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Host of her own national live daily talk show on Court TV for eight years, Lisa Bloom is now a legal analyst for NBC, appearing frequently on The Today Show and MSNBC, as well as The Early Show, The Insider, Dr. Phil, Dr. Drew, The Situation Room, The Joy Behar Show, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell and many other shows. In addition, Lisa runs a prominent Los Angeles based general practice law firm, TheBloomFirm.com, representing celebrity clients and ordinary people seeking justice in their lives. A popular award-winning speaker to business, student and women’s audiences, Lisa has been interviewed by Barbara Walters, Oprah Winfrey, Larry King, Rachael Ray, Piers Morgan, Montel Williams, Julie Chen, Harry Smith, Matt Lauer, Diane Sawyer, Charlie Gibson, Tony Danza, Star Jones, Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Bill O’Reilly, Shawn Hannity, Joe Scarborough, Tina Brown, Nancy Grace and many others in the United States, England, Ireland, Australia and throughout the English-speaking world.
As a television legal analyst, Lisa is known for her in-depth analysis of headline-grabbing trials, hard-hitting and unbiased interviews of lawyers, crime victims, defendants and government officials, and gutsy, plain English opinions, Lisa has covered every major crime and justice story of our time, including the OJ Simpson trials; Britney Spears’ custody and mental illness battles; police brutality cases; the Duke rape scandal; the Enron corporate fraud trial; the Saddam Hussein crimes against humanity tribunal; the Michael Jackson child molestation case; the Scott Peterson, Robert Blake and Casey Anthony murder trials; and the Jayson Williams and Martha Stewart cases, and the California and federal gay marriage and “don’t ask, don’t tell” constitutional cases. Lisa’s passion is international war crimes tribunals, which seek to bring to justice perpetrators of genocide and other crimes against humanity.
Never afraid of a fight, as a trial lawyer Lisa has taken on David-and-Goliath battles on behalf of the vulnerable against some of the most powerful forces in our culture, including suing the Boy Scouts of America on behalf of a girl who wanted to become a Scout; the Los Angeles Police Department on behalf of a use of force expert in the Rodney King beating trial; one of the largest churches in the world for a boy who was abused at a church summer camp; a powerful Fortune 500 company on behalf of a wheelchair-bound employee who had been harassed because of his disability; and many celebrities and prominent figures in business and politics in sexual harassment cases, including a sitting Los Angeles judge. Lisa’s work has set legal precedent on important social issues from some of the first cases involving the rights of AIDS patients to cases of repressed memory of child sexual abuse survivors. Lisa represented numerous celebrities, including Michael Lohan in his legal battle to save and protect his daughter, actress Lindsay Lohan; Oksana Grigorieva in her domestic violence case against actor Mel Gibson; Real Housewives of D.C. reality stars Tareq and Michaele Salahi who were the subjects of a federal grand jury investigation (they were never charged); Double Exposure reality stars Markus Klinko and Indrani as witnesses in a high profile federal trial; television host Lara Spencer in a personal matter; and many others who choose to keep their identities confidential.
Lisa has written two popular books in the last two years. Her first, Think, became an instant New York Times bestseller and received widespread rave reviews The Seattle Post-Intelligencer said, Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World is this year’s light bulb moment for women!
Lisa has performed many book readings with high school, college and book groups, and has been interviewed on hundreds of television and radio shows all over the world about her provocative thesis in Think, that the decline in American media and education, combined with the multibillion dollar beauty industry, are creating a dumbed-down culture that harm girls and women. Think offers specific advice on how we can reclaim our brains, by creating time to think daily, reading smart, provocative books and media, and re-connecting with our communities.
Lisa’s second book, Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness and Thug Culture, is a wakeup call for parents about the real world our boys inhabit right now. From how to teach your boy humility, to “making your home a reading mecca,” creating an expectation of college graduation, and how to teach your boy to be critical of the media onslaught in his life, Swagger is packed with research-proven, parent-tested, teacher-approved practical solutions, delivered in Bloom’s trademark no-nonsense, often humorous, take-charge voice.
Lisa’s most recent book, Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat it, became an instant bestseller and has sparked a national dialogue about race, implicit biases, and gun control through a thorough examination of what happened in the courtroom during one of America’s most iconic cases in recent history.
In addition to writing her books, Lisa has published numerous popular and scholarly articles on CNN.com, AOL.com, and in The Los Angeles Times, Family Circle, The National Law Journal, ABA Journal, NYU Journal of Law and Social Change, Berkeley Women’s Law Journal, NYU Journal of International Law, and many other outlets on topics such as gay marriage, international law, legalizing prostitution, and families of child molesters’ duty to warn. She has been profiled, featured and quoted in many publications, including The New York Times, Elle, TV Guide, the Washington Post, California Lawyer, Vegetarian Times, Television Week, the New York Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ladies’ Home Journal, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Electronic Media, CNN.com, and she is profiled in Who’s Who in American Law.
Public speaking is a particular passion to Lisa, and has been since her high school days, when she won numerous awards for expository and persuasive speaking, and was a California state speech finalist. Lisa graduated early and phi beta kappa from UCLA, where she was National College Debate Champion, finishing first place in the largest and most prestigious national college debate league. At Yale Law School she won first place in the highly competitive Moot Court competition, judged by soon-to-be-special-prosecutor Kenneth Starr. Well received by business and professional audiences, Lisa is known for her lively, funny and engaging speaking style at corporate and academic events. Lisa has delivered college commencement addresses recently at The University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and Los Angeles City College, and she has been honored as a speaker and business leader with the Compass Award by the Women’s Leadership Exchange.
International travel, running, mountain climbing, skiing, kayaking, yoga, reading and word games are Lisa’s off-duty passions. She has summited Mount Kilimanjaro, backpacked the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire and the Inca Trail in Peru, and completed the New York City Marathon and the Pocono Marathon. Her 3:50 finish in the latter qualified her to run the prestigious Boston marathon. She’s traveled to England, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Canada, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Tanzania, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Costa Rica, Belize, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Cambodia, Laos, Nicaragua, Morocco, Fiji, Argentina, Uruguay, Switzerland, Croatia, Greece, Nepal and South Africa. Lisa is the proud mom of two young adult children, an animal lover, a lifetime vegetarian, and now vegan.
She lives with her fiancé and rescue dogs in Los Angeles.
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