Nizer, Louis, 1902-1994

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From the description of Papers of Louis Nizer, 1961. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79632245

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Louis Nizer was a trial lawyer and author of books including My Life in Court, Catspaw, and Implosion Conspiracy.

Nizer was born in 1902 in London, though his parents moved to Brooklyn, New York when Nizer was a young child and he spent most of his youth in the United States. Nizer attended Columbia College and earned his BA from the institution in 1922 before continuing on to earn his law degree from the Columbia University Law School in 1924.

Nizer, along with fellow attorney Louis Phillips, established a law practice in 1926, the foundations of the firm that would become Phillips, Nizer, Benjamin, Krim, and Ballon.

Much of Nizer's legal career focused on entertainment law, and in particular the film industry. In addition to representing individuals and companies involved in the film industry, he served as the lawyer for the New York Film Board of Trade. He, along with Jack Valenti, was instrumental in creating the motion picture ratings system still in use by the Motion Picture Association of America.

In addition to his trial work, Nizer was a writer who wrote popular books related to the law. His best known work is his 1962 memoir, My Life in Court which documented his experiences in the courtroom; other of his books, such as Catspaw, also documented cases that he worked on over the course of his career. He also penned a book about the Rosenberg case, Implosion Conspiracy, which resulted in its own legal action when Nizer was sued by the Rosenberg family. In addition to his books, Nizer also wrote a column for the Chicago Tribune.

Nizer died in 1994 of kidney failure at the age of 92.

From the guide to the Louis Nizer Papers, 1940-1994., (Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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creatorOf Nizer, Louis, 1902-1994. Papers of Louis Nizer, 1961. Library of Congress
referencedIn Welles mss., 1930-1950, (Bulk 1936-1947) Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Faulk, John Henry. John Henry Faulk vs. AWARE, Inc., Laurence A. Johnson and Vincent Hartnett Case Records, 1939-1982 University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Ogden Rogers Reid papers, 1925-1982 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Reid, Ogden R. (Ogden Rogers), 1925-. Ogden Rogers Reid papers, 1925-1982 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (bulk 1929-1957) Yale University Library
referencedIn Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950. General correspondence, [ca. 1925]-1950. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Gore Vidal papers, 1850-2020 (inclusive), 1936-2008 (bulk) Houghton Library
creatorOf Louis Nizer Papers, 1940-1994. Columbia University. Rare Book an Manuscript Library
referencedIn Max Lerner papers, 1927-1998 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Harvard Law School Forums Records Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
creatorOf Boni & Liveright. Correspondence : with Theodore Dreiser, 1917-1938. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn John Henry Faulk vs. AWARE, Inc. Laurence A. Johnson and Vincent Hartnett, Case Records 741761110. 83-009; 87-045., 1939-1982 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
creatorOf United States. District Court (New York : Southern District). Konrad Bercovici vs. Charles S. Chaplin and United Artists Corporation court documents, docket number 14-190, 1942-1947. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963. Papers, 1921-1963. Indiana University
referencedIn Douglas, Melvyn. Papers, 1892-1983. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Horace Liveright Theatrical Productions. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1926-1932. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (bulk 1929-1957) Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Louis Lipsky papers, 1898-1976 American Jewish Historical Society
referencedIn Skouras, Spyros P., 1893-1971. Spyros P. Skouras papers, 1942-1971. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Freund, Paul A. Paul A. Freund papers. 1918-1993. Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Tetens, Friedrich Tete Harens, 1899-1976. Friedrich Tete Harens Tetens papers, 1925-1976. University at Albany, University Libraries
referencedIn Edgar F. Magnin Papers, 1909-1984 The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
referencedIn Sullivan, Ed, 1901-1974. Papers, 1920-1974. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Hand, Learned, 1872-1961. Papers, 1840-1961 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Reid, Ogden R. (Ogden Rogers), 1925-. Ogden Rogers Reid papers, 1925-1982 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Kruse, Alexander Z., 1888-1972. Papers of Alexander Z. Kruse, 1890-1972 (bulk 1930s-1960s). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Odets mss., 1921-1963 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957. Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (inclusive), 1929-1957 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Spyros P. Skouras Papers, 1942-1971 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Lerner, Max, 1902-2001. Max Lerner papers, 1927-1992 (inclusive). Yale University Library
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associatedWith Douglas, Melvyn. person
associatedWith Faulk, John Henry person
associatedWith Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957. person
correspondedWith Hand, Learned, 1872-1961 person
correspondedWith Harvard Law School Forum corporateBody
associatedWith Horace Liveright Theatrical Productions. corporateBody
associatedWith Kruse, Alexander Z., 1888-1972. person
associatedWith Lerner, Max, 1902- person
associatedWith Lerner, Max, 1902-2001. person
associatedWith Lipsky, Louis, 1876-1963 person
associatedWith Magnin, Edgar Fogel person
associatedWith Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963. person
associatedWith Paul A. Freund person
associatedWith Reid, Ogden R. (Ogden Rogers), 1925- person
associatedWith Rosenberg, Ethel, 1915-1953 person
associatedWith Rosenberg, Julius, 1918-1953 person
associatedWith Skouras, Spyros P., 1893-1971. person
associatedWith Sullivan, Ed, 1901-1974. person
associatedWith Tetens, Friedrich Tete Harens, 1899-1976. person
associatedWith United States. District Court (New York : Southern District) corporateBody
associatedWith Vidal, Gore, 1925- person
associatedWith Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950. person
associatedWith Welles, Orson, 1915-1985 person
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Birth 1902-02-06

Death 1994-11-10

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