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<xTITLE>She Negotiates For Crystal Harris ~ About That Pre-Nup</xTITLE>

She Negotiates For Crystal Harris ~ About That Pre-Nup

by Victoria Pynchon
December 2010

From Victoria Pynchon's Settle It Now Negotiation and ABC of Conflict Blog

Victoria Pynchon

The question why Hugh Hefner is marrying his 24 year old girlfriend Crystal Harris has been raised around many a post-Christmas table since Hef popped the question along with the diamond on Christmas Day. Jeez, my 85-year old mother doesn't even have a computer, but the ever-young Hef tweeted his proposal. Still, Hef can't have more than a decade of active life left in him while Crystal's got six or seven decades.  

Because negotiators don't settle for easy answers ("he's in love!") we posted a little bargaining advice for Ms. Harris over at the ForbesWoman She Negotiates blog.

Excerpt below. Negotiation advice at the link.

Playboy’s Hugh Hefner (84, net worth $43 million) suspended his disbelief in the possibility of a long-term relationship on Christmas Day by giving his current girlfriend Crystal Harris (24, net worth unknown) an engagement ring.

One assumes Hefner’s prenuptial agreement (sample here) has already been drafted and may even have been signed. Because it is not effective in California until marriage, however, it can be negotiated, re-negotiated, and re-re-negotiated until Ms. Harris says “I do.” That being the case, She Negotiates has five bargaining tips for the bride-to-be.

Continue reading here.


Attorney-mediator Victoria Pynchon is a panelist with ADR Services, Inc. Ms. Pynchon was awarded her LL.M Degree in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute in May of 2006, after 25 years of complex commercial litigation practice, with sub-specialties in intellectual property, securities fraud, antitrust, insurance coverage, consumer class actions and all types of business torts and contract disputes.  During her two years of full-time neutral practice, she has co-mediated both mandatory and voluntary settlement conferences with Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Alexander Williams, III and Victoria Chaney.  As a result of her work with Judge Chaney in the Complex Court at Central Civil West, Ms. Pynchon has gained significant experience mediating construction defect litigation.  Ms. Pynchon received her J.D., Order of the Coif, from the U.C. Davis School of Law. 

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