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Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP

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Managing Partner: Lawrence Iser
Number of partners: 16
Number of lawyers: 23

Firm Overview:
KWIKA is a litigation boutique comprised of a group of diverse lawyers who can handle almost any type of dispute, from complex contract, IP and business disputes to the defense of criminal proceedings. Based in Los Angeles, the firm is widely regarded as Hollywood’s go-to entertainment litigation firm, routinely handling high-profile film, television and music industry disputes on behalf of creators, performers, producers and agents. KWIKA’s lawyers also represent individuals and corporate clients in a wide range of commercial disputes, including the defense of nationwide class action lawsuits.

Main Areas of Practice:
-Intellectual Property
-Entertainment IP
-Criminal Defense

Entertainment Litigation:
16 partners, 23 fee earners
■ Represented Frank Darabont, the creator and executive producer of zombie apocalypse series ‘The Walking Dead,’ and leading talent agency CAA, in profit participation litigation against AMC
■ Represented business management firm The Management Group (TMG) in defense of a lawsuit brought by former client Johnny Depp over the handling of his finances, which includes TMG’s cross-complaint for damages against Depp
■ Represented executive producer, Wark Entertainment Inc. f/s/o Barry Josephson, in a lawsuit against various Fox entities regarding profits from the hit series ‘Bones’
■ Represented famed music group The Carpenters in royalty lawsuit against Universal Music Group (UMG) concerning streaming and online music distribution
Key Clients: Frank Darabont, Wark Entertainment, Justin Bieber, MRC,WME, CAA and ICM

Intellectual Property Litigation:
12 partners, 17 fee earners
■ Represent Mattel, Inc. in multiple IP matters, including product clearances, a lawsuit against writer claiming copyright ownership of Masters of the Universe toy brand, defense of trademark opposition proceeding brought by Universal Music Group concerning ‘Motown Metal’ line of Hot Wheels cars, and defense of claims for violation of publicity rights and idea submission
■ Represents Estate of Michael Jackson in numerous matters, including its battle with the Internal Revenue Service over the valuation of the late artist’s posthumous rights to his name and likeness
■ Represents SeaWorld in multiple IP matters, recently including the defense of a trademark lawsuit concerning SeaWorld’s Aquatica theme parks
■ Represented Roland Corporation in numerous matters involving protection of Roland’s copyrights and trademarks, including case of first impression establishing copyright protection for sound recordings contained in Roland’s keyboards, and prosecuting and defending claims of patent infringement in courts around the country
Key Clients: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Roland Corporation

Entertainment IP:
12 partners, 20 fee earners
■ Represents Mattel, Inc. against claims by television financier that the ABC television series The Toy Box was based on ideas submitted by the financier
■ Represents Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian in three pending related state and federal actions and an arbitration filed in Los Angeles against the hedge fund Hillair Capital Management LLC and its subsidiary Haven Beauty, Inc. concerning the operation of a cosmetics company to which the Kardashians licensed their names and images
■ Represents Kim Kardashian West in a pending trademark infringement action in connection with her new beauty line, KKW Beauty, filed by a high-end cosmetics company, Kjaer Weis Key Clients: Mattel, Inc, the Kardashians, the Estate of Michael Jackson

14 partners, 22 fee earners
■ Represents SeaWorld in four nationwide consumer class actions alleging misleading sales practices regarding the well-being of SeaWorld’s killer whales
■ Represents Saban Brands prosecuting claims for breach of various licensing agreements
■ Represented Starz in lawsuit against DISH Networks for breach of contract and declaratory relief
■ Successfully enforced USI Holdings Corporation’s contracts containing covenants not to compete and non-solicitation clauses and obtained injunctive relief against defendants
■ Represents Kainoa Henry in his lawsuit against BIG3 Basketball, LLC and Cube Vision Film Production, LLC for breach of contract and wrongful constructive discharge, among other claims
■ Represents Heisman Trophy Winner and NFL superstar Reggie Bush in a lawsuit against the city of St. Louis for negligence when he slipped on uncovered concrete and suffered a major injury
Key Clients: Starz, Saban Brands, USI Holdings

Criminal Defense:
3 partners, 6 fee earners
■ Defense of clients against claims of felony assault
■ Representation of clients in DUI cases, obtaining dismissals and short-term jail sentences
■ Obtained satisfactory plea deal for client charged with running a Ponzi scheme operation
Key Clients: Confidential