Louis E. DeWitt, Jr. was born June 11, 1943 in Los Angeles, CA. He passed away on November 30, 2009, due to recently diagnosed pulmonary fibrosis. Louis is predeceased by his mother Mary Stockberger, whose family published the Santa Monica Evening Outlook, his father Louis E. DeWitt Sr., a one time blacklisted motion picture artist and movie producer, and his sister Marilyn Sturino. Louis grew up in Brentwood, and attended Blackfox Academy, Brentwood Academy, and University High School, where he left before graduation to enlist in the United States Marines. After his military service, Louis began law school at the University of San Fernando Valley, graduating in 1972. He was one of the few, if any, practicing lawyers in California without a high school diploma. He was then hired as an assistant prosecutor for the City of Los Angeles. Leaving the prosecutor's office, Louis became an associate lawyer for famed trial lawyer Archer Zamloch Esq., where he began an active criminal and civil injury trial practice. When Louis left Zamloch, he founded a firm briefly with friend Richard Rossen. For the last thirty years he practiced with Mark Algorri and Ernest Algorri under the name of DeWitt Algorri & Algorri, having offices in Pasadena and Torrance. He tried over a hundred cases to verdict during his career. Louis was an associate of the American Board of Trail Advocates, a member of the President's Club of the Consumer Attorneys of California, and a member of the Pasadena Bar Association. Louis also volunteered many years of his professional time sitting as a Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in the traffic court of the Torrance Courthouse. Louis was loved and respected by his clients and colleagues alike, and was the consummate professional in all aspects of his dealings with the court and countless opposing counsel. Louis was a true gentleman and generous with all. He was a talented musician and artist and enjoyed boating and tennis in his leisure time. Louis was an incredible father and dedicated soccer Dad. He is survived by his son Robert, 24, daughter Megan, 22, former wife Robyn, and numerous friends and associates. A memorial service will be on Monday, December 14th , 4PM, at Rice Mortuary in Torrance. A celebration of Louis life will follow at ZaZou restaurant in Riviera Village.

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  1. We will miss you Louis. Thanks for the memories. The “Riv” won’t be the same without you. Love, Jill, Dave, Zach, Jake & Max

  2. Louie……we will miss you so much! You were a very good friend and we will never forget you. Thank you for all the times you helped us out of our little legal jams….and made the process bearable, and even funny at times. With love and sadness…Allen and Wendy Bond

  3. Louie, you were truly one of a kind and a best friend and mentor to my best friend Mark. You gave Mark the opportunity of a lifetime and built a truly great law firm together. You will be truly missed, may your sole be free to soar to heaven. David Mitchell

  4. Robyn, Robert, Megan and Janet, Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. We loved him so much and will miss him terribly. I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. Author “Leo Buscaglia”

  5. Louie was a great guy, not only because he was intelligent, but because he was fun loving and enjoyed life so much. As a professional he was the consumate attorney. He could always anticipate the moves of his opposition and would be able to develop an approach to overcome it. Louie had a very good intuition about people and could handle any personality. He was quick thinking, aggressive, and did everything he could for his clients.

  6. Dear Robert and Family. My most sincere sympathy on your loss. Your Dad was very much a part of you and I am so proud you were with him from the beginning of his illness and to the end when he past over. Now is the time to heal! Again, my deepest sympathy for your loss Robert

  7. We will always remember the wonderful times we had with Louis and Robyn. The many dinners, outings and spirited talk around the dinner table. Never at a loss for words or opinions, Louis was a true joy and we were so happy to count on him as one of our closest friends. We will miss him much!

  8. Louis played bass in a band he and another friend and I co-founded back in the later 60s. He was a nice guy and when we shared lunch at Steve Dunne’s reception, we pledged to get together again. I’m sorry that we did not. My thoughts are with his family, especially with his kids. Hope you can carry on with that upbeat spirit Louis was known for!

  9. Louis, You were a fun guy to “argue” with. I will miss bantering with you! Safe Journey my friend Cathy & Frank Bossi

  10. Dear Louis – So many memories. You walking on the tennis court on Saturday mornings – never any shoes or socks on – always carrying them on the court; walking at the beach with you constantly the devil’s advocate and talking about our favorite topics – cars, boats and women; riding bikes to the Pier for “exercise” then stopping for a couple margaritas. And all the parties on Colinas with you, the self-described scoundrel, ever present. So many memories–I will truly miss you, my friend. Bob & Susan

  11. Louis Will always remember the good old days we had remembering the fun we made of you going to law school with sloan but with your determination you succeeded with your profession R.I.P my friend

  12. Louis and I went “steady” in Paul Revere Junior High School, and after reading the description of his life here, I can say that even at that age, he was a humanitarian at heart. The news of his passing has upset me more than I would have thought possible. The last time I saw Louis, I believe we were both about 19 years old and he was playing in a band somewhere, I don’t remember where. Then I didn’t hear from him for many years until about 6 years ago, when a friend of mine needed legal services in LA (I was living in Monterey, Ca., at the time), and he accepted her case. After that, we exchanged intermittent emails until about 8 months ago. A couple of weeks ago, I realized I had accidently put his address in the firewall box, and so I wrote him an email, but I guess he had already passed. Oh, dear. I wanted a chance to say good-bye and once again, that I was sorry for getting married so many years ago when we were still kids and going steady. I was desperate to be on my own, away from my parents, and married the first man I met who was old enough. That marriage only lasted five months, but it got me out of the house. Still, Louis never forgave me, so I want to ask him here, once again, to please forgive me for that. Today’s tears attest to the fact that I have never forgotten, nor reliquinshed those twelve year old promises we made to each other sitting on the miniature golf course fence. Adieu to a man who overcame many obstacles to become what he became, that rare combination of a successful man with a conscience!

  13. Having served for seven years with Louis on the RBC Board we will miss him for his expertise and good humor.In addition to being a really great guy he was a wonderful neighbor

  14. Having served for seven years with Louis on the RBC Board we will miss him for his expertise and good humor.In addition to being a really great guy he was a wonderful neighbor

  15. Dear Robyn, Megan and Robert, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Louis will be forever missed by us. He was a treasured friend.

  16. Wow! What a life…He was always very sweet to me and my mother. Our sincerest regards from Pam’s cousin and aunt.

  17. Today, February 9, 2010 I found out Louis had Passed away. I was stunned, chocked and so very sad . Could just not believe it. Louis you were funny, intelligent, charming , articulate and most of all :Vibrant and Vivacious! I will be playing tennis with you in heaven since we did not get to play that last match we were suppose to play!!

  18. I lived next door to the Dewitts on Kingsland St. Mary took Louis and me to see Porgy and Bess . I nearly drowned in their pool and I was given a lovely ring, which I still have today. I was thinking about the old neighborhood and thought that I would look up the Dewitt’s, only to find that my childhood friend is deceased. Too young old chum… God’s speed I am glad you had a wonderful life. XXX OO

  19. Louis and I met at Match.com. in2007. He contacted me and we had an online and phone relationship.We could Im oa talk on the phone for hours. We had so many things in common and felt we were soul mates.I really adored him. Then in late 2008 he told me of the awlful things that were happening and broke my heart by asking me to no longer keep in touch. I thought he was lying. I have tried to find him on line many time to no avail. I feel awlful that I didn’t believe him. I am just now finding out he has passed. I missed our “chat” for a very long time. Louis was a very tender and loving person. Although we never met in person we talked about things in our lives that we never told anyone else. Louis, I know you are in heaven looking down on all you family and friends. You are now at peace. I will never forget our friendship. And I hope to meet you on the other side, my friend.

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