The SoCal legal assistant who became famous when Julia Roberts portrayed her in the movies now runs Brockovich Research & Consulting with a couple of assistants out of her Agoura Hills home. She advises people who believe they’ve been hurt by contamination by getting them connected with public agencies and lawyers, who pay her, says the cover story in this week's L.A. Business Journal.
She also has popped up on TV commercials lately. That’s because she works as a consultant for New York personal injury and mass tort firm Weitz & Luxenberg, partly as a spokeswoman. She has a similar role with an Australian personal injury firm named Shine Lawyers. She also works with, but has not worked as a spokeswoman for, downtown L.A. plaintiffs’ firm Girardi & Keese.
“I’ve become this business information hub,” Brockovich, 49, said during a recent interview at her 5,000-square-foot house that she’s done up in a Tuscan motif, where she lives with her husband of 11 years, Eric Ellis; her youngest daughter; and four Pomeranians, a papillon and yellow Labrador. “All this stuff is coming in and I’ve gotten busier. I’m almost like an air traffic controller, trying to find homes and places for people or information so we can generate some solutions.
She made $70,000 for her rights to the movie "Erin Brockovich," the story says.