Bloomberg Law
April 14, 2016, 10:20 PM

A Big Law Partner’s Laker Love Affair

Blake Edwards

On Wednesday night, Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Kobe Bryant scored 60 points against the Utah Jazz in the final game of his 20-year NBA career, and there’s a certain Big Law partner who couldn’t have been happier about it.

Despite having grown up a fan of the Boston Celtics (the Lakers’ biggest rivals), Sheppard Mullin partner Richard J. Simmons has held Lakers season tickets since 1984. He said he goes to every game, even if it means asking a judge to schedule court hearings around it.

Simmons, a labor and employment lawyer, was on-hand for Bryant’s final virtuoso performance. He can prove ...

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