Honors & Awards

  • Listed in U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers since 1995
  • Listed in Chambers USA, the world’s leading guide to the legal profession
  • Listed in Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine since 2004
  • Named a “Power Lawyer” by Variety
  • Named in “Top 100 Entertainment Lawyers” by The Hollywood Reporter

Education

  • University of California at Santa Barbara, B.A. 1970
  • UCLA Law School (Editor in Chief, UCLA Law Review), J.D. 1974

Mr. Kinsella is a nationally known trial lawyer specializing in the areas of entertainment and intellectual property litigation. During his career, he has successfully tried numerous cases in state and federal courts, and in private arbitrations and administrative proceedings, involving a wide array of disputes, from copyright and trademark infringement matters to antitrust and securities litigation. Mr. Kinsella has represented large domestic and international corporations, major motion picture studios, record companies, law firms, and professional athletes and actors. He has successfully defended Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal; American Idol’s Simon Fuller; and the creators of the television show Smallville.

Mr. Kinsella has successfully represented motion picture studios, as well as recording companies including DreamWorks, Universal Studios and Legendary Films. Other clients have included numerous actors, actresses, writers, producers, directors and recording artists as well as domestic and international companies in complex licensing disputes involving copyright and trademark rights. Numerous artists as well as studios have requested Mr. Kinsella’s representation in “net profit” litigation involving prime time network television series and major motion pictures.

As a “lawyer’s lawyer,” Mr. Kinsella has represented numerous law firms and individual partners of firms in complex law firm dissolution proceedings, legal malpractice, and malicious prosecution actions in both state and federal courts.

The Hollywood Reporter perennially lists him as one of the “100 Power Lawyers;” he is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” and Chambers; and he has been a Thomson Reuters “Southern California Super Lawyer” since 2004.

  • Kilroy Realty Corporation (NYSE) (Board of Directors, 1997 – Present)

Fellow - Litigation Cousel of America


Representative Matters

  • Recently obtained $179 million arbitration award, the second largest in history, representing the executive producer of the hit television series Bones in a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox Television, the Fox network and affiliated companies. The plaintiff alleged that 20th Century Fox Television cheated him out of his share of profits from the show, and that network executives threatened to cancel the series if he did not accept a lower licensing fee from Fox.
  • Representing the creator, writer, and executive producer of the worldwide hit television series The Walking Dead, and leading talent agency CAA, in a suit against the AMC television network. The plaintiffs allege that AMC produced the show and licensed it for broadcast to itself for license fees well below market rates, resulting in diminished profits for the show and its participants. The suit is currently pending in New York.
  • Represented the creators (Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins) and writers (Miles Millar and Al Gough) of the hit television series Smallville in a profit participation and vertical integration case against Warner Bros. Television. The creators alleged that Warner Bros. Television licensed Smallville to its sister networks The WB and The CW for “sweetheart” deals with unreasonably low license fees, in violation of Warner Bros. Television’s contractual duties to the plaintiffs. KWIKA defeated two motions for summary judgment brought by the defendants and obtained a favorable settlement for the plaintiffs.
  • Filed suit on behalf of American Idol creator Simon Fuller in his case against Fox Broadcasting Company and Fremantlemedia North America.  In this suit, Mr. Fuller alleges that as part of the settlement of the 2004 UK litigation regarding the similarities between American Idol and X Factor, Mr. Fuller had been promised an executive producer credit and fee for the US version of the X Factor television show.  This matter is still pending in Los Angeles Superior Court.
  • Defended Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal against the claims of Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver, an Iraq war veteran who alleged his rights of publicity were violated and he was defamed by the movie The Hurt Locker.  Mr. Boal had been embedded with Sarver’s unit and wrote about him and other bomb disposal experts for an article, “The Man in the Bomb Suit.”  The film was later adapted from this article, and Sarver claimed that it was based on him, presenting him in false light, resulting in ridicule from fellow service members.  In October 2011, Judge Jacqueline Nguyen ruled that The Hurt Locker was a movie connected to an issue of public interest and that Sarver had not demonstrated a likelihood of prevailing.  The suit was dismissed, with Sarver ordered to pay the attorney fees of all involved.  This ruling ensured that the First Amendment rights of filmmakers are protected, reducing the effect that lawsuits such as this one would have on the creativity of the arts.
  • Filed a complaint and actively litigating an action on behalf of Jaycee Dugard against the federal government for failing to monitor convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido, who kidnapped and held Ms. Dugard captive for 18 years.  Ms. Dugard’s recent New York Times bestselling book detailing the horrors of her kidnapping and 18 years in captivity frames the backdrop of this litigation.  The complaint states that authorities were negligent and aware that Garrido was still dangerous, yet failed to revoke his parole and return him to prison.  This filing follows the record $20 million settlement in 2010 negotiated by Mr. Kinsella on behalf of Ms. Dugard against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for alleged failure to adequately supervise Garrido during the 10 years he was under its parole supervision.
  • Represents Kate Hudson and Kurt Russell in a variety of matters.
  • Represented numerous individuals and companies in litigation against KPMG and other national accounting firms in connection with “tax shelter” abuses that have been the subject of Congressional investigations.  Mr. Kinsella has recovered tens of millions of dollars for his clients in these matters.

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers since 1995
  • Listed in Chambers USA, the world’s leading guide to the legal profession
  • Listed in Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine since 2004
  • Named a “Power Lawyer” by Variety
  • Named in “Top 100 Entertainment Lawyers” by The Hollywood Reporter

Education

  • University of California at Santa Barbara, B.A. 1970
  • UCLA Law School (Editor in Chief, UCLA Law Review), J.D. 1974

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Variety’s 2021 “Legal Impact Report” Features Dale Kinsella and Michael Kump

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The firm would like to congratulate Dale Kinsella and Michael Kump on being selected for inclusion in Variety’s “Legal Impact Report” for 2021....

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14 KWIKA Attorneys Named 2021 “Super Lawyers”

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KWIKA is pleased to announce that 14 of the firm’s attorneys have been named 2021 Southern California “Super Lawyers” by Thomson Reuters. One of the most respected rating services in...

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KWIKA Achieves Top Accolades in 2021 Benchmark Litigation Rankings

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The firm is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as a leading “Tier 1” California entertainment law firm in the 2021 edition of Benchmark Litigation. Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser,...

August 20, 2020

Eleven KWIKA Attorneys Named 2021 “Best Lawyers;” One Named to “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch”

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Five KWIKA Attorneys Named to Variety’s 2020 “Legal Impact Report”

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The firm is pleased to note that partners Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Michael Kump, Shawn Holley, and Suann MacIsaac were selected for inclusion in Variety’s coveted “Legal Impact Report” for...

April 29, 2020

Seiden v. Bernstein Named one of “California’s Top 100 Verdicts in 2019”

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Dale Kinsella and Amber Melius' victory in Seiden v. Bernstein was named one of California's top verdicts of 2019 by Top Verdict magazine....

April 23, 2020

Prestigious Chambers USA 2020 Guide Recognizes KWIKA and Attorneys Kinsella, Weitzman, Iser, and Kump

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Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump LLP and four of its founding partners—Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser and Michael Kump—have been recognized by the prestigious ranking organization, Chambers, as among the...

April 15, 2020

AMC’s Motion for Summary Judgment Denied – “The Walking Dead” Trial to Start in November 2020

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In the latest development in the profit participation battle between plaintiffs Frank Darabont & CAA and defendant AMC, Judge Joel M. Cohen denied AMC’s motion for summary judgment, AMC’s last...

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Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman and Michael Kump Included in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Power Lawyers” Issue

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The firm is pleased to announce that Dale Kinsella and Michael Kump have once again been named as Top 100 “Power Lawyers” by The Hollywood Reporter, and Howard Weitzman has been...

October 16, 2019

KWIKA Achieves Top Accolades in 2020 Benchmark Litigation California Rankings

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The firm is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as a leading entertainment law firm in the 2020 edition of Benchmark Litigation California, with KWIKA receiving “Tier 1”...

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Dale Kinsella, Larry Iser and Mike Kump Named “Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers” by the Los Angeles Business Journal

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Firm partners Dale Kinsella, Larry Iser, and Mike Kump have been named to the “Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers” list by the Los Angeles Business Journal for 2019. Dale Kinsella was recognized...

August 15, 2019

Nine KWIKA Attorneys Named 2020 “Best Lawyers”

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Partners Shawn Holley, Lawrence Iser, Dale Kinsella, Gregory Korn, Michael Kump, Suann MacIsaac, Nick Soltman, Kristen Spanier, and Howard Weitzman have been recognized among the top lawyers in the nation in...

April 25, 2019

Prestigious Chambers USA 2019 Guide Recognizes KWIKA and Attorneys Kinsella, Weitzman, Iser, and Kump

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Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump LLP, and four of its founding partners—Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser and Michael Kump—have been recognized by the prestigious ranking organization, Chambers, as among the...

April 10, 2019

Seven KWIKA Attorneys Named to Variety’s 2019 “Legal Impact Report”

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Four KWIKA Attorneys Named Among THR’s 2019 “Power Lawyers”

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August 15, 2018

Seven KWIKA Attorneys Named 2019 “Best Lawyers”

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May 7, 2018

KWIKA Attorneys Kinsella, Weitzman, Iser and Kump Recognized in Prestigious Chambers 2018 Guide

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The firm and four of its founding partners – Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser and Michael Kump – have been honored in by the distinguished ranking organization Chambers as being among...

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Three KWIKA Attorneys Named Among THR’s 2018 “Power Lawyers”

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The firm is pleased to announce that Howard Weitzman, Dale Kinsella and Michael Kump have again been selected for inclusion in The Hollywood Reporter’s esteemed list of Hollywood’s leading “Power...

August 15, 2017

Seven KWIKA Attorneys Named 2018 “Best Lawyers”

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KWIKA Attorneys Kinsella, Weitzman, Iser and Kump Recognized in Prestigious Chambers 2017 Guide

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The firm and four of its founding partners - Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Michael Kump and Larry Iser - have been honored in by the distinguished ranking organization Chambers as...

May 3, 2017

Kinsella, Weitzman, Kump Again Named to Prestigious 2017 Hollywood Reporter “Power Lawyers” List

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KWIKA is proud to announce that partners Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman and Michael Kump have once again been selected for inclusion in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Power Lawyers” list for 2017,...

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Five KWIKA Attorneys Named 2017 ‘Best Lawyers’

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Partners Shawn Holley, Lawrence Iser, Dale Kinsella, Michael Kump, and Howard Weitzman have been recognized among the top lawyers in the nation in the 2017 edition of "The Best Lawyers...

June 8, 2016

KWIKA Attorneys Kinsella, Weitzman and Kump Recognized in Distinguished Chambers 2016 Guide

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Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump LLP, and three of its founding partners—Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman and Michael Kump—have been honored by the distinguished ranking organization, Chambers, as being among the top...

April 20, 2016

Dale, Howard and Mike named ‘Top 100 Power Lawyers’ for 2016

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KWIKA is proud to announce that founding members Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman and Michael Kump have been named to The Hollywood Reporter’s annual list of “Top 100 Power Lawyers” in...

February 17, 2016

9th Circuit says ‘Hurt Locker’ protected by First Amendment

In a resounding victory for the free-speech rights of filmmakers, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the 2010 Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker does not infringe the...

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KWIKA lands three spots on Super Lawyers ‘Top’ lists

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KWIKA is pleased to note that three of our partners have been named to Super Lawyers' annual "Top" lists for 2016. As noted on its website, "Super Lawyers is...

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Twelve at KWIKA named Super Lawyers for 2016

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KWIKA is pleased to announce that twelve of our attorneys were named Super Lawyers for 2016, including Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser, Michael Kump, Alan Kossoff, Shawn Holley, Greg...

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Five at KWIKA named Super Lawyers in 2015 Business Edition

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KWIKA is pleased to note that the 2015 Business Edition of Super Lawyers magazine includes five of our attorneys: founding partners Dale Kinsella, Larry Iser, and Michael Kump, and...

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KWIKA sues 20th Century Fox on behalf of ‘Bones’ producer

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Barry Josephson, executive producer of 20th Century Fox Television's mega-hit Bones, has hired KWIKA to represent him in his lawsuit against Fox, alleging the studio has cheated him out of...

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Daily Journal names three from KWIKA ‘Top Entertainment Lawyers’

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"There is a lot going on in Michael Jackson's afterlife." So said KWIKA founding partner Howard Weitzman when interviewed by the Daily Journal in connection with his inclusion on the Journal's...

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Daily Journal names KWIKA one of California’s top 25 boutique firms

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KWIKA is proud to announce that it has been named to the Daily Journal honor roll of "Top Boutiques" in California for 2015. As the only firm named in...

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Five KWIKA Attorneys Named 2016 ‘Best Lawyers’

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Partners Dale Kinsella, Michael Kump, Howard Weitzman, Lawrence Iser and Shawn Holley have been recognized as among the top lawyers in the nation in the 2016 edition of The Best...

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Prestigious Chambers 2015 Guide Honors KWIKA and Attorneys Kinsella, Weitzman and Kump

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KWIKA and three of its founding partners—Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman and Michael Kump—have been recognized by the prestigious ranking organization, Chambers, as among the top law firms and legal practitioners...

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Dale, Howard and Mike named ‘Top 100 Power Lawyers’ for 2015

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KWIKA is proud to announce that founding members Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman and Michael Kump have been named to The Hollywood Reporter’s annual list of "Top 100 Power Lawyers" in...

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KWIKA glows in Daily Journal feature

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KWIKA is pleased to announce that 10 of our attorneys were named Super Lawyers for 2015, including Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser, Michael Kump, Alan Kossoff, Shawn Holley, Greg...

November 11, 2014

Firm Scores Big Win in Darabont/AMC Case

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Several trades are reporting the firm's win in New York Supreme Court in the Frank Darabont, et. al v. AMC, et. al case regarding the show "Walking Dead." ...

August 18, 2014

Five at KWIKA named ‘Best Lawyers’ for 2015

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KWIKA is proud to announce that partners Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser, Michael Kump and Shawn Holley are included in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©....

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Super Lawyers Magazine: Four at KWIKA named in Business Edition

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KWIKA is pleased to announce that five of our partners will appear in the 2014 Business Edition of Super Lawyers magazine. Dale Kinsella will appear in the Business Litigation section,...

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Kinsella, Weitzman named in Variety’s 2014 Legal Impact Report

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KWIKA is proud to announce that founding partners Dale Kinsella and Howard Weitzman are among the 62 attorneys included in Variety‘s 2014 Legal Impact Report.  The prestigious annual list profiles...

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Seven at KWIKA named Super Lawyers for 2014

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A full 40 percent of all lawyers at KWIKA were named Super Lawyers for 2014, including Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser, Michael Kump, Shawn Holley, Suann MacIsaac and Jonathan...

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‘Walking Dead’ creator sues AMC over in-house sweetheart deal

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Kinsella, Weitzman among Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Power Lawyers for 2013

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KWIKA is proud to announce that founding partners Dale Kinsella and Howard Weitzman have once again been named to The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual list of the top 100 entertainment lawyers...

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Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013: Seven at KWIKA named Southern California Super Lawyers

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Thirty-five percent of all lawyers at KWIKA were named Super Lawyers for 2013, including Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser, Michael Kump, Shawn Holley and Suann MacIsaac. In the annual...

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KWIKA wins for ‘Twin Peaks’ co-creator in published Court of Appeal opinion

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KWIKA partners Dale Kinsella and Jonathan Steinsapir secured a complete victory for client Mark Frost last week, when the California Court of Appeal issued a published opinion affirming the entry...

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Super Lawyers Magazine: Three at KWIKA named in Business Edition

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KWIKA is pleased to note that the 2012 Business Edition of Super Lawyers magazine includes three of our attorneys: founding partners Dale Kinsella, Larry Iser, and Michael Kump. Dale was...

August 16, 2012

KWIKA wins for ‘Bold & Beautiful’ producers against soap’s lead stylist

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Dale Kinsella, Jeremiah Reynolds and Aaron Liskin have prevailed on summary judgment on behalf of Bell-Phillip Television Productions and the senior supervisors of the popular soap opera The Bold and...

July 18, 2012

Three from KWIKA among Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 Entertainment Lawyers in America

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KWIKA is proud to announce that The Hollywood Reporter‘s Power Lawyers 2012 issue includes three of our attorneys:  Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman and Shawn Holley.  Now in its sixth year,...

February 9, 2012

Super Lawyers Magazine, 2012: Five at KWIKA Named Southern California Super Lawyers

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Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser, Michael Kump, and Shawn Holley were named Super Lawyers for 2012. In the annual edition of Super Lawyers (Southern California), Dale was recognized for...

December 13, 2011

The Hollywood Reporter: Judge Orders ‘Hurt Locker’ Plaintiff to Pay Attorney Fees

Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver, whose unsuccessful lawsuit against KWIKA clients Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow claimed their film The Hurt Locker was based on Sarver’s personal military experiences, has been ordered...

August 30, 2011

BestLawyers.com: Four at KWIKA Named ‘Best Lawyers in America’ for 2012

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KWIKA is proud to announce that partners Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser and Michael Kump are included in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  Long recognized...

July 13, 2011

The Hollywood Reporter: Three at KWIKA Make Fifth Annual ‘Power Lawyers’ List

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KWIKA is pleased to announce that partners Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman and Shawn Holley are on The Hollywood Reporter’s “Power Lawyers 2011” list.  Dale and Howard were chosen for the...

April 13, 2011

Dale Kinsella & Michael Kump Honored for Top Verdicts of 2010

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KWIKA is pleased to announce that Partners Dale Kinsella and Michael Kump have been included in “Top Plaintiffs’ Verdicts by Impact 2010” in the January 19, 2011 edition of the...

August 16, 2010

BestLawyers.com: The Best Lawyers in America

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Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman and Larry Iser have been selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication of BestLawyers.com.  Honorees are chosen through...

July 21, 2010

The Hollywood Reporter: Power 100 Lawyers in Entertainment

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Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman and Larry Iser were named to The Hollywood Reporter‘s 2010 “Power 100 Lawyers in Entertainment” list in the Litigation category. A litigation boutique of only 19 lawyers,...

February 17, 2010

Super Lawyers: Corporate Counsel Edition, March/April 2010

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Dale Kinsella and Larry Iser repeat as Super Lawyers in 2010. In the March/April 2010 Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers magazine, Dale and Larry were once again recognized for...

February 4, 2010

Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010: Five at KWIKA Named Southern California Super Lawyers

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Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser, Michael Kump and Shawn Holley were named Super Lawyers for 2010. In the annual edition of Super Lawyers (Southern California), Dale and Larry were...

November 16, 2009

Los Angeles Times: Southern California’s Best Lawyers, 2010 Edition

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Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman and Larry Iser were honored in the 2010 edition of “Southern California’s Best Lawyers.” Published annually as a supplement to the Los Angeles Times, “Best Lawyers”...

October 15, 2009

The Hollywood Reporter: Annual List of the 100 Most Influential Entertainment Attorneys in the U.S.

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Dale Kinsella and Howard Weitzman named to The Hollywood Reporter‘s 2009 annual list of top entertainment lawyers in U.S....

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