Owen Prell

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BornSeptember 8, 1961
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materSanta Monica High School
  • Lawyer
  • Writer
  • Donald Prell (father)

Owen T. Prell (born September 8, 1961) is an British-American lawyer and writer.

Early life

Owen Prell was born in Santa Monica,California, the son of Donald Prell (1924–2020), an American venture capitalist,[1] and Bette Prell (née Howe) (born 1932), an English writer who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1955 and Los Angeles in 1957.[2] The family lived in Malibu, California,[3] where Prell attended John L. Webster Elementary School and Malibu Park Junior High School.[4]


Prell went to high school in Cornwall,[5] where he attended Truro School,[6] but returned to California to graduate from Santa Monica High School.[7] He studied philosophy at UCLA where he received his B.A. in 1983, then attended Cornell Law School where he graduated with a J.D. in 1986[8][9] after serving as an Editor on the Cornell Law Review.[10]


Prell started his legal career at Morrison & Foerster in its San Francisco office[11] after serving as a summer associate for the international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in 1985.[12] He has pursued a dual career as a business and intellectual property lawyer and as a writer.[11][13] Prell has attended the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley as both a screenwriter and panel attorney,[14] and he was a featured panelist at the 2009 Mill Valley Film Festival.[15] Prell served as a member of the board of directors of Film Arts Foundation, a San Francisco-based independent film organization, prior to its merger [16] with the San Francisco Film Society in 2011.Prell was appointed to the Mill Valley Arts Commission in Mill Valley, California, in 2013.[17] In addition to his screenwriting,[18] Prell produced and directed a 2010 feature documentary film titled Finding Nico about his godfather, Nico Minardos, a Greek-American film and television actor who led colorful life.[19][20] His novel, Chance to Break, published in 2018 in both the U.S.[21] and the U.K.,[22] was inspired by the Isner–Mahut match at the 2010 marathon 2010 Wimbledon men's tennis match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut.[23] The match, which took three days to complete and which holds the record for the longest in history, forms the narrative backdrop of the novel.[24] The author has spoken publicly about how, while watching the seemingly endless match, it struck him as a metaphor for life.[25] The audiobook version of the novel was narrated by Keith L. O'Brien, an Irish-American voice actor and jockey.[26][27] Prell has also written non-fiction,[28] particularly on the topic of centrism.[29][30] He is a colleague of Charles Wheelan and Greg Orman as a founding member of Unite America, formerly The Centrist Project.[31] Prell is credited with originating the concept of applying the Nolan Chart to the cause of political centrism, notwithstanding that it was created by one of the founders of the Libertarian Party.[29][32]

Personal life

Prell is married to Josephine Staton, an American United States federal judge.[5][33]


  1. Sanjana Pai (13 August 2020). "Donald Prell remembered for dedication to UCLA, military and technological service". The Daily Bruin. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  2. D. B. Prell. The Untold Story of the Survival of the Penn Central Company (2003 ed.). OL 25649147M.
  3. "The Malibu Times". 10 July 1970. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  4. "The Malibu Times". 21 April 1972. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "10 Things I'd Like My Readers to Know About Me". Female First. 5 June 2018.
  6. "Former Pupil's Association" (PDF). The Truronian. 1 June 2017.
  7. "Santa Monica High School - Nautilus Yearbook (Santa Monica, CA), Class of 1979, Page 102 of 264". e-yearbook.com. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  8. "Owen Trelawny Prell #124897 - Attorney Licensee Search". members.calbar.ca.gov. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  9. "One LLP Adds Entertainment Law Partner Owen Prell". Lawdragon. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  10. "Copperweld Corp. v. Independence Tube Corp.:An End to the Intraenterprise Conspiracy Doctrine". Cornell Law Review. 6 September 1986.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "One LLP Adds IP-Entertainment Law Partner". Law 360. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  12. "Owen Prell: Founding Partner at Art Law Group". Apollo. 20 November 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  13. "Owen Prell: Movies and Equity Crowdfunding". Crowdfund Insider. 20 November 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  14. "Alumni News - Screenwriters". 20 April 2020. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  15. "MVFF32 Schedule by MVFF". Issuu. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  16. Tamara Krinsky (20 August 2008). "San Francisco Film Society Absorbs Film Arts Foundation". International Documentary Association. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  17. "Mill Valley council appoints new members to city panels". Marin Independent Journal. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  18. "Academy Nicholl Fellowship 2003 Ceremony". Oscars.org. 20 November 2003.
  19. "Nico Minardos Dies at 81". Variety. 22 September 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  20. "Finding Nico" – via www.imdb.com.
  21. Prell, Owen (18 June 2018). Chance to Break. North Loop Books. ISBN 9781545629888.
  22. Prell, Owen (28 May 2018). Chance to Break. Book Guild. ISBN 9781912362653.
  23. Colleen Bidwill (24 November 2018). "Author Discusses His Debut Novel". Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  24. "Author Owen Prell Discusses His Darkly Comic Debut Novel". 11 November 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  25. Draper, Samuel (20 April 2020). "Ten Years Since Isner-Mahut: The Author Inspired by Wimbledon History". SW Londoner. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  26. "Audiobook Industry Guide". Audiophile Magazine. 11 November 2019. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  27. Muldoon, Molly (29 June 2011). "In Focus: Keith O'Brien - former jockey". Irish Central.
  28. Prell, Owen (April 2017). "Copyright's Relevance in the Internet Age: Some Lessons from Aereo, Alice,and Authors Guild" (PDF). The Computer & Internet Lawyer.
  29. 29.0 29.1 Prell, Owen (25 March 2020). "We Are All Centrists Now". Medium.
  30. Prell, Owen (7 July 2020). "An American Centrist Looks Across the Pond". Medium.
  31. "Centrist Project, which backed Pressler in 2014, looks ahead". Capital Journal. 3 January 2016.
  32. Sherman, Roger (8 April 2017). "Fixing American Politics — A Reformer's Memo from Kansas City". Medium.
  33. "Order Denying Substitution of Counsel".

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