Tiger Woods’ wife consults celebrity divorce lawyer Sorrell Trope

By A. James Memmott

December 18, 2009 at 1:40pm

Elin Nordegren, Tiger Woods’ wife, may have gone Hollywood, joining a star-studded list of celebrities who have had Sorrell Trope as their divorce lawyer.

According to several published reports, Nordegren has consulted with Trope, who has 60 years of experience in matrimonial law. Neither Nordegren nor Trope has confirmed the reports.

“There is just one Sorrell Trope,” Manhattan divorce lawyer Robert Wallack told the New York Daily News. “He’s the dean of the California matrimonial bar.”

Trope, 82, has represented a wide range of entertainers and movie stars, including Cary Grant, Britney Spears, Hugh Grant, Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman.

In an interview with LawCrossings, he said that he decided to become a lawyer because of the way they were portrayed in movies. “The lawyers were dressed up and they looked wonderful,” he said.

He went on to graduate from the University of Southern California Law School and then started the firm of Trope and Trope in 1949. Over time, he increasingly focused on divorce work.

“It’s a very emotionally trying kind of practice,” he told LawCrossings. “You’re dealing with people, nice people, at their worst moments. And not-so-nice people at their even worse moments.”

Currently, Trope has at least two clients from the sports world.

He’s representing Frank McCourt, the Los Angeles Dodger owner, in his divorce proceedings. And he’s the lawyer for Va’shaundya O’Neal, the estranged wife of basketball star Shaquille O’Neal.

Va’shaundya O’Neal, who had been a resident of Florida living in the same gated community as Woods and Nordegren, filed separation papers in California on Nov. 9, a day after she claimed to have established California residency.

People magazine speculated that O’Neal might have done this because California has “a more generous community-property divorce law than Florida.”

It has not been reported whether Nordegren, a native of Sweden, is contemplating a similar move to California.

The Daily News reported Wednesday that Nordegren was going to Sweden for the Christmas holidays along with her and Woods’ two young children.

Woods’ marriage of five years has been under a spotlight since the National Enquirer published a story on Nov. 25 claiming that the golfer had had an extramarital affair.

Two days later, Woods was involved in a car accident outside his home.

Since then, a series of women has stepped forward to claim they had had affairs with Woods. He, in turn, has admitted to infidelity and has stayed out the public eye.

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  • #1.   AJ Bradgere 02.19.2010

    Make sure she doesn’t hire the Famous Press Hound Attorney from New York City. We all know who he is. Where is the NY State Commission on Judicial Conduct. This is a Bar where Judges render women and children homeless.

    New York Post
    Last Updated: 10:45 AM, February 9, 2010
    Posted: 2:51 AM, February 9, 2010

    She was getting $30,000 a month in child support and spousal maintenance as recently as eight months ago. Now, Olga Serjantov is homeless.
    Serjantov and her three daughters, ages 4 to 7, were booted from their Upper West Side apartment yesterday for nonpayment of rent.
    Amber magnate Ian Serjantov hasn’t paid a penny in support since last June, leaving his wife and children in dire straits. He now owes her more than $500,000.
    “I’m very scared for my daughters and their future. I don’t where we’re going to live or where they’re going to school,” Olga Serjantov said
    “I have no idea where we’re going to go.”
    She said she was calling around to friends looking for a place to sleep.
    Calls to her husband’s lawyer were not returned.

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