I lived most of my life in Southern California and moved to Boston in March 2007, where I stayed until spring of 2010. I loved it — great city. Then I lived for about a year in Paris and Tuscany. My newest book, Eat, Walk, Write: An American Senior’s Year of Adventure in Paris and Tuscany, is about that year. It was published the last day of 2011. My memoir about my journey to understand my role in the destruction of my three marriages, Digging Deep: A Writer Uncovers His Marriages, was published in April 2011. Shortly after that a collection of short stories I had written from 2006 to 2010, Unexpected Love and Other Stories, was published. I’m learning to draw. I love good food, and listening to good music and visiting the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. When in Boston, I walked and walked and walked around that beautiful city. When I returned from Paris and Tuscany in the spring of 2011, I moved to Ventura, California near my four children and four grandchildren. But by the end of 2012 I heard the east coast calling me again, and I moved to rural southeast Georgia, where I live now in a little old house in St. Marys among the oaks and pines and next to a used book store and a 200 year-old church.
I love that so many of my life dreams have come true:
- Lived in a home with a stunning 180 degree veiw of the California coast
- Travelled to Africa, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, France, Ireland, Costa Rica….
- Lived in another country for a year
- Am a working artist
In case your interested, here is my Resume as an attorney and expert witness in malpractice cases against attorneys.
Attorney and Active Member of the California Bar: 1966-2011
Member, Bar of the United States Supreme Court,
Member, various United States Courts of Appeals,
United States District Courts and
United States Court of Claims
Nature of Pratice
Mr. Lemon has been a sole practitioner practicing in the Los Angeles area since 1992 until he retired in 2010.
In approximately 45 years of practice Mr. Lemon has emphasized business and real estate litigation and has represented clients in a variety of business and real estate transactional matters. He has also represented clients in family law, personal injury litigation, bankruptcies, workers compensation and probate and trust matters. Currently in his practice he emphasizes legal malpractice, attorney fee disputes, ethics and malicious prosecution cases as an attorney and as an expert witness, involving all types of underlying cases, including business, real estate, personal injury, bankruptcy, probate and family law matters. He has been retained as an expert witness and/or consultant in more than 800 cases involving legal malpractice, attorney fee disputes and malicious prosecution. He also represents attorneys in State Bar proceedings. Mr. Lemon has represented clients in numerous jury and court trials and appeals in state and federal courts, administrative hearings and arbitrations.
The substantive areas in which Mr. Lemon has handled litigation matters include real estate transactions, corporate acquisitions and mergers, contracts and commercial transactions of all types, motion picture rights and other entertainment matters, bankruptcy, lender liability, legal and other professional malpractice, attorney discipline, attorney fee disputes, malicious prosecution, family law, probate and trusts, insurance issues, professional matters for physicians, construction, securities, commodities, administrative agency matters, intra-partnership and corporation disputes and dissolutions, banking, anti-trust, unfair competition, wrongful termination, personal injury, workers compensation and professional discipline.
Mr. Lemon has also represented clients in various corporate and real estate transactions, including contracts for acquisition of corporate stock and assets, venture financing, rights in intellectual property and a wide variety of other contracts, including the purchase and sale of real estate.
From 1985 through 1992 Mr. Lemon was a named principal and Managing Partner of Hirschtick, Chenen, Lemon, Cohen & Linden, a 15 person law firm practicing in the fields of business and professional malpractice litigation, general civil litigation, business transactional matters of all types and representation of physicians in business and professional matters.
From 1980 to 1985, he was a partner, member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Litigation Department of Memel, Jacobs, Pierno & Gersh, a 125 attorney law firm in Los Angeles, California, which handled general civil matters, including business and personal injury litigation. Mr. Lemon handled a wide variety of litigation matters and supervised and managed the practice of twenty to twenty-five attorneys and seven to ten paralegals involved in the firm’s business and real estate litigation practice. As a part of those duties he was responsible to the firm for the quality of the practice of the Litigation Department, ethical issues which arose, and the continuing education of its attorneys and paralegals.
From 1975 to 1980, sole practitioner in Westwood, California, practicing in the same areas in which he previously and subsequently practiced, but with a greater emphasis on family law, personal injury, and business and real estate transactional matters.
From 1966 to 1975, associate, partner and Co-Chairman of the Litigation Department, Nossaman, Waters, Scott, Krueger & Riordan, a 45 person Los Angeles firm. Mr. Lemon’s practice emphasized business and other civil litigation and business and real estate transactional matters.
Expert and Other Experience
For over 20 years, expert witness and consultant in legal malpractice, attorney fee dispute, malicious prosecution and ethics cases (plaintiffs and defendants). Mr. Lemon has testified in court and arbitration in over 80 cases, has been retained as an expert in over 800 and testified in deposition in over 350 cases involving a wide variety of legal malpractice and ethics issues, as well as attorney fee disputes.
Former member, State Bar Disciplinary Committee.
Co-Founder and former member of the Executive Committee of the Lawyers Professional Liability Bar Association
Member, National Association of Legal Fee Auditors
Former Judge Pro Tem, Los Angeles Municipal Court.
Former Arbitrator, California and Los Angeles County Bar Association Attorney Fee Disputes Panels.
Former Arbitrator and Mediator, Los Angeles Superior Court.
Former Arbitrator, Kaiser Permanente.
Former Mediator, Attorney Fee and Malpractice Issues, Los Angeles Superior Court.
Mediator, Mediator Network.
Listed in America’s Leading Lawyers (1993).
Named “Southern California Superlawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine (2004-2008)
Member, American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility.
Faculty Member, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA).
Former Director of Litigation, Long Beach Legal Aid Foundation.
Former lecturer, Legal Malpractice and Ethics, University of California at Riverside.
Speaker, Legal Malpractice and Ethics, Consumer Lawyers Association of San Diego
Speaker, Legal Malpractice, Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association Convention.
Speaker, How To Avoid Legal Malpractice and Ethics Violations, San Gabriel Valley Bar Association, Northern Santa Barbara Bar Association, Monterey Women Lawyers Bar Association, Los Angeles Lawyer’s Club, Eastern Bar Association of Los Angeles County and Burbank Bar Association.
Panel Member, Battle of the Experts, Lorman Seminar (1999).
Former lecturer, California Continuing Education of the Bar.
Speaker, National Youth Leadership Forum on Law.
Former Lecturer, Los Angeles County Apartment Owners Association.
Former Instructor, El Camino Community College, California Law.
Former Law Clerk, California Commissioner of Corporations.