In the Game: The Highs and Lows of a Trailblazing Trial Lawyer

In the Game: The Highs and Lows of a Trailblazing Trial Lawyer

by Peggy Garrity


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Peggy Garrity began her life as a small-town Irish Catholic girl in the Midwest. Initially convent-bound, she became determined to escape a life like her mother’s, and in the mid-1970s she reinvented herself as a high-profile Los Angeles trial lawyer and single mother of four. At a time when there were virtually no women solo practitioners, she represented David against Goliath—and risked it all in the process.

Including compelling courtroom dramas featuring would-be presidential assassin Sara Jane Moore, celebrities Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, and Cheryl Tiegs, and some of Los Angeles’s most notorious murder cases, In the Game is the groundbreaking story of a thrill-seeking solo trial lawyer—and single mother—who beat the odds at a time when working mothers, especially those in male-dominated professions like the law, faced the gauntlet of discrimination.

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ISBN-13: 9781631521058
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 873,043
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Peggy Garrity grew up in the Mississippi River hamlet of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, population 6,000—a town with two Catholic churches, four Catholic schools, and fifty bars and pubs. After attending night law school for five years and having three babies, she was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1975, after which she launched a solo practice. She retired from the full-time practice of law in December 2004, but remains committed to the law through her writing, consulting, legal commentary, and handling a few select civil rights cases. Garrity also teaches yoga and meditation privately. The LA Times published her op-ed about the Halliburton rape cases, “About that Day In Court,” in 2008. Garrity is a doting grandmother of six.

Table of Contents

Prologue xv

Part 1

Chapter 1 The Funeral Director's Daughter 1

Chapter 2 Chicago Becomes My Kind of Town 18

Chapter 3 From Night Law School to Preschool 29

Part 2

Chapter 4 The Assassin and Me 41

Chapter 5 Losing My Balance 61

Chapter 6 "For A Smart Girl, You Sure Do Dumb Things" 67

Chapter 7 Strike Two 72

Chapter 8 The Christmas Trials 78

Chapter 9 It Will Be All Right When You Get Home 96

Chapter 10 Pacific Palisades High School Graduation 1988 106

Chapter 11 Working on the Railroad and Jumping Hurdles 123

Chapter 12 Two Mothers Take on The Big Guns 140

Chapter 13 Clint Eastwood Makes My Day 147

Chapter 14 Strike Three 165

Chapter 15 Turning Points 169

Chapter 16 Two Birds with One Stone 174

Part 3

Chapter 17 Drawn to Trouble 185

Chapter 18 Best Interests of the Children 193

Chapter 19 An Unholy Alliance 202

Chapter 20 My Near-Death Experience 210

Chapter 21 Keeping the Faith 215

Chapter 22 Finding My Balance 223

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