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Seven Questions with Robert Shapiro, Attorney and Co-Founder of LegalZoom

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Robert Shapiro attorney and co-founder of LegalZoom
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LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us an email.Today's subject is Robert Shapiro.

Robert Shapiro is one of the most recognized attorneys in the world who has been involved in numerous high profile cases, including the O.J. Simpson murder trial, in which Shapiro was a member of the "Dream Team" of defense attorneys. Shapiro, who has also has represented famous athletes Darryl Strawberry and José Canseco, as well as other celebrities such as Johnny Carson and Christian Brando, has over 31 years of legal experience. Alongside fellow attorneys Brian Liu and Brian Lee, and Eddie Hartman (a technology exec), Shapiro founded LegalZoom, the online legal documentation service.

The long-time Los Angeles resident who grew up in the Pico and La Cienega area, graduated from UCLA in 1965 and Loyola Law School in 1968, took time out last month to exchange emails with LAist about his work with LegalZoom, the city he loves, sports, charity work and high profile cases. (He did not, however, answer our questions regarding the Simpson trial or Phil Spector, Shapiro respectfully declined answering questions on those topics.)

Although this email exchange occurred prior to the deaths of Michael Jackson and Steve McNair, Shapiro does shed some light on the importance of wills.