Dream marriage, bad divorce, huge settlement and criminal case

It’s a pretty shocking story. What from the outside looked like a great marriage — between two very successful lawyers — ended miserably: the husband beat his wife nearly to death when she served divorce papers on him.

From Above the Law: A Legal Web Site:

Lawyers John Michael Farren and Mary Margaret Farren were once a storybook couple. If Above the Law had been around in the nineties, they might have made the pages of Legal Eagle Wedding Watch. Mary Farren practiced energy law at the high-powered firm of Skadden Arps, where she attained the rank of counsel, and John Farren’s résumé was even more impressive: he served as general counsel to Xerox, a Fortune 500 company, before going on to serve as deputy White House counsel under President George W. Bush.

Their success transcended their impressive job titles. She earned $500,000 a year at Skadden; he made millions as GC of Xerox. They had ample material wealth — $3 million in cash here, a $4.6 million mansion there — and two lovely daughters.

And then things went wrong. Horribly, terribly wrong….

He did not appear in court and she won a huge award. And there’s a criminal case, too.

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