Mimi Swartz: Meet Earle Lilly, one of the toughest and most enduring divorce lawyers in Houston, going strong since the sixties. He and his longtime business partner Robert Piro recently split, so now Lilly has a new firm.
Earle Lilly: I’ve got half the city’s socialites as clients. Sometimes, before a divorce is pending, I’m talking to the husband at a party and I’ve already been retained by the wife.
MS: Lilly got his big break representing multimillionaire oilman J. Collier Hurley, who was married and divorced multiple times over a period of thirty to forty years.
John Doe: “No lawyer can handle my case for a $5,000 retainer fee. It will cost at least $25,000.”
MS: Hurley was easily tired by his wives