Susan E. Wiesner, founder of Susan E. Wiesner A Law Corporation, sitting second chair was Adam N. Schanz, Esq,. and Sawan Mansour, Esq. providing back up at the rail. On the other side we had Manley Freid, Esq. and Cori B. Steinberg, Esq. Both of these law firms are representing some real real rich people, very rich…big real estate holdings in Beverly Hills…is that middle eastern music I am hearing?
Wiesner presents her position to the court and of course Cori B. Steinberg, Esq stands and is at the ready to try and take it apart. Steinberg tries and tries but just seems to be missing the mark this morning. Judge Byrd listens very patiently and Manly Fried is sitting and playing with something on the table…it almost looked like casino chips…it beats tapping his finger. Picking them up and…
Fried decides to try and ice the cake by what appeared to me as slamming Ms. Wiesner in the eyes of the court. Earlier Mr. Fried sat and shook his head as Ms. Wiesner spoke and presented her case, when he had a chance to make comments he would only reference her as “her” or “she”…
…It is this reporter’s opinion that Mr. Fried’s strong dislike of Ms. Wiesner set a tone that became very obvious to the court. …Divorce is an aggressive sport and good lawyering is aggressive, but to show little or no respect for opposing counsel does not seem to work well at The Stanley Mosk…my opinion. Again, Judge Byrd maybe new to the bench but she is not new to legal shenanigans and theatrics, she heard it all and was well briefed.
In the end Judge Byrd made it as clear as a bell, $150,000 in legal fees and $ 75,000 in accounting fees…all Mr. Fried could do was ask when this was due? The answer was fair and reasonable, 1/2 in 45 days and the other 1/2 thirty days later.
Judge Bryd suggested that some of the rich guy’s cars could be sold and not to any “arm’s length relatives”…it would seem that Judge Byrd was up on “The Persian Two Step.” That was the middle eastern music I was hearing.
Now before you go feeling sorry for Mr. Fried’s client, he owns some huge medical buildings in Beverly Hills and dozens of other properties….rich, real rich. Like it or not it is the system that during the divorce, he or she who has the Do Re Mi has to pay!
Today in Department 65 there was a “boxing” match, Fried vs Wiesner and…
After all Judge Byrd was watching and listening too and saw through the silliness of one side stating his client was “a little low on funds”. Ms. Wiesner walked down the hall with her staff, holding an incredible Louis Vuitton hand bag.
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