Marina del Rey resident and prominent Los Angeles attorney Maurice L. Muehle has died. He was 75.
Muehle, who had been in poor health following a stroke in December 2007, passed away Friday January 30th at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, his family said.
Muehle was a civil litigator who represented many firms and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and internationally on a wide range of business litigation issues and corporate and transactional matters. His practice took him frequently to Europe, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. He often championed clients whom he considered underdogs and supported civil liberties cases and causes, friends said.
Muehle hosted many fundraising events in his home for Democratic Party candidates.
He had been in practice with his stepson Scott Whitman since 1983, in the Los Angeles firm of Muehle & Whitman. Muehle retired shortly before becoming ill. The firm is now Scott L. Whitman, Inc.
A native of Los Angeles, Muehle was born on August 10th, 1933, to Maurice Joseph Muehle and Ella Virginia Schrauff Muehle. Muehle attended Monrovia High School, where he played varsity basketball, and was an honors graduate of Occidental College, with a major in economics. He received his law degree in 1958 from the University of Southern California Law School, where he had been a member of its law review.
After graduation from USC, he joined the district attorney’s office in Oxnard and prosecuted courtroom cases. Muehle was a member of the Southern California law firm of Harned Pettus Hoose before starting his own firm in the early 1960s.
Following his stroke, Muehle underwent rehabilitation from his condominium in Marina del Rey, where he had moved in 2006, and traveled to see family and friends despite his worsening condition. He was a longtime fan of the USC Trojans football team and horseracing, and was also an inveterate reader of history and fiction.
Muehle’s wife, Patricia Ann LaLonde Whitman, whom he married in 1966, died in April 2007 following a long illness. He was previously married to Adrienne Ruth Brown. Muehle is survived by three children, Lisa, Casey, and Eric Muehle; four stepchildren, Tony, Mike, and Scott Whitman, and Linda Whitman Van Hook; and 13 grandchildren.
A memorial service is scheduled at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 7th, at The Gardens, The Ritz-Carlton, 4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Muehle’s favorite charities and institutions, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the University of Southern California, the American Humane Society, and the American Stroke Association.