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Meet Martin Singer, Charlie Sheen’s Lawyer and a ‘Pit Bull’ for Celebrities

Posted May 23, 2011 6:00 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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When Charlie Sheen filed a lawsuit over his firing from Two and a Half Men, he turned to Los Angeles lawyer Martin Singer, a litigator who relishes a fight for Hollywood stars who feel they’ve been wronged.

Singer, 59, has a big roster of celebrity clients, including Sylvester Stallone, Jeremy Piven, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sen. Harry Reid and Quentin Tarantino, the New York Times reports. He does not represent movie studios. He and his 15-lawyer law firm, Lavely & Singer, have “emerged as Hollywood’s foremost protectors of the unlikeliest of underdogs: celebrities who seem to have it all,” the story says.

Singer formed his law firm in 1980 with John Lavely Jr., a lawyer he had worked with at a dissolving entertainment law firm, Schiff, Hirsch & Schreiber. Singer had originally been hired at Schiff Hirsch do research. At his new firm, Singer grew his practice by taking litigation work shunned by more established firms.

Today the Brooklyn-raised lawyer is a “pit bull” who claims to have a sensitive side that kept him away from a medical career, the story says. "I am a very emotional person, and will cry,” he told the Times.

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