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have been a Los Angeles lawyer for the past 30 years, beginning my legal education at Osgoode Hall in Toronto (Canada’s finest law school), before completing my degree at UCLA in 1985. I first joined a marquee New York law firm, then joining a famous Westside firm specializing in entertainment litigation. During my 5 years at the firm, I had the good fortune of learning my craft under the tutelage of two great lawyers. In 1989, however, I made the decisionto open up my own law practice, and for one very special reason: The only true ambition I really ever had in life was to be a Dad and, as I watched my colleagues miss innumerable kid's milestones, religious holidays, and family outings, I knew that big firm practice was incompatible with the type of parenting I wanted to experience and enjoy. My two sons heartily agree.
With in-house jobs becoming more scarce all the time, my only real option was to open my own practice. Unlike many others, however, I opted not to design my practice around high volume fields such as plaintiff’s personal injury or worker’s compensation. Instead, I choose a rather unconventional approach, whereby I essentially conduct a big firm practice by myself, favoring the maintenance of a few cases (from small to large, depending on the circumstances) which command – and receive – a greater degree of my personal attention. I have often taken on very large matters for very prominent clients, but invariably for the purpose of keeping my clients out of the spotlight rather than place them in it. In this fashion, therefore, you might say that I am one of the best known lawyers in Los Angeles that you’ve never heard of, because I would rather focus on my clients’ needs than make a “name” for myself, and/or a spectacle of those I serve.
Please do not imagine, however, that my practice is somehow limited to the representation of well known entertainment figures; far from it. I have a wide range of legal experience involving contractual and business disputes of all kinds, as well as business contracts, defamation, copyright, trademark (and other IP), employment matters, plaintiff’s class actions, and still others. There are also occasions where I am called upon to bring my litigation experience to bear to assist in cases which lie outside my traditional areas of expertise, such as probate, family law, and elder law.
As circumstances require, I will take my cases either to trial or arbitration, historically with great success. Nonetheless, the economies of the day, combined with my natural inclinations and my ethical compass, move me instinctively towards finding alternative means of resolving disputes, as opposed to churning my cases for legal fees. I want my clients to win, and so they do, but “winning” these days more often than not means arriving at a result that is satisfying, preserves dignity, and permits my clients to proceed with their lives as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Guiding my practice, there is a legal maxim which holds, “for every wrong there is a remedy.” Well, I want to be that remedy. Call or email me and let’s see what we can do to help. Thanks.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|First Amendment||American Jurisprudence||1985|
|attorney||Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro, LLP||1989 - 1993|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section||Committee for Small Firms and Social Media||2012 - Present|
|Editor, UCLA Law Newspaper||Editor-in-Chief, Osgoode Hall Obiter Dicta Newspaper||1984|
|Osgoode Hall Law School, York University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1985|
|University of California at Los Angeles School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1985|
|Osgoode Hall Convention||Entertainment Litigation||1984|