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Owen Prell

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

Early life[edit]

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 local public schools.[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[8] before attending Cornell Law School.[9]


Prell has pursued a dual career as a business and intellectual property lawyer and as a writer, principally for theater and film.[10][11][12]

In addition to his screenwriting,[13][14][15] 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 a particularly colorful life both on and off the screen.[16][17]

His novel, Chance to Break, published in 2018 in both the U.S.[18] and the U.K.,[19] was inspired by the marathon 2010 Wimbledon men's tennis match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut.[20] 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.[21] The author has spoken publicly about how, while watching the seemingly endless match, it struck him as a metaphor for life.[22] The audiobook version of the novel was narrated by Keith L. O'Brien, an Irish-American voice actor and jockey.[23][24]

Prell has also written non-fiction,[25] particularly on the topic of centrism.[26][27] He is a colleague of Charles Wheelan and Greg Orman as a founding member of Unite America, formerly The Centrist Project.[28] 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.[26][29]

Personal life[edit]

Prell is married to Josephine Staton, an American federal judge.[5][30]


  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. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  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. "Department Alumni". UCLA Department of Philosophy. 6 March 2021.
  9. "One LLP Adds Entertainment Law Partner Owen Prell". Lawdragon. 11 February 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  10. "One LLP Adds IP-Entertainment Law Partner". Law 360. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  11. "Owen Prell: Movies and Equity Crowdfunding". Crowdfund Insider. 20 November 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  12. "Independent Movie Database Listings". IMDB.org. 10 November 2010.
  13. "Academy Nicholl Fellowship 2003 Ceremony". Oscars.org. 20 November 2003.
  14. "Alumni News - Screenwriters". 20 April 2020. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  15. "MVFF32 Schedule by MVFF". Issuu. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  16. "Nico Minardos Dies at 81". Variety. 22 September 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  17. "Finding Nico" – via www.imdb.com.
  18. Prell, Owen (18 June 2018). Chance to Break. North Loop Books. ISBN 9781545629888. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  19. Prell, Owen (28 May 2018). Chance to Break. Book Guild. ISBN 9781912362653. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  20. Colleen Bidwill (24 November 2018). "Author Discusses His Debut Novel". Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  21. "Author Owen Prell Discusses His Darkly Comic Debut Novel". 11 November 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  22. Draper, Samuel (20 April 2020). "Ten Years Since Isner-Mahut: The Author Inspired by Wimbledon History". SW Londoner. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  23. "Audiobook Industry Guide". Audiophile Magazine. 11 November 2019. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  24. Muldoon, Molly (29 June 2011). "In Focus: Keith O'Brien - former jockey". Irish Central.
  25. Prell, Owen (April 2017). "Copyright's Relevance in the Internet Age: Some Lessons from Aereo, Alice,and Authors Guild" (PDF). The Computer & Internet Lawyer.
  26. 26.0 26.1 Prell, Owen (25 March 2020). "We Are All Centrists Now". Medium.
  27. Prell, Owen (7 July 2020). "An American Centrist Looks Across the Pond". Medium.
  28. "Centrist Project, which backed Pressler in 2014, looks ahead". Capital Journal. 3 January 2016.
  29. Sherman, Roger (8 April 2017). "Fixing American Politics — A Reformer's Memo from Kansas City". Medium.
  30. "Order Denying Substitution of Counsel".

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