Robert Kardashian Biography

Robert Kardashian OJ Simpson Lawyer Biography


Robert George Kardashian (February 22, 1944 – September 30, 2003) was an American attorney and businessman. He became famous as O. J. Simpson's friend and defense attorney during Simpson's 1995 murder trial. 
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Born on February 22, 1944, Robert Kardashian is best remembered as a defense lawyer for O.J. Simpson during Simpson’s 1995 trial. Robert was the son of Armenian-American parents who had a successful meat-packing company. He grew up in Los Angeles where he attended Dorsey High School. He then earned a degree in business administration from the University of Southern California in 1966. and later went on to earn a law degree from University of San Diego.


For nearly a decade, Kardashian worked as a lawyer. He soon switched his focus to business. Kardashian, along with his brother and another investor, started up Radio & Records, a trade publication, in 1973. Around this time, he met and befriended football star O.J. Simpson. The two of them started Juice Inc., a corporation with which they owned and operated several frozen yogurt shops.

When he represented O.J. Simpson in the famous 1995 trial, it was the first time he had served in a court in 20 years. Kardashian sat by Simpson throughout the trial.

In the days following the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman, O.J. Simpson stayed the Kardashian home. The public's first glimpse of Robert Kardashian was when he carried Simpson's garment bag the day Simpson returned to Los Angeles from Chicago. Prosecutors speculated that garment bag may have contained Simpson's bloody clothes and/or the murder weapon, but that was never proven.

When Simpson failed to turn himself in at 11 a.m. on June 17, 1994, Kardashian read a letter by Simpson to the news media. The letter was interpreted by many as a suicide note.

Robert Kardashian is the father of reality stars Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe, and Robert Kardashian, Jr., with his former wife Kris Jenner.

After he divorced Kris Jenner in 1991, Robert was engaged for a period of time to Denice Shakarian Halicki, the widow of movie producer H. B. Halicki. In 1998 he married Jan Ashley. That marriage ended in annulment. Six weeks before he died he married Ellen Pierson (née Markowitz).

Robert Kardashian died of esophageal cancer on September 30, 2003 at the age of 59. 

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