Law: The Paladin of Paramours

He aims to make it as costly to shed a lover as a spouse

Gazing down from the ceiling of the art-and antique-filled office in Los Angeles' Century City is an oversized, backlighted color transparency of a Botticelli Venus. Sitting below the goddess of love in a thronelike chair, once owned by Rudolph Valentino, is Marvin Mitchelson, a divorce lawyer who has made millions off love gone wrong in Hollywood. Since the mid-1960s, Mitchelson, 50, has piled up a long list of financially rewarding victories in celebrity divorce battles, sometimes representing big- name clients (Rhonda...

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