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Melvin Belli

King of the Courtroom



Mark Shaw





[Melvin Belli] made it perfectly permissible to be flamboyant. He was like a leading artist, one you think about in terms of Van Gough and Picasso. They did things that gave other artists permission to try new things. They had the heart and soul to push others. Belli was like that, like a great artist who kept pushing and other lawyers like me said, Hey, we can be like that.


Gerry Spence

Trial Lawyer







He [Melvin Belli] was like a big howitzer. You had to point him in the right direction.


Lawyer Frederica Sayre to

Chicago Tribune





[Belli] was gifted by nature with a velvety hypnotic voice that

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