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The career of Lisa Bloom: How Gloria Allred’s daughter ended up defending Harvey Weinstein and came to regret it

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  • High profile attorney Lisa Bloom has made a career out of representing women against powerful men.
  • She's the daughter of Gloria Allred, another famous lawyer who has fought for decades for women's rights, including representing Nicole Simpson in the O.J. Simpson trial, and Norma McCorvey from the abortion rights case, Roe v. Wade.
  • Like Allred, Bloom uses the media to get results. She's successfully sued Bill Cosby's estate, helped force Bill O'Reilly from Fox News, and won cases for celebrities like Mischa Barton.
  • But the public's perception of Bloom disintegrated in 2017 when media mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused by multiple women of sexual assault. Bloom was one of his legal advisors.
  • She faced a backlash for choosing to work for a powerful man against women.
  • In 2019, the issue resurfaced when New York Times' reporters published a book called "She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement." In it, is a memo from Bloom offering a smear campaign against Rose McGowan, one of his accusers.
  • Here's everything you need to know about her controversial career.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Lisa Bloom has made a career out of representing the underdog. She hosts well-planned press conferences, so women can tell their stories about being wronged by powerful men. She harnesses the media to get results when the courtroom isn't enough.

She's the daughter of famous women right's lawyer Gloria Allred. According to Politico, "The names Allred and Bloom are synonymous with aggressive legal strategy on behalf of wronged women, and relentless public-relations campaigns against rich and influential men."

But in 2017 the world found out she was working for alleged sexual assaulter Harvey Weinstein. Bloom went from being called "a defender of women" on the cover of a magazine, to having her mother release a statement saying she would work with any Weinstein accusers, even if that meant taking on Bloom in court.

Before the backlash, Bloom had represented the women who accused actor Bill Cosby and Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly of sexual harassment and abuse. She tried to represent a woman who wanted to press charges against President Donald Trump, but it never eventuated. After the backlash, she's still working, most notably for sexual offender Jeffrey Epstein's accusers.

Here's her career to date.

Lisa Bloom was born on September 20, 1961.

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She told the New Yorker she was born a feminist and became radicalized later.

After high school, Bloom went to UCLA where she first realized she wanted to be a lawyer.

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The realization set in when her UCLA debate team won the national championship, and she won best speaker in the US.

She said it made sense, because she was passionate about women's rights, civil rights, racial discrimination, and LGBT rights. Her mother had also been telling her to give law school a go. After UCLA she went to Yale Law School and graduated in 1986.

In 1991, Bloom began working for her mother's law firm Allred, Maroko and Goldberg.

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In 1997, Bloom and her mother Allred tried to sue the Boy Scouts of America for not allowing Katrina Yeaw to join, since she was a girl. The case was dismissed as the BSA wasn't a business, which meant it could control who is allowed to be members.

While working for Allred's law firm, she also worked on a case against the Roman Catholic Church about child sex abuse, and she sued the LAPD. Bloom continued to work at her mother's firm until 2001.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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