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Monday, December 21, 2009

In re Marriage of Woods and Nordegren






Tiger Woods - Elin Nordegren divorce news update: Nordegren consulting Sorrell Trope, star lawyer
BY Nancy Dillon and Corky Siemaszko DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS





Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren are reportedly headed for divorce. Elin Nordegren has hired divorce lawyer Sorrell Trope.

Tiger Woods' wife reportedly has the dean of Tinseltown's divorce lawyers on her side as she and the golfing great head for Splitsville.


Nobody has more experience at tearing celebrity marriages asunder than Sorrell Trope, who hung his shingle in 1949 and whose star clients span the generations from Cary Grant and Rod Steiger to Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Hugh Grant and Britney Spears.

While Trope is no expert on the law in Florida, which is where Elin Nordegren lives, admiring lawyers say he is a hard-nosed negotiator who goes to the mat for whoever can afford him.
Nordegren reportedly signed a prenuptial agreement before she married Tiger, so Trope would most likely be enlisted to hammer out a postnup to give her a bigger piece of Woods' wealth, they said.


"There is just one Sorrell Trope," said Manhattan divorce lawyer Robert Wallack. "He's the dean of the California matrimonial bar.

"He's in a class of maybe 12 or 15 lawyers that handles very high-asset, high-income divorces with contentious custody cases," said Beverly Hills-based family law arbitrator Alexandra Leichter.


Woods, 33, who cheated on his Swedish spouse with a bevy of women, has reportedly offered her millions to stop her from walking away - and taking their two kids.

Wallack said it is not unusual for spurned celebrity spouses to bring in a "big gun" to press their case for more dough - and to walk away richer if they were treated especially badly.
"She might have brought him in to lead the charge," said Wallack, who has represented celebrities like Christie Brinkley and Damon Dash.

Trope, who is 82 and one of the best-paid lawyers in Los Angeles, did not return a call about his reported entry into the Woods saga.

In an earlier interview, the Albany-born lawyer said he got into lawyering because it seemed like a glamorous profession.

"When I was a little boy, on a Saturday you always went to the movies and you saw a double feature and a cartoon," he said.

"And there were some wonderful lawyer movies, and the lawyers were always dressed up and they looked wonderful."

Nordegren, 29, who has stayed silent as the sex scandal swamped her husband, fanned speculation they were splitting up when she appeared in public without her wedding ring - and after she bought an island getaway in her homeland.

The Daily News reported on Wednesday that she was taking the kids with her to spend Christmas in Sweden - and that Woods was staying behind to hang with his buddies.
A day later, People magazine broke the story that Nordegren wanted out of her five-year marriage and several Los Angeles TV stations reported she was consulting Trope.
Nordegren's divorce plans emerged on the same day The Associated Press selected the scandal-scarred golfer as the Athlete of the Decade.


Woods received over a third of the votes cast by AP member editors, who focused on his jaw-dropping exploits on the links - not in the sack.
csiemaszko@nydailynews.com

3 comments:

Houstonlaw said...
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Houstonlaw said...

Tiger wood's case will be really an interesting case to see. Let's see how more he can avoid his divorce?

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Elison Duncan said...

Sorrell Trope is good california lawyer. Elin Nordegren has hired good lawyer and well experience in law.

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