Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump

California

Address:
808 Wilshire Blvd. 3rd Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
California

+1 310 566 9800

+1 310 566 9850


Since 2006, KWIKA has established itself as one of the leading litigation boutiques in the nation. The firm is comprised of a diverse group of lawyers who have attended the nation’s top law schools and have experience at the largest and most well-respected law firms in the country. These lawyers left Big Law to join KWIKA because they want to practice at a firm that values each of its lawyers as individuals, a firm that does not view its lawyers as mere billing units, and a firm where cutting-edge law can be practiced in the most collegial of environments. KWIKA prides itself on having lawyers who are capable of handling almost any type of dispute, ranging from the most complicated forms of IP litigation to the defense of numerous types of criminal charges. KWIKA lawyers have been honored in several major publications and are frequently quoted in the media on a variety of legal topics, particularly disputes arising in the entertainment industry.

The trend today in the legal profession favors mergers and growth, “platforms and synergies” and multinational offices with hundreds of lawyers. So why did the founding partners of KWIKA buck this trend to open a litigation boutique? Because they have learned, and their clients understand, that the outcome of litigation depends on the quality and experience of the individual lawyers fighting for the outcome. Not on “platforms” or offices in exotic locales.


The firm focuses on the following five practice areas.
 

Entertainment Litigation: KWIKA is widely regarded as Hollywood’s go-to entertainment litigation law firm. Entertainment litigation is a true specialty practice requiring intimate knowledge of industry players, practices, deals, and trends. We are privileged to handle the most sophisticated, cutting-edge entertainment litigation work in the nation.


The firm has represented actors, directors, producers, major motion picture studios and studio executives, broadcast and cable networks, talent agencies, personal managers, business managers, recording artists, record producers, record companies and music publishers, professional athletes, and sports management companies, entertainment lawyers and law firms, and large domestic and international corporations in civil and criminal trial and appellate courts and regulatory forums across the country.
 

Intellectual Property Litigation: We regularly counsel our clients regarding their IP strategies and portfolios, and we litigate to protect and defend their patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets, reputation, privacy rights, and rights of publicity. Our attorneys have the savvy and skill to handle the most nuanced IP litigation matters, from prosecuting or defending complex claims of patent infringement to resolving the breach of detailed worldwide IP licensing agreements.


Entertainment IP Litigation: 
Entertainment IP Litigation is a hybrid of our Entertainment and Intellectual Property Litigation practice areas. This specialty practice area allows us to take advantage of our in-depth industry knowledge to help individuals, companies, and celebrity estates defend their valuable creations, brands, names, and assets, which, unless protected, can leave them exposed and vulnerable. This includes assisting entertainment companies and individuals in copyright and trademark infringement litigation, disputes concerning publicity rights, endorsements and licensing deals, and disputes over new and emerging platforms, such as social media.

Business Litigation: Not every case involves the entertainment industry, and our non-showbiz clients routinely rely on us to resolve their disputes, big and small, in a wide array of settings and industries, including toys, real estate, insurance, diamonds and jewelry, manufacturing, accounting and legal malpractice, divorce, tax shelters, and some high profile actions for personal injury. Our services range from counseling to mediation, and from arbitration to “bet the company” jury trials to appeals. Our clients include individuals, start-ups, mid-size, and Fortune 500 companies, and we always put forth the same passion and fight to protect our clients’ interests.

Criminal Defense: KWIKA is unique among civil litigation firms in its ability to represent individuals accused of crimes. Due to KWIKA’s deep involvement in the entertainment industry, and our understanding of the sensitive public relations issues, we are often asked to represent celebrities and entertainment industry executives accused of wrongdoing. Outside the entertainment community, we regularly represent individuals and companies in white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions. From DUI’s to theft, from assault to alleged financial schemes, our lawyers work for our clients whose liberty is at stake.

Sampling of representative corporate and individual clients of the firm include: The Estate of Michael Jackson, Mattel, Inc., Creative Artists Agency, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, ICM Partners, Paradigm Talent Agency, Media Rights Capital, The Management Group, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Roland Corporation, Wark Entertainment, Loring Ward International, Ltd., Keenan & Associates, Watt Industries, USI Holdings Corporation, Spartan Home Entertainment LLC, Del Records, Lawrence Gordon Productions, Pro Elite, The Gerber Group, Frank Darabont, Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe Kardashian, Kendall & Kylie Jenner, Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Neal Moritz, Chuck Lorre, Sandra Bullock, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Kinkade, Nicole Richie, Frank Konigsberg, Lindsay Lohan, James Parker, Reggie Bush, Sharon Osbourne.
 

A sampling of the awards received by the firm and our attorneys include:

  • Chambers USA “Leading Law Firms”
  • Hollywood Reporter’s “Power Lawyers” and “Top 100 Entertainment Lawyers in America”
  • Variety’s “Legal Impact Report,” “New Leaders,” Up Next,” and “Best and Brightest”
  • U.S News & World Report “Best Law Firms”
  • Best Lawyers in Americas “Best Lawyers,” “Ones to Watch,” and “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Super Lawyers’ “Super Lawyers,” “Rising Stars,” and “Up-and-Coming 100”
  • Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal “Top Boutiques,” “Top Women Lawyers,” “Top 100 Lawyers,” and “40 Under 40”
  • Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in L.A. Law,” “Top Women Attorneys,” and “Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers”
  • Billboard’s “Top Music Lawyers”

 

Last updated Sep 2020