Robert Rotstein’s legal drama, We, The Jury (Blackstone Publishing October 2018), is a USA Today best seller and a Suspense Magazine Best Thriller of 2018. With James Patterson, he is the author of The Family Lawyer, the title story of the New York Times best-selling collection. He’s written Corrupt Practices (2013, Booklist starred review); Reckless Disregard (2014, Kirkus and Booklist starred reviews), and The Bomb Maker’s Son (2015), a series about lawyer Parker Stern. Rotstein practices intellectual property law with the Los Angeles firm Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, LLP, and has represented all the major movie studios and record companies, as well as well-known directors and writers.
He grew up in Culver City, California, then the location of the famed MGM Studios and so the true “Hollywood.” (To this day, the city’s motto is “The Heart of Screenland.”) Robert’s elementary school was caddy corner to one of the studio’s back lots. At an early age, he became hooked on legal dramas—not only Perry Mason, the archetype of the legal mystery, but also on the politically charged The Defenders and lesser known shows like Judd for the Defense, The Young Lawyers, and The Trials of O’Brien—lawyers solving crimes and doing justice. Perhaps this early combination of life in an entertainment-company town and fascination with the lawyer-as-hero made it inevitable that Robert would one day become an attorney whose practice focuses on the entertainment industry, and later a writer of legal thrillers.