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  • "HIGH-flying" Tokyo Expat Dies From Apparent Cocaine OD

    http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/s...4-3102,00.html
    Death in cocaine search

    Paula Doneman

    December 01, 2007 11:00pm

    A HIGH-flying lawyer collapsed and died shortly after a drug-detection dog had singled him out at Brisbane's International Airport.
    The bizarre death of renowned real estate lawyer Mark L. Bronson has sparked an investigation by Queensland police and the State Coroner.

    Mr Bronson, from the US but based in Japan, is named as one of the world's leading lawyers by the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers.

    He is listed in the Top 500 lawyers in Chambers Global legal "go-to guide".

    He arrived in Brisbane on Wednesday, November 21, on a 7am Japan Airlines flight from Tokyo, where he lived with his wife and children.

    It is understood Mr Bronson, 44, had travelled to Australia to visit a friend.

    But he attracted the attention of a sniffer dog on a routine patrol with its Customs handler.

    Sources said Mr Bronson was directed to a baggage examination area, where an ion drug scan over his luggage indicated a positive test for cocaine.

    The tests are used as an early indication of contact with drugs and are not always accurate, law enforcement sources told The Sunday Mail.

    While speaking with officers, Mr Bronson had a seizure and vomited as he collapsed on the floor.

    Shocked Customs officials provided first aid before rushing him to the Royal Brisbane Hospital. He died several hours later.

    A scan revealed he had no drugs concealed on his body.

    It is understood Customs officers also scanned Mr Bronson's vomit, which allegedly returned another positive result for cocaine.

    Mr Bronson is suspected to have regurgitated some plastic, which has been taken for forensic testing.

    A Customs spokesman said CCTV footage of the incident will be passed on to the Coroner.

    State Coroner Michael Barnes said investigations were continuing, and a cause of death had not yet been determined.

    "Depending on the results of the autopsy and other inquiries, we will, in consultation with the family, determine whether an inquest should be held," he said.

    Mr Bronson, who was born in Colorado, graduated from the Stanford Law School in 1989. He had been the editor of the prestigious university's Stanford Environmental Law Journal.

    For the past seven years Mr Bronson worked with the prominent international corporate law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates.

    The company's website says Mr Bronson was an internationally recognised real estate and investment management partner.

    A memorial service will be held in Tokyo next Sunday.

  • #2
    One less lawyer.......

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    • #3
      Originally posted by rubirosa
      One less lawyer.......
      and one less coke head, 2 for the price of 1

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      • #4
        Originally posted by zilch
        and one less coke head, 2 for the price of 1
        Did the term gkill two birds with one stoneh originate in Australia ?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rubirosa
          One less lawyer.......
          Wonder if J-Plod will be going through the Izumi Garden Tower?

          You'd be able to see them through the green glass....

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          • #6
            Originally posted by trip_hop
            Wonder if J-Plod will be going through the Izumi Garden Tower?

            You'd be able to see them through the green glass....
            What is J-Plod?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by person
              What is J-Plod?

              PC Plod - omawari-san - the popoman - the dolts who carry large cardboard boxes out of suspects' offices.

              Term from the UK for policeman - from the Enid Blyton stories of Noddy and Big Ears....
              Last edited by trip_hop; 2009-08-27, 01:18 PM.

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              • #8
                Smuggling cocaine from JAPAN to Australia?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Kaonashi
                  Smuggling cocaine from JAPAN to Australia?
                  Mark L. Bronson, Esq. probably totally ____ing forgot he had a small bag of coke on him for *ahem* personal use. "Crack is fo' n1ggas, coke is fo' playas" Then, he saw the Aussie K9s, shat his fancy biglaw pants and swallowed it whole.

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                  • #10
                    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chi...64#fbLoggedOut

                    Mark Bronson
                    Obituary


                    MARK L. BRONSON

                    1963-2007

                    Mark Bronson died Wednesday morning at a hospital in Brisbane, Australia, while on a business trip from Tokyo, Japan. In Tokyo he was the managing partner of the office of the Skadden, Arps law firm, the largest law firm in the world. His clients included Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse First Boston Securities, and many others.

                    Mark was born in Denver, then grew up in Chico, where his interests included racing and other cycling with the Velo Club, pottery, and watercolor painting He graduated from Chico High School in 1981 and received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1985. After a year with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Mark earned his law degree from Stanford University, serving as the editor of the Environmental Law Journal.

                    He practiced real estate law in Los Angeles for several years, then moved to Tokyo, dramatically growing Skadden's office there and becoming recognized as the most successful lawyer in Japan in his field. Mark guided his clients through literally billions of dollars in real estate transactions, acquisitions, and mergers. He also opened Skadden offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

                    Mark built a strong public interest practice as well, often serving pro bono. He was president of the board of A Community of Friends, a Los Angeles group that built affordable housing for the disabled.

                    Mark is already terribly missed by his loving wife Karen, his six-year-old twins Mariko and Jack, brother Jeremy of Denver together with his wife and children, and parents Marion and Ed Bronson of Chico.

                    Mark was a brilliant and skillful attorney, a devoted father and husband, and a man who enjoyed and lived life to the fullest.

                    His extended family and his many friends and associates celebrate Mark's all too brief sojourn with us and wish him well on this new journey.
                    Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from November 27 to November 30, 2007

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                    • #11
                      What an incredibly random post to drag out of the archives?

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                      • #12
                        How do these guys practice law in Japan without speaking and reading Japanese and passing the Japanese bar examinations which only has about a 2% pass rate? And yet still so successful. I'm assuming he didn't speak or read Japanese at the level required to pass Japanese bar examinations, etc.

                        Are they acting more as consultants than actual lawyers in their capacity at firms here?

                        I met a guy here in Tokyo in the pub a few weeks ago and he was bragging about returning to the U.S. after his stint as an ALT here and then graduating with his J.D. law degree. He claimed to now work in a Tokyo law firm making big money. I was like, "Well, wait a second, did you write and pass the bar examinations here in Japan?" He hummed and hawed a bit and eventually admitted that he didn't.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ume View Post
                          What an incredibly random post to drag out of the archives?
                          That's what I thought. Very very odd.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by *** View Post
                            How do these guys practice law in Japan without speaking and reading Japanese and passing the Japanese bar examinations which only has about a 2% pass rate? And yet still so successful. I'm assuming he didn't speak or read Japanese at the level required to pass Japanese bar examinations, etc.

                            Are they acting more as consultants than actual lawyers in their capacity at firms here?

                            I met a guy here in Tokyo in the pub a few weeks ago and he was bragging about returning to the U.S. after his stint as an ALT here and then graduating with his J.D. law degree. He claimed to now work in a Tokyo law firm making big money. I was like, "Well, wait a second, did you write and pass the bar examinations here in Japan?" He hummed and hawed a bit and eventually admitted that he didn't.
                            They don't need to pass the Japanese Bar exam. If they have been admitted to a Bar association back in their home country and practiced law for a few years there, they can qualify for this:

                            Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi aka gGaibenh aka Registered Foreign Lawyer:

                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attorney_at_foreign_law

                            http://www.moj.go.jp/ENGLISH/information/gjb.html

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ume View Post
                              What an incredibly random post to drag out of the archives?
                              I missed him

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