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Leonard S. Sands


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Leonard S. Sands Obituary
November 20, 1932 - May 25, 2016 The original rogue attorney, Leonard Sands was born in Montreal in 1932 and came to America in 1947, where he graduated from Venice High School and worked his way through UCLA. He then attended Loyola Law School, supporting himself by working as an investigator for Hill Sayble and Melvin Belli. Along the way, he met and married Ada Picaizen, who was on her way to Harvard Law School, and convinced her that Harvard was "too far away." It was the beginning of a love affair that lasted over 60 years. Together, they raised 3 extraordinary sons, Michael (Carolyn), Howard (Katherine), and Andrew (Lauren). They, in turn, produced seven beautiful grandsons (Nathaniel, Rafael, RJ, Jake, Dylan, Logan, and Aaron), and one beautiful granddaughter (Gabriella). Leonard took on the underdog. He had a disdain for liars, cheats, deceivers, and ?those who committed fraudulent acts. He fought tenaciously for his clients, to the bitter end. He won many jury trials, and he changed the laws that required conservatees to be represented. He won reversals on appeal in corporate and business matters, and battled unjust regulatory requirements and unfair results. He was an accomplished civil attorney who was unafraid to confront giants. In addition, Leonard was a great mentor who hired and trained a good many young lawyers from diverse backgrounds. Leonard was a dapper gentleman, an intellect, a raconteur, an intensely principled father and counselor, a bon vivant, a dear friend, a strong older brother, and a creative force. He loved to work in his garden and he appreciated great works of art, architecture, music and theatre. He was a kind, generous and wise man who will be dearly missed.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 30 to May 31, 2016
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